Review: Mature Content by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

Mature ContentRating: 4.5 stars
Buy Link:
Amazon | iBooks | Amazon UK
Length: Novel


Zane and Beau both have popular YouTube channels. It’s how they make their livings and their lives are based around it, as everything reflects back to their brand. They both have different approaches; where Beau is all positive attitude, Zane, who goes by TrashyZane, tries to project the image that his subscribers are looking for. Zane isn’t afraid to share almost all the details of his life and Beau certainly has his opinions on that.

Beau and Zane don’t exactly like each other. There’s really no reason for it, except maybe professional rivalry, but whenever they meet the barbs fly and they definitely rub each other the wrong way. Until…an unexpected hook up has them rubbing each other the exact right way. Neither man can believe the connection they share physically, but Beau has been burned badly with his last relationship and he has a difficult time trusting anyone. Zane has no issues meeting up with Beau again and again as they play each other perfectly, but maybe he wants more. But that’s not possible because the men still don’t exactly like each other. Or do they?

The Cyberlove series is addictively readable. It’s one of those series that hooks you and when you start the first page, you know you are in for a great experience. The book features one of my favorite devices where a scene from a previous book is shown from a different perspective. For that reason, it would be best to have at least read the third book in this series, Hard Wired. Beau is introduced in that book as Jesse’s cousin and the beginnings of his back story that he doesn’t want to discuss starts to get laid out.

That’s a large part of Beau’s current story. He has an ex and things went down bad and Beau is done with relationships and trusting people. It’s carried over into his professional life and while he can acknowledge Zane’s success, he just doesn’t like the guy. The authors do a great job of having the guys dislike each other on a public scale, but their inner dialogue tells a different story and the contrast is well done. There is also a touch of the politics behind being a vlogger and it was just enough to be interesting without taking over.

On the outside, Zane is a complete contrast to Beau, from his looks, to his clothes, to what he wants in bed. But it’s that contrast that makes them work together so well. Zane likes to be told what to do, he likes to be held down, and Beau is just the guy that that can give him exactly what he needs. They both are slightly exasperated with themselves that they find their perfect sexual partner in each other because they really don’t want to like each other, but it doesn’t take long for them to fall into a routine of hot, sweaty, and somewhat hate-filled encounters.

Their sexual encounters are the base of their relationship and how we see them connecting the most. There is some character development, but the relationship development is minimal. While their physical connection is scorching as they become obsessed with each other, we aren’t shown them building much beyond that and then the leap to a full on relationship was not as in depth as I would have liked to have seen. Also, Beau’s back story kind of fizzled out for me at the end. It was great that it didn’t take over the story, but it was the weakest link here for me.

Mostly though, Mature Content went down smoothly. There were two dynamic characters that fed off each other and complemented each other in the best of ways, with the signature style readers have come to expect from this writing team.

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Comments

  1. I’ve been enjoying the Cyberlove series and am looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Michelle.

  2. marygrz3 says:

    I love your take on this Michelle, especially “…they definitely rub each other the wrong way. Until…an unexpected hook up has them rubbing each other the exact right way.” Lol!

  3. Michelle says:

    Lol. Thank you!

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