Review: Mature Content by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell

Except, apparently, when it comes to Beau Starr. His channel is the polar opposite of mine, and so is he. Wholesome, inspirational, and clean-cut. Everything about him should turn me off, but when we hook up following a confrontation at a convention, my world flips upside down. Not only does Beau Starr turn me on, he uses the exact combination of dirty talk and roughness needed to turn me out.

But we still hate each other. I think.


The Finer Details

Publication Date:  June 2, 2017
Publisher: Megtino Press
Editor: Edie Danford
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Sequence: SequenceCyberlove 4
Series Type: new couple
Length: Novel  – 218 e-book pages
POV: 1st Person Alternating
Tense: Past
Pairing(s): Male/Male
Identities: Gay
Age Range(s): 22-25, 26-29
Genre(s): Contemporary
Tropes & Tags: enemies to lovers, opposites attract
Setting/Locale: Los Angeles, CA
Ending: HEA


Rating

4.5 Stars

Rating Info

Ratings stick closely to the GoodReads standards. Occasionally I’ll make note of half-star ratings and will typically round up on GoodReads reviews and other sites where I may cross-post.
Stars Goodreads  What this means to me
5 AMAZING This totally knocked my socks off, and I might end up a crazed fan (from a respectable distance).
4 Really Liked This was truly enjoyable, and I’d recommend it.
3 Liked It was good, and I’m glad I read it, but I may have had some issues.
2 It was okay I finished it & kept hoping for improvement. I definitely had issues.
1 Didn't like I read the whole thing but....
1 DNF Didn't like I read past 50% (at least) before giving up.
0 DNF No Rating I couldn't even make it to 50%, but I still feel the need to share my thoughts.


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Review

Oh, this series is sublime.

Lordy, these two authors have created some serious magic in this cyber-world of millennial gamers and YouTubers. Because honestly, this should not exactly appeal to me. I’m old enough to be their parents for chrissake. I’m of a generation with a certain treasure chest full of vastly different life experience that should make connecting to these characters impossible.

Yet, somehow these books have become some of my absolute favorites. And I’m prepared to die on the hill shouting their praise.

I got two words for y’all: Hate. Sex.

For all that I love quiet and sweet intimacy and snuggles and whispered pillow talk, I will knock people outta my way to read some Hate Sex.

There was a part of me, a large part, that wanted him to fuck me until I sobbed. Trouble was… I absolutely despised him. And I’d hate myself after.

Make it between guys who are pretty much opposites? Because buttoned-up Beau Starr is sweetness and light compared to the no-holds-barred Trashy Zane. Or is he?

Toss in some bossiness and some near-kink festivities? Because holy swizzle sticks.

Wrap it all up in a solid plot where they both pull their heads out of their asses and eventually get to the intimacy?

I’m there for ALL of it.

This book did not exactly go where I’d thought it was headed when we glimpsed these fellas in book three. I sorta got it in my head that this book could easily be a poly-triple-M romance with these two plus the dickhead Lyrix. I let my imagination run away with all the possibilities.

And. Well. I wasn’t disappointed. But…this wasn’t that.

But it was SO MUCH ELSE and thoroughly satisfying.

What would it be like to kiss Zane without the hang-up of sex? Just a press of the lips, a brief taste. Did he kiss slow? Fast?

There is tons of well-crafted plot and stuff. And a timeline that overlaps book three quite neatly providing a different perspective. And there’s humor and snark and sharp banter that is off the charts in its hilariousity. I’m not gonna talk about all that, though. Just know it’s there and makes this a damn fine read.

Instead, I’m going to tell you the dirty talk singed my eyebrows. The hate-fueled chemistry was explosive. The sex scenes ensured I needed to keep a cool drink handy to stay hydrated.

My only wee niggle was that I felt like the ending was a bit rushed with a few situations too swiftly and neatly resolved. I was in no hurry to let these guys go, so I definitely didn’t want the final resolutions tied up so hastily. Maybe that’s me?

The Cyberlove series is a cornerstone of the Best in MM Romance. Each book is unique and special in its own way with something to offer everyone (even 40-something non-gamers/YouTube stars).

If you haven’t tried this series yet, I don’t know what to do with you. Go. Do it. Then come back and tell me I’m right.

I’ll wait.


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Excerpt

“Look, if I go clean up are you going to run out the door?”

“Would it bother you if I did?”

Beau frowned. “If I say yes, is it guaranteed you’ll do it just to bother me?” My mouth twitched. He rocked against me. “I’m serious.”

“Fine.” I sighed exaggeratedly, like he was really hassling me. “I’ll stay for a few.”

“Good.” Beau stood up, and I was suddenly eye level with his taut, sculpted stomach. “There’s another bathroom in my bedroom. And…you can grab some shorts from the chest if you don’t want to sit around naked.”

I almost asked him what the hell we were going to be sitting around doing, but kept my mouth shut. He went to the bathroom between the living room and kitchen, and I explored the rest of his apartment while slathered in jizz. It was almost as nice as mine, but nowhere near as artsy. My grandmother had helped me furnish it after shopping at thrift stores and refinishing furniture, but Beau’s apartment was kind of like a showroom. Eerily perfect.

Either way, his bathroom was on point with the lighting and shower, so I jumped in quickly after tying my hair in a knot. I rinsed off, wrapped myself in a super-plush towel, and then snagged a pair of cut off shorts and a T-shirt that had his fucking face on it, which was too funny to not wear.

I waltzed out in my new outfit and found him on the phone with…a menu in his hand. Freezing, I fucked up my entrance and gaped when he waved it in my face.

“Do you like Mediterranean food?”

“Uh. What?”

Beau looked at me like I was an idiot. “Zane. Tell me what you want to eat.”

“Oh. Um. I don’t know. I don’t not like any foods.”

He rolled his eyes and rattled off enough food to feed an entire family. When it was done, and he told them to charge his account, he pointed at the shirt I’d procured.

“Just so you know, I didn’t have that made.”

“Uh-huh. But before I mock you relentlessly, why are you ordering food? Like, just because you’re trying to make up for being a dick doesn’t mean—”

Beau grabbed the front of the shirt and a ripping sound filled the room. He didn’t even pause. Just jerked me against him and kissed me so hard I lost my train of thought. Fuck, I lost my sense of self. Fell headfirst into the intensity of his kiss and then wrapped my arms around his neck because… I really could not get enough.

His soft lips were perfect, his tongue lashing at mine with such finesse my dick started to swell again. Especially when he tangled his hand in my hair and tugged just hard enough to make my knees weaken.

“Fuck me before the food gets here,” I blurted.

Beau pressed our foreheads together, panting against my face. “We just washed up. And I want to talk to you.”

“We can talk later.” Fuck, was I whining? I was whining. “Please, Beau?”

He squeezed his eyes shut, muttered a very clear fuck it, and then backed me into his bedroom. We were on his bed, clothes discarded, so fast my head was spinning with delight. How Beau Starr was the best kisser I’d ever been with was a mystery, but, damn, the guy’s tongue was magic.


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 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.

She is represented by Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

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Santino Hassell

SH imageSantino 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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