Review: Strong Signal by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

Posted July 4, 2016 by Francesca in Reviews / 4 Comments

Review: Strong Signal by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell
Strong Signal
by Megan Erickson, Santino Hassell

4 Stars


Released: February 15th 2016
Series: Cyberlove #1
Published by Megtino Press
Pages: 235
Format: eBook

“STRONG SIGNAL is just the right combination of quirky and geeky with massively sexy alpha male.”
~ Under the Covers

I’ve read one book previously by each of these authors and I’m not sure how I missed this release before.  The cover was what caught my eye when I was doing some research after recently enjoying Santino’s work and then the blurb did me in.  I love the concept of finding love in cyberspace (even though that’s not something I would ever consider for myself) because I do know that you can forge strong bonds with people over the internet and I couldn’t wait to see these authors explore the concept.

STRONG SIGNAL is just the right combination of quirky and geeky with massively sexy alpha male.  It was delicious to see!  We have sexy twink Kai Bannon who is a pretty popular gamer (or gaymer;) who makes a living with his popular stream channel and basically playing for a living.  He also suffers from pretty debilitating anxiety to the point he hasn’t really left his apartment in years.  He lives his whole life online.  And then he meets Garrett.  Fellow gaming enthusiast, and sexy as hell mechanic, still in the military and deployed in the dessert.

Their friendship develops via emails, chats, naughty videos and Skype sessions.  Friendship first, flirting second, and more after.  They would seem like an unlikely couple on paper but they were so perfect together.  They both had something that made them vulnerable and that endeared them to me.  They had things to overcome to be together, the obvious being the distance but even after that was resolved they still had to work through issues on both sides.  Real life just gets in the way sometimes and I think these two authors did that well in this story without bugging it down too much with angst.  It wasn’t unnecessary angst just to fit a certain mold, it was real life issues that two people that love each other have to work together and compromise to overcome.  I really enjoyed that!

I am both anxious and concerned about reading the next book.  It features one of Garrett’s fuck buddies while in his last deployment.  He could come across at times as an asshole, so I’m curious as to how I’ll feel about his story and how he finds his cyberlove in the next installment.




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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, 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.

About Megan Erickson

My first stories written in crayon-scrawl on loose-leaf notebook paper were about my childhood pet — a deaf cat with dandruff. And after covering real-life dramas as a journalist, I decided I liked writing my own endings better and switched to fiction. My romance novels full of humor and heart are a far cry from those early scribblings about my hygiene-deficient pet.
I live in southern Pennsylvania, with my husband, two kids and two cats. I like a good pint of beer, a greasy bacon cheeseburger, homemade mac and cheese, and a great book with a happily ever after. When I’m not tapping away on my laptop, I’m probably listening to the characters in my head who just. Won’t. Shut. Up.


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I’m a 30 something sun lover living in the Big Apple (read New York).I’m a book and coffee addict and lover of all things elephants.

I get easily distracted by pictures of sexy guys and have tons of book boyfriends.I keep all my alpha males chained to my basement and guard them fiercely.*Back off bitches*I like to see Jason Momoa as a lot of those boyfriends, because ….. mmmmmmm JASON.MOMOA!

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Maria Rose
Maria Rose

Great review Francesca! No worries, you will really enjoy Fast Connection. Dominic is not the same guy as he was in Strong Signal, and he’s actually quite a loveable character. I can’t wait for you to read it!


I’m looking forward to reading this…thanks for sharing your thoughts Francesca


I like the concept of this story…thanks

Amy R
Amy R

Thanks for the review, I have this on my TBR pile.