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.
Contemporary, Bisesual M/M, LGBT+
235 e-book pages
1st person, alternating
Cyberlove, book 2
June 18-20, 2016
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All the love and goddamn stars for this second book in the Cyberlove series. Megan and Santino have outdone themselves. Again.
GAH! Where do I even start?
Dominic Costigan was not a super likable secondary character in Strong Signal. He was okay…I just found him to be a bit of a dickhead if I’m being honest. But one of my favorite things is when authors take that not-so-likable character and win me over.
Dominic is a bit of a hot-head, a tough-guy player Jersey Shore kind of guy. The evolution he goes through in this book, over the course of merely a few months, was intense. He realized before ending his career in the Army that he’s bisexual, and now ready to explore since he’s home for good. He’s got a mind to what he wants in his future but is a little bit aimless while figuring it all out. He realizes his old buds may not be the best fit now that he’s older and attempting to move forward while they seem to be clinging to high-school glory days. He’s living in his parent’s basement, rent-free in exchange for working at the family bagel shop — and this isn’t viable for the long-term. He’s ready to move forward but has one foot nailed to the floor of what he knows…afraid to take a chance on the unknown and fail. Dominic knows he’s a cliche, but knows he wants to rise above.
Luke is older, wiser, successful, settled in his routine, sort of a grump, a dad of two teenagers. He’s got a healthy friendship going with his ex-wife…which was just awesome. He’s built walls around all the pieces of his life to keep his heart caged and focused on his kids. Instead of relationships, he does one-night, one-time-only hookups when the kids are with their mom. If he had it his way, his home-life and love-live would never intersect. It’s safer that way.
That brings us to Grindr. The hookup app, not a misspelling of a sub or hero sandwich. Though…there is a lot of deli meat in the book…. Now Santino’s tweets a few months back make So Much Sense.
Dominic and Luke are both using this miraculous hookup tool. Luke is a pro…it keeps his life simple. Dominic is a hilarious noob learning how to use this, what the shorthand means, the Dos and Don’ts of how much or how little to share.
Their first hookup happens quickly. QUICKLY. And it’s not love at first sight. Luke dismisses Dominic after the fun-times with not much more than a slap on the ass and thanks for the nut. Like, what — did you seriously want breakfast and a cuddle? How cute.
But, as these things go, they can’t stop thinking about each other. Luke starts breaking all his rules. Repeat performances, meals, snuggling for chrissake, Then families start mixing, and drama ensues (read: all hell breaks loose), and so much that makes these guys take a good hard look at what they want and where they’re going.
I gotta stop or else I’ll give way too much away.
This is just…perfection. I swear by it. Strong, flawlessly flawed characters — even the secondaries, humor, drama that felt so totally real, growth, sexy as fuck…everything. You hear me? EVERYTHING.
Megan and Santino are a freaking POWERHOUSE of a writing team, playing off their already strong strengths, keeping it real, relatable, and relevant with characters and interwoven arcs that are gripping from Word One to The End.
Other Books in the Series:
Title links to BackPorchReader review.
About 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 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.
In Focus series
Trust the Focus
Focus on Me
Out of Frame
Overexposed (coming soon)
Bowler University series
Make it Count
Make it Right
Make it Last
Mechanics of Love series
Changing His Game
Playing for Her Heart
Tied to Trouble
Leveling the Field
Cyberlove series (co-written with 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.
Five Boroughs series:
First and First
Interborough (Coming October 2016)
Cyberlove series (with Megan Erickson)
Standalone books by Santino Hassell: