Author: Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell
Page/Word Count: 235 Pages
At a Glance: Oh my…this book! I absolutely adored it.
Reviewed By: Karen
Blurb: I was counting down the months until the end of my deployment. My days were spent working on military vehicles, and I spent my nights playing video games that would distract me until I could leave Staff Sergeant Garrett Reid behind.
That was when I met him: Kai Bannon, a fellow gamer with a famous stream channel.
I never expected to become fixated on someone who’d initially been a rival. And I’d never expected someone who oozed charm to notice me—a guy known for his brutal honesty and scowl. I hadn’t planned for our online friendship to turn into something that kept me up at night—hours of chatting evolving into filthy webcam sessions.
But it did. And now I can’t stop thinking about him. In my mind, our real life meeting is perfect. We kiss, we fall into bed, and it’s love at first sight.
Except, like most things in my life, it doesn’t go as planned.
*Strong Signal is a standalone, full-length novel with no cliffhanger*
Review: Oh my…this book! I absolutely adored it.
I was already a big fan of both Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell, which is why I was so excited to read Strong Signal, but it ended up being even better than I had imagined it would be. I kind of have a soft spot for online relationship stories since I met my hubby when a friend added him to my ICQ to ask some computer advice. I didn’t remove him when he was done, and we then spent the next couple months chatting, finally met, and have been together seventeen years now.
In this book you get kind of what you would expect from these authors: the sort of brash, grumpy, smartass grittiness I love from Santino Hassell, and then the sweetness and spunkiness from Megan Erickson. Both these authors can write some pretty hot and smoking scenes individually, but together, they pretty much set the pages on fire. Like, seriously smoking HOT!
The characters and situations felt very real to me. My husband suffers from extreme social anxiety and panic attacks, and me having had a couple panic attacks and being introverted, shy and kind of antisocial, especially if I don’t know you, it can become life consuming. I thought the way this book portrayed this issue was outstanding, and it made me love it even more.
I am not a gamer, though my hubby was into it for a while, but I was still a little concerned that I wasn’t going “get it” when I read the book, or that things would go over my head and I would be a little lost, but this was definitely not the case. Well, I’m sure there’s a good possibility that some of it may have gone over my head, but if it did, I didn’t notice, and it took nothing away from the story.
I would without question recommend pretty much any book by either of these authors, and I don’t know what made them decide to co-write, but I am awfully grateful they did. I’m kind of in awe of them, and now I’m ready for book two!
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