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    5 stars!

    Loved this one! Just as good as the others in the series. Jesse and Ian are such a lovely couple ❤ Amazing work from Megan and Santino as usual.
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    4.5 stars- Heavy dose of Angst

    Hard Wired isn’t exactly what I anticipated when I eagerly opened this ARC. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the book, but readers expecting the wit, banter, and more light-hearted read like Fast Connection will likely be surprised. The writing is still very good, the sex hot, and the emotions palpable. I didn’t get as much cohesiveness in the dual POV as I felt in Fast Connection. I’m not sure if it was due to typical dual author writing style differences or if it was more apparent because the characters were pretty dissimilar; but the contrasts and transitions were jarring at times. Hard Wired certainly has the most angst of the series, tapping into more conflicting emotions and uncertainties than even Strong Signal. Those doubts led to a lot of back and forth for the characters in their individual lives as well as their coupledom. At first, I had difficulty connecting to the story. I liked Jesse and Ian. Their history as co-moderators for Kai’s Twitch channel and the premise of them meeting the first time at a convention was different and exciting. Both men were interesting with unique backstories and struggles. However, there is a lot of depth to their personas and it took time to flush it out. The details were vital to the story, but my attention waned. Once the individual characters were developed, I enjoyed their interactions as they explored a friendship that morphed into more. In many ways Jesse and Ian’s personal conflicts were the central theme of the story. They had very different life experiences and handled challenges in ways the other didn’t entirely understand. I especially liked the explanations of Ian using different online personas to protect him and allow him to fit in among his intended audience. Obviously that’s not an uncommon practice, but reading about it as a personal experience intrigued me. Seeing his turmoil endeared me to Ian more so than Jesse, and I felt frustrated or protective when Jesse didn’t get it or pushed Ian to “be himself”. While this and the other personal conflicts were really interesting, it also kept the romance in the background. Additionally, as in Strong Signal, much of the book and start of their relationship is online. The physical distance made it difficult to “witness” the chemistry between characters and I didn’t feel the sparks until later. As the book progressed, I found myself smiling over the characters more and more. After they acknowledged their feelings for one another and started moving toward trying to start a relationship, things fell in place and I couldn’t get enough of them- both individually and together. I loved the ending, it felt comfortable and “right”. Reflecting over the three books, I have to acknowledge that though the Cyberlove series and characters are interconnected, Megan and Santino do an excellent job at crafting individual stories that don’t follow a cookie cutter pattern. Once I finished and considered how different each book was, I appreciated the differences in tone more. So while I may not have immediately connected with this book, I definitely ended with a contented sigh and a warmness in my heart. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*

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