Published by Self-pub on February 13th 2017
Genres: Adult, LGBTQ, Romance
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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.
Hard Wired is the third book in the Cyberlove series and I have read all three so far! I was initially attracted to this series with Strong Signal, a nerdy gamer and the soldier stationed in Afghanistan romance. It was a well-developed story with complex characters, angsty issues to tackle, and a hot m/m romance. Fast Connection is the next novel in the companion series, this time focusing on another soldier we previously met that was far from likable. But these brilliant authors gave him a great storyline that completely changed my perspective on his character and another romance to root for when he meets an older silver fox. I ended up enjoying the sequel even more than the first so I was really excited to dive into book three!
Hard Wired tells the tale of two mods of a popular Youtube gaming channel (of course from our gamer in book one) meeting in person at a convention and not at all being what the other expected. We are first introduced to these two in Strong Signal with their personalities often clashing. When they meet in person, they instantly feel a connection and sparks flew. But that would be too easy, right? One of them is hiding who he truly is and it is a secret they fear will drive them apart.
Jesse is a surfer who is a little on the reserved side. He doesn’t have the highest self-esteem and has only recently discovered his preference for men. He was incredibly sweet and my favorite of the two boys. Ian is a very complex character. He uses a couple different personas as a mod and in the art world to help protect himself and feel more safe and in control. When they met I was instantly into their dynamic and how their relationship would pan out. They both had a few inner demons to work out on their own and with each other and we definitely get to see that throughout the story. There were some moments of fire between them, especially in the beginning, but I didn’t connect to these characters quite as much as I wanted to, especially in comparison with those we met in the past books. It’s hard when you have two characters with self-esteem issues and it was a little draining on me to constantly have it front and center, especially with Ian. But overall it was a good addition to the series and sets up the next wonderfully!
Though each book in the Cyberlove series reads as a standalone, I have to say that reading them in order is the way to go. Each gives a brief introduction to the characters to come and I personally liked having that bit of info before digging into their own stories. I am excited to continue with the next book, Mature Content, and see what happens with Beau and Zane!