Monday, February 13, 2017

Release Day Review: Hard Wired by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell #Review #Giveaway

Authors: Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell
Book: Hard Wired
Series: Cyberlove #3
Publisher: Megtino Press
Publication date: February 13, 2017
Length: 270 pages

Reviewed by Meredith


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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This is book three of Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell’s Cyberlove series. In Hard Wired we are getting Garvy and Cherrycakes story…. And it’s deep!

When you mix these two authors together you are going to get one Hell of a story. It’s not going to be all surface; it’s going to be immersing.

Garvy and Cherrycakes, as you likely know, are Mods for Kai’s Twitch channel. Now I don’t want to get all synonymous synopsis on you. I want to talk about the depth of these characters and the message I took away from it.

Cherrycakes aka Ian is also an aka someone else. The layers to this character were many. He’s so relatable it’s not even funny. I think we are all someone else. We use clothes, make-up, and our environment as camouflage from all that can hurt us. For those who have been scarred by society and our stories that make us who we are tend to fall deeper into this self-illusion.  That’s Ian. I found it also really interesting that we don’t get but glimpses of what Ian endured growing up and I thought it would annoy me but it didn’t. It was like the authors wanted us to fill in the blanks. To find the thing in your life to take the place of all we don’t hear so we can understand Ian. So we can relate.

Jesse Garvy… So he’s just like the sweetest man ever! I can’t even say his name without smiling. He overcomes a lot in this. Self-esteem (though I think that’s something that will always linger) He stands up for himself and for Ian. Here we see a character grow. His evolution is inspiring in a lot of ways. He moves out from under that crushing thumb. It’s terrific.

I found this to be such an awesome addition to this series. I love how each book is its own but they all connect. There’s a brief overlap from book 2 and when we see it (well I did anyway) there was awwwwwww!!!

There was a lot to take away from this story and I loved how I related to it and how it affected me in the best kind of way.


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