Review: Fast Connection by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

Review: Fast Connection by Megan Erickson and Santino HassellPublished on July 11, 2016
Published by Megtino Press
Source: Author

Copy for review provided by Author in exchange for an honest review.

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 the second book in Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell’s Cyberlove series, about finding love via technology – dating apps, gaming sites, social media etc. We first met Dominic in Strong Signal (book 1 in the series and easily read as a standalone) as a secondary character, a military teammate of Garrett’s who came across as, well, kind of a jerk. He and Garrett had been hooking up (in secret, as Dominic was clear that he was just having fun, and not really gay) and when Garrett rejected him, Dominic didn’t take it well. But fast forward to now, and they are safely home. After his experiences in the army, Dominic has come to the realization that he is bisexual. He is under a lot of stress living with his parents again, working for his father at the family deli – it’s a job he doesn’t want but he’s stuck trying to figure out what to do with his life. In an effort to relieve some of that stress, he decides to find a hookup on a dating app and catches the eye of Luke. Luke is an older guy, divorced with two teenagers and also bisexual. He has a good relationship with his ex-wife and when she’s got the kids for a weekend, it’s his chance to let loose and enjoy himself for a few hours. He’s not looking for a relationship, just some easy, fun sex. Luke and Dominic set the sheets on fire in their first encounter, but when Luke shoves Dominic out the door, it’s his intention never to see him again. He doesn’t do repeats. But when he can’t get Dominic out of his head, and Dominic shows up ready for another round, things get complicated. Can this mismatched pair fill in the missing pieces for each other?

Once again this author duo has dished up a delectable sexy romance with a lot of heart. Plus, they’ve managed to redeem Dominic’s character from his initial introduction to readers in Strong Signal, by showing the other sides to his character than just the arrogant and somewhat entitled man we saw before. Dominic, in fact, knows that he didn’t treat Garrett well, and in this story, he’s already made amends with Garrett. The fact that he’s decided he’s bisexual is a big deal for him, and something he is still dealing with. He comes across as a man who puts family loyalty very high on his list, even if he feels that sometimes they don’t deserve it. He’s concerned about his sister who is living with him and his parents and in particular her fractious relationship with their parents. Dominic’s father has a lot of stress-related anger management issues and even though he constantly is belittling Dominic (he doesn’t think much of his stint in the army), it doesn’t stop Dominic from trying to find ways to help the business improve. On the surface, Dominic might appear as a player, but in reality, he has a good heart. In his awkward determination to ‘get some’ , his initial texting interactions with Luke are quite funny, and when they get together in person, he comes across a little bit vulnerable but brave too – he wants things to be good with Luke and to acquit himself well in the bedroom, especially since it’s his first time really hooking up with a guy. I really felt for him, in his determination to figure out a way to make things better for himself and his family, and in figuring out his own sexual and relationship needs.

Luke is also an interesting character. Though he’d been married to a woman, his current interest is all men. He had the unfortunate situation of being discharged from the military when caught in a compromising position with another man under the ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ policy, a man who then caused him a lot of problems outside of the army. He doesn’t trust others easily, and so one night stands are his thing now. He’s particularly concerned for his children’s safety even though they are teenagers, and is determined to keep his personal life and his hookups very separate. Dominic is a refreshing surprise for him. Their night together is so good that Luke can’t stop thinking about him and as a result, he’s unable to resist seeing him again. The problem comes in the fact that they are both living in the same neighborhood and are bound to run into each other. And when they do – well, suffice it to say that the second half of the story is all about the consequences of their growing feelings for each other and the reality of their family situations.

There is a lot to love about this story – the combination of an emotionally charged romance with some very sexy scenes, and characters that deserve to be happy make it hard to put down once you start. Family relationships play a key role, and make it clear that relationships don’t happen in a vacuum – they will always be influenced by those around us.  I really enjoyed how the whole story played out and there are lots of laughs to go along with the more serious moments.  This series is really a delight to read, and I look forward to more!



Maria Rose


About Megan Erickson

Megan Erickson grew up in a family that averages 5’5” on a good day and started writing to create characters who could reach the top kitchen shelf.

She’s got a couple of tattoos, has a thing for gladiators and has been called a crazy cat lady. After working as a journalist for years, she decided she liked creating her own endings better and switched back to fiction.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. And no, she still can’t reach the stupid top shelf.

About Santino Hassell

Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into a guy who spends his days grumbling on social media and nights writing queer romance.

Santino is a dedicated gamer, a former fanfic writer, an ASoIaF mega nerd, a Grindr enthusiast, but most of all he is a writer of queer fiction 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.