July 11, 2016

RELEASE DAY REVIEW: Fast Connection (Cyberlove #2)

Fast Connection (Cyberlove #2), by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell 
Publish Date:
July 11, 2016
Publisher: self-published
Format: e-ARC, provided by the authors
Genre: adult m/m contemporary romance
To Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Rating: 5 STARS

(Synopsis) After a decade of serving in the Army, everyone still expects me to be Dominic 'Nicky' Costigan--the skirt-chasing player. They don't know I've been spending my days trying to figure out my post-military life. Including how to pick up guys.

When I meet Luke on a hookup app, he makes it clear it's for one-night only. That's fine with me, because I'm down to see what this silver fox can do. But after I arrive at his doorstep, it doesn't take long to realize we have serious chemistry, and we end up meeting again.

He's got more walls around his heart than a military base, but I think he's as addicted to me as I am to him. He can't resist me for long. I mean, who can? Except Luke's rules exist for a reason, and when I test his limits, things get complicated. Maybe too complicated.

You know how sometimes you start reading a book, and you're not too far into it before you just know - THIS book is something special. This one will be one that you rate all other books by for a long time to come. Fast Connection was that book for me. 

It has everything going for it. It's smart and funny and sexy and sad. Fast Connection is relevant and believable, and it's everything I would expect from the incredible writing partnership that is Santino Hassell and Megan Erickson. 

I didn't know what I would think of Fast Connection going into it. I wasn't a huge fan of Dominic Costigan in Strong Signal (Fast Connection #1). He came across as a bit of a closeted, entitled douchebag. Good thing there was SO much more to Dominic. 

With Dominic finally out of the military, he now finds himself struggling to adapt to civilian life once again. His home life is horribly dysfunctional. He has no idea what he wants to do with the rest of his life. And he doesn't know how to handle his new-found bisexuality. But he DOES know that he doesn't want to be angry all the time like his dad, he doesn't want to make sandwiches in his family's deli his entire life, and he wants to hook up with a sexy man now that he knows he's attracted to men too. 

Luke has done the permanent relationship thing once and has two teenagers as a result. He's not interested in going down that road again after his last attempt at a relationship with a man ended very badly. He IS interested in tapping Dominic's fine ass when he shows up at Luke's house as a result of a Grindr matchup. 

The thing I loved the most about Dominic and Luke is how well they complemented each other - and how neither of them recognized this fact. Luke is sullen and quiet and intense and focused. He's responsible and mature. By contrast, Dominic is playful and light and sweet and loyal. They are unbelievably perfect for each other, but their individual hang-ups - Dominic thinks he's unworthy of Luke's affection and Luke thinks he can't do commitment - cloud their vision and can't allow them to see beyond the moment in which they find themselves. 

Since Dominic knows Garrett from book 1, we do get to catch up with him and Kai a few times in Fast Connection. It was perfect how they were inserted into the book - I loved how Megan and Santino worked that in there. And, we saw a glimpse of the next couple to experience Cyberlove, and it's one I didn't expect. 

Fast Connection is the best book I've read so far this year, and Dominic and Luke are my favorite ship. I'm already looking forward to reading it again soon. It'll help with the wait until the third book is out. Well, maybe not - I don't think any book will help with that. 


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.

Website: http://meganerickson.org/
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/MeganErickson_
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Megan-Erickson/e/B00AWD8MHS/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1454466025&sr=8-2-ent

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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