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review 2017-03-09 19:11
Review: "Hard Wired" (Cyberlove, #3) by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell
Hard Wired - Megan Erickson,Santino Hassell

"Why are ninety percent of our conversations propping each other up?"

"We both need a lot of propping? I don't know. Why are we like this?"

Good question.

 

 

I had high hopes for the third Cyberlove book after Strong Signal and especially Fast Connection, the phenomenal second book in this series. And while I still loved the writing and the general premise of this series (falling in love online), I'm afraid that this book just missed the mark for me. Which pains me to admit, because I'm a big fan of the Cyberlove series.

 

I usually don't mind angst in my books; in fact I love me some angst, it makes the HEA so much more earned and deserved. What I don't like though is melodrama. Especially unnecessary melodrama. I couldn't, for the life of me, connect to Ian's issue with his different (online) personalities. I mean, don't we all have different personalities, considering who we're interacting with and given the circumstances? I know that *I* am certainly acting and behaving differently when I'm talking to my parents than when I'm talking to my fellow M/M pervs online.

 

 

And I know that this was supposed to be a mutual hurt/comfort story, but for me, the comfort part in Ian's and Jesse's relationship was totally one-sided. I feel like 95% of every conversation/discussion/fight revolved around Ian and his online persona Cerise. There was only little to no support from Ian at all that led to Jesse finally standing up to his parents, and Jesse was THIS close to being a total doormat personality. I don't know why he kept bothering with Ian after their first encounter. Ian,...

 

 

The ending was also rushed, and given Ian's emotional trauma (I think he's been abused by his foster father, but that aspect has never really been fully explained nor dealt with) and social anxiety, it felt also incredibly forced and unbelievable.

 

The guys decided to move in together after one hookup at a con and after spending three days together months later. This was a little too much Disney fairy tale ending for my taste; I think Ian should have at least considered some therapy.

 

 

(spoiler show)

 

A nice addition to this book is the Cerise's fanart page on Tumblr; I totally dig additional website pages and fan services like that.

 

 

So anyway, I'll just consider this book as a minor slip-up in this otherwise excellent series, and I will still be looking forward to the next installment.

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review 2017-03-02 18:43
Review: "Strong Signal" (Cyberlove, #1) by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell
Strong Signal - Megan Erickson,Santino Hassell

"What did scare me was the possibility of Kai not wanting me in person. Of him realizing how stoic I could be. How I tended to hold things close to the vest. How overprotective and paranoid I got sometimes. When he realized that I'd fallen in love with him via the Internet while across the world."

 

Well, wasn't this just bloody lovely.

 

When I started this book for the first time a couple of months ago, I kinda lost interest and put it down (it wasn't you, book, it was me). But today, I know the reason why:

 

The universe was trying to tell me to wait for the audiobook.

 

Because it was AMAZING. Big A, Big MAZING.

 

This was my first audiobook with dual narrators, and Guy Locke and Eric London where just perfect for their respective roles. They absolutely nailed it. I think I'm spoiled rotten for all future audiobooks to come.

 

 

Sometimes in my reviews I provide a plot recap, but I think at this point, almost everyone and their mothers have read this book already: Twitch streamer twink with social anxiety builds an online friendship (later relationship) with a muscled soldier hunk who's stationed overseas in Afghanistan. Great premise, very imaginative and unique, 10 out of 10.

 

 

One thing that I just absolutely LOVED in this book was the fact that Kai and Garrett didn’t just jump right into "filthy webcam sessions" (blurb's words, not mine), but they took their sweet time to get to know each other. To comfort each other. To TALK to each other. OVER THE COURSE OF SEVERAL MONTHS! Two gay guys who actually talk first before jumping into bed, now imagine that. But don't you fret my dears, there are still enough shameless dirty scenes later on where they are getting their absolute freak on. With a lot of hot dirty talk, I might add.

 

 

I only subtract half a star because I liked the first half of the book better than the second one. Once the guys meet in RL, the story dragged a little for me.

 

But it was a great story nonetheless, one that felt real and somehow still magical at the same time.

„Or was it because…in the billions of people on this shitty planet that I’d never be able to meet in person, the Internet had handed me one person who seemed to be absolutely perfect for me?“

 

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