Hello wild ones and welcome back for another Hump Day Book Review! This week, we’re reviewing Fast Connection, the second book in the Cyberlove series by Meghan Erickson and Santino Hassell.
Oohff, that cover though.
Goodness kids, not even going to lie, I may have read this one too many times to be objective. No exaggeration I’ve probably read this book like 6-10 times since I found the series. I’m more than a little obsessed with this series, but this book in particular just really does something for me. So without any further ado, let’s get into it.
I’m in love with Dominic, Nicky, Constigan. We meet our dashing, just figuring out he’s bisexual hero in the first book Strong Signal where he’s Garrett’s hook up buddy for a short bit. He comes off a little douchy in the first book, coming on way to strong, but for me he’s like a puppy. Yea, he might pee on the floor and tear up your favorite shoes, but then he’s gonna look up at you with those soulful eyes and melt your heart with his goofy, tongue lolling grin. By the end of the first book you kind gotta like the boy, he takes to being a bisexual like a fish to water, ready to swim and eager to learn.
Dominic returns home from his last tour and finds himself floundering in his old life. He’s been gone for nearly 10 years in the army, but his life seems to have stagnated. He’s back living in his old bedroom in his parent’s house, working in the family deli, and confused about how to go about changing his life. To escape the boredom, as well as explore his new found sexuality, he cruises Grindr looking for a hook up and stumbles across Luke.
Oh Luke, the big growly hot and emotionally unavailable man of
my Dominic’s dreams. Luke is complex man who likes to keep his life compartmentalized. Sex life goes securely in a box only to be opened on the weekends when his kids are with their mother and his daily life stays in a box far away from the people he hooks up with. He likes things that way, neat and uncomplicated. That all changes after a certain swaggering blonde hottie walks into his life and disrupts everything with his peanut butter sandwich.
Their relationship starts with a Grindr profile and a picture of washboard abs. Luke just wants to blow off some steam and Dominic is eager to have his first sexual encounter, not counting his time with Garrett while on base, with a man. Things get hot quick. Like super quick. Within an hour of meeting on Grindr they meet at Luke’s and then after a beer and very little conversation Luke proceed’s to blow Dominic’s mind and then turn everything upside down when right after they get each other off he’s ready to kick him to the curb and never see him again.
Poor little Luke, he never saw Dominic coming. The captain America look a like makes an impression on Luke that’s not easily forgotten. Dominic makes the grouchy man laugh, their silly conversations on Grindr have him grinning like a fool, and finally breaking his one and done rule. I’m not gonna lie to you and try to dress their relationship up into something it’s not, it’s super sex driven. For a while they only ever meet up on Friday evenings, after Luke’s kids are gone, and basically just have sex, Luke makes Dominic a sandwich, because getting off makes him ravenous, and then they go back to their separate lives. However, you get both of their point of views, so you get all the internal back and forth Luke fights with when he’s away from Dominic and the confused mess Dominic can be when trying to figure out what to do about his future. All that internal stuff kind of bleeds into their after sex conversations and both men find themselves wanting more from the other, but unwilling to say so.
That all comes to a head when Dominic takes Luke’s advice and makes a date for Halloween with someone other than Luke, GASP! Dear sweet baby Jesus, that decision prompts a hot firefighter’s costume, some even hotter hallway sex, and then a sort of sweet confession from Luke that he wants more from Dominic.
Our lovers don’t get to just ride off into the sunset just yet though, first we gotta deal with Luke’s compartmentalizing crap. The journey to happily ever after hits a giant snag when Luke’s son and Dominic’s sister runaway together to a gaming convention in Boston. Cue the record scratch. Gosh, the fight between Luke and Dominic makes my heart hurt, because each man can see that this is the end of their relationship and both are lamenting the loss of something well before they actually call it quits.
I didn’t shed too many tears though, for I knew that Luke was going to make things right. Spoiler alert, he does and they get to live happily ever after.
There were a lot of things I loved about this book. Luke believing in Dominic and pushing him towards the things he wanted out of life. Dominic’s confusion about his future. Luke wanting to protect Dominic from his father. Dominic just in general, I loved him because he was super vulnerable, all laughs on the outside to protect his soft center. I loved Luke as well because he came across as the gruff and tuff guy, but on the inside he was just a ball of fluff. A soft, cuddly teddy bear and his little cub. Awwww.
Not to say that there were some things I didn’t like. I was not a fan of their initial sex scene, just because it was Dominic’s first time (which he does not disclose) and it was kind of a harsh welcome into his newfound sexuality (though I’m sure that sadly that is the case for many young people). Luke all but slams the door in his face after they have sex. I was not a fan of Dominic’s father, I seriously did not like that guy and I hated his transformation. I like my villains/protagonists to stay shitty throughout the book, it honestly makes me more angry when they change just because it proves they didn’t have to be dicks in the first place.
Okay, so like I said earlier I have read this book several times since initially stumbling across it and I’ll likely read it again and again and again and again.
And now onto our rating! This book gets 5 stars from me. This was by far my favorite from the series and I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m more than a little obsessed with Luke and Dominic.
Alright, moving onto next week’s book. We are going to be reading and reviewing Beau and the Beast by Kay Simone.
For ten years, former Wall Street executive Wolfram—along with his staff—has been magically imprisoned in his midtown penthouse after his firm pissed off the wrong witch. Now, only one thing can free him from the curse.
Unfortunately, they’re not sure what that one thing is.
But mercy for the man with none, he still can be released:
Light can lift his shadowed soul when beauty frees the beast.
When a young reporter named Beau accidentally stumbles into their midst, the staff thinks he might be the answer to the witch’s riddle—if only they can convince him to stay.
Beau has his doubts when he’s asked to write the mysterious billionaire’s biography, but he can’t say no to the huge sum of money being offered. Resigned to his fate, Wolfram hates the idea of a stranger intruding in his life.
What neither man expects is the deep connection that forms between them. As they work together, Wolfram and Beau forge a passionate bond that threatens to boil over into something more.
The only problem? Thanks to the curse, Wolfram is a seven-foot-tall monster with eight weeks left to live unless the spell is broken.
Can Beau save a love he’s only just found, or is it too late for one man to set Wolfram free?
Would you look at that cover!!! LOVE! Okay, so come back next week to see my Hump Day Review of Beau and the Beast.
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Until later, stay wonderfully wild!