Fast Connection (Cyberlove #2)

Author: Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell

Publisher: Megtino Press

Rating: 4 stars

Buy Links: Amazon

Type: Novel in a Series

Received from Publisher

 

Blurb: After a decade of serving in the Army, everyone still expects me to be Dominic ‘Nicky’ Costigan–the skirt-chasing player. They don’t know I’ve been spending my days trying to figure out my post-military life. Including how to pick up guys.

When I meet Luke on a hookup app, he makes it clear it’s for one-night only. That’s fine with me, because I’m down to see what this silver fox can do. But after I arrive at his doorstep, it doesn’t take long to realize we have serious chemistry, and we end up meeting again.

He’s got more walls around his heart than a military base, but I think he’s as addicted to me as I am to him. He can’t resist me for long. I mean, who can? Except Luke’s rules exist for a reason, and when I test his limits, things get complicated. Maybe too complicated.

*FAST CONNECTION is a standalone, full-length romance novel with no cliffhanger*

 

Review: Dominic Costigan is unhappy with his life. He’s stuck on autopilot, and he knows it. He also knows he’s bisexual and would like to explore his sexuality with a guy. He signs up for Grindr and meets Luke. Luke keeps his life separate from his sex. He hooks up with a guy from Grindr and that’s that. There will be no peanut butter sandwiches and chatter afterwards. No. Good bye. Then Dominic keeps messaging him and he’s persistent and chatty and… funny. He’s also cute, and the sex was really good. Luke agrees to break his own rules and meet up with Dominic again. It’s totally not going to become a regular thing, though. So, Luke and Dominic become a regular thing. Luke isn’t sure how it happens, but Dominic is telling him a lot of personal information. Strangely, Luke finds he doesn’t really mind all that much. Dominic clearly needs someone who thinks he’s worthy of attention. Luke wants to pay attention. Things get tricky when their lives outside the bedroom begin to intertwine. Luke isn’t okay with that. Luke also realizes he isn’t okay with not seeing Dominic. Luke has to come to the realization he wants Dominic to be his and only his and there will be more than the regularly scheduled sex dates that have kept their every day life separate from their sexual life. That’s when things go really wrong and there are missing kids. Things are said, lines are crossed, punches are thrown.

Some of my first thoughts on this book were about how similar it was to Strong Signal. Military guy has trouble transitioning back to civilian life and falls for a guy reluctant to let him into his personal life. That’s both true and entirely too facile, like saying New York pizza and Detroit pizza are the same thing. Garret had job skills he wanted to use and a family willing and able to help him. Dominic was done with guns and left one war zone only to come home to a different kind of war zone. Dominic sees Luke as attractive and successful, his kids are smart and accomplished, even his ex-wife is successful. Dominic first meets Luke’s family in such a fashion as to not only confirm his suspicions about how different their lives are, but it confirms it for Luke as well. Dominic is the chaos Luke does not want in his life.

One of the things I loved about Strong Signal was not only did it tick all of the appropriate romance boxes, but it was subtle and deeply nuanced. I didn’t see that in Fast Connection. The lines are quickly and firmly drawn. Luke tells the reader he doesn’t trust others and he fears for the safety of his children. Dominic tells the reader he’s a mess and doesn’t feel deserving of love. That’s that. There’s the conflict. I still felt all the ooey gooey romance boxes were ticked, but all the beautiful shades of grey were gone. This book felt black and white, with the exception of Duffy Costigan. Duffy made this book for me. Duffy is such a glorious mess. He’s awful and heartbreaking, and oh my God I wish all characters could be as complex as Duffy. Duffy is a terrible parent in a human as opposed to a plot device kind of way. The specific sum of money that was conveniently available felt like a plot device, but Duffy was all too real.

This is a good book despite the fact I felt it wasn’t quite as good as Strong Signal. I’m looking forward to the next in the series.

 

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