Hardwired (Hacker,#1) by Meredith Wild

Tuesday, July 19

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Determined to overcome a difficult past, Erica Hathaway learns early on how to make it on her own. Days after her college graduation she finds herself face to face with a panel of investors who will make or break her fledgling startup. The only thing she didn't prepare for was going weak in the knees over an arrogant and gorgeous investor who's seemingly determined to derail her presentation.

Billionaire and rumored hacker Blake Landon has already made his fortune in software, and he's used to getting what he wants with very little resistance. Captivated by Erica's drive and unassuming beauty, he's wanted nothing more since she stepped into his boardroom. Determined to win her over, he breaks down her defenses and fights for her trust, even if that means sacrificing a level of control he's grown accustomed to.

But when Blake uncovers a dark secret from Erica's past, he threatens not just her trust, but the life she's fought so hard to create.

Oh no. Wait. Is this fanfic?


What I loved:

- The cover. I could stare at that fuchsia deep buttoning all day.
- The book title and the series name. I haven't seen anything with a computer geek theme in the romance genre.

What I didn’t love:

- The story. I've read it before, somewhere. Everywhere, actually. It's Twilight / FSOG / Crossfire / Beautiful Bastard all over again. I don't care if he's a billionaire and she's a college grad - that's fine. I read the premise, I understood what I was getting myself into with that. But why is it the exact same story? Where is the geekdom?? Where is the something to make it stand out?
- The H. He was psychotic, no? Like - a full on sociopath / stalker.
- The h. I went in expecting a passionate geekgirl with a quick brain, deep knowledge, and an independent spirit. I got some nutjob who can't make it through a meeting with potential investors, and whines about it even though she wants them to fork out 2 million dollars. Then her inner dialogue tells us she despises this guy and won't act on her initial physical attraction. Of course she does. Repeatedly. Then she turns into a snivelly, bitching mess, which is the persona she takes on for the rest of the book. Gag.


I kick me for buying this one, but I've already forgotten the MC's names and I'll forget the title of this book in a few hours. So at least my remorse is short lived.

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