Review: Wired by Julie Garwood

(Buchanan-Renard #13)
by Julie Garwood
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: July 4, 2017
Genre: Romantic Suspense

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…

Allison is not your every day hacker. She’s gone places in the interweb that no one has ever succeeded in going. She’s very skilled at what she does and she does it very well. While she’s done some illegal things, she is kind of a vigilante. She doesn’t hack into places in order to mess things up. Instead, she goes in to look for bugs/viruses that others have planted and takes them out. So, it comes to no surprise when the FBI comes knocking on her door. However, instead of arresting her, they want her to work for them. Apparently there’s someone in the government leaking classified information and they need to figure out who it is. The only problem, they can’t trust any of their own guys since they don’t know who the mole is, and they need the best out there so as to not tip off the suspect. Which is how a hacker finds herself working for the government instead of being detained by it.

I loved the sound of a hacker, agent romance. However, I was nervous that with it being the 13th book in the series that I would be completely lost and in way over my head. Except, this book didn’t read like it was part of a series. We meet Allison and we are given her back story. We meet her family, friends, and other guys who work for the government but I never felt like I should already know them. So, if this story sounds interesting to you then by all means just jump right in. The author may bring in older characters for cameos but it didn’t feel like some sort of cheesy reunion that I felt left out of. So, this completely works as a stand-alone.

Okay, onto the story and characters. I really liked Liam and Allison. Liam is very dedicate to his work and is conflicted when Allison pops into the picture. He tries to keep his personal life and his professional life separate but he’s having a hard time coming to terms with it all and adjusting. He’s not used to having a relationship or even having anyone waiting on him. So, when he finds himself continuously gravitating back to Allison, he’s a little confused by it. Allison on the other hand knows what she wants and that’s Liam. However, he kind of treats her like a booty call. He comes into town, saves the day, is there for whatever drama she’s currently in, they sleep together, and then he’s immediately getting dressed and heading off to his next job. Let’s just say their relationship was a frustrating one to watch. However, I could kind of understand given Liam’s job and the fact that he was ALWAYS on the phone and always having to jet off to do whatever operation was needed. The poor man was working himself into an early grave and while he didn’t have any post-coital finesse, he always seemed to be there when Allison needed him the most.

Wired was a great read. It’s written in third person and therefor sort of fluctuates between Liam and Allison’s POV on a moments notice when they are together. Although the story pretty much just follows Allison. While I would have liked to have seen what Liam was doing on missions while he was away, I still liked getting to read about Allison’s time cracking codes and modeling on the side. I will say the I felt like the suspense was lacking and if we had seen Liam on missions that may have brought it up some. Instead we just follow Allison around as she settles in at her new job, deals with drama with her family, and tries to figure out what Liam really wants from her.



Favorite part…

“At every show she’d ever done for Giovanni, his assistant would whisper something outrageous right before she started down the runway to help her relax. She thought he’d forgotten, but as it turned out, tonight was no exception.
‘Remember the three rules, Allison. No tripping, no smiling, and no puking on the guests.'”



8 Thoughts on “Review: Wired by Julie Garwood

  1. OMG! I love stories with a badass hacker heroine or hero and this one sounds like something I will totally enjoy. I’ll be checking this one out. Thanks for this awesome review Kristin 🙂

  2. There have been quite a few hacking romances popping up. They’re always a lot of fun!

    For What It’s Worth

  3. I’ve always want to try her books 🙂

  4. Love the sound of this one, so thanks for the tip about it reading like a stand alone as I think being part of series would’ve put me off. I really like stories about hackers, and this sounds like a good one!

  5. My goodness, Julie Garwood has been writing like forever! In fact, I used to be hooked on her work back in the day, but it’s been some time that I’ve read any. I do enjoy stories about hackers however, so this sounds like one I may need to add to the pile. Happy weekend! Hugs…RO

  6. That sounds really good. I like those types of stories. Thanks for the great review.

  7. I wondered about this one!! 😀 Thanks!

  8. I wanted to try this one, but was a bit skeptical as the reviews were not encouraging. We’ll you have given me a little hope.☺ Great review.

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