Welcome to Megan Erickson, Santino Hassell, and the Mature Content blog tour! We’ve got some fun content to share with you today, so sit back, relax, and get to know the characters.
The Cyberlove series has grown a lot in the past year and a half. We went from having three characters with constant speaking parts (Kai, Garrett, and Shawn in STRONG SIGNAL) to an entire ensemble cast in MATURE CONTENT. We have characters who pop up from the past couple of books with a few new players in the YouTube community. So we’re giving you guys a handy guide of the who’s who of new characters in book 4.
The Go Getter – Beau Shields AKA Beau Starr
Beau had several scenes in Hard Wired as Jesse’s ambitious YouTube sensation cousin, and this is his story. He’s trying to transition from YouTube to TV while fretting over a strict network contract, dodging a shady ex, and falling in lust (or hate?) with one of the messiest vloggers on YouTube.
The Sex Bomb – Zane Brody AKA TrashyZane
Zane had a brief cameo in Hard Wired, but he is front and center here. He uses his YouTube channel as his diary when it comes to everything from venting about family to bad sex toys to bad hookups. He also throws shade when he feels disrespected… which leads to the animosity between he and Beau.
The Ex – Warren
Warren is Beau’s dirty little secret. Not only does he have a shady past and a record, but he once tried his best to drag Beau down a not-so-legal path. He’s back in the picture after a couple of years, and he’s seeing dollar signs….
The Troublemaker – Shane Lush
Lush is known for two things–matching his mohawk’s current color to his Jordans, and running a YouTube channel dedicated to exposing secrets and investigating the hottest gossip. His latest project? Getting the low-down on #Bane–the rumored trysts between Beau and Zane. Also, looking into Beau’s past.
The Supportive Friends Who Don’t Want to be in the Mess
Please meet Debonair (the dapper bow tie wearing gaymer who had a brief cameo in Hard Wired), Miguel AKA Migs (the fashionisto with the fashion channel), and Chanel (the make-up artist who upstages Beau at every event they attend together). None of them want to be involved in Beau and Zane’s mess, but they support from the sidelines and try to be there when they know they’ll be needed even if the Beau and Zane would never ask for help outright.
The Coolest Grandmother Ever – Rebecca Brody
Zane’s grandmother is the grandmother you wish you had. Not only is she fully supportive of his YouTube career (unlike his parents, who find it mortifying), but she follows all the YouTubers and is up on the gossip before he is.
About the Book
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.
“Look, if I go clean up are you going to run out the door?”
“Would it bother you if I did?”
Beau frowned. “If I say yes, is it guaranteed you’ll do it just to bother me?” My mouth twitched. He rocked against me. “I’m serious.”
“Fine.” I sighed exaggeratedly, like he was really hassling me. “I’ll stay for a few.”
“Good.” Beau stood up, and I was suddenly eye level with his taut, sculpted stomach. “There’s another bathroom in my bedroom. And…you can grab some shorts from the chest if you don’t want to sit around naked.”
I almost asked him what the hell we were going to be sitting around doing, but kept my mouth shut. He went to the bathroom between the living room and kitchen, and I explored the rest of his apartment while slathered in jizz. It was almost as nice as mine, but nowhere near as artsy. My grandmother had helped me furnish it after shopping at thrift stores and refinishing furniture, but Beau’s apartment was kind of like a showroom. Eerily perfect.
Either way, his bathroom was on point with the lighting and shower, so I jumped in quickly after tying my hair in a knot. I rinsed off, wrapped myself in a super-plush towel, and then snagged a pair of cut off shorts and a T-shirt that had his fucking face on it, which was too funny to not wear.
I waltzed out in my new outfit and found him on the phone with…a menu in his hand. Freezing, I fucked up my entrance and gaped when he waved it in my face.
“Do you like Mediterranean food?”
Beau looked at me like I was an idiot. “Zane. Tell me what you want to eat.”
“Oh. Um. I don’t know. I don’t not like any foods.”
He rolled his eyes and rattled off enough food to feed an entire family. When it was done, and he told them to charge his account, he pointed at the shirt I’d procured.
“Just so you know, I didn’t have that made.”
“Uh-huh. But before I mock you relentlessly, why are you ordering food? Like, just because you’re trying to make up for being a dick doesn’t mean—”
Beau grabbed the front of the shirt and a ripping sound filled the room. He didn’t even pause. Just jerked me against him and kissed me so hard I lost my train of thought. Fuck, I lost my sense of self. Fell headfirst into the intensity of his kiss and then wrapped my arms around his neck because… I really could not get enough.
His soft lips were perfect, his tongue lashing at mine with such finesse my dick started to swell again. Especially when he tangled his hand in my hair and tugged just hard enough to make my knees weaken.
“Fuck me before the food gets here,” I blurted.
Beau pressed our foreheads together, panting against my face. “We just washed up. And I want to talk to you.”
“We can talk later.” Fuck, was I whining? I was whining. “Please, Beau?”
He squeezed his eyes shut, muttered a very clear fuck it, and then backed me into his bedroom. We were on his bed, clothes discarded, so fast my head was spinning with delight. How Beau Starr was the best kisser I’d ever been with was a mystery, but, damn, the guy’s tongue was magic.
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.
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.