❣️❣️ Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, Giveaway & Review ❣️❣️ Hard Wired: Cyberlove #3 by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell

Title: Hard Wired
Series: Cyberlove, #3
Authors: Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell
Publisher: Megtino Press
Release Date: February 13, 2017
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance / Gaymers

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Blurb:

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.

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT

It took a second for me to notice the artist. He sat on a stool behind the booth, his hand sweeping over a large sheet of paper. He wore a black tank, which showed off his slender tattooed arms and a pair of skintight leather pants with boots that buckled up to his knees. His shaggy black hair nearly fell over his eyes, but I could see he had a nose ring and tiny silver hoops lining at least one ear. He held an unlit cigarette between full lips.

Fuck. And now I was looking at his lips.

He tossed his hair out of his eyes with a jerk of his head and glanced up. For a second he froze, and I felt like more of a creep. I’d clearly startled him. But I couldn’t stop staring. The cigarette twitched in his lips, but he didn’t say anything, only watched me with dark eyes in shadow.

I swallowed, feeling like I should look away. I should look away, right? This was weird, this staring contest with some random artist and the way his gaze pricked my skin like a tattoo needle.

“Hey.”

I whirled around at the sound of Beau’s voice. “Shit, I didn’t know you were behind me.”

“Oookay, well here I am.” He nodded at the end of the aisle. “You ready to move on? You’ve been staring at Leona for a long time.”

Yes. Because I was looking at the drawing. Not the artist who’d drawn it. Who might still be watching me. Don’t turn around, don’t turn around.

“Yeah, let’s go.”

We started walking, and I did what the voice in my head was screaming at me not to do. I glanced at the Dark Artist, only to see him once again focused on his work.

Let me just start this by saying if you have a hard time with angsty books, this one might not be for you. From beginning to end, this is hands down the most angst-filled book in the series.

Jesse Garvy is your typical nice guy. He works his butt off at a local surf shop to basically support his freeloading parent’s lifestyle, always putting his own wants on hold. His cousin Beau has been trying to get him to stand up to his parent’s and move out to L.A, but Jesse just can’t seem to.

Ian aka Cherry aka Cherise is forever hiding who he really is by seriously over exaggerating parts of his personality.
After bouncing from foster home to foster home, he has learned to deal with rejection by hiding behind his snarky-no-shit-taking persona of Cherise. In his armor of tight leather pants and showing off his tattoo’s, he can show what he wants people to see, an attractive, sexual and desired man.
Being Cherry is again a different part of Ian, a very happy and bubbly positive person who is always wanting to make peace and secretly make lovey eyes at Garvy 😉

After years of working as Kai’s mods, Garvy and Cherry are finally going to meet at FallenCon. Everyone, including Jesse Garvy, thinks Cherry is a sweet, bubbly woman, they couldn’t be more wrong.

Jesse is only just coming to the realization that he is gay and when he see’s Mr brooding artist, Cherise sitting there sketching, he can’t take his eye off him. Or his mouth it seems when things heat up super fast with these two.

The problem is, Jesse has no clue that Cherise/Ian is Cherry, and Ian being the selfish little shit he is, doesn’t want to lose what he’s always dreamed about. Anger, betrayal and of course heartbreak is all Jesse feels when he walked into the panel the next morning and finds Cherise with Cherry’s name tag. What is worse is seeing a heartless, asshole in place of the confident and affectionate Cherise that Jesse fell asleep with.

But in true nice-guy Jesse form, he can’t leave it alone, he thought he meant something to Cherise like Cherise meant to him. He Needs to know why he didn’t tell him the truth but when he see’s a very broken Ian, his need to protect and comfort him overrides his anger.

Back home Jesse starts basically stalking Ian’s Cherise page, learning all about Ian’s secret crush, he can’t forget their time together, but Ian has been MIA ever since FallenCon, he has even stopped being active in Kai’s group, anything to block out Jesse. Jesse stops at nothing to try and build a relationship of sorts with Ian. Wanting nothing but Ian to be himself.

These two are a little toxic for each other. They are both so insecure which leads to a lot of angst from hurtful words and a lot of self-loathing on Ian’s part. But they are also so perfectly matched, they build each other back up and show that with love, understanding, and patience, you can overcome anything.

I enjoyed Jesse and Ian, however, Dominic and Luke are still my #1. This one is so . . . . angsty and raw in a way that you don’t experience in previous books. I am curious now to see what’s up with the secondary characters, Beau and Zane. Here is hoping for a book 4 of the Cyberlove series, or you know, Megan and Santino can also revisit with Dominic and Luke, I so won’t complain there 😉

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About the Authors

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 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.

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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 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.

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