Strong Signal : Cyberlove

  • by Megan Erickson, Santino Hassell
  • Narrated by Guy Locke, Eric London
  • Series: Cyberlove
  • 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

I was counting down the months until the end of my deployment. My days were spent working on military vehicles, and I spent my nights playing video games that would distract me until I could leave staff sergeant Garrett Reid behind.
That was when I met him: Kai Bannon, a fellow gamer with a famous stream channel.
I never expected to become fixated on someone who'd initially been a rival. And I'd never expected someone who oozed charm to notice me - a guy known for his brutal honesty and scowl. I hadn't planned for our online friendship to turn into something that kept me up at night - hours of chatting evolving into filthy webcam sessions.
But it did. And now I can't stop thinking about him. In my mind, our real life meeting is perfect. We kiss, we fall into bed, and it's love at first sight.
Except, like most things in my life, it doesn't go as planned.


What the Critics Say

"I loved this writing duo. Their writing styles and voices melded beautifully to create two very unique and well drawn out characters with sizzling chemistry." (Fiction Vixen)


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Customer Reviews

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amazing story with awesome dual narrators!

Garrett is finishing out his last tour in Afghanistan while playing an online role playing game and being grumpy. He’s a mechanic and he thanks the military for getting him out of his crappy town but beyond that, he has no sentimental ties to his time in uniform. One night, while playing, his “dude” in the game is killed by some other “dude” and in terms of etiquette, Garrett feels he’s been slighted. So… he stalks the other “dude” and finds out so much more than how to get even.

Kai is an online gamer who gets paid to do it! He sits in front of a camera all day and records himself playing games and he’s so charming and interesting and good at what he does, people pay to watch him do it! (This is a real thing in life!) He finds Garrett’s “stalking” intriguing and they slowly go from reluctantly respectful of one another, to more and more curious, until one day they finally begin to talk to one another as people.

From that point on their relationship moves forward like any sort of “online” dating … a bit of information sharing, some flirting, then more flirting, then a lot of flirting… you get the idea.

By the time Garrett’s time is up, he and Kai are very close and Garrett is sure it will translate into a physical “real life” relationship. Kai knows it won’t….


This is one of the best books I’ve read… It literally has something in it for every single reader.

I’m not gonna give too much more away about the plot because really – that’s for you to discover. The important part of this is the amazing characters that Megan and Santino have created and the way they organically evolve for us over time. The parts of the book where two MCs are apart should feel “uncomfortanle” and be something that – as a reader- you want to race through to get the guys together. But the way these two writers did it, I couldn’t skim, couldn’t begrudge the distance, instead I was captivated by just watching their relationship develop – slowly – as it did over time.

This book is at times amazingly tender and sweet, then raunchy and “dirty”, followed by nerdy and hysterical, then moving and heart-wrenching. It seriously has it all. There were times I had to ask my IT-ish/Gamer-ish husband what the leet speak was so I could figure out what they were saying – but that’s part of the fun!

Kai and Garrett don’t do the “big misunderstanding”, they don’t lie, they don’t communicate super great – but hey – who does? – so their relationship really feels authentic. Kai’s illness is handled with grace and intelligence and Garrett is just about as huggable as can be. I loved them as a couple and enjoyed their online interactions almost as much as their in person interactions.

There are so many great secondary characters in this story as well and one of them gets his own book! I can’t wait to read that…

I highly recommend this book – it is truly wonderful – not surprising given that the two authors involved are so gifted – together their chemistry is off the charts!

6 of 5 stars


I love dual narrators! It was great that we get two distinct and good narrators to tell this amazing story. The narrator that does Kai does a really good job for Kai – sort of softer and more “delicate” and a passable job when he does Garrett’s voice. The narrator who did Garrett did a great job for Garrett – more gruff and authoritative – and a really good job for Kai. I definitely enjoyed his portion a bit more, only because I liked his version of Kai more than the other’s of Garrett – if that makes any sense ;)
In either case, it was easy to listen to, with no technical errors and both narrators did a really nice job with the emotions in this story. I think this is a great way to enjoy this story and highly recommend it.

5 of 5 stars

Overall 5.5 of 5 stars
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- Morgan A Skye

Loved the story, but not the narration.

Any additional comments?

2.5 stars for the narration.

I stand by my original 4.5 stars for the story.

I loved the story, which is why I picked up the audio, but I have to say it wasn't, for me, exactly well-served by the narration. Or, half the narration. Eric London was okay.

Guy Locke's narration just did not work for me. He had a sometimes halting or stilted way of speaking, he spoke too slowly most of the time, had too many pauses, and over enunciated something fierce. Almost like he was trying hard for superb elocution but just comes off sounding stiff.

But his character voices were good, with the exception of Dominic Costigan. He doesn't do a very good Staten Island accent. I'm just hoping he's either not doing the narration for Fast Connection or has markedly improved since recording this.

I enjoyed the chapters narrated by Eric London. Though his character voices aren't really strong, there's definitely potential there. He has good timing and tone.

All in all I half enjoyed the narration, but all enjoyed the story. I absolutely recommend the book, but not so much the narration.

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- Belen "I'm an unabashed fiction fan: mostly M/M, Romance, Erotica, Suspense, Thrillers, Action, NA/YA genres."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-06-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio