Today we’re thrilled to celebrate the release of Fast Connection, the sequel to outstanding m/m romance Strong Signal, from Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell! We’ve been anxiously awaiting Costigan’s story, and it doesn’t disappoint – Fast Connection absolutely blew us away. Enjoy!
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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.
Series: Cyberlove, book 2
Release day: July 11, 2016
I’ve been dying to get my hands on Costigan’s story. After meeting his mildly irriatating, somewhat endearing character in Strong Signal, I’ve been curious to see how he’ll adjust to his newfound bisexuality and civilian life. Even while trying to keep it on the downlow during his time enlisted, having that secret half a world away had to be 100x easier than trying to hide it around his opinionated, verbally abusive father. Dominic’s decided to embrace his recently discovered attraction to guys and explore by testing his luck on Grindr. Lucky us.
Dominic’s story is much more than the romance I anticipated, and I love everything about it. The characters, the conflict, the resolution…just everything. There’s so much happening on so many levels that readers will be utterly consumed with the action and emotion of it all. The writing is brilliant – Erickson & Hassell bring the same style and tone found in Strong Signal while managing to give it a unique voice. Dominic and Luke are two primal, visceral men, and anything less than the raw hunger tangible in their encounters would be lacking. Often in series novels readers get déjà vu – feels like the same story just featuring different people. That’s definitely not the case here; Erickson & Hassell convey who these guys are just by the way they think. That is great writing, and I didn’t even mention my love for their sexy playful dialogue. Dominic and Luke have a bit of an edge to everything they do, one of the many things I missed about them when I made it to the end.
If I could offer one piece of advice to readers before they start it’s this: forget everything you know about May-Dec romances. Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell take what they like from this classic pairing and then pretty much rewrite the rest. Finally a May-December where the older partner isn’t always wiser! He can stand to learn a little – or a lot – from his younger counterpart. Erickson & Hassell put a fresh spin on divorce and sexuality, one that doesn’t culminate in a gay-for-you romance. While I enjoy that trope, it’s refreshing to find less predictable sexual exploration and struggle for acceptance.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Megan Erickson is a USA Today bestselling author of romance that sizzles. 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.
She lives in Pennsylvania with her very own nerdy husband and two kids. Although rather fun-sized, she’s been told she has a full-sized personality. When Megan isn’t writing, she’s either lounging with her two cats named after John Hughes characters or… thinking about writing.
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Other Works by Megan Erickson:
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)
Cyberlove series (co-written with Santino Hassell):
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.
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Other Works by Santino Hassell:
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:
Cyberlove series (co-written with Megan Erickson):