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Hardwired (The Hacker Series) Paperback – 1 Oct 2013
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Needless to say, I was quite disappointed with this book considering all the raves from other readers on here. I expected so much more authenticity but alas it wasn't to be. The search for a more authentic and imaginative romance story continues...
My main contention with this novel was the way it presented certain acts in the relationship between Blake and Erica as being acceptable or even endearing. Many of the actions carried out by Blake would have sent any woman would half a brain cell running for the hills but Erica whom the writer would have us believe is independent and strong willed seems to fall into the submissive role as a default throughout this novel.
A few examples for illustration:
Within a week of meeting Erica who is flat hunting, Blake manages to orchestrate a plan to get Erica to sign a one year lease on a flat in a building complex which he owns and lives in (unknown to her). He even has a key to the flat which he uses to let himself in at will. Erica is momentary annoyed until he sets her libido going.
Erica needs funding for her business and finds an investor willing to do so. Blake wants to be the investor so offers to give her the funding which she rejects explaining to him how important the business is to her and how she didn't want to complicate their relationship by mixing business and pleasure. She is adamant and as readers we see her legitimate reasons. Blake ignores her and ruins the deal she has with the investor and promises to ensure that she won't get any funding from any other investor in the city, leaving her no choice but to make him the investor. You guessed it, Erica is annoyed until he gets libido going.
She goes for a business lunch with a prospective male client which Blakes wants to come along to, she refuses saying she wants to do it alone - its her business after all. Unbeknown to her, Blake follows her to the meeting anyway and pops out of nowhere right at the moment when the business client makes a pass at her. Erica isn't annoyed, she's more scared because he is so angry with jealousy, plus he then sets her libido going.
So you see, I couldn't enjoy this novel because quite frankly I had no respect at all for the characters in this book. Blake was domineering and stalkerish and Erica was this sex starved vixen who lost control of her life and became a shell of a real woman.
Erica is the narrator throughout this great book and I found reading her story to be a complete page turner. I read it in one day, totally devouring the story. Erica is the owner of a start-up website and is trying to win the investment her company needs when she meets Blake.
Wow, wow, wow! I really enjoyed this book, starting with Erica. I felt a little inferior to Erica in the beginning because she is incredibly clever and she is dead set on making her company successful and achieving her dreams. As she started to crumble a little under Blake’s attention I realised that underneath the superior business woman is a normal girl with normal feelings. As well as this intense desire for success, Erica has a past coloured with sadness and pain. I read the story feeling like Blake was her answer to finally getting a break in life, and not just in terms of her company.
Blake is beautiful. It’s that simple. I rotated Blake’s dream cast between Tom Hardy and Chris Pine from when they both starred in This Means War, with a little bit of Superman thrown in to geek it up a little. He seemed very swoon worthy with his secret little smiles and sexy arrogance. I loved that Erica fought him on it (in the beginning) trying to maintain some level of dignity but to be honest I’m not surprised that she finally succumbed to the mutual attraction.
Erica’s brutal past haunts her relationship with Blake and as she manages to shed a little light on some things she’s always wondered for herself she unwittingly opens a can of worms. Erica’s not the only one with a past and Blake’s pains him just as much although he is a lot better at hiding it, until it starts to affect Erica’s present.
I was a little sad to only have the story from Erica’s POV because I can’t help thinking just how hot it would be to see the story through Blake’s eyes. He’s pretty closed off to Erica about his past and it feels like he doesn’t want her to become embroiled in it and as such it’s harder to get to know him, other than knowing that he is insanely attractive, insatiable and very, very generous in all aspects of his relationship with Erica.
After finishing this I downloaded the 2nd, 3rd and 4th books in the series and started Hardpressed right away. I am more than glad that I didn’t have to wait for the second in the series. I have high hopes for the series and I’m looking forward to the story of Erica’s business and her relationships unfolding.
I have read many books of this genre recently but none have had a storyline that has gripped my attention like this did.
Plenty of love lust laughter but also heartache drama and horror.
A great read. Left me wanting more-luckily there are more books that follow!
Would highly recommend.
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