Review: Wired by Julie Garwood

Wired by Julie Garwood
(Buchanan-Renard #13)
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published July 4th, 2017 by Berkley
My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

A beautiful computer hacker and a bad-boy FBI agent must collaborate—in more ways than one—in the sizzling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood.

Allison Trent doesn’t look like a hacker. In fact, when she’s not in college working on her degree, she models on the side. But behind her gorgeous face is a brilliant mind for computers and her real love is writing—and hacking—code. Her dream is to write a new security program that could revolutionize the tech industry.

Hotshot FBI agent Liam Scott has a problem: a leak deep within his own department. He needs the skills of a top-notch hacker to work on a highly sensitive project: to secretly break into the FBI servers and find out who the traitor is. But he can’t use one of his own. He finds the perfect candidate in Allison. Only, there’s one problem—she wants nothing to do with his job and turns him down flat.

What Liam doesn’t know is that Allison is hiding secrets that she doesn’t want the FBI to uncover. But Liam will do nearly anything to persuade her to join his team, even break a few rules if that’s what it takes. A temptation that could put his job—and both of their futures—on the line…
and longing for more . . .

My thoughts…  **spoilers**

This is the first book by Julie Garwood that I’ve read and when I purchased it I wasn’t aware that it was part of the Buchanan-Renard series, book #13. Even though it is part of a series it can be read as a standalone.

Allison Trent is hacker, but a good hacker, the kind that steals the money back from other hackers and then sends it to the FBI along with a note. Allison is finally getting close to graduating and is looking forward to moving far away from her aunt and uncle and closer to her sister and new brother in law.  

Allison writes code and hacking as an escape from her aunt, uncle and cousin. They raised her and her sister after their parent’s death and they always seem to remind Allison of how ungrateful she is and how much that had to give up for her and her sister. Allison is also tall and beautiful, she has a part time job as a model for her designer friend. Most of her earned money goes to her aunt and uncle or helping pay for her cousins’ legal problems.

Liam Scott, a FBI agent, was working on a case that he was about to close until someone leaked information about the case. The FBI Cyber Task Force cannot find the person or individuals responsible for the leak. It became Liam’s job to recruit Allison to help the FBI with discovering who leaked the information from the inside.

Working for the FBI or any other government agency was not something Allison wanted to do, especially since they never discovered that she was behind sending the FBI the stolen money and notes. After Liam promised her immunity from her previous hacks, this was a challenge for her and she couldn’t resist. Allison signed a six-month contract to work with the FBI, during that time she only saw Liam a few times since he travels around the world doing secret FBI stuff.

During the time Liam was in town they would have sex but they don’t talk about it and pretend it didn’t happen. Then Liam leaves out of town for work and leaves her without a goodbye. He comes back into town and doesn’t call Allison, she usually finds out that he has been back for some time. I couldn’t believe that Allison and Liam had any relationship since he was always away with no contact, the romance didn’t work for me. I felt sorry for Allison, she let Liam treat her dismissively, almost like a one-night stand and she would never stand up to him about her feelings.

Overall, I liked the book in the beginning, but when the ‘relationship’ started it was bland and based only on sex, it wasn’t a deep emotional romance that I was expecting. Allison deserved someone better. I probably wouldn’t read another book in this series, but I would consider other books by Julie Garwood, perhaps one of her historical romances.

Happy Reading -J  


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