Hard Wired (Cyberlove #3)
by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell
This was another amazing read by these two wonderful authors.
For those of you, who have read book 1, you already know Garvy (Jesse) and Cherry (Ian).
They are Kai’s moderators when he is on Twitch. If you have not read book 1 yet….what the hell are you waiting for ??!!
With the way Cherry acted on Twitch, all happy, sweet and emoji-friendly, everyone (almost everyone) assumed that Cherry was a girl.
This is not the case, though. Cherry is, one of Ian’s (online) persona’s …and when I say one, I mean he has more. His other persona is Cerise. A bad boy artist who has a lot of followers on Tumblr.
Ian has created these persona’s because it makes him feels safe. He doesn’t like interacting as himself. He doesn’t even know who he really is anymore.
Jessy is Kai’s other moderator. He is a bit of shy surfer boy living in Santa Cruz and taking care of his hippie parents, who can’t seem to support themselves. He really wants to start his own channel, but he hasn’t found the balls to do it yet. He has also just come to terms with being gay.
These two men will be meeting for the first time face to face as panel members for FallenCon. And while Ian knows all about Jesse (he has been crushing on the man for 2 years), Jesse has no idea who Ian /Cherry / Cerise is.
When Cerise and Jesse come face to face for the first time he doesn’t tell him who he really is. They both hit it off though and there is an immediate attraction between the two.
Later that day they take full advantage of that attraction…..and it was HOT!
Of course, Ian’s identity can’t stay a secret for long, because they are both on the same panel for FallenCon for Kai.
Jesse is pretty hurt, but he is willing to give Ian another chance to explain, but Ian runs.
Jesse doesn’t give up that easily though and he starts reaching out to Ian online. Slowly they start building a new (online) relationship. They spent a lot of time in this book apart, but no worries, because their interactions are really sweet and…
…their skype/phone sex is really HOT.
But Jesse doesn’t like Ian hiding behind his Cerise persona and Ian is not ready to let go of his armor
.Question is, will these two work things out, while also being so far apart….
I really enjoyed this book and I have to say that my heart broke for Ian. I can understand if some people found his behavior a bit annoying, but he was definitely my favorite character in this book.
I do have to say that even though this book was great, book 2 is still my favorite. I don’t see that changing in the future either, because…
..Dominic just stole my heart !!
Book 2 was a bit lighter and funnier, while this one carried a somewhat sadder undertone (at least for me). The steam level of this book was also a bit lower than it was in the other books (there was still plenty..not worries), though this did not bother me and was very understandable, with the being apart so much.
I’m very curious to see who’s up next. I think it will be Zane and Beau, which would be awesome because I liked both their characters in this book.