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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.
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We met “Garvey” and “CherryCakes” in book 2 of the Cyberlove series. Acting as mods for a popular Twitch channel. Garvey was so down home adorable with the little bit we knew of him. Cherry was more of an enigma, but I had my suspicions. Seems I was right. Mostly.
Garvey and Cherry are sent to FallenCon to represent Kai. We get to know Garvey as his regular name, Jesse, immediately. As he walks around FallenCon acting as a spectator first, he is immediately drawn to an artist who is displaying his work. The artist knows exactly who Jesse is- his crush from the Twitch channel they co-mod. Cherrycakes is a guy.
First, I have to say that I am a big fan of this series. Hassell and Erickson write together beautifully. There is never a time when I say to myself “oh, this author wrote this part and the other author wrote that part”. Their collaboration is seamless. This holds true for this book as well.
Secondly, I hate to say it, but I didn’t love this book as I expected it too. Jesse was a great character, very authentic. But as a guy in his mid-20’s, he figures out he is gay and boom- that’s it. Gay. Like, ok. No more thought about it. No personal crisis. No second guessing anything. It just seemed too easy.
Cherry, in reality is Ian- the name he was born with, and Cerise, the moody artist that Jesse can’t get out of his head. But it was not an easy task to keep up with basically three personalities. Because of a difficult life, he created Cerise the moody artist first. A prickly wall he puts up and wears like armor. Cherrycakes is who he is behind the monitor. Without anyone seeing him, he can be a super cheery mod who plays good cop on the Twitch channel.
Together, Ian and Jesse are great. When they are stripped down to themselves with no one else around. But when Jesse wants Ian- not Cerise or Cherry, Ian runs.
I actually really loved watching their romance bloom through chat. Back to the comfort of their keyboards, their real feelings shine. They discover each other and fall hard. But Jesse, with all good intentions, tries to get Ian to just be Ian. And Ian isn’t ready to let go of Cerise or Cherry.
My brain was spinning trying to keep up with who Ian was at any given time. Jesse was way too pushy in trying to get Ian to let go of his other selves. And Ian insisting that Cerise was necessary to his life- and Jesse didn’t have a place with Cerise. Only Ian.
I am giving it 3 pieces of eye candy because I really liked the premise and I did like a lot of the book- it was just a bit much to keep up with.
Megan Erickson is a USA Today bestselling author of romance that sizzles. Her books have a touch of nerd, a dash of humor, and always have a happily ever after. A former journalist, she switched to fiction when she decided she liked writing her own endings better.
She lives in Pennsylvania with her very own nerdy husband and two kids. Although rather fun-sized, she’s been told she has a full-sized personality. When Megan isn’t writing, she’s either lounging with her two cats named after John Hughes characters or… thinking about writing.
Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author.
Santino writes queer romance that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.