Title: Hard Wired (Cyberlove #3)
Author: Santino Hassell, Megan Erickson
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: February 13th 2017
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5
My FallenCon agenda is simple: sit on a couple of panels and let people meet the real me. Jesse Garvy—mod of a famous Twitch channel and, if I ever come out of my shell, future vlogger. I definitely didn’t plan to sleep with a moody tattooed fan-artist, but he’s gorgeous and can’t keep his hands off me. There’s a first time for everything, and my first time with a guy turns out to be the hottest experience of my life.
But the next day, I find out my moody fan-artist is Ian Larsen AKA Cherry—someone I’ve known online for years. And he’d known exactly who I was while shoving me up against that wall. Before I figure out whether to be pissed or flattered, the con ends.
Now we’re back online, and he’s acting like nothing happened. But despite the distance between us, and the way he clings to the safety of his online persona, we made a real connection that night. I don’t plan to let him forget.
“I was hooked on his soft skin, his tattoos, the taste of mint when he popped gum after his cigarette, and the feel of him waking me up with hungry kisses.”
There is nothing these two authors can’t write. Hard Wired embodies everything I love about the way they choose to tell their stories: the deeply flawed characters that make the reader sympathize and empathize instead of judging, the complex relationships -romantic or otherwise-, and the crazy chemistry between the main protagonists.
Ian Larsen, aka Cherry/Cerise (surprise!) is one of the most complex characters I’ve ever seen. His issues run deep into his past (thank you, authors, for NOT using abuse as a contrived plot device). Ian has created different personas that allow him to live without having to give up on things that make him happy, like sex or art.
Ian has my heart, but I loved Jesse too for different reasons. Jesse is not perfect either. His dysfanctional family, his inability to just say no, his self sabotage behaviour make him all the more real.
So Jesse and Ian getting together is not just sexy and romantic as hell. The bond they form really makes them step up their game and try to become the best they can be. And thanks to the top-notch writing, and the first person POV which is done to perfection, the reader gets to experience every step of the way.
The way they finally find each other for good was so very special. Because it wasn’t one thing or another. It was a compromise
“He was my boyfriend. My love. And I was proud to be his.
Other things I loved:
-The sex. Holy shit, the sex! Sexy Skype sessions and last minute sex included.
-The messages. That’s a thing I really like about the series. The texts really add to the story even when the MCs spend time apart. It also feels natural, you know, like real people talk.
-Kai and Garrett.But mostly Kai.
-The epilogue. It was just so Ian and Jesse.
-The gaming. Strangely enough, since I’m not a gamer myself, I was pretty invested in the whole gaming/streaming/social media drama.
This was great addition to the series, and it’s dedicated to all of us, believe me. Needless to say, very highly recommended. 5++ -you ‘re my cinnamon roll- stars.