Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Strong Signal
Authors: Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell
Series: Cyberlove #1
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 235 Pages
Publisher: Megtino Press
Release Date: February 15, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: I was counting down the months until the end of my deployment. My days were spent working on military vehicles, and I spent my nights playing video games that would distract me until I could leave Staff Sergeant Garrett Reid behind.
That was when I met him: Kai Bannon, a fellow gamer with a famous stream channel.
I never expected to become fixated on someone who’d initially been a rival. And I’d never expected someone who oozed charm to notice me—a guy known for his brutal honesty and scowl. I hadn’t planned for our online friendship to turn into something that kept me up at night—hours of chatting evolving into filthy webcam sessions.
But it did. And now I can’t stop thinking about him. In my mind, our real life meeting is perfect. We kiss, we fall into bed, and it’s love at first sight.
Except, like most things in my life, it doesn’t go as planned.
Review: This was an incredible start to a new series, and one where I am so totally excited for the next book. I was initially unsure what to expect, even once it started I thought it might be beyond me because I am not a gamer. However, those fears were completely unfounded because these two guys, Garrett and Kai, are absolutely amazing together.
Garrett is deployed in Afghanistan where he spends all his free time playing video games. It’s during one of his games when his archer character is killed by another player. Because he was so pissed, he researched who the other player was, expecting to see some loser who got off on ruining the games for lower level players. What he finds is Kai. The most beautiful man he has ever seen and he can’t help but follow his streamer account. And his porn account…hot damn.
Kai is a remarkable character. He suffers from a social disorder, bordering on agoraphobia. He has panic attacks when in unfamiliar places on or in social situations. His life is limited to his apartment, his chat and his videos. You feel for the guy because he has no family and his only real friend is a teenage neighbor. The arrogance, the confident and outgoing personality are in complete contrast to his real life. A life that somehow now includes an ongoing friendship/online romance with Garrett. These two connect like crazy with their Skype sessions and chats…and how that could be as hot, and it was, is incredible to me.
The character development is so complete that you know when they finally meet in person that the groundwork has already been set in place. And when they do meet for the first time, it was a combination of heartbreaking, humorous, sweet, and hot as hell. What a great couple these two guys are. They are just perfect for each other. My heart was either in pain or jumping for joy. The emotional backlash from this story is immediate and heartfelt. One simply cannot read this book and not feel an emotional attachment to this guys.
So, two thumbs up for this new series; I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone, especially those who love a fully fleshed out story, with complex but fully developed characters. The fact that one is damaged will appeal to many readers, especially since he is able to overcome many of his issues because of the love he receives from his partner. Loved this book, and you will too.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*