Series: Cyberlove #3
Published by Self-Published on 13-02-2017
Source: Megan Erickson, Santino Hassell
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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.
Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell have teamed up for third installment in the Cyberlove series, and this time we get the story of Kai Bannon’s Twitch mods Garvy and Cherrycakes, aka Jesse and Ian. They’re two very relatable and complex characters who come together and form a bond that you cannot help but root for.
I was very excited to hear that Hard Wired was about Jesse and Ian. I had no idea Ian was even an Ian at the time because I only knew him as Cherry, but that didn’t even matter. From the banter he had with Jesse to the way they both protected Kai I knew I was going to fall in love with them, and fall I did. From the first word to the last, Hard Wired was a roller coaster of emotions. I laughed, I smiled, I almost cried, and I was so angry with both Jesse and Ian that I wanted to slap them at times. But it was all worth it because they deserved their happiness.
I fell in love with Jesse very easily and it was easy to see why Ian did too. He’s funny and very easy going. He’s pretty much a typical California boy and there’s nothing wrong with that. Recently admitting to himself that he’s gay, Jesse is ready to finally be himself and open himself up to new possibilities in the world. As the book progresses we see Jesse grow and become more sure of himself, and confident with what he wants to do with his life. From feeling beholden to what he thinks is his lot in life to reaching for what he wants, it’s a lovely transformation that he wouldn’t have been able to achieve without the support of Ian.
Ian is a very interesting character. Coming from an abusive background he created Cerise, an online persona as a way to live again. But as time goes on, Cerise’s sardonic persona needs to be balanced out so Cherrycakes is born. He’s very much come to terms with his life and not much seems like it’s going to change. But then he finally gets to meet Jesse. Who he’s been secretly in love with for forever and everything changes. He breaks out of his comfort zone in so many areas but also learns that it’s okay to retreat at times as well. He learns that he can just be himself, and that includes all those protective personas.
Just like the previous novels, Hard Wired leaves readers satisfied and excited for more in the series. Jesse and Ian are a very much opposites attract story and it works so very well because Megan and Santino not only know who to tell a character driven story, but one that pulls at all the right emotions in the reader.