Title: FAST CONNECTION
Series: Cyberlove, book 2
Authors: Megan Erickson, Santino Hassell
Release day: July 11, 2016
4.5 Who Needs Sleep Crowns for Fast Connection
I started this book at 10:30 at night, thinking I would read for a couple hours, go to bed, and finish reading in the morning; however, I sat up until 4:30 in the morning to finish Fast Connection. I simply couldn’t put it down, sleep be damned. Dominic and Luke sucked me down the rabbit hole, and I couldn’t come out until I knew how their story would end.
The characters of this book are what first drew me into the story and are really what made me love Fast Connection as much as I did. And, of all the characters, Dominic is just the best. I absolutely adore him. He has this way of being abrasive, often saying the wrong thing or reacting without thinking, and I just don’t care. Logically, it should have turned me off from him as a character, but, it, in fact, only made Dominic more endearing. Instead of hating him, he made me laugh-out-loud several times throughout the book (by 1% I was laughing at his antics). I feel like he affected me in a similar way that he affected Luke. Just like Luke, I want Dominic to make the transition to the profession he wants, I want his family life to get better, and I want him to stop feeling so lost. I ended up rooting for him the whole way through the book, and for the authors to take a character that I would normally not like and make me love him, well damn, that just speaks to the quality of writing both of these authors produce.
Unlike with Dominic, it is not instantaneous adoration for Luke, really because of how he treats Dominic, but he grew on me. His gruffness and stand-offish behavior makes sense as his characterization is developed throughout the book, and by the end of the book I love him just as much as Dominic.
What ultimately makes me love these two the most is their relationship. Luke and Dominic make each other better. Luke supports his goals and gives him confidence that he can achieve his goals. He is constantly there to give Dominic the nudge he needs in order to reach his goals. But this isn’t just a one-sided relationship, as Luke gets just as much from Dominic. Luke, as I said before, is pretty grumpy and rude, especially to Dominic at the beginning of the book, but, as the plot progresses, Luke starts to open up emotionally. There are times in the books that he behaves in a manner that is uncomfortable for him, but he completes these actions because he knows it is what Dominic needs to feel loved and secure. As soon as Luke recognizes that he cares for Dominic, he starts to break down the walls he has created to compartmentalize his life, even if it complicates the carefully structured boxes in which he lives. At the end of the book, they have both made each other better people, and their relationship is truly one of mutual love and support, a perfect example for all couples to follow!
Additionally, the use of secondary characters is done well. Not only do they serve the purpose of pushing the plot forward for the main characters and developing the characterization of Luke and Dominic, but they are engaging and loveable. I also love a good Kai and Garrett cameo!
The plot and pacing of the story truly allows the reader to see Luke and Dominic grow and evolve as individuals and as a couple. Their story isn’t rushed and is about more than just sex. The progression has a natural flow, and, even though the conflict isn’t some huge explosion, it is realistic and fits with the characterization that has been established by the authors.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, surprisingly, more than the first book in the series, Strong Signal, and it really boils down to the fact that I love Dominic and Luke. Their relationship and evolution as characters is just phenomenal, and I am secretly hoping this won’t be the end of the series or co-writing projects by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell.
ARC received from the authors in exchange for an honest review.
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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.
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: Dirty Thoughts, Dirty Talk, Dirty Deeds
Gamers series: Changing His Game, Playing for Her Heart, Tied to Trouble, Leveling the Field
Cyberlove series (co-written with Santino Hassell): Strong Signal, Fast Connection
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: SUTPHIN BOULEVARD, SUNSET PARK, FIRST AND FIRST, INTERBOROUGH (Coming October 2016)
Cyberlove series (with Megan Erickson): STRONG SIGNAL, FAST CONNECTION
Standalone books by Santino Hassell: STYGIAN, AFTER MIDNIGHT