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- Print Length: 232 pages
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- Publisher: Megtino Press (February 13, 2017)
- Publication Date: February 13, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N30MM0H
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Hard Wired (Cyberlove Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Listen, I loved the heck out of Strong Signal, but I was in the minority when it came to Fast Connection. It was a lukewarm (meh) read for me, and I was hoping the next book in the series would redeem my faith in the Cyberlove universe. Verdict? IT DID! I was so excited to learn Cherrycakes would finally get her own book. Yep, I was expecting this book to have a lesbian storyline or transgender storyline but color me surprised when it was revealed that Cherrycakes aka Ian is not only guy but also a favorite artist (of many) on Tumblr and DeviantArt who also goes by the name Cerise (Cherry en Français). Totes did not see any of that coming. The irony is based on Goodreads reviews of Hard Wired, people have a variety of opinions about this story, and it's getting more pushback than Fast Connection which is the story I found more troublesome. Weird. Goes to show everyone reads differently.
Anyway, back to the review. Ian spots Jesse aka Garvy his fellow co-moderator of Kai Bannon's Twitch stream at FallenCon. Ian has been crushing on Jesse for years. Because what do you do when you're face to face with the object of your lust in person after years of wanting them? You lie! You lie and pretend to be something you're not. Ian takes on his vamp persona, Cerise to win Garvy over. He never once reveals the truth. Well, he tries, but the opportunity is missed for a very adorable reason.
The intricacy with this storyline bordered on ridiculous because there were so many layers to Ian but that's what made it awesome. It was complicated, and IMO it made sense!
Megan and Santino did a phenomenal job with the writing. And they made it look so easy! Jesse and Ian were relatable. I think anyone in their early twenties often questions WTF they're doing with their life. Will they ever move forward or remain stagnant? Doesn't always happen in the early twenties either but it's likely the first in a series of crises. Jesse and Ian were both damaged in their own way, and the story had just the right amount of conflict/tension. This book is so going into the faves of 2017 pile. Also, that cover, holy hell is it hot. It is exactly how I pictured Ian.
I EAGERLY await the next installment in this series. I detect some Beau and Trashy Zane action going down. Overall, I really enjoyed this story and I give Hard Wired 4.5 incredible stars.
On the one hand, I adored Jesse and I felt like he really came into his own during the course of this story. On the other hand, I barely warmed up to Ian and felt that Jesse got the short end of the stick for a good portion of the book. To that end, it felt like every book that I have read and hated where the hero gets away with being crappy or self-involved without making amends while the heroine seems to work hard to rectify every little, perceived wrongdoing.
For every bad or idiotic thing Ian did, it was Jesse making amends. Ian making his past the reason for his current bad behavior, but never really discussing it, and his unwillingness to compromise with Jesse at every turn did not sit right with me.
If there was a relationship that blossomed here, I am sure I missed a large chunk of it. Maybe my book was missing pages? A good portion of this book is spent long distance. That fits with this series and its theme. But a majority of their long distance conversations felt superficial, so I never really saw that their relationship was developing.
And the reason for Cerise not wanting his relationship with Garvy out in the open seemed contrived. At that point, all the trolls who would have been up Garvy's ass would show up anyway, so why not present a united front? I didn't understand any of it and it came across as part of the story just for drama, but for me it made Ian come across as unwilling to compromise and didn't endear him to me at all. I didn't feel his pain, I didn't sympathize with him, it just made me mad for Jesse.
I was willing to concede that Ian was just fearful, but he stepped out of his comfort zone with CalArts, which made me think he could have made more effort with Jesse. I'm not saying toss Cerise to the side, but his willingness to step outside of his comfort zone for something he wanted proved to me that he could do it and was making a decision to not do it for Jesse. Not cool, man.
This book just felt like Ian in his own head and an unwillingness to see things from Jesse's point of view or to work at making a compromise that would result in both of them being happy or to just freaking talk about the shit going through his head.
The book wrapped up with Ian getting off easy in my opinion. I felt more emotion from Ian in the first few chapters than I did in the end. He seemed more distraught over losing a chance to be with Jesse in the beginning than he did when the prospect of losing someone he proclaimed to love was looming in the end. A little more groveling from Ian and maybe a real conversation as to where they were heading as a future couple would have gone a long way to rescuing my opinion of this book.
I did like how supportive Ian was of Jesse. If he had a redeeming quality it is that Ian has a lot of faith in Jesse and he projects that well. He also just plain likes Jesse, which I completely understand because I like Jesse, too. Who wouldn't?
In short, I enjoyed Jesse and his growth, I liked Beau and I look forward to his story, the convention settings were interesting, and Jesse's dynamic with his parents I could totally relate to. I will most likely still read the next book in the series, but I hope the future books focus more on a relationship where both parties have a willingness to want to make it work. The importance of their partner and pleasing someone other than oneself was something I missed here that I got in the previous installments.
If you haven't read any Cyberlove books, I suggest starting with Strong Signal and Fast Connection. Hard Wired didn't work for me, but it might work for you especially after reading the first two.
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