For What It's Worth

Friday, June 2, 2017

friday fast 5–review: mature content by megan erickson, santino hassell



I’m going to be giving my Mature Content review the Friday Fast 5 treatment…here are the top 5 reasons I loved this book (& the entire Cyberlove series!)



Mature Content (Cyberlove #4) by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell


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. Goodreads


Source: e-arc provided by A Novel Take PR in exchange for an honest review



1.

Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell are incredible writers individually. Together?


The sarcastic wit combined with the raw emotional intensity is a winning combo that reels you in and keeps you hooked the entire time!

2.

Hate Sex

DAduUw-WAAANqtO

(credit: Keyanna Butler)

TrashyZayne and wholesome Beau Starr are like oil and water when it comes to their YouTube channel personas. They can barely stand to be in the same room together, but when one of their fights leads to an inevitable confrontation the sparks fly! Turns out they do have just a little bit in common.

And I just love how Zayne calls Beau “Beau Baby”. It's an insult, a lure and a prayer all wrapped up into one.

3.

Relatable characters, fears, and excellent LGBQT rep

Despite their differences, Beau and Zayne share similar hopes, fears and desires. I adored them both and loved how the obstacles and tensions were real but their underlying kindness and vulnerability had you rooting for their HEA.

I also enjoyed the contrast between Beau and Zayne’s approaches on their channels. Beau is all about inspiring and uplifting gay youth – guiding them and cautioning on safe sex practices – while Zayne is raw, honest and unapologetic about his life and numerous sexual encounters. Mature Content did a great job at being inclusive and respectful of each individual's choices while giving clap back at tired stereotypes and slut shaming.

Beau and Zayne also learn that neither one of them is wrong but they do start to look outside their narrow, sometimes defensive, views of each other and learn how to be happy and in control of their own lives.

4.

Online/YouTube culture

I’m old. At 50, mumblesomethingmumble, years old, I have to confess most of the books that include the internet lifestyle/gaming culture are completely beyond me. I don’t like it. I don’t get it. lol Mature Content, and the Cyberlove series, is so easily accessible to me though. Despite not understanding some of the language (which I usually pick up as I go along) it does help me understand the connections the gamers and internet personalities have with their subscribers and both the negatives and the positives that come from that kind of exposure. 

While it’s often bewildering to me – that kind of oversharing - I find it fascinating in this series.
The supporting cast is also awesome and complex. People you think are assholes start to have layers that you want to unravel and explore.

I can’t say enough good things about this book and entire series.

5.

And finally a song. 

The sexy beat made me picture Zayne in his fishnets, biker boots and trench coat slinking over to Beau {Baby} and the lyrics describe their pretty messed up, volatile, confusing relationship.


When you've gotten what you want
Maybe I should start over
There's nothing left to want
Up and at 'em again
You don't know what you want
Yeah, I'm thinking it over
Just tell me what to want”

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55 comments:

  1. I do like this format :)
    SOunds good

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  2. I do love these authors - I've only read Strong Signal so far, so it looks like I have three others to pick up ASAP. Well, I have the second book - so really I just need to grab the other two and FINALLY read them!

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    1. Book #2 Fast Connection is on sale for .99 right now! https://www.amazon.com/Fast-Connection-Cyberlove-Megan-Erickson/dp/1536803537/

      Get it Lauren!!! lol

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  3. Ooooh this sounds so good! I haven't read anything by this duo, although I've read a few of Erickson's solo books and really liked them. Definitely going to pick up the first book in this series now...although I think I'm looking forward to this one the most! :D

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    1. I was a fan of Megan's first but they're soooo freaking good writing together.

      Book #2 is on sale for .99 right now if you want to give the series a try.
      (link is in the comment above yours)

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  4. Wow... you make me want to read this as soon as possible. Fantastic mini review! :)

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  5. I have actually never read these authors but I am totally intrigued but this one. Great review!!

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    1. They're both great authors. I recommend it all. There's enough variety between the two of them as well. YA, NA, gritty, funny, PNR...

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  6. I love this review format!

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  7. This is not for me. Love the format of your review.

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  8. LOL I'm 30something and computer talk goes right by me quite often ;)

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    1. It's more the culture than the tech talk.

