BR with Trisha. <3
I'm not even sure where to start, to be honest, because I'm a puddle of goo. I can't seem to wipe this huge grin off my face, because I absolutely adored this book! It's been said before, but it bears repeating, because Santino Hassell and Megan Erickson really are the utmost definition of a match made in heaven. PER-FEC-TION!!!
Meet Kai. He's an experienced gamer who runs a Twitch channel and has a lot of loyal subscribers who worship him. Kai is a former dancer who suffers from severe social anxiety and who hasn't left his apartment in 3 years, because the outside world makes him have panic attacks. He's a sweetheart, cute as a button, and he loves red pandas. Seriously, look at this adorable creature!
Garrett has worked as a mechanic in the army for years. He's currently in Afghanistan, and he uses his laptop and gaming to escape his utter boredom and to avoid socializing. He meets Kai when Kai's orc kills his archer in a game, after which he messages Kai and develops a bit of an infatuation for the sexy twink. Garrett is overprotective, and he's a big grumpy gorgeous man.
They're both vary of online relationships, but what starts as an easy friendship filled with banter and confessions slowly turns into more. And by more I mean a bunch of scorching hot Skype sessions, dirty texts, but most of all, an openness neither of the men thought possible.
Garrett's deployment ends, and he decides to surprise Kai and pay him a visit. Well, that doesn't go as planned, and he gets a door slammed in his face. Fear not, Kai comes around, and they can't keep their hands off each other. Their cocoon of warmth and hot sex is disturbed by real life occurrences and the need to sort out their future, which they all do eventually.
These two make for an amazing couple, and I dare say they've joined the ranks of my favorite couples ever. I loved Garrett's attentiveness, his big heart and selflessness, and his proneness to giving orders in bed. I also admired Kai's courage, loved his flirty and dirty side, and the care package he sent Garrett was the best. Plus, chapter 10 has to be, hands down, the best and hottest thing I've read in ages!!! I mean wow. What's more, Garrett's sister, Nicole, and their mom deserve a special mention, because they're amazing women!
I'm really looking forward to the second book in the series, although I got to admit I was not a fan of Costigan. But I'm willing to keep an open mind, because I LOVE how well Santino and Megan work together!
First read: February 2016
Second read: July 2016