I was counting down the months until the end of my deployment. My days were spent working on military vehicles, and I spent my nights playing video games that would distract me until I could leave Staff Sergeant Garrett Reid behind.
That was when I met him: Kai Bannon, a fellow gamer with a famous stream channel.
I never expected to become fixated on someone who’d initially been a rival. And I’d never expected someone who oozed charm to notice me—a guy known for his brutal honesty and scowl. I hadn’t planned for our online friendship to turn into something that kept me up at night—hours of chatting evolving into filthy webcam sessions.
But it did. And now I can’t stop thinking about him. In my mind, our real life meeting is perfect. We kiss, we fall into bed, and it’s love at first sight.
Except, like most things in my life, it doesn’t go as planned.
*Strong Signal is a standalone, full-length novel with no cliffhanger*
I had not even started Strong Signal and I was already flailing with excitement when I found out that this would be book one in a new series. As an avid Megan Erickson fan (especially her own M/M series) I had an inkling of what to expect from this book and knowing I would be impressed. Coupled with Santino Hassell, Strong Signal is added to my list of favourites and Santino Hassell now has a reader frantically one clicking and desperate to read all his other LGBTQ Romance novels.
Hassell and Erickson have written a novel that delicately and skillfully explores topics very relevant to this day and age. In a world where online technology is embedded into every day routines, Kai and Garrett bring home the importance and the reality of the online world. As each chapter continues to be more dimensional than the last, a complex but extremely gratifying love story is told.
Kai is a gamer a VERY successful gamer and in a world where he has all that he needs at his fingertips, his level of satisfied is at an all time high. Garrett, Garrett is the complete opposite. On the other side of the world playing video games to ease the disdain he feels from his life as a deployed soldier, everything is overwhelming and extremely disheartening. When circumstances allow these two to meet online, their intrigue to explore this unlikely connection is the beginning of a raw, gritty and heartbreakingly honest love story.
Told from both Kai and Garrett’s point of view, Strong Signal is an equal expression of the desires, the fears and the hopes of both these men. Having lived and dealt with experiences that are worlds apart, their online union highlights the unique beauty that can be found in the often misunderstood and usually feared online world.
Strong Signal is everything I wanted it to be. It is more then just a romance novel. Together Erickson and Hassall have breathed to life a story with generational significance. Through empathy and research Strong Signal enhances the connection found with their readers and longevity for their characters
MEET THE AUTHORS
Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author.
Santino writes queer romance 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.
Five Boroughs series:
Book 1: SUTPHIN BOULEVARD
Book 2: SUNSET PARK
Book 3: FIRST AND FIRST coming in April 2016
Standalone books by Santino Hassell:
STRONG SIGNAL (with Megan Erickson)
Megan Erickson is a former journalist who switched to fiction when she decided she liked writing her own endings better. She likes to pretend she has control now, but usually her characters are the ones who hold the reins. Her romance novels have a touch of humor, a dash of nerdy, and always a happily ever after.
She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids, and two cats named after John Hughes characters. She’s still waiting for the party she was promised when she grew to five feet… maybe because she never got there.
In Focus series
Trust the Focus
Focus on Me
Out of Frame (Coming soon)
Bowler University series
Make it Count
Make it Right
Make it Last
Mechanics of Love series
Changing His Game
Playing for Her Heart
Tied to Trouble
Leveling the Field (coming soon)