Monday, February 5, 2018

Book Review: 'Fast Connection' by Megan Erickson

New York author Santino Hassel, according to his biographical data, was ‘raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into a guy who spends his days and nights writing romance with an edge. He is a writer of queer fiction 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.’ In this second volume of the Cyberlove series he is again joined by Megan Erickson, a USA Today bestselling author of erotica romance. She offer that ‘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.’

Now with the new approach to same sex relationships (and the very concept of being same sex preference!) is being examined more thoroughly by the social media, politics, television shows (notice how recently the majority of television shows, both drama and comedy, have at least one gay character if not a theme of young gays to elderly gays/lesbians?), authors are less fearful of writing stories whose main characters are gay – and are gaining the respect long overdue for their efforts to show a bit of equality and ‘how the other half lives and thinks’. And for those who are curious about the term, ‘cyberlove’ is the strong relationship you build with a stranger before meeting in person... where you chat regularly online and have trouble logging off if they're still online.’

The synopsis sets the storyline well: ‘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.’

Blending same sex erotica with current social media obsessions makes for a major contemporary fascinating. These two fine authors make a solid case for cyberlove and pen it very well. Grady Harp, July 16

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