Oh this book had so much potential! FBI bad boy meets hacker model?! That’s just asking for some sexy action. Unfortunately it fell a little flat DESPITE the entertaining plot.
Allison is about to graduate college and is a profoundly genius hacker; her brain exists in code. The main plot of this story was a possible internal threat to the FBI has been leaking information and only Allison has the brain to solve its complexities. Enter Liam, (now this may be because I’ve not read the rest of the series) a take-charge, do-as-I-say FBI agent who’s discovered Allison and her talents. Now the ground work has been lain for some pretty exciting action…but Allison discovers the threat so quickly, I fear the rest of the book struggles to find ground to stand on.
Her aunt, uncle, and cousin are despicable people who are violent and abusive and now have stolen money from her and her sister. And now we throw in that they re stalking her to the point that she has to change her number and move. Hello, crazy. Not only does Allison have this issue, oh no. Her former housemate stole her life’s work of a computer security program and is now trying to sell it off!But surprise she stops him and then gains the wrath of the mobster he hired to back him financially.
This book could have been so much better if it stuck to one plot point, or even that there was another sense of danger for Liam (instead of Allison having THREE!). Plus Liam may be the FBI’s “bad boy” but all I sensed was over-bearing controlling sexy guy. I didn’t feel the connection between these two whatsoever. Plus any guy that disappears for 8 weeks and doesn’t reach out to his woman….uhm BYE! Wish I could’ve enjoyed it more as a romance, but at least the action was dramatic!
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 . . .
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It’s no surprise that Julie Garwood became a writer. Growing up in a large family of Irish heritage, she took to storytelling naturally. “The Irish relish getting all the details of every situation,” she explains. “Add in the fact that I was the sixth of seven children. Early in life I learned that self-expression had to be forceful, imaginative, and quick.”
Creating stories was always a passion for Julie, but she didn’t focus on making it a career until the youngest of her three children entered school. After the publications of two young adult books, she turned her interests to historical fiction. Her first novel, GENTLE WARRIOR, was published in 1985, and there has been a steady parade of bestsellers ever since. Today more than 40-million copies of her books are in print, and they are translated in dozens of languages around the world. One of her most popular novels, FOR THE ROSES, was adapted for a HALLMARK HALL OF FAME production on CBS.
Whether the setting be medieval Scotland, Regency England, frontier Montana, or modern-day Louisiana, her themes are consistent: family, loyalty, and honor. Readers claim that it’s the humor as well as poignancy of her novels that keep them coming back for more. Julie described her goals this way: “I want my readers to laugh and cry and fall in love. Basically, I want them to escape into another world for a little while and afterwards to feel as though they’ve been on a great adventure.”
Julie lives in Leawood, Kansas, and is currently working on her next novel.