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Hard Wired (Cyberlove #3) by Megan Erickson, Santino Hassell

Hard Wired Book Cover Hard Wired
Cyberlove Series #3
Megan Erickson, Santino Hassell
Fiction, M/M Romance
February 13th 2017

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.

Maria’s Review

➦Do you know wtf this shirt is talking about? If you do then you will probably relate more to the characters in this book than if you don’t.

➦With that said, you don’t actually have to, because the authors do a wonderful job introducing the world of online gaming. You will learn about the gatherings gamers go to and you might find it pretty interesting. In the midst of that, of course, there’s romance between two guys. So who are they?

➦Ian is just a guy hiding behind different personas. One of those is of an artist, Cerise, who has quite a following online. When Ian is Cerise he is moody, unapologetic and sexually forward. His second online persona is that of Cherry, who is a moderator for an online channel. Cherry is cheery, sweet and helpful and is perceived by everyone to be a girl.

➦Ian/Cherry moderates the channel together with Jesse, a guy who he has a bit of an online crush on. And by “a bit” I mean a kind of “let me draw portraits of you” type of crush. So what happens when these two meet at a con for gamers? Keeping in mind that Jesse still is under assumption that Cherry is a GIRL.

➦It was interesting to read about Ian and Jesse helping each other, in a way, to overcome certain fears. I didn’t talk about Jesse much but he’s a very interesting character not without struggles of his own. Ian’s portrayal is intriguing and it was a interesting to read about his “battle”, if you will, between being himself and hiding behind his other personas.

➦Really loved these two together. Loved the writing, as usual! Devoured this book in a matter of days. Recommended to those who love M/M and unique characters.

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