We’re always excited to have Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell visit us at Sinfully. Today they are stopping by to celebrate the release of Hard Wired, the third book in their Cyberlove series. Come have a look at what all the couples in this fabulous series have learned so far and don’t forget to enter the giveaway.
Thanks for having us on Sinfully! So in the Cyberlove series, the characters face difficulties like normal couples--physical distance, overcoming vulnerabilities, and learning to love. But they did it all with the unique challenge of starting out their relationship online.
Lesson #1 from Strong Signal:
One of the biggest lessons for Kai and Garrett in STRONG SIGNAL was learning to trust each other once their relationship transitioned from online to in person. They forged an intense bond while Garrett was overseas on an army base because all they had was nightly chats and Skype sessions. They got to know each other better than they probably would have had their relationship started on a physical level, but that also led to fear that their connection wouldn’t be as strong in person.
Kai was afraid that his social anxiety would prevent him from having a healthy relationship with Garrett whereas Garrett was afraid to tell Kai that his search for post-military employment might move him away. In the end, they had to trust that they had more than an online connection. They belonged together in every possible way.
Lesson #2 from Fast Connection:
If FC had one lesson it would be this: A booty call doesn’t have to stay a booty call!
Luke and Dominic met on Grindr, had off-the-charts sexual chemistry, and couldn’t stay away from each other despite Luke’s firm disbelief in two-night-stands. He tried his best to keep Dominic at arm’s length to protect the boundaries he’d put in place to protect his family, but Dominic just kept working his way in.
For their relationship to flourish, they both had to learn how to respect each other, trust each other, and stop treating each other like temporary factors. There was a point when the fact that they’d met on Grindr made them both feel insecure and disposable, because Grindr is usually for one-off hookups. Learning to love each other, and realizing they were special to each other, was one of the biggest learning curves in this book.
Lesson #3 from Hard Wired:
Hard Wired has some of the biggest online lessons. These characters met online years ago, have worked side-by-side moderating the same chat, had an intense connection in person and then were forced back into the online realm afterwards. Distance is a factor, so is trust, and the almost overwhelming reality that they had to shed their armor to fully accept each other and have a relationship.
The message of this book is really that it’s okay to do what you have to do to protect yourself, especially online, but that eventually you have to let your guard down and let the right person into your heart.
“Finish your other drink. I want to show you something.”
Jesse did as commanded, tilting his head back and wincing, but he swallowed it in one gulp. I leaned in closer, pressing my body to his broader more muscular one, and tangled my fingers with his. He was so warm, and he smelled so good that I wanted to keep him close.
He dropped the glass to the table with a comical grimace. Jesse wasn’t much of a drinker, but he was still sharp. Even so, I leaned in and whispered, “Are you sober?”
“Does slightly tipsy count as sober?”
“In my world, yes. But… are you sober enough to make a decision you won’t regret about someone you know nothing about?”
Jesse sucked in another breath. I leaned back far enough to search his face and found parted lips still damp from the drink and dilating eyes. On a whim, I darted out my tongue to taste the gin and tonic on his lips. It tasted better.
“I won’t regret anything I decide,” he croaked.
My smile was slightly feral, but I couldn’t check my eagerness. This was happening. It was going to happen, anyway. And my heart was in my throat because I’d waited…dreamed…for years for this, and finally the moment was mine.
We speed-walked out of the party like a couple of over-excited kids, my hand sweaty as it gripped his. He didn’t pull away as our fingers twined together. I looked at him once to see he couldn’t take his eyes off me.
Fuck. I couldn’t believe this was happening.
FallenCon had completely taken over the convention center. There were cosplayers everywhere, people with badges, and drunk folks spilling out from the party. The entire place seemed like a party, and this was usually the moment that I loved the most. When everyone dropped their insecurities and their rivalries and online dramas, and we all had fun. Lost ourselves in a moment that would forever remain in our minds as the one time we truly enjoyed being out with others.
But my brain was a mantra of fuck other people, must have Jesse. I dragged him down a hallway, opened the first conference room door I saw, and was relieved to find the lights dimmed and no one inside.
I had him up against the wall before he could ask the question. Those explosive blue eyes widened, but he didn’t shy away. And he didn’t hold up his hands in typical over-the-top adorkable Garvy fashion, a please wait sign, when I plastered myself against him. His body was harder than I’d imagined, the bumps and ridges of muscle causing my pulse to race faster.
“I hope you don’t regret this tomorrow,” I murmured.
He shook his head. “Never.”
I wasn’t so sure, but I drew him in for a kiss. That first taste had been nothing compared to his mouth slanting open for me, immediately inviting my tongue. I gave it to him with sweeping glides, fucking his mouth with it, and drinking every delightful little sound he made.
It was Jesse’s first time kissing a guy, and I knew I should be making it sweet or gentle. Probationary, even. But I couldn’t. I ravaged him until we were clutching each other in the kind of raw make-out that belonged in the back of a pickup truck after a night of drunken tailgating, not in this haven for gamers and nerds.
We were grinding on each other, and I was too dazed to know when it had happened. All I knew was that the heaviness pressing against my own erection was causing my knees to weaken.
My moans filled every corner of the room, but I didn’t care if I seemed desperate or slutty. That he didn’t understand why a kiss was causing me to tremble with need. He couldn’t know that I’d imagined this so often, that I’d drawn it, that I’d wished for it. And he couldn’t have known that sliding his hand into my hair and holding me harder against him would unleash the part of me that wanted nothing more than to drop to my knees.
Hard Wired (Strong Signal #3)
Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell
Published ~ 13th February 2017
Publisher ~ Megtino Press
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
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.
::: DEBRA'S REVIEW :::
Strong Signal (Cyberlove #1)
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*
Fast Connection (Cyberlove #2)
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.
*FAST CONNECTION is a standalone, full-length romance novel with no cliffhanger*
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Meet the Authors
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 liked 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.
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.
The contest is for a signed set of the Cyberlove series - can only be shipped in the U.S. And second place is a $10 Amazon Gift Card - Can be international Winner