Mature Content by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell 4 Stars!
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.
I liked a great deal about this book. Beau and Zane have an intense sexy connection that is realistic and compelling. I like the circle of friends and the exploration of internet fame and communities. The writers do a good job thinking about persona, brand, self, and authentic selves, and the right to privacy. There are some good discussion on the need for varied representation of gayness and I particularly like the rant about gay sex being seen as more dangerous the het sex. Good stuff.
I believe in the romance. This is by far the most erotic of the series and nice work is done thinking about sexual desire as well.
I wish the book had more character details here and there. Zane’s relationships romantic and otherwise in particular.
Beau keeps to a really annoying point of view and allows himself to be controlled for way too long. This time in the book could have been better spent with Zane and Beau in a public relationship.
But there is an epic grovel so that is good.
The series is taking a rest but I can see a number of characters that could use their own stories so I hope it picks up again!