Friday, February 17, 2017

Blog Tour: Hard Wired by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell - Review & Playlist (@MeganErickson_ @santinohassell)

Hard Wired (Cyberlove #3)
Authors: Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell 
Publication Date: February 13, 2017 
Published: Megtino Press 
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance / Gaymers

My Rating:
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.

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Every time I pick up a new Megtino book to read, I know that I’m in for a good time. A smutty time. A crying time. And definitely a laughing time. Hard Wired, the third installment of the Cyberlove series, was no difference.

Finally we get the story behind Kai’s twitch mods, Garvy and CherryCakes. Before going forward, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE READ THE FIRST TWO BOOKS! I’m going to try and keep the spoilers to a min, but it’s kinda hard with this one. 

As I was saying, Garvy and Cherry. After reading Fast Connection, you knew there was some tension between the two at FallenCon. We were all first shocked to find out that Cherry wasn’t a woman! When I first read it, I thought I was going crazy.

When Jesse meets Ian for the first time, it isn’t in Cherry mode, it’s in his gothy, sexy persona Cersie (which is cherry in French). Cersie is a way Ian can be out in public and feel in control due to some hardships in his past. Jesse is immediately attracted to the artist he happens upon in artist alley at the con. What he doesn’t know is that Cersie is Cherry and they are Ian. Ian though knows exactly who Jesse is. Knows him in ways that no one except his tumblr audience has seen. When a con hook up turns Jesse out, all he wants is more of Ian. But as we know, when Ian is revealed to be Cherry, Jesse’s co-mod, things aren’t as easy as it was the night they met.

What I really loved about this book and especially the whole series, is how online relationships and personas are showcased. More than not, people are meeting people online and in fandom more than they are in bars anymore. Showing how the relationship between these two blossomed over a screen is something that really touched my heart.

There were times in this that I wanted to slap the hell out of both Ian and Jesse. I wanted them to get over their issues and be sunshine and rainbows, but that would be stupid. I think this book said a lot about self-confidence. Jesse, having issues with finding his own to pursue something that he would be really good at and not letting the responsibility he felt toward his parents get in the way. Ian, having clung to his personas for so long, it was hard for him to believe that anyone would like him for just being him.

There are so many good qualities to this, that I can go on and on about it. But I want you all to read this. Go explore and fall in love with these two.

Now that you've read the review, go read the book and listen to this playlist inspired by Ian and Jesse!

Thanks for having us on Lazy Book Lovers! Here’s a play list for Hard Wired.

Look What Happened by Less Than Jake
-- Jesse plays Less Than Jake on his channel intro. This song is all about gathering up the courage to leave town, and that is something Jesse dreams of doing.

Motivation Proclamation by Good Charlotte
-- The lyrics are all about getting yourself motivated, and Jesse sucks at it. I can picture him laying in bed playing this song, trying to get the courage to follow his dreams.

Sex on Fire by Kings of Leon
-- This song really echoes the fireworks sexual energy Jesse and Ian have when they are together.

Make Up Your Mind by Florence + the Machine
--Ian is really into moody music and indie stuff, and Florence + the Machine is one of his favorites. This song in particular would really resonate with him because it’s about taking risks while making hard choices with some destructive behavior thrown in.

Faux by Novo Amor
--This is ultimate Ian music. I picture him listening to this on a loop during the dark moments in the book. After the con when he thinks he ruined everything, and when he starts being afraid to strip himself bare and really be himself.

Paralyzer by Finger Eleven
--This song reminds me so much of Jesse in the first third of the book. Especially at the convention. He’s so convinced that he’s boring and awkward and that he isn’t enough to keep someone like Ian intrigued. Boy is he wrong.

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Megan Erickson

  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 liked 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. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon | FB Group        

Santino Hassell

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. Social Media: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon | FB Group | Patreon

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