Book Review by Jude & Annie: Mature Content by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell

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My life plan is to be brutally honest all the way to the bank. Don’t believe me? I run a popular YouTube channel called TrashyZane, and my claim to fame is oversharing about every aspect of my personal life. Sometimes while tipsy. Not everyone loves my style, but I have a long history of icing out people who can’t handle me. I have no time for judgmental foolishness.

Except, apparently, when it comes to Beau Starr. His channel is the polar opposite of mine, and so is he. Wholesome, inspirational, and clean-cut. Everything about him should turn me off, but when we hook up following a confrontation at a convention, my world flips upside down. Not only does Beau Starr turn me on, he uses the exact combination of dirty talk and roughness needed to turn me out.

But we still hate each other. I think.

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Hard Wired Review by Jude
Strong Signal Review by Annie

A copy of this was provided by A Novel Take Promotions

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This book really took me by surprise. I knew I was going to enjoy it, because the authors have never once let me down. This is a duo that excel at character crafting and organic, believable chemistry between them. Not a single character in this series of books has been flat — their complexities are fleshed out, interesting, and realistic.

There are two reasons this book took me by surprise: usually, I don’t enjoy hate-sex. I’m not anti it, but it just doesn’t do it for me. Additionally, while I enjoyed Beau in book three Hard Wired, he seemed almost too perfect. I enjoyed his relationship with Jesse, but wasn’t sure how he would translate in his own book.

This might be the first time I’ve ever enjoyed hate-sex in a book. It worked well for these characters — it made sense based on their personal desires and how they enjoy sex. There were a few plot conventions that were a little heavy-handed for me  (how their “relationship” or communication began, to name one). But really, these are nitpicks.

Beau was a delight for me. Because the book really allowed us to see that externally Beau is a mirage, or projection. Interestingly, that projection is him — but just one part. A part that protects him, yes. But also, I really liked seeing how Beau took himself from a bad situation and made a goal for a better future, and an honest desire to make a positive difference in his viewers lives. To be clear though, I loved how his still waters ran really deep (read, yes, kinky!).

Zane was also fantastic. I enjoyed his messiness, his honesty, and rawness. He’s a great foil for Beau in this book.

I definitely recommend this book. I think it could probably be stand alone, but definitely would work better if you read book three, as we get to know Beau and a little of Zane, and the culture of bloggers, in it. If you are inclined, please read the whole series. This is such a fantastic series!

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This is – hands down – one of the best enemies-to-lovers stories I have ever read. And I know I say this every time when there’s a new book in this series, but I think this might be my new favourite? I’m not sure because it’s so hard to choose. Each of the books are fantastic on their own and I love how they’re all connected in some way.

When the book was announced I honestly wasn’t so sure about it because – while I didn’t not like Beau – I felt kind of indifferent about him? I wasn’t sure what to make of him because he seemed to be too nice, too happy all the time, just too perfect. Having read Mature Content now – and having seen another aspect of his personality – I definitely understand him and will probably like him more when I reread Hard Wired. It really helped “being in his head” for a while and to see his perspective. Because he didn’t seem that great in Hard Wired.

Zane on the other hand I absolutely couldn’t wait to read more about and I was not disappointed. I loved how honest he was with his followers. He doesn’t put on a charade to get more followers, if anything he is himself, turned up to 150%. He’s unapologetic about who he is and I really loved how confident he was.

One thing I love when reading is when the author(s) can create a tangible chemistry between each character – when I can feel the pull between them. This is something I’ve found MegTino to be amazing at. It doesn’t matter if it was Kai and Garrett, Luke and Dominic or now Zane and Beau.
Each of those have a delicious chemistry. The push and pull, the “I can’t stay away”-feeling was so realistic, tangible and practically burned the pages. I had no doubt about the feelings between Zane and Beau – no matter if it was their animosity at the beginning or the love toward the end of the book.

As you’ll find out after starting this book, the characters, especially Beau, are not as you think they are. Beau isn’t this perfect guy and I really warmed up to him when he showed himself to be human too; with faults an all. And Zane isn’t really TrashyZane, I think he really is just most of us but whereas a lot of people try to show a nicer picture online, he just doesn’t care about it.
Together Beau and Zane just had this special something and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.

I said it above but this is one of my absolute favourite enemy to lovers story. Often the hate or animosity doesn’t feel real but this time I really believed that Zane and Beau didn’t like each other at all. And there was no doubt for me that by the end of the book they were in love. The transition from one to the other was so smooth and handled really well – it wasn’t too sudden but it also wasn’t too slow.

This story was pretty much everything I wanted and more.

Genre: Contemporary Orientation: Gay Pairing: M/M Review Self Published Tag: BDSM Tag: Celebrity / Famous Person Tag: Enemies to Lovers Tag: Part of a series

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