Title: Mature Content (Cyberlove: Book Four
Authors: Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell
Length: 218 Pages
At a Glance: Bottom line? Megan and Santino are killing it with this series. Absolutely love everything about it, and highly recommend.
Reviewed By: Jules
Blurb: 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.
Review: Confession time…I hadn’t read any Cyberlove books before requesting this one for review. *waits for collective gasp to die down* I know. Crazy. I did go back and read Hard Wired before starting Mature Content, as I saw several people recommend it as a good introduction to Beau, but I haven’t read books one and two yet. I said ‘Yet!’ I know all the Team Kai and Garrett people are about to come after me. Haha. I’m going to read them, I promise! The Cyberlove series is extremely popular—and now I know exactly why. I loved, loved Beau and Zane (and Jesse and Ian in book three), and I love the collaboration between Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell. The characters are fantastic, and their storytelling style makes it such a fun read.
First of all, the idea for the series is awesome. For better or for worse, we all live our lives entrenched in the internet, and social media, and engaging with others online. Whether it be chatrooms, multi-player online gaming, chatting and commenting on Tumblr or Instagram…this is the world we’re immersed in. In Mature Content that world is a community of popular queer YouTubers. I thought I knew a little bit about vloggers/YouTubers before I read this book—turns out I knew fuck all. I knew it was big in the sense that my kids and all their friends sit around watching YouTube videos. Like, all the time. I knew about the popularity of, say, Tyler Oakley. But, I had NO idea of the scope of the industry, or that there was so much money to be made in having a successful channel, etc. I guess I just never thought about it.
In Mature Content the MCs are Beau Starr and Zane Brody, aka TrashyZane. Both have extremely successful YouTube channels, but their styles seemingly couldn’t be more different. Beau plays well with others, is very particular about the image he projects, and, along with his agent, is working out the details on a deal for a spot on a TV network. Zane, on the other hand, gives zero fucks about his “image.” His image is simply him being unapologetically him. Which is one of the things that eats him up about Beau. Zane thinks Beau’s persona on his channel is complete bullshit, that it isn’t really Beau at all. Their reactions to each other in the beginning of the book killed me. I died at this line:
Beau himself sent rage streaking through my soul.
The hate was real between these two. Sort of. Because even as they were tossing barbs back and forth, they both secretly watched, and on some level, admired the other. And, their mutual fascination only increased after their scorching hot hookup at a gaymers convention. A hookup that came after a fight, and, for Beau, was basically a challenge. But, it turned out that neither one of them could forget that night, or the surprise at how compatible they were, at least in the bedroom.
He got off on me telling him what to do in a tone I hadn’t used in years. It wasn’t every day I met a guy who got this turned on by my brand of sex.
I loved both of these characters so much. Zane for his unfiltered, brash fabulousness; and Beau for his passion, his love for his fans (both of them had genuine love for their fans), and his heart. Zane has no time for anyone who wants to judge him, or doesn’t accept him, including his family. They are a bunch of uptight assholes, with the exception of his completely fantastic and spunky grandmother. She is the one family member to give Zane unconditional love, along with occasionally hilarious advice. I loved her. On the other hand, Beau has always had a good relationship with his family, but he does come to realize that his parents are a little controlling and selfish.
I also loved the way the story evolved—with the hate fairly quickly turning into fondness and admiration, and ultimately admitting how perfect they were together. The sex between these two was ON FIRE. There are some scenes that will definitely have you reaching for the fan. But, when the emotions started coming into play, and they realized what was actually happening between them, it was pretty awesome.
The thought pulverized my insides and left nothing but the realization that I was falling in fucking love with Beau Starr. And all it had taken was raw passion and a few weeks of texting. God, what was wrong with me?
There were also great messages in the book—about sex positivity, going after what you want, being real and true to yourself, and about friendship and family. The side characters were fantastic; I especially loved Miguel and Debonair, of course. It was so fun to see Jesse, if only briefly. And, who knew that I was such a big fan of enemies-to-lovers?? I didn’t! There was so much goodness here. The only thing that didn’t work for me one hundred percent was the storyline with Beau’s ex, Warren. He was quite prominent in the beginning of the book, but then I felt like he dropped off to the point where I had honestly forgotten about him. And, then he showed back up. I liked that Beau got a chance to stand up to him, and really get closure, but the flow for that part of the story wasn’t as smooth as I would have liked.
That teeny, tiny issue aside, I really, truly loved this book. Zane was my fave fave. I totally adored who he was. I also fully connected with them as a couple, which is, oddly, rarer than you think. I was with these guys from the word Go, though. So much love for them.
Bottom line? Megan and Santino are killing it with this series. Absolutely love everything about it, and highly recommend.
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