Monday, July 11, 2016

ARC Review: Fast Connection (Cyberlove 2) by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell


Blurb:
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.




Dani's rating:





Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell have done it again. Fast Connection is a WIN: well-written, a little angsty, a lot of steamy, and insanely enjoyable.

Dominic Costigan is not living a charmed life. Ever since his discharge, he's been staying in his parents' basement and working at his father's failing deli. His father has a mean temper and takes his money woes out on Dominic and his younger sister Adriana.

In Strong Signal we see Dominic as Garrett sees him: a cocky, self-assured loudmouth who cracks jokes at every turn. Here we see Dominic as he sees himself: scared for his future, worried about his sister, tired of being the same old Nicky Costigan who's done nothing with his life.

Dominic is still eager to explore the gay side of his bisexuality, and it's through Grindr that he meets Luke.

Luke, divorced with two teenage kids and 12 years Dominic's senior, has a family life and a sex life, and never the twain shall meet. Luke, who runs his own landscaping business, is a man of few words and has no qualms about shoving men out the door once he's done with them.

While I wanted to hug Dominic from page one, I warmed to Luke only slowly. The way he kicks out Dominic after their first tryst is just cold. Granted, it was a hook-up, but DAMN, give the man a minute to pull up his pants.

Luke is not a bad guy, though. He's just wary. He's a good listener, and he tries to help Dominic plan for his future. He just wants to do it on his own terms.

The guys' sexual connection is SO THERE, but Dominic craves more. He wants to cuddle and stay a while, maybe have a snack. But Luke is having none of that.




Family entanglements (Luke's son is friends with Dominic's sister) mean that Luke gets more with Dominic than he bargained for. But even as Luke pulls away, Dominic pushes forward. He's so insecure, he let's Luke call all the shots. This doormat behavior drove me crazy.

When Luke's son and Dominic's sister take off for a convention together, Dominic becomes Luke's convenient scapegoat. And it's then, only then, that Dominic says enough. And, damn, was I proud of him.

There's plenty of steam in this book, and the Grindr chats between the MCs are fun and sweet, not to mention sexy. Dominic is hilarious, and Luke's deadpan one-word answers had me cracking up.

Staff Sgt: You're good at sexting. You come too?
Luke: Yeah.
Staff Sgt: wait...did you do that just to shut me up?
Luke: Yes, It was completely altruistic.

Luke comes through in the end (even grovels a little bit), and the HEA is so satisfying because it feels earned.

Like life, Fast Connection is messy and real, and not without angst. It's about families and friendship and landing a helping hand. Relationships don't exist in a vacuum. They require hard work, persistence, love ... and plenty of peanut butter sandwiches.

This book can be read as a standalone, but don't even think about missing out on book 1 (we do get a glimpse of Garrett & Kai here, and they are as adorkable as ever!).

This series is AMAZEBALLS, you guys. I can't recommend it highly enough!





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