Data analyst Cassie Howard may be brilliant (and, okay, a little awkward), but she’s worked hard to get where she is. She definitely doesn’t need some sexy new analyst coming in and taking credit for her work. Or the inappropriate thoughts that keep popping out of her mouth she’d rather he not hear.
For undercover FBI agent Drew Kerrigan, computers have always made more sense than people, but he’d better develop some slick social skills in a hurry if he’s going to win over the too-tantalizing-for-his-sanity Cassie. Hacking their systems was easy. Now he’s just got to hack the one person in the company most likely to see through his ruse…
What can I say? I really like books, where the girl gets to be the geek. As a bit of a nerd myself, I can enjoy a book where the main character is smart and sassy. And Cassie certainly is that kind of a character. She is actually pretty hilarious, because of all the inappropriate comments that she just can’t keep to herself.
One of her first encounters with Drew isn’t going over very smoothly. As the main data analyst at Data Mines, she isn’t too thrilled to get a new colleague. So when Drew introduces himself and immediately starts to offer help, she tries to flip him off: “… I hope I didn’t embarrass you. I’ve been told I can be…” She paused, searching for the word. Drew dragged his uncooperative body back into submission and focused on the conversation. “Candid?”. “Blunt?” the female voice piped up again. “Disconcerting?” the male voice interjected. “Quit helping!” Cassie called over her shoulder…. “I’m sure it’ll wear off and you will get used to me.” “Nope,” their audience chimed in. Someone else snorted. “Not even a little bit.”
Since even Cassie’s colleagues think she is pretty awkward, she doesn’t have a lot of friends. So when Drew is trying to befriend her, she thinks his sexual innuendo’s are pretty funny. What she doesn’t know is that Drew is actually an FBI agent, trying to uncover who is responsible for stealing data from companies and hacking into systems. And Cassie is the prime suspect.
Drew is basically also a nerd. But a hot nerd that is. He is a hacker, working for the FBI to find hackers on the wrong side of the law. However, in the social department, he is lacking some skills. I really want to unzip your files just isn’t the right pickup line… So his friend Max really tries to help him out. But I doesn’t seem to work, because Cassie still doesn’t trust him. So Drew has to find a way to get her attention. And although just being around you makes my synapses on fire gets Cassie’s attention, he is nowhere near discovering who is the bad guy (or girl) at Data Mines.
Cassie’s suspicions about Drew are only increased, when strange coding is appearing in her data analysis, and when her boss is asking her to keep an eye out for Drew. Meanwhile, Drew is receiving more evidence pointing towards Cassie…
But, despite their mutual distrust, they can not deny the sparks flying between them. Sleeping with the enemy is definitely an option here… As the lies and deceits are growing, so is Cassie’s vocabulary: Oh, Gorgonzola on a stick… Can Cassie and Drew untangle this mess? Or will their secrets