      I'm definitely in the camp of "kids these days" lol

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  9. That magic gif haha! Where is that from?
    I like that they are completely different people and they end up liking each other. I'm sure they learn from each other. The Youtube channels is a great idea for books nowadays but I don't seem them around. I'm on Youtube a lot.
    I love the song you picked btw!

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    1. gif: http://imgur.com/gallery/YsbKHg1

      Exactly! They made each other better, expanded their points of view but didn't change for each other. Really well done!

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  10. Glad this was good! And I always like it when asshole characters turn out to have layers and you end up liking them... :)

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    1. There are a few asshole sin this book that I outright hated until the authors showed another side of them and I was like...huh now i want their story lol

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  11. (twinkling eyes) That sounds really good. I need to have my own copy now. Great review format Karen :)

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  12. Sarcastic and emotional sounds like a fab mix up to me. I love your review format!

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  13. I'm 47 and have some of the same problems. I have a 25 year old daughter though so if I can't find the answer online, I know I can ask her and she usually knows. Plus she and her ex are both gamers and if I have a question about game playing she usually knows the answer. #getsocial17

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    1. Being around younger people is the only thing keeping me from being "the get off my lawn" lady! lol

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  14. Stopping by from the #getsocial17 blog hop! It's nice to meet you.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Debbie :-)

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  16. I'm always hesitant to pick up writing duos because sometimes its a clear different in writing styles and it throws me out of the story. Glad this duo works well!

    Stopping by from Bambi Unbridled for #getsocial2017.

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    1. I agree but these two write REALLY well together. I read them both individually and their voices are different enough so the characters are distinct but not so much that you're pulled out of the story.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. I am FASCINATED by Youtube culture, even thought I technically grew up with it, I don't think it officially took off until I was a adult so I get to mumble right along with you about not getting it. This sounds like something I need to read.

    My TBR thanks you.

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    1. I get so bored and it feels so - not fake exactly - but maybe everyone is always ON so it feels strange to me. But I really think that's my age talking. lol

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  18. Had a giggle at that GIF. I didn't realise you were in your fifties Karen, I assumed thirties at most. This sounds like a brilliant read. I love books surrounding social media and blogging platforms and especially the good boy, bad boy attraction. So glad to hear it has great representation. Will be picking up a copy to celebrate pride month. Wonderful review Karen <3

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  19. I'll have to check out your youtube channel:trashylove I think it was..I post my short stories on audible there: trin carl channel. Great review .

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  20. Love the photo of you with your 2 dogs on the bed!

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  21. I love this format :D I still need to try out their work!

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    1. Thank you Lily.

      They're great authors together or individually.

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  22. I have the first book in this series and really need to get busy and read it. Ha, love your five point review. I have no idea if I'm capable of being this succinct. The internet and gaming culture is definitely something I'm on the fringe of and I'm with you on just not getting it. LOL

    Great to return your visit from the #GetSocial17 event, Karen. Fun to meet you. :)

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    1. Thank you :-))

      I find the 5 things help reign me in sometimes so I don't blather. Which I tend to do when I love something lol

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  23. Popping in from the get social event.Added you to our following list.Happy Reading! Joelle from Angels with Attitude Book Reviews

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  24. I've read Megan Erickson before and yeah she's an awesome author. I never saw this one for review though which is a shame because it sounds so good! I'll have to put it on my wish list for later (i.e. five minutes because I'm shameless when it comes to getting new books). I'm stopping by from the Get Social event too.

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    1. It can be read as a stand alone but if you like Megan I suggest starting with book #1

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  25. Also, I LOVE your dogs! They're gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you - I only have the two now (to the left) We lost Beau last October to kidney disease but I can't bring myself to do a new picture without him.

      I also have a very bratty kitty lol

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  26. You know how to sell a book! :) You have me totally curious. Good tunes too. :)

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  27. OK I really want to read this book now! Wow your blog could be a very dangerous place for my TBR! #getsocia17

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  28. Just finished this one myself, and I agree on every point! "Magic" is absolutely right. Also, thanks for the earworm. :) Great review!!!

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  29. I ended up really loving this one too. It was definitely my favorite of the series so far and one of my top reads for the year. Enemies to lover romances are some of my favorites when they are done right, and I loved everything about this one. Great review!

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