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*
What I thought about Strong Signal
Oh, how I loved Kai and Garrett's story! I couldn't put this book down. The concept of these two men finding their love connection while online is just perfectly portrayed in Strong Signal. The idea that two people can experience that instant, unexplained attraction while online that many have experienced in person had me totally in love with this story.
Garrett is deployed in Afghanistan and Kai is a gamer supporting himself with a streaming video channel for gamers. Garrett is a gamer too, and when these two tangle online and Kai abuses Garrett's character, well, things start out a little rocky. As they start talking online, they realize just how much they have in common. They are both introverts, love gaming, and are socially awkward. Their friendship turns into more as they get to know each other better. I loved the way the authors took their time and portrayed the gradually deepening of their relationship. It made these characters real for me.
But Kai has some real issues to deal with and he's convinced that Garrett will dump him as soon as he realizes what they are. When Garrett shows up at his door, Kai is left to face his fears if he wants this relationship to continue. After the guys spend a weekend together, it's pretty clear that their feelings for each other are very deep and something they want to build on, but Kai's social anxiety issues could make that just a pipe dream.
Strong Signal will definitely be going on my Favorites of 2016 list. I adored this book. The character voices are well defined, the writing is top-notch and the story is perfection. If you like M/M, this is one to read. Highly recommended.
ARC provided for review.
About the Authors
Megan Erickson is a former journalist who switched to fiction when she decided she liked writing her own endings better. She likes to pretend she has control now, but usually her characters are the ones who hold the reins. Her romance novels have a touch of humor, a dash of nerdy, and always a happily ever after.
She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids, and two cats named after John Hughes characters. She's still waiting for the party she was promised when she grew to five feet... maybe because she never got there.
In Focus series
Trust the Focus
Focus on Me
Out of Frame (Coming soon)
Bowler University series
Make it Count
Make it Right
Make it Last
Mechanics of Love series
Changing His Game
Playing for Her Heart
Tied to Trouble
Leveling the Field (coming soon)
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.
Book 1: SUTPHIN BOULEVARD
Book 2: SUNSET PARK
Book 3: FIRST AND FIRST coming in April 2016
Standalone books by Santino Hassell:
STRONG SIGNAL (with Megan Erickson)