Series: Cyberlove #1
Published by Self-Published on 2/15/16
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 was really great. I loved that Garrett and Kai’s initial meet cute takes place online. The chatting and emailing had me swooning. Their chemistry is especially potent via text. It did fall off a bit for me once they start to interact in person but I still really enjoyed it.
Kai’s character could be a little annoying from time to time. I really wanted him to man up a little, he could come across as very whiney and co-dependent and that’s just not attractive, right? I wanted to sympathize with him (and I could some of the time), especially as someone who suffers from some of the same issues (you’d think I’d have more tolerance), but something about the way his internal struggles were written came off as more pathetic and less relatable.
But I loved Garrett. He was masculine and totally dreamy. I found him to be very relatable, despite being the gruffer character.
I’ve found that an awful lot of m/m romances are written in third person, which I tend to have a more difficult time connecting with. I always connect better when I can be in the characters’ heads and feel what they’re feeling, so the fact that this book is written in first person alternating POV was a huge plus. A lot of times they tend to lack in the romance department, despite being labeled as such. I really love an epic love story, and the m/m subgenre needs more of it! Give me romance, give me spark, give me sweetness. The challenge of every romance author is to make me fall in love. These authors succeeded. I’m so looking forward to the next book.