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June 2, 2017 Blog Tours, Reviews 0 ★★★★

Blog Tour: Mature Content ReviewMature Content (Cyberlove, #4) by Megan Erickson, Santino Hassell
Published by Megtino Press on June 2nd 2017
Pages: 218
Source: A Novel Take PR
Also by this author: Strong Signal (Cyberlove, #1), Fast Connection (Cyberlove #2), Overexposed (In Focus, #4), Daring Fate (Silver Tip Pack #1), Strong Signal (Cyberlove, #1), Fast Connection (Cyberlove #2), Sutphin Boulevard (Five Boroughs, #1), Sunset Park (Five Boroughs, #2), First and First (Five Boroughs, #3), Interborough (Five Boroughs, #4)
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four-stars

I received this book for free from A Novel Take PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My life plan is to be brutally honest all the way to the bank. Don't believe me? I run a popular YouTube channel called TrashyZane, and my claim to fame is oversharing about every aspect of my personal life. Sometimes while tipsy. Not everyone loves my style, but I have a long history of icing out people who can't handle me. I have no time for judgmental foolishness.
Except, apparently, when it comes to Beau Starr. His channel is the polar opposite of mine, and so is he. Wholesome, inspirational, and clean-cut. Everything about him should turn me off, but when we hook up following a confrontation at a convention, my world flips upside down. Not only does Beau Starr turn me on, he uses the exact combination of dirty talk and roughness needed to turn me out.
But we still hate each other. I think.

EXCERPT:

I shifted closer to him, and, like an invisible rope was pulling us together, he leaned into me, until I could feel his breath and the heat from his body. I cupped his face, rubbing my thumb over the corner of his lip, then closed the distance between us to press a soft kiss to his lips. I didn’t control this kiss, and neither did he. It was an equal give and take, a push and pull of our tongues, our breaths, as our hands grasped each other’s faces, hair, skin.

Every time with Zane had been a rush to get off, but this time, I wanted to explore his mouth, to enjoy the kiss without it being foreplay. It was the main attraction to moan into Zane’s mouth, to feel his soft, huffed breaths.

When I pulled away, I was dizzy, and Zane’s eyes were glazed, his lips wet and puffy. I was terrified at what I felt in that moment, how much I wanted to fall back into the kiss, to not worry about what anyone thought, or how Beau Starr would be forever changed if word got out he’d fallen for TrashyZane.

And in this car with Los Angeles spread out before us, I didn’t want to think about anything but the messy, long-haired boy who’d managed to loosen my tongue and just about every other part of me. “I kinda like you, Zane. A lot.”

His eyelids fell to half-mast. “I like you too, Beau. A lot.”

REVIEW:

Mature Content was yet another fabulous book in this series. Unlike the other three, this one explores two YouTubers, which brings a whole new side to an internet romance. I loved learning more about this community. This was a steamy and intense romance. It’s a little different from the previous ones just because Beau and Zane absolutely can’t stand each other in the beginning. Anyway, this was a funny and clever book that was well written. As always, this series is filled with memorable characters, both main and supporting. You get so invested in the plot, characters, and romance that you can’t help but instantly fall in love with all of it. I’m not sure if it’s my favorite of the series, but it was still really great.

Beau is a character that I fell in love with back in Hard Wired. In that one, he was the main character Jesse’s cousin who is a big YouTube star who makes encouraging videos for the LGBTQ community. He’s a lovely guy, though his video personality doesn’t always reflect who he actually is. He chooses to talk more about the positives of the community, being gay, and things along those lines. But he never really discusses the negative side of the community and in his own life. Though he seems to have it all together on the outside, he’s actually keeping a secret about his past, which is what led him to start making videos in the first place. Beau definitely had his faults at times, like sometimes it did seem like he was slut shaming Zane. But the authors handled the situation in a well written and sensible manner in my opinion. He has his personal demons, but he’s still a great person at the end of the day.

On the other hand, Zane is a hot mess to say the least. He’s blunt, and he has no problem with putting all of his personal life out there. In Hard Wired, Ian loved watching his videos because he felt like he was so real. We also saw in Hard Wired that Beau and Zane seemed to be bothered by one another’s videos for differing reasons. Anyway, Zane is definitely an interesting character who is a lot of fun. I thought his POV was always enjoyable. I loved how Zane was unapologetically himself. He made no apologies for he was to his family or anyone else who had an issue with it, which I seriously respected.

As I’ve already mentioned a few times, Beau and Zane have a hate to love relationship in Mature Content. Why do they hate each other? Well, Beau feels like Zane making videos about all the details of his personal life are way too much information, even though secretly it kind of turns him on. But Beau likes to snub him in videos so they have kind of a feud going on. Zane feels like Beau is too stuck up and just downright fake. As I said earlier, Beau does slut shame Zane, but it does get shut down. I won’t reveal too much about the details, but just keep in mind that the authors don’t just let his comments go easily. Beau and Zane have some fierce and steamy sex scenes. As you might have guessed, they have quite a bit of hate sex. That might not be everyone’s thing because the actual romance takes awhile to kick in, but it’s pretty lovely when it does.

Mature Content is the fourth book in the Cyberlove series. I’m honestly not sure which one is my favorite because I’ve thoroughly enjoyed each of them and this is no exception. Megan and Santino are both fabulous writers in their own right, but even more powerful when they come together as a team. I hope that they write more books together in the future. There’s one YouTuber that we’re introduced to that I think could potentially receive his own book. That would be awesome to read about. I loved the exploration of YouTube culture and felt like they handled it well. This was a fast paced read and I’m happy that I picked it up!

ABOUT SANTINO HASSELL:

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Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author.

 

Santino writes queer romance that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.

