Wired by Julie Garwood
Series: Buchanan-Renard #13
Published by Berkley on July 4, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Suspense
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A beautiful computer hacker and a bad-boy FBI agent must collaborate—in more ways than one—in the sizzling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood.
Allison Trent doesn’t look like a hacker. In fact, when she’s not in college working on her degree, she models on the side. But behind her gorgeous face is a brilliant mind for computers and her real love is writing—and hacking—code. Her dream is to write a new security program that could revolutionize the tech industry.
Hotshot FBI agent Liam Scott has a problem: a leak deep within his own department. He needs the skills of a top-notch hacker to work on a highly sensitive project: to secretly break into the FBI servers and find out who the traitor is. But he can’t use one of his own. He finds the perfect candidate in Allison. Only, there’s one problem—she wants nothing to do with his job and turns him down flat.
What Liam doesn’t know is that Allison is hiding secrets that she doesn’t want the FBI to uncover. But Liam will do nearly anything to persuade her to join his team, even break a few rules if that’s what it takes. A temptation that could put his job—and both of their futures—on the line...
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I’ve been a Julie Garwood fan for decades. Although I’ve only read one other of her contemporary romances which I enjoyed. I sat on the arc for Wired for awhile mainly because I read two dark but absolutely fantastic books back to back at the beginning of the month, and I ended up with a book hangover that sent me into a bit of a slump. I did not want Julie Garwood’s book to suffer at all because of a slight slump. I wanted to savor it. It pains me a bit to say it, but I didn’t enjoy Wired.
Allison is a brilliant computer programmer, just finishing up college. Actually brilliant doesn’t quite cover the depths of her intelligence. She’s also beautiful enough to have put herself through college by modeling. Unfortunately her downfall was she was unbelievably naive, and willing to always give someone the benefit of the doubt.
Her parents died when she was four, and her and her older sister were sent to live with her Aunt and Uncle. At first they reminded me of Harry Potter’s Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon but much, much worse in the long run. She even had a cousin Will who was a spoiled brat like Dudley, although where Dudley improved as an adult, Will turned to violent crime.
My issue with Allison was no matter how badly someone treated her, she kept going back for more or just ignoring the problem. Constantly handed over her hard earned money to her atrocious Aunt and Uncle to bail her cousin out of scrapes with the law. Even after he turned violent she pled his case and got him out on parole, only for him to put someone else in ICU. Even at the end, she felt sorry for him. Yep, some poor schmuck is in ICU and she’s feeling sorry for the guy who put him there.
It didn’t just stop with him, this girl was a disaster. She let her new boss at the FBI walk all over her and treat her like dirt, all while she worked 80+ hours a week and solved all his problems. She continued to ignore the danger her Aunt and Uncle posed and didn’t call in the law through their attempts at harassment and their attempts to blatantly steal from her.
Even Liam, our supposed hero, walked all over her. He fought any feelings for her tooth and nail, getting his rocks off then leaving with barely a Goodbye. Needless to say, I thought he was an asshat. The only impressive thing about him was his ability to show up every time Allison was in danger, despite his globetrotting job. He had a cape with an S on it somewhere, or maybe a Star Trek transporter.
The only reason I finished Wired was because I wanted to see what happened with the leak at the FBI and to see her relatives to get their comeuppance along with Brett Keaton and his backer. Unfortunately, after all the buildup two of the three were wrapped up so quickly I felt cheated.
In the end, this was quite a disappointment. I’m consoling myself by the fact that even the authors I consider my heroes can’t please everyone all the time.
Rating: 2 Even Heroes Can Crash and Burn Stars
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