Review: Fast Connection by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

fast-connectionReview by Janell

In this second installment of the Cyberlove series, we follow Dominic Costigan home from Afghanistan to his family’s deli on Staten Island. Dominic was introduced in the first book as kind of a prick, but now we understand that it was just him learning to accept his bisexuality.

Dominic is bored and depressed. He works for free room and board, and can’t figure out what kind of career he wants that doesn’t involve guns, because he is over carrying a weapon, so he’s kind of stuck. He decides to join Grindr because, basically, he’s horny. [Read more…]

Review: Overexposed by Megan Erickson

overexposedReview by Janell

I’ve mainly enjoyed this New Adult male/male series , but I admit that I was excited about this story in particular because the characters meet while hiking on the Appalachian Trail. I live in the Northwest, and had just read a memoir about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, a trail that stretches from Mexico to Canada and passes about fifty miles from my backyard. I was all, “Thru-hiking stories! Endurance and pain! Yes! Maybe I’ll finally read Wild!” [Read more…]

Review: Strong Signal by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

strong signalReviewed by Janell

This book melted me into a puddle of goo. Take one internet gaming celebrity, add an Afghanistan vet, show all the stages of sex and intimacy, and there you have it.

Garrett is on his third and last Afghan tour. He’s a mechanic, so his days are usually spent on base, away from the fighting. His life is routine enough that he brings a laptop to play an online role-playing game. He’s also got semi-private quarters, sharing a tent with only one other guy. [Read more…]

Review: Focus on Me by Megan Erickson

focus on meReviewed by Janell

Summer road trip time, again! This is a sequel to Trust the Focus, which was also a road trip. I think I like this trope. So Colin is a self-described gay hick from the South who played football in college in California before flunking out. He’s headed home to work at his parents’ barbecue restaurant, and he’s totally fine with it. He realizes that college isn’t for him, and he misses home.

At a gas station outside of Las Vegas, he notices a guy in fancy boots and fashionable clothes. Colin nicknames him Catwalk in his head, because Colin nicknames everyone. Catwalk is stranded because he thought he could catch a bus, but there’s no bus. Colin impulsively offers him a ride. After a brief discussion about which of them might be a serial killer, Catwalk accepts. [Read more…]

Review: Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson

trust the focusReviewed by Janell

Summer road trip time! Justin and Landry have just graduated from college. They’ve been best friends since elementary school, although they pulled apart the last couple of years. Now, Justin has inherited his father’s old RV, and he plans to honor his father’s memory by reproducing the photos from his father’s nature calendar, only with his father’s ashes in all the pictures.

That’s a lot to start with. Also, in the fall, Justin will be his conservative mother’s campaign manager as she runs for senate. He doesn’t want to do it, but he’s been playing the role of dutiful son for so long that he doesn’t see any way out. Even though he happens to be in love with his best friend. [Read more…]

Review: Make it Count by Megan Erickson

make it countReviewed by Janell

I love a nerdy, awkward hero almost as much as Jen loves a tortured hero, so when I found this book at the library I gave it a shot. This “dimwitted girl falling for her nerdy tutor” story isn’t groundbreaking, but at times I found myself really caught up in it. Other times, not so much.

Kat’s brain doesn’t exactly work like other people’s brains. Her mind wanders a lot, she has to be hyper-organized to complete assignments on time, and she’s used to people making fun of her. Luckily she’s hot (her parents are Brazilian, and also rich) and she made it through high school with a little help from various boyfriends. Now she’s a college sophomore and failing her statistics class. [Read more…]