Quickie Review: Wired by Julie Garwood

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Title: Wired
Author: Julie Garwood
Series: Buchanan-Renard, #13
Genre: M/F Romance, Suspense
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: July 4th 2017

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 . . .

 This is the first book from Julie Garwood that I've gotten a chance to read.  I've seen her books everywhere and wanted to give one a chance.  Unfortunately, this one just wasn't for me.  I really thought this sounded like my type of book.  Computer hacker and FBI agent, what's not to love, right?!  Not so much.  Wired is the 13th book in the Buchanan-Renard series, but all books can be read as standalones.

The two biggest issues I had with this one was the plot and the romance, so that pretty much ruined the story for me. Because this is a book involving an FBI agent and hacker combo, I really expected more suspense.  Allison hacking for the FBI felt REALLY anticlimactic.  I also felt no chemistry between either of the MCs.  It was really strange.

I didn't love that Allison had that "special snowflake" quality about her either.  She's apparently the most gorgeous person EVER.  We repeatedly hear how gorgeous she is and how everyone can't help but stare.  Oh and she's also a model part time.  Then there's also the fact that without any proper training at all, she is a better hacker then anyone else in the FBI...you know, the guys that actually HAVE been trained.  She's just way too perfect!

* I received an ARC of this title via First to Read and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own. *

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  1. This is the second not great review for this one I have seen. I think I will definitely pass! Great review!

    1. Yeah, I didn't see too many great reviews for this one either. So glad I wasn't alone on this one. lol! I always feel like an outcast when I'm the only one that doesn't like it. lol Thanks, Grace!

  2. Yikes! I nearly downloaded this one as well, but decided to pass because I didn't have time for it, and I'm so glad I did! This sounds very annoying. I haaaate it when the characters who have no training whatsoever are suddenly experts. It's so unrealistic. And no chemistry? UGHHH!

    1. Right?! It's so annoying when they have no training whatsoever but are somehow better than the people that have been doing it for years. The weird chemistry didn't help things either. It all just felt very "off"

  3. Great review! Too bad you didn't enjoy this one. I feel like I wouldn't like much of this story either. Especially since Allison seems to be so special. And I agree, a book involving an FBI agent and hacker combo should have a lot of suspense.

    1. Yeah, I really did expect more suspense. I'm really bummed that I didn't enjoy this one more. It has a lot of elements that I love in books, it just didn't work this time around. Thanks, Stephanie!

  4. Awww, that is too bad! I've not read anything by this author but honestly I'm not inclined to change that. I feel like I wouldn't like the heroine, with how "perfect" she is and how she is good at this or that immediately. No thank you! I hope your next read is better!

    Have a fabulous weekend, Julie. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. Thanks so much, Alyssa! I had seen this authors books around a lot and had been wanting to give one a try, so when I saw this one I thought I had a winner. So bummed!

      Hope you have a great weekend too!


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