Author: Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell
Genre: MM Romance| Romance | Contemporary Romance | Military Romance
Characters: Garrett Reid & Kai Bannon
Release Date: February 15th, 2016
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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.
*Strong Signal is a standalone, full-length novel with no cliffhanger*
*ARC Provided by Publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review*
Oh my god, I loved this book! I grew up with a serious mad love of gaming, so any time I find a book with that theme in it, I’m always giddy as hell about it. Strong Signal takes everything I love about gaming and then takes it a step further by adding in a romance between two male gamers living two very different online and offline lives.
I started this book with the intention of merely taking a quick peek before reading the books I was scheduled to read and review. Then I found myself intrigued with this book, with these characters, and before I knew it, I was in over my head and sinking fast.
This book and its characters are so damn compelling I couldn’t put it down. Garrett and Kai are mesmerizing on the page. The more I read about them, the more I wanted to read. They both fascinated me, for a host of different reasons, from Garrett’s crush and over protectiveness of his loved ones to Kai’s insecurities and self-doubts, and yet, what captivated me most was how these two men found each other and how they became so much more than they originally envisioned.
Garrett brought a much needed sense of safety to Kai and Kai brought out a lightness in Garrett that the man sorely needed. They were perfect together because they are flawed and unique and special and far more alike than either of them know.
This was such a fantastic and engaging read. I loved and cared about both of these characters right from the start. In fact, there is a scene near the end that made me cry because of how much I loved both Garrett and Kai. Their flaws became my flaws, their doubts became my doubts, and I just loved that the authors were able to take me there.
Don’t miss this read, folks. It’s positively spellbinding.
Rating: 5 Stars
Up for Grabs:
Megan Erickson is a former journalist who switched to fiction when she decided she liked writing her own endings better. She likes to pretend she has control now, but usually her characters are the ones who hold the reins. Her romance novels have a touch of humor, a dash of nerdy, and always a happily ever after.
She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids, and two cats named after John Hughes characters. She’s still waiting for the party she was promised when she grew to five feet… maybe because she never got there.
In Focus series
Trust the Focus
Focus on Me
Out of Frame (Coming soon)
Bowler University series
Make it Count
Make it Right
Make it Last
Mechanics of Love series
Changing His Game
Playing for Her Heart
Tied to Trouble
Leveling the Field (coming soon)
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:
Book 1: SUTPHIN BOULEVARD
Book 2: SUNSET PARK
Book 3: FIRST AND FIRST*
* coming in April 2016
Standalone books by Santino Hassell:
STRONG SIGNAL (with Megan Erickson)