Wednesday, May 31, 2017

ARC Review: Mature Content (Cyberlove #4) by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

Mature Content (Cyberlove, #4)
My life plan is to be brutally honest all the way to the bank. Don't believe me? I run a popular YouTube channel called TrashyZane, and my claim to fame is oversharing about every aspect of my personal life. Sometimes while tipsy. Not everyone loves my style, but I have a long history of icing out people who can't handle me. I have no time for judgmental foolishness.

Except, apparently, when it comes to Beau Starr. His channel is the polar opposite of mine, and so is he. Wholesome, inspirational, and clean-cut. Everything about him should turn me off, but when we hook up following a confrontation at a convention, my world flips upside down. Not only does Beau Starr turn me on, he uses the exact combination of dirty talk and roughness needed to turn me out.

But we still hate each other. I think.

Todd's rating:

Well, that was just... FILTHY, folks! ;- )

Uptight and always upbeat YouTube Internet celebrity Beau Starr has a secret. A few of them, actually, but one of the biggest is that, in bed, he's nowhere near as bland and vanilla as his adoring public would assume. He likes to be firmly in control.

Oversharing and snarky Zane, aka TrashyZane on YouTube, is pretty much 'what you see is what you get.' He's brash and unapologetic about letting his subscribers know that he likes it both hard and often. Plus, he's mentioned more than a few times in his vids that he likes to be tied up.

*Ding-ding-ding* I think we have a winner!

Sounds like a match made in heaven, right? Or it would be if they could stop hating one another on sight.
His hair smelled like grapefruit. I used to eat grapefruit for breakfast with a bit of sugar sprinkled on top, but now grapefruit were dead to me. I planned to spit on the next grapefruit I saw with vigor.
Yep, very strong feelings, there. However, for the first 60'ish percent of the book, the book was much more feels of the physical sort, not the emotional.

The first few times they got together to 'hate-fuck', lawd, talk about blushing territory. Beau was all about taking the reigns, while Zane was all about relinquishing his will to be used as Beau saw fit.
He tasted like alcohol, pop rocks, and bad decisions.
I was glad to see that the story did not go full on BDSM, but it strayed over the line enough to make my most definitely vanilla tastes a bit squeamish.
It sounded scary and hot all at once. So of course, I was into it.
I was also glad to see that Zane's long hair didn't take on a life of its own. If it had, I'd already decided to call her "Felicia" , but it thankfully never came to that. His penchant for fishnet stockings was already more than enough for me. ;- )

The second half of the story was decidedly my favorite, with more of an emotional connection and sharing than the sexier, more distant first half; although, I did feel that the blackmailing sub-plot was overcome a bit too easily at the end to be truly believable.

I enjoyed this story quite a bit, but it wasn't my favorite in this really outstanding series. It would take a whole, whole lot to dethrone Kai and Garrett from that lofty position.

I'd rate this story at around 4 stars, hoping that the series is to continue, as I love the collaborative efforts of Megan and Santino.

My ARC copy of the book was provided by the authors in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.

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