This review is based on a complimentary book I received from First Reads. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Wired by Julie Garwood
Series: Buchanan-Renard #13
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Release Date: July 4, 2017
Format: ARC, E-book
Source: First Reads
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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...
Wired is an action-packed romance filled with suspense, humor, and sexy times. This story is the thirteenth book in the Buchanan-Renard series and from what I can tell each book in this series is a stand-alone. I wanted to read this story because it seemed like it had the right amount of action and romance that I was looking for in a romantic suspense story and I was not disappointed.
Allison Trent was your everyday college student during the day to her friends but by night she was an ethical hacker. It did not start out that way. Allison loved to code and would hack into places to make sure things were secure or to right some wrongs but she always made sure that no trail led to her. It was not until she started to see some serious injustices that she decided that she would up the ante and do some good. She kept everything quiet and told not a soul, always confident that she covered her tracks.
Liam Scott was the FBI, he lived the job and it had always suited him. When he discovered that there was a mole on the inside of the FBI who was leaking sensitive information he decided his best chance to catch them was to bring in an outsider. His search led him to Allison. He knew from the start that she was different but he found that difference to be very alluring. Although everything felt different about this assignment, he had to keep that in mind that she was just a means to an end.
When Allison’s friend, Jordan Buchanan, asked her to come check out the FBI cyber task force located in Boston, Allison was excited to go. It seemed like a terrific way to spend time with her close friend. What Allison did not know was that her invitation was a ruse and she was brought there because Liam felt that she was the best chance they had to help discover an internal leak. The intention was that she would come to work for the FBI covertly in order to flush out the mole.
To say that the idea of being noticed by, let alone being asked to work for, the FBI put Allison on the edge was an understatement. She knew she had been committing illegal acts but she didn’t know if the FBI was on to her and wanted to set her up. She refused but Liam was persistent. It was not until she was put into a predicament by her relatives that she even agreed to accept the temporary position. Also, it didn’t help anything that she was very attracted to Liam who had the power to cart her off to a federal prison. Talk about having you wires crossed.
Both characters knew that they had to have strict boundaries in place, each for their own reasons. As Allison’s perfectly structured life started to fall apart and her relatives were heaping their own issues upon her, she started to crack. She would have to rely on Liam to help her stay safe and sane while at the same time. Not used to caring about anything but the job, Liam tried so hard to deny his attraction to Allison but as the danger level for Allison started to rise he became even more aware that this was one woman he wanted to protect and keep, for himself.
This was a fast paced and interesting read but there were aspects that I was not overly fond of. I know there are at times formulas to be followed but this story felt like a formula. I liked parts of Allison’s character but she was a little too “sweet” for me, a little too much of a pushover. There was also the back and forth romance between Allison and Liam wore on me a bit. He couldn’t make up his mind and she wouldn’t put her foot down. That kind of romance is just not for me.
Wired had plenty of twists and turns and I would absolutely call it a romantic suspense story. I enjoyed the ending between these two characters and there were plenty of times that this story had me chuckling. I would recommend this story for readers who were looking for a fast and fun read.
*Thank you to First Reads for this eARC of Wired*