Book Review – Strong Signal (Cyberlove #1) by Megan Erickson, Santino Hassell

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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.

 

Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family but grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into a grumpy introvert and unlikely romance author with an affinity for baseball caps. His novels are heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, and his desire to write relationships fueled by intensity and passion.

He’s been a finalist in both the Bisexual Book Awards and the EPIC Awards, and was nominated for a prestigious RITA award in 2017. His work has been featured in BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Washington Post, RT Magazine, and Cosmopolitan Magazine.

 

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BOOK REVIEW

Strong Signal

(Cyberlove #1)

 

 

Genre: M/M

Published February 15th 2016

 

 


BLURB

 

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.

 

 


CORINA’S REVIEW

 

 

I truly believe there is a difference between how female romance writers depict M/M relationships and how reality looks like. Most M/M romances I’ve read so far had TWO alpha males falling love, both buff, muscular, and both used to being on top.

Now, here comes Santino Hassel and screws it all up by putting his own spin on it. The more authentic one in my opinion. By teaming up with Megan Erickson the Cyberlove Series has a more authentic feel without loosing the romantic atmosphere.

Strong Signal amazed me by it’s authentic feel. It felt REAL. The main characters had an incredibly deep connection and attraction that was palpable as well as genuine. Because of that the relationship between Kai and Garrett was utterly convincing.

Garrett the buff, scowling soldier. Muscular, strong, protective and undeniable alpha.

Kai the computer nerd, who was artistic, graceful, and elegant but also utterly vulnerable.

Together, they were magical!!!

Their connection was allowed to develop gradually and convincingly. Slowly, the authors, gave both men the chance to get to know each other beyond just the usual immediate attraction. In Garret, Kai found someone that loved him with all his flaws and hangups. Someone that wanted to be with him more than anything else, a person that was willing to give up anything and everything just to be with him.

Garret amazed me. Truly floored me with his willingness to adapt and compromise to make their relationship work. And I thought Kai couldn’t have chosen a more perfect partner. Even though they were such opposites on the outside, inside where it counted they were soulmates.

This book/series should be on everyone’s M/M must read list. Not only because it was beautifully written but also because it felt so incredibly REAL!!! I’m hooked, and can’t wait to read Fast Connection. I won’t stop until I’ve read every single book by this author collaboration.

About the audiobook:

Strong Signal was narrated by two great narrators that gave their characters a clear voice that gave each POV another layer of individuality. All in all it was a truly enjoyable experience.

 

 

Other great M/M books I loved:

Illegal Contact (The Barons, #1) by Santino Hassell

Sixty Five Hours  by N.R. Walker

Him (Him #1)   by Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy

Captive Prince (Captive Prince, #1)  by C.S. Pacat

Goodbye Paradise (Hello Goodbye #1) by Sarina Bowen

 


 

 

4 thoughts on “Book Review – Strong Signal (Cyberlove #1) by Megan Erickson, Santino Hassell

    1. Diana, it was a fantastic story. And if you ever want to try out a M/M you can easily start with this book. I might even suggest Sarina Bowen, her books are perfect for jumping into this genre.

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