Published by Self-Published on 02/13/2017
My FallenCon agenda is simple: sit on a couple of panels and let people meet the real me. Jesse Garvy—mod of a famous Twitch channel and, if I ever come out of my shell, future vlogger. I definitely didn’t plan to sleep with a moody tattooed fan-artist, but he’s gorgeous and can’t keep his hands off me. There's a first time for everything, and my first time with a guy turns out to be the hottest experience of my life.
But the next day, I find out my moody fan-artist is Ian Larsen AKA Cherry—someone I've known online for years. And he'd known exactly who I was while shoving me up against that wall. Before I figure out whether to be pissed or flattered, the con ends.
Now we're back online, and he's acting like nothing happened. But despite the distance between us, and the way he clings to the safety of his online persona, we made a real connection that night. I don't plan to let him forget.
As a fan of the Cyberlove series, the third installment was a book that I had been anticipating for some time. I’ve really enjoyed the seamless collaboration between authors Erickson and Hassell and the uniqueness of a ‘finding love online’ storyline. Hard Wired, has that same seamless feel, still includes characters that have an e-connection, but this one was just not that enjoyable.
I can’t find fault in the writing as it was technically pleasing (I am a math teacher though…) and the steam scenes were…yeah, A+. However, I just didn’t get the connection between Jesse and Ian. The chemistry between them never carried any buzz for me. On their own they were likeable (well, Jesse was) and oddly relatable (Jesse again) but when it came to their relationship, they were such a hot mess. It is clear I didn’t understand them together. Even their HEA was very fuzzy, more of a HFN. As a reader that’s really hard to reconcile given how hard they worked for it. I feel pretty disappointed with that artistic choice.
Also, the foreshadowing of future books was written with a very heavy hand. The inclusion of side characters and drama felt gratuitous and I found myself frequently being brought out of the story between the MCs. I didn’t like it.
…I don’t know. I can’t emphatically go either way with a recommendation. I didn’t hate it, yet it never overwhelmed me. I’d say if you want a unified experience with the series, don’t skip it. But if you’re a jump-around-reader, you’d be okay shelving this one for now.