Fast Connection by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell (Cyberlove #2)
Released: July 11, 2016
M/M Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Mandi
This Cyberlove series by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell is so damn hot. I feel like I should “sext” my husband immediately! In the previous book (both stand alones although you meet Nick in the previous book) the two heroes fell in love over Skype. In this one, it’s Grindr.
Nick Costigan is out of the military and not sure what to do with his life. Twenty-seven years old, he is back on Staten Island working in his family’s bagel shop. He really hates the bagel shop, and even more, hates that he is back living in his parent’s basement. His father and himself do not get along. His father yells, throws things, and just wants Nick to be someone he isn’t. Nick stays because he is low on cash and because he likes to keep an eye on his teenage sister.
Nick is bisexual, having many girlfriends before the army, now that he is home, definitely interested in men. Feeling lonely, he gets on Grindr (a dating app) and finds a hot profile of a guy who is local.
Luke is bisexual, having been married to a woman young, divorced pretty quick, but in present day has two teenage kids. He has a really good relationship with his ex, and his kids stay with him during the week so they can go to the school near their house. Luke is….intense. Gruff. A silver fox. He is a landscaper who doesn’t mind getting dirty. Realllll dirty. He doesn’t have his kids on the weekends so those are the days reserved for sex. Random, anonymous sex with guys he meets on Grindr. He doesn’t do relationships or intimacy.
Nick shows up at his house for a hook-up and hoo-boy do they hook-up. Nick isn’t super familiar with having sex with men – as in the military he never had actual intercourse with a guy – more just fooling around. Luke doesn’t hold back, and Nick likes it. Nick has a much more easy-going personality. After they have sex for the first time, Luke wants him out immediately and Nick just wants a sandwich. He made me laugh. During one of their early text messages: (Nick goes by “StaffSgt” on the messages)
Luke: Nice pic. What are you into?
He didn’t reply for a minute, and I got antsy.
StaffSgt: I like to run. Trying to do a half-marathon soon.
I stared at my phone in disbelief. I wasn’t asking about his hobbies. I wanted to know if I could fuck him. Either this guy was punking me or…
Realizing they have good chemistry in bed, Luke breaks his rule of no repeat hook-ups and they start having regular sex sessions on the weekends. Nick wears his heart on his sleeve and can’t help but start-up conversations with Luke, especially through the messaging app on Grindr. A lot of the book are these messaged conversations and I loved them. Nick is so open and wants to just talk with Luke, and Luke is so closed up and intense that he doesn’t know what to do with Nick at all. Luke slowly warms up and realizes that what he feels for Nick is something deep and real and he has to come to terms with that.
On top of all of that, Nick’s sister is dating Luke’s son, (unknown to either of them that there is that connection). This finally comes to light and some pressure is put on them to come out to their families about their relationship. Nick isn’t out to anyone yet, so he has to deal with that stress. Nick’s father is also losing his bagel shop and becomes abusive and a bit out of control.
We really get to know these two – there is a lot of sex, but the authors give us so much depth in the characters as well.