Review: Hardpressed by Meredith Wild

Posted June 13, 2015 by Jennifer in Reviews / 6 Comments

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Review: Hardpressed by Meredith Wild
Hardpressed
by Meredith Wild

4.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: April 7, 2015
Published by Forever
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
 

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“This is a series that appears to be getting more and more interesting as time goes on, with characters that are anything but one dimensional.” ~ Under the Covers

Meredith Wild continues her Hacker series with Hardpressed.  This is a direct continuation from book one, Hardwired, which focuses on the developing relationship between recent Harvard grad and internet startup hopeful, Erica, and Blake Landon, former hacker turned billionaire investor.  Blake and Erica seem to have finally come to terms with the push and pull of their relationship by book two, balancing Blake’s need for control and Erica’s fierce independence.  He’s the backer behind her social network, but she calls all the shots and plans on keeping it that way.  Erica and Blake have pasts that threaten them both, leading Erica to make a choice that could destroy not only their future together, but their lives as well.

Despite not being a lover of the New Adult trend, I liked the techie focus of this series when I picked it up.  I enjoyed Hardwired as a relationship building novel and found enough unique qualities in both Blake and Erica, that despite how easy it would be for them to fall into genre stereotypes, it never seemed cliche to me.  Blake has a kinky side that’s in no way a direct focus, but it’s there, and not of the slap and tickle variety, as we start to see in Hardpressed.  It’s a bit more intense, which is to my liking.  And it avoids any hint of a BDSM club thus far.  Or a red room.  Hallelujah.  What blew me away in this installment though were the crazy twists and turns!  It’s hard to gush without spoiling anything and you NEED to be shocked like I was when some people are revealed to be anything but what they appeared. Sleep be damned, I wanted to see Erica make things right.  Did she infuriate me? Yes.  Some of her actions bordered on TSTL behavior, but I could believe her hardheadedness in the face of her upbringing and history of self-reliance.   Blake is relentless in his pursuit, and thank God for that.   I would claim him as mine any day.  For all its torturing angst, it felt like sweet relief to be granted a fair amount of wrap up to certain conflicts by the conclusion.  I’m never opposed to a cliffhanger, but it would have been too cruel here!  I LOVED book 2, and found it to be a nice nail-biting contrast to book 1.  This is a series that appears to be getting more and more interesting as time goes on, with characters that are anything but one dimensional.

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HARDWIRED HARDPRESSED HARDLINE
HARDLIMIT HARDLOVE

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About Meredith Wild

Meredith Wild is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of romance. Living in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her husband and three children, she refers to herself as a techie, whiskey-appreciator, and hopeless romantic. When she isn’t living in the fantasy world of her characters, she can usually be found at www.facebook.com/meredithwild.

 

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I’m a 30-something medical professional by day and obsessive Crossfitter by night who’s been in love with the written word since I can remember.And that means that I read every Nancy Drew and Nancy Drew Files until I snuck Stephen King’s It from my father’s bookshelf at age 10.I was never the same… I read voraciously for years, until academic pursuits derailed me, but re-entered the fray 8 years ago when a certain teen paranormal series caught my attention.The passion back, I haven’t stopped since.When I’m not working, working out, or traipsing around for my teenage son’s hectic activity schedule, you can find me with Kindle in hand, often until the wee hours of the night.

I’m well known to be a genre hopper, who has very few hard limits.My first real romance series was J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood and she still rocks my paranormal world, along with Karen Moning’s Fever series and Joey Hill’s Vampire Queen series.That being said, you’ll often see me reading erotic romance with a BDSM focus.I’m never afraid of dark and dubious reads a la Joey Hill, Tiffany Reisz and Cari Silverwood.When genre fatigue sets in, a witty historical romance never fails to satisfy me, and Lisa Kleypasand Sarah MacLeanare my auto-buys.My favorite series of all time is Diana Gabaldon’s Outlader saga, and I will fight for Jamie Fraser to the death ;). Much to my fellow romance readers’ surprise, I also cleanse my palate with popular contemporary reads.Romantic suspense.LGBT.Western.If the writing is on, I’ll dig in.
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Thanks for the review Jennifer

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i really liked the premise of this series and where it was going in reference to the story…however, i was very disappointed in the development of their relationship…he became entirely overbearing and she allowed it even going so far as to change the core of who she was to make him happy….

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I’m midway in book 3 and I can completely see how some might be turned off by that, Elizabeth. At times in the first 2 books, Erica makes comments about how she finds comfort in being submissive, even outside the bedroom, so I took this as a natural progression of their relationship. She’s more than a sexual submissive, despite how strong she can be in her business environment. Guess it shows what type of men I enjoy lol!! But it’s a good warning for others that he never bends. It’s his way or no way.

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This series sounds good but I won’t consider reading until all parts are released.