Oh sweet Lord that cover!

Hard Wired (Cyberlove, #3)Hard Wired by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Five big fat utter perfection stars. This book is everything about online gaming, the communities which grow up around it and the hopes and fears of having to put your true self out there in the real world.

Garvy has my heart, his perfect imperfections and lack of self confidence are not mine (I’ve always been a bit of a gobby git with an attitude in my long journalism career) but I completely understood him and how hard it was to push back and take a stand with his parents.
My parents were fabulous but I’ve had friends who behaved in similar fashion and I think everyone’s been a mug for someone they’ve loved at least once in their life. Mine was called Mark 😉

Ian, on the other hand, stole my soul. Every bit of his personality split into different ways of coping with life spoke to me. My gaming persona has always been quite radically different, right from the days of pen & paper table top through text MUDs and into MMOs.
Plus I met both my now ex husband and my life long (12 years and counting now along with the one 8-year-old son) partner through online gaming.
Real and honest relationships can be made, both of friendships but also of love, and that people don’t always seem to get that saddens me.

With this pair, and the Cyberlove series, Megan and Santino have created a truly beautiful world with gorgeous men who may not necessarily meet society’s ‘norm’ but who know how to love with all they’ve got.

The words inside are as glorious as the pretties on the covers. The smexy time is epic, emotionally, sensual and fun, deep and caring, smoking hot and satisfyingly sweet.

Bravo, this series is a triumph.

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More than perfect follow up

More Than Luck (Legendary Pairs Book 2)More Than Luck by Casey Cameron

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This one instantly went onto my winning list when it referenced not just one John Cusack film, Better Off Dead, but then also went on to mention the boombox scene in Say Anything as an example of extremely romantic gestures.
See that there is impeccable taste and so this book had a huge advantage.

That it also lived up to its promise by being a well crafted, much longer exploration of the CCG gaming world Casey Cameron has created was an added bonus.

I loved Lucas’ youthfulness and his harshness and arrogance, but also his vulnerable and hurting parts too. Drey, well this type of gruff, stoic and reticent older guy pushes all my buttons. He was grizzly, a bit of an arse and pure silver fox, with the maturity needed to help Lucas find a level surface to lean against.

Much more steam in this one, some epic phone calls and a lot of sexy talk all made this a real emotion stirrer.

# ARC kindly provided by the author in return for an honest review.

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I am in love with a book character

Fast Connection (Cyberlove, #2)Fast Connection by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Argh I just can’t with this book! I thought I loved Garrett and Kai but they have nothing on my adoration of Dominic and Luke.

From being the guy giving Garrett a hard time on base to being a sweetheart in this one, Dominic’s stolen my heart.

As someone who not only met my now ex husband online in a text MUD back in the 90s but also my partner and father of my 8 year old son, I know true love can be found online, and I’m 11 years down the line in our relationship to prove it.

I love the MMO gaming at the heart of the first story which bleeds over into this one as that’s where me and the OH met, beta testing Dark Age of Camelot.

This book is just all ends up brilliant, from the sex to the conflict to the secondary characters and through to the HEA.
Oh and the covers on these books! Big shout out there, they’re stunning.

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All my favourite things in one book

Strong Signal (Cyberlove, #1)Strong Signal by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So I’m a gamer, not only am I a gamer but I’ve been a beta tester since 2000, right when the MMORPG genre was first kicking in with EverQuest and Dark Age of Camelot, and not only am I a gamer but I met both my ex husband and my now OH while gaming.

This book speaks my language, I know so many couples who met in cyberspace in an online game and went on to forge a life together and so reading about Garrett and Kai was truly real for me.

Plus the sex scenes in this book are incendiary, scorching and steamy and the level of dirty talk is just perfect, again something anyone whose ever had an online relationship knows all about.

Plus it had a military man sure of his sexuality but not much else and a gamer who found it hard to relate to the offline world.

I know these guys, I’ve gamed with these guys, I’ve seen them struggle but eventually triumph and that’s what this romance is, a triumph.

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