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ABOUT MEGAN ERICKSON

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Megan Erickson is a USA Today bestselling author of romance that sizzles. Her books have a touch of nerd, a dash of humor, and always have a happily ever after. A former journalist, she switched to fiction when she decided she likes writing her own endings better.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her very own nerdy husband and two kids. Although rather fun-sized, she’s been told she has a full-sized personality. When Megan isn’t writing, she’s either lounging with her two cats named after John Hughes characters or… thinking about writing.
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Strong Signal Review

February 26, 2016 Reviews 2

Strong Signal (Cyberlove, #1) by Megan Erickson, Santino Hassell
Published by Megtino Press on February 15th 2016
Pages: 235
Source: Purchased
Also by this author: Fast Connection (Cyberlove #2), Overexposed (In Focus, #4), Daring Fate (Silver Tip Pack #1), Mature Content (Cyberlove, #4), Fast Connection (Cyberlove #2), Sutphin Boulevard (Five Boroughs, #1), Sunset Park (Five Boroughs, #2), First and First (Five Boroughs, #3), Interborough (Five Boroughs, #4), Mature Content (Cyberlove, #4)
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I was counting down the months until the end of my deployment. My days were spent working on military vehicles, and I spent my nights playing video games that would distract me until I could leave Staff Sergeant Garrett Reid behind.
That was when I met him: Kai Bannon, a fellow gamer with a famous stream channel.
I never expected to become fixated on someone who'd initially been a rival. And I'd never expected someone who oozed charm to notice me—a guy known for his brutal honesty and scowl. I hadn't planned for our online friendship to turn into something that kept me up at night—hours of chatting evolving into filthy webcam sessions.
But it did. And now I can't stop thinking about him. In my mind, our real life meeting is perfect. We kiss, we fall into bed, and it's love at first sight.
Except, like most things in my life, it doesn't go as planned.
Strong Signal is a standalone, full-length novel with no cliffhanger

Honestly, this was my first M/M New Adult book and I was so impressed with the writing from Erickson and Hassell. This book kept me completely glued to the page from start to finish. There’s tons of positive things to say about this read, I really don’t know where exactly to start. I guess I’ll say this: if you’re looking for a mature and hot read featuring a military man and a video game geek, this is for you. I know this sounds super specific, but it’s just a great feel good book that also has some serious depth to it. Kai and Garrett are both well rounded and fascinating. You’ll love them both equally, I didn’t have a favorite.

I wasn’t sure if the whole military and video game thing was something that appealed to me. I gave it a shot anyway because I’ve heard positive things about Erickson’s M/M books and so I started here. I’m SO glad that I tried it because these two worlds colliding work in a compelling manner. Kai has serious social anxiety and has barely left his apartment the past three years. Instead he hides behind the safety of his video games and makes a living from his Twitch stream. Basically, he has a large enough following on this popular streaming site that he makes a decent amount of money. I’m not going to lie, I’m kind of ignorant when it comes to video games and I thought that the authors had made the site up because I know that gamers release YouTube videos. However, I had no idea that this community existed and it was surprisingly intriguing reading about it. Though I did love Garrett just as much as Kai, I felt a special connection to the latter because I know how crippling social anxiety can feel. I really enjoyed Kai’s personality and his character growth that gradually develops throughout Strong Signal.

On the other hand, Garrett is a man who works on military vehicles over in Afghanistan. I absolutely adore his strong personality that shines through the pages. He doesn’t feel like he belongs in the military, he just went there to avoid being stuck in his small town in Pennsylvania. This was also something that I could relate to, not wanting to live in the same place you grew up in for your whole life. Anyway, playing video games becomes a distraction for him as he tries to make it through the rest of his deployment and then never go back. While playing his favorite game, he gets killed by a popular and experienced streamer. Of course, this turns out to be Kai. More on Garrett’s character though, he’s a gruff guy who has a totally incredible heart. I really felt for him concerning his romantic life. He’d never really connected with another guy on a romantic level before. He was just being used by guys in the past and then he comes across Kai and everything changes for both of them.

So the relationship begins by Garrett emailing Kai and then the basic friendship between them quickly grows into more. I had no idea how hot this relationship could be before the two even meet each other in person. In today’s world, it’s very much believable to me that this could happen. The emails turn into instant messaging which then turns to Skype. Obviously, these sessions get rather steamy. Truth be told, Garrett’s dirty talk is a major reason why those sessions get so intense. Beyond the physical stuff, the two just get each other and want to be together in person. Eventually, Garrett comes back to the states and the first place he goes is to Kai’s apartment. Kai’s initial reaction is not a positive one, he slams the door in his face because he is definitely overwhelmed by him just showing up there. What comes out of it though is a fabulous scene between the two that you don’t want to miss! All I can say is the swoon is pretty amazing. I love them as a couple, they balance each other out. Garrett never pushes his boyfriend too far, he respects that his social anxiety is a very difficult and real thing. I could ramble on about it more, but I’ll let you judge for yourself.

This was a book that I couldn’t put down. I told myself I’d read just a few more chapters, but that quickly became more and more until I reached the end and wanted to read another romance like this from Erickson. Though I have no idea which author wrote which voice, I feel like they were both filled with personality and heart. I’m interested in reading more from Hassell now, and I’ve read some reviews saying that his writing style is more gritty and a little on the darker side while Megan has a lighter (well besides Focus on Me) style. Regardless, I ended up enjoying it. This was a well written story that has a fabulous HEA. So if you’re a fan of those, I’m sure this will be something that you will like. I can’t wait to read Costigan’s story, a character who was over in Afghanistan with Garrett and struggled with his sexuality big time. Admittedly, he’s a douchebag with a strong personality from what we can see, but I still want to see him find his own happy ending like Garrett was able to have!

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