Monday, 24 August 2015

Review of Hardwired by Meredith Wild

The bit on the back…

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 website. 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 plans.

Billionaire and rumoured 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 defences and fights for her trust, even if it means sacrificing a level of control he’s grown accustomed to.

But when Blake uncovers a dark secret from Erica’s past, he threatens not just her trust, but the life she’s fought so hard to create.

Fans of Beth Kery stop reading this right now and go and buy this book. You will not regret it. I’ve not long finished Beth’s novel Glimmer and this book is similar in storyline, main characters and sexiness!

Erica is the narrator throughout this great book and I found reading her story to be a complete page turner. I read it in one day, totally devouring the story. Erica is the owner of a start-up website and is trying to win the investment her company needs when she meets Blake.

Wow, wow, wow! I really enjoyed this book, starting with Erica. I felt a little inferior to Erica in the beginning because she is incredibly clever and she is dead set on making her company successful and achieving her dreams. As she started to crumble a little under Blake’s attention I realised that underneath the superior business woman is a normal girl with normal feelings. As well as this intense desire for success, Erica has a past coloured with sadness and pain. I read the story feeling like Blake was her answer to finally getting a break in life, and not just in terms of her company.

Blake is beautiful. It’s that simple. I rotated Blake’s dream cast between Tom Hardy and Chris Pine from when they both starred in This Means War, with a little bit of Superman thrown in to geek it up a little. He seemed very swoon worthy with his secret little smiles and sexy arrogance. I loved that Erica fought him on it (in the beginning) trying to maintain some level of dignity but to be honest I’m not surprised that she finally succumbed to the mutual attraction.

Erica’s brutal past haunts her relationship with Blake and as she manages to shed a little light on some things she’s always wondered for herself she unwittingly opens a can of worms. Erica’s not the only one with a past and Blake’s pains him just as much although he is a lot better at hiding it, until it starts to affect Erica’s present.

I was a little sad to only have the story from Erica’s POV because I can’t help thinking just how hot it would be to see the story through Blake’s eyes. He’s pretty closed off to Erica about his past and it feels like he doesn’t want her to become embroiled in it and as such it’s harder to get to know him, other than knowing that he is insanely attractive, insatiable and very, very generous in all aspects of his relationship with Erica.

After finishing this I downloaded the 2nd, 3rd and 4th books in the series and started Hardpressed right away. I am more than glad that I didn’t have to wait for the second in the series. I have high hopes for the series and I’m looking forward to the story of Erica’s business and her relationships unfolding.

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