Review: Mature Content by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell (Cyberlove #4)
Note: This ARC was provided by the authors via A Novel Take PR in exchange for an honest review.
I was hooked on him. Completely. If he came into the bathroom and took me again, I'd let hm. Beg for it. Even if I was left raw and red and burning.
The enemies-to-lovers trope never had it so good until Beau Shields and Zane Brody, better known to the subscribers online as Beau Starr and TrashyZane, came along courtesy of the dynamic duo of Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell, otherwise known by fangirls and fanboys everywhere as Megtino. Mature Content is all about that proverbial thin line between love and hate and it's one that Beau and Zane decimate every single time they're together. All the hate speak they hurl at each other is like the most entertaining kind of foreplay I've come across in a book in a long-ass time. And I'm in my early forties and started reading books that actually had foreplay in it as a teenager, so that's saying something. I confess that I have my Cyberlove favorite (Fast Connection! Dominic and Luke!), but this fourth and latest fantastical fare of fictional fetishness (made-up word) came oh-so-close in second.
Twenty-six-year-old Beau Shields is a YouTuber with a following more well-known celebrities would envy. When the camera's on, it's all about picture-perfect Beau Starr, a persona that TrashyZane, another YouTube personality thinks isn't as real as people think. So when Beau pretends to not know who he is, twenty-four-year-old Zane Brady strikes back in bitchy fashion. These two push each other's buttons like no other and they're wary of the other's motivations and doubt how much sincerity goes into their videos. However, after a hook-up at NerdCon where both Beau and Zane end up exposing a part of themselves they've rarely shown anyone else, these two can't seem to get enough of each other. As hot as they are between the sheets (and against the wall and on the couch and so on), is this nothing more than both of them scratching an itch (or two)? Can two people who hate each other...not?
You know that teeny, tiny bit of tension that happens between Beau and Zane in Hard Wired? Well, it was obviously just the tip...of the iceberg (yeah, that's exactly where I was going). They may seem like opposites, especially if you base that observation on the videos they share online, but these two actually have far more in common than either of them may have thought possible. I loved Bossy Beau as much as I did Cuddly Beau and Zane was irresistible, what with his trademark mix of snark and sweet. The text exchanges between these two weren't meant to be adorable, but yeah, I found them totes adorbs (I just looked at those two words and kinda cringed that I actually used them and now they're there for all to see...). Theirs isn't just a story of hating one another, hooking up, and falling in love. Nope, fellow Cyberlovers, more--far, far more--happens to our Team Bane.
A few of the first chapters overlap with the events that occur in some of the last chapters in book three, so while you can read each book in the Cyberlove series independently, I'm highly recommending you read them in order because there are names mentioned and characters from past books that do appear here in book four and I'm all about having the complete reading experience. Speaking of other characters, there were a few in periphery roles that are demanding our attention (i.e. Lyrix, Shane Lush, Kaden Rowe, Miguel Esteban, and Debonair), so my greedy fingers and toes are crossed that Megtino will satisfy our curiosity and give us a few short stories or novellas, especially since the next Cyberlove book--which won't be released until 2018--will have all-new characters. But back to Beau and Zane! Read. Mature Content. Like NOW. Absolutely le sigh-worthy. Five-plus stars. ♥
Read my reviews for the Cyberlove series:
Strong Signal (book one) - five-plus stars - My Review
Fast Connection (book two) - five-plus stars - My Review
Hard Wired (book three) - five-plus stars - My Review
Mature Content (book four) - five-plus stars - My Review (posted above)
Release Date: 02 June 2017
Date Read: 17 May 2017