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Monday, February 13, 2017

New Release Hard Wired (Cyberlove, Book 3) by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell

ebook270 pages
Published February 13th 2017
My Tags: #angsty #artist #nerd #tattoos

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.

Ian/Cherrycakes/Cerise is one complicated MF.
There are many sides to him and it kind of made my brain swirl. I think it kind of made Ian's brain swirl pot, because he didn't know who to be at one time to the next. Not that he really had split personalities, but more protective gear in certain situations, and rightly so. I also feel that this is Santino's character. Whether that's fact or not, I'd love to ask him for sure, but I feel like I can feel Sunny behind this character, in the way he's written. 

Jesse Garvy aka Garvy is protective when it comes to mod-ing for Kai and for his fellow moderators, but when it comes to his own life, he seems to become a doormat. He's this sunny looking surfer boy who wants to have dreams, but he's held back by the parents he seems to take care of instead of the other way around. The only person who seems to stand up for him day to day is his cousin Beau, a professional vlogger. Jetties to be supportive for Jesse and get him to do things, but it isn't until after he meets Ian, and things get really tested, that he actually breaks free. 

Even though Jesse and Ian are mods together on Twitch, they don't really know each other "personally". Well, at least Jesse doesn't know what Cherrycakes looks like. So when he meets Ian at FallenCon and becomes super smitten, Ian is reluctant to tell Jesse who he really is. By the time they're up on panel it's too late, and Jesse is furious for having been lied to. Needless to say, there's a lot of ups and downs between these two as to the hiding and running away and being broody artists. 

I get that Ian is having difficulty melding all of his personas together and being afraid to put his real self out there, but it kind of gave me a bit of whip lash, and I felt a little bad for Jesse. I also felt bad for Ian, because he really really struggles with this. But when Ian sees Jesse standing up for him, it's really no longer a question and it all falls in place so easily. 

I cried for Jesse. Not that his parents were awful, they were just neglectful and selfish. He felt this loyalty to them that held him back. In some ways it was honorable, and in other ways you just wanted to shake him and say "you need to do you, booboo!" 
But I lived the way Ian and Jesse gave each other the confidence to finally be who they wanted to be. It was a very sweet ending. I really hope there's more of them in the future. 

Beau and Zane, Beau and Zane, I can't wait for Beau and Zane!!! If this is even going to be a thing, I think it's going to be funny AF. Beau is so "happy" and Zane is so "grumpy-esque". The opposites things is going to be great! 

Overall I give this between a 4 & 4.5 *

Art boy Cerise

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About Megan Erickson
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.

For more, visit
About Santino Hassell
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 LGBTQ 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.

To learn more about Santino you can go to:
Official website:
Twitter: @santinohassell
Facebook: theonlysonnyhassell | santinohassellbooks
Instagram: santinohassell


  1. Thank you so much for Hosting Hard Wired - even if we had trouble with those darn emails xo - you guys are awesome!!

    1. hahaha! it happens! :D Thank YOU for being patient