5 stars · M/M Romance

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

Strong Signal Book Cover Strong Signal
Cyberlove Series #1
Megan Erickson, Santino Hassell
Fiction, M/M Romance
February 15th 2016

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.

Strong Signal is a standalone, full-length novel with no cliffhanger.

ARIANNA’s Review

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This awesome duo delivered an enjoyable read, totally addictive with two endearing characters that will win you over from the beginning. I have to admit I was little hesitant reading this one since I’m not really a fan of gamers. I was afraid I will be bored to death or something…While this aspect of the story plays an important role here, it’s not the most important one. At least IMO. That being said, I enjoyed this one tremendously. It’s a great mix of sweetness and sexiness and I’m sure you will end up satisfied with a big smile on your face.

Garrett is a 26 years old gay soldier, partially in the closet. He’s on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, not enjoying very much working on military vehicles. He can’t wait for his deployment to end and go back to his normal life, because right now he’s bored, frustrated and irritated. His only source of entertaining is his online gaming. He loves playing them; he’s good, but soon he finds out that he’s not the best out there when his character gets killed by a more experienced gamer. Garrett is pissed and starts looking into the other man’s profile. He never expected the “enemy” to be…so young…so sexy and so gorgeous.

Kai is an internet celebrity…well, not really. But he’s very known by everyone who play online games, having thousands of subscribers. He’s a reclusive and he suffers from social anxiety and panic attacks. The good part is that he loves what he does. He doesn’t leave his apartment and despite the fact that he has many only friends, he has one single friend in real life, his 17 years old neighbor.

If initially Garrett wants to take down Kai, soon after he finds himself wanting to know more about this sexy gamer. They start a lovely friendship that in a short time becomes more for both of them.

This was such a sweet read! Garrett and Kai’s relationship felt believable from the beginning. I loved how at first they start a tentative…something and how as the story unfolded that something became more. From sending each other emails to chatting and skyping their relationship progressed naturally which I really enjoyed. Their online interactions were from the start really gripping. I couldn’t read faster enough to find out how their relationship will unfold. Both Garrett and Kai were well developed, endearing characters. I must admit at first I thought Garrett will be a douche, but fortunately he wasn’t. At first appearance the two men have nothing in common, beside the fact both of them love playing online games, but they actually are more similar than anyone expects. Both of them hate socializing, for different reasons their childhoods were not exactly the best, both of them are sweet and caring.

Kai was such an adorable, fun character. I really don’t know which one of the authors wrote his character, but it was done really well. He was cute like a button from the start, relatable and with Garrett he was sweet, caring, attentive and thoughtful. His anxiety attacks were written well…I mean you will really sympathize with him. I have to say I really loved Kai for wanting to get better, not necessarily for Garrett, but for himself. Garrett without a doubt was the perfect match for Kai. I loved how he was with Kai- sweet, patient, protective and considerate. He was exactly what Kai needed and the perfect swoon-worthy hero you want to read about in a romance.

The connection between these two men was fantastically done, palpable and I couldn’t get enough of them. They were pure and simple wonderful together. Really loved their bond and how they interacted with each other. Their tenderness was really heartwarming. The steam factor was just yummy. I loved all the sexy interactions – online and in real life. They were off the charts hot and at times so filthy.

Overall, a great, enjoyable read!

I’m really looking forward to read the next installment in the series – Costigan’s story.

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