Thursday, May 8, 2014

* REVIEW * - Hardwired (Hacker #1) by Meredith Wild

Reviewer : Kaylene
Rating : 5 Stars

Great book, interesting storyline and fabulous read ...

Hardwired is the story of Erica Hathaway who is starting out in business and trying really hard to make a go of it.  Into her life walks billionaire Blake Landon who  already runs a very successful business and is used to control and getting what he wants.   I have to say that Erica was a strong willed heroine and she goes for what she wants, but in some ways Blake does try to trample her however she seems to be able to stand up to him for the most part.  There are some fabulous side characters which add to the story and help it along.  The first book seems to pose questions that are as yet unanswered but the book flowed well and there wasn't a gigantic cliff-hanger either.   Erica has a troubled past and some of that is explored in this book.

There is a lot of talk about business in this book which gave the book a sense of reality as Erica tries to get funding for her Clozpin on-line social media fashion website.   Erica pitches her business to a room full of investors hoping to have one of them invest in her company and help get it launched.  Her interaction with Blake Landon in the meeting was interesting and you couldn't help but notice the spark between them.  From then on Blake sets his sights on Erica and although he passes at the first meeting he busts his butt to try and make sure she makes it in the business world.  Once he set his sights on her you then see a dominant, controlling and possessive side to him but at the same time you can tell he really likes her.

It seems some people are comparing this book to FSOG, for me I can’t see it.  Blake is nothing like Christian Grey, he may be controlling and dominant but he is loving, caring and passionate as well, something that Christian Grey took a while to come to terms with.  I love the strength of Erika which of course in FSOG Ana was anything but strong willed.   I really enjoyed this book and will be reading the second one straight away.  I look forward to reading the entire series once the third book is released.  I give this book 5 stars.

Determined to overcome a difficult past, Erica Hathaway learns early on 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 start-up. The only thing she didn't prepare for was going weak in the knees over an arrogant and gorgeous investor who seems 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. Captivated by Erica’s drive and unassuming beauty, he’s wanted nothing more than to possess her since she stepped into his boardroom. Determined to win her over, he breaks down her defenses and fights for her trust, even if it means sacrificing a level of control he’s grown accustomed to.

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