Meet the Author:
CD Reiss is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up, she’s at the well, hauling buckets.
Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere, but it did give her a big enough ego to try her hand at books.
She’s been nicknamed the “Shakespeare of Smut,” which is flattering enough for her to put it in a bio, but embarrassing enough for her not to tell her husband, or he might think she’s some sort of braggart who’s too good to chop a cord of wood.
If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.
King of Code
by C.D. Reiss
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Expected publication: September 18th 2017
Taylor Harden is a man on the edge.
The edge of fame. The edge of untold wealth.
The edge of utter humiliation.
He built an unhackable system, and in front of everyone, it’s hacked.
His reputation goes from king to goat in a split second. Boom. Like that.
Some dude in Barrington, USA (AKA Nowhere) has locked down Taylor’s code, and if he doesn’t get it back, he’s going to be wearing a monkey suit for the rest of his life.
Except, this guy? This hacker from Nowhere? He’s not a guy.
Harper Watson’s all woman. And she has a plan for Taylor, his code, and his body.
I love HACKERS!!!
I have a soft spot for all things hackers. And getting my fingers on King of Code was the ultimate trifecta for me. Hackers. CD REISS. Sexy times.
Reading a King of Code I had almost the feeling it was a very different book all together. The author went to great length to write an authentic hacker novel. Learning coding, and interviewing hackers were only some of the obvious research she undertook. All of this was palpable while reading Kind of Code.
Not every hacker sits in his dark little dungeon, eating junk food and not seeing the light of day for weeks. Taylor Harden was a different kind of hacker. He had ambitions, goals, and the means to go the distance. Until his plans were derailed and he suddenly had his future sitting on a powder keg – with a ticking time bomb attached to it.
Unexpectedly he finds himself in a part of the US where people struggled to make ends meet. He went from Silicon Valley to rural America in a heart beat. There he was confronted with someone that fought for her family, town, and her own future, with tooth and codes.
Smart, sexy and determined, Harper was nothing like anything Taylor would have expected. She had him ensnared, locked down, caught like a mouse in a trap. Now, the battle of wills began.
Like Taylor, Harper was NOTHING like I expected a hacker to be. She was incredibly smart, and was always steps ahead of Taylor. She let him on a marry chase. When at last all secrets and goals were unearthed, Taylor and Harper were perfectly matched. They understood each other to the T. They were a binary pairing. I loved that expression of CD Reiss’s because they were so much more than just a couple.
“She’s a famous boyfriend stealer.”
“Okay, one”—I held up a finger—“I’m not your boyfriend. I’m half of your binary pairing.”
She pushed me so hard I had to take a step back or fall over. “You’re the one to my zero?”
“I’m your mate. A boyfriend can be stolen. A mate can’t.”
The more I got into the story, the more Taylor and Harper became ONE. It was quite fascinating to watch. Taylor changed because of her, he became softer around the edges, more involved with people and his surroundings. I love it when characters become more than they were at the beginning of stories. It feels like I’m a witness of this change. In King of Code I was part of Taylor’s internal growing and evolution, because that’s what males do – they evolve when a woman is involved – lol!!
When I started this book I didn’t know that it would eventually turn into a series. Taylor and Harper’s story was concluded in King of Code but the ending clearly points towards the next book. Which can only be even more fascinating because it will be about the elusive, broody and scowling Keaton aka Alpha Wolf.
All in all this book was as unique as they come. Even though it was an entirely new direction for CD Reiss, I was more than willing to travel with her on this new adventure. She never disappoints, actually she always makes me want to read more. Her writing is as diverse as it gets, and there is a book for everyone in her repertoire.
I had an unexpected reaction to this book. I totally loved a secondary character more than the main characters. Welp!!
Harper and Taylor were fine. Their sexy times were hot. However, they didn’t do for me. I didn’t connect to either of them until the very end of the book. I adore CD Reiss and the storyline of this book is interesting, but Keaton… Keaton stole the show and became the character that I wanted to know more about.
Here’s what I really enjoyed: The writing is amazing. You can pretty much count on fantastic writing anytime you pick up a CD Reiss novel. It’s well researched and expertly structured.
The audiobook is fracking amazing! It’s one of the best I’ve ever experienced. The production is unbelievable!! I loved all the bells and whistles AND Christian Fox could read me the phone book and I’d still love him!! His performance is beyond fabulous. I highly recommend the audiobook.
So, overall I liked it, but didn’t love it. I CANNOT wait for Queen of Rust. I’m waiting on you Keaton!
ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.