By Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell
My life plan is to be brutally honest all the way to the bank. Don’t believe me? I run a popular YouTube channel called TrashyZane, and my claim to fame is oversharing about every aspect of my personal life. Sometimes while tipsy. Not everyone loves my style, but I have a long history of icing out people who can’t handle me. I have no time for judgmental foolishness.
Except, apparently, when it comes to Beau Starr. His channel is the polar opposite of mine, and so is he. Wholesome, inspirational, and clean-cut. Everything about him should turn me off, but when we hook up following a confrontation at a convention, my world flips upside down. Not only does Beau Starr turn me on, he uses the exact combination of dirty talk and roughness needed to turn me out.
But we still hate each other. I think.
Stop, drop, and roll, ya’ll! These two are on fire!
I think Mature Content might be my favorite in Santino Hassell and Megan Erickson’s Cyberlove series. It has the angst and drama, the quips and geekiness, the fire and soul. And I adored Zane to pieces!
Beau Starr is making a name for himself in the LGBTQ+ community by sharing his voice on YouTube. After a crappy relationship with an ex, Beau likes to keep things neat and tidy, and he’s determined to avoid any messes. So, of course, he runs into the antithesis of everything he thought he wanted.
TrashyZane has a channel devoted to his life, completely unfiltered and accessible. He has no problems sharing his sexual exploits or calling out anyone who shames him or anyone else. Then Beau Starr comes along slinging shade, and Zane picks up the proverbial torch.
It begs the question, how close are the lines between love and hate?
He tasted like alcohol, pop rocks, and bad decisions.
Enemies to lovers, oh my gosh, yes, please! This book is everything I hoped for and more. Zane’s got to be my favorite character after Kai. You see, Zane is 100% real. Even though his family life is on the rocks and his social life is on the messy side, he owns up to it, and he’s himself no matter what. No mask. Just TrashyZane is all his glory. So, it makes sense that part of him can’t stand Beau and yet part of him kind of wants to dig under Beau’s “sugar-free vanilla” exterior.
Being on could be tiring, but there was also a comfort in it.
Beau thinks he’s got his future figured out until his past comes back to bite him. The last thing he needs is an online feud with Zane, but Beau can’t seem to stop himself. Or stop thinking about Zane. So when they turn their verbal fight into a physical one of sex and domination? Let’s just say Beau needs control something fierce, and it’s going to be a long battle to the end. Honestly, it took me a while to warm up to Beau. I understood where he was coming from, but dang! He definitely takes the cake for some poor choices.
But never fear, dear readers, Zane can handle himself quite well with Beau! More like, Zane stirs some shit up. *laughs* This book was a delightful mix of flirting looks and verbal sparring, rough & dirty but moments of uncertain & sweet.
Mature Content is by far the dirtiest book in the series, and I loved it! I can’t wait for more from this dynamic duo.
*This review was cross-posted on the Alpha Book Club and the post can be found here. I received an arc of this book via A Novel Take PR in exchange for an honest review.*
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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:
Megan Erickson is a USA Today bestselling author of romance that sizzles. Her books have a touch of nerd, a dash of humor, and always have a happily ever after. A former journalist, she switched to fiction when she decided she likes writing her own endings better. She lives in Pennsylvania with her very own nerdy husband and two kids. Although rather fun-sized, she’s been told she has a full-sized personality. When Megan isn’t writing, she’s either lounging with her two cats named after John Hughes characters or… thinking about writing. For more, visit meganerickson.org