A female hacker – YES!!!!
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…
and longing for more . . .
Since reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium #1) I’ve had a soft spot for female hackers. Not only a soft spot. It’s more than that. I’ve been truly fascinated by their straight forward and no-nonsenes personalities. These characters are far from swoony and tittery heroines that crack at the first sign of danger. They might be naive in an adorable social way, but their analytical brains pick up the slack tenfold.
So, diving into Wired (Buchanan-Renard #13) by Julie Garwood without so much as reading the blurb I was delighted to find out that Allison Trent was a hardcore hacker. She was the REAL DEAL!!!
From the very beginning I adored her. Allison Trent was incredibly humble but also self-aware of her skills. She had so many characteristics that made me smile and chuckle. She reminded me a bit of the Julie Garwood’s historical heroines that I adored. Strong but also very tenderhearted and caring. Sometimes a bit socially awkward but also very good at compartmentalizing and letting things go. She was such a refreshing character.
Liam Scott was a typical FBI agent – mysterious and secretive. Allison and Liam met and he was immediately fascinated by her smarts. He saw something behind her gorgeous looks that interested him and didn’t let him go. He struggled mightily with it. Not only because he was her supervisor and was concerned about the possible consequences but also because of his growing feelings for her. Lately his life had been one long sequence of hotels, and living out of suitcases. He flew from one far flung location to the next, and he acknowledged that there was no place for a relationship or a future family. Allison made him rethink all that.
But what I loved about this story the most was that even though from the very beginning there was a palpable attraction between the couple, they didn’t jump each others bones. The plot allowed Allison and Liam to get to know each other in a timely manner -and because of that I didn’t feel like their relationship was rushed or skipped important steps. Both were mature individuals that handled their relationship like gown ups – LOVED IT!!!!
I thought the plot was perfectly plotted, and very well balanced. Julie Garwood knows how to spin a captivating tale and her portrait of a female hacker checked all my boxes. And Liam was the perfect hero, he handled Allison exceptionally well. I’m still chuckling whenever I think of certain scenes – I loved those two interact, they were adorable.
All in all Wired (Buchanan-Renard #13) by Julie Garwood was wonderfully entertaining, a solid performance by the author, and utterly captivating. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!!!
ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.