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by Meredith Wild
Released: April 7, 2015
Published by Forever
“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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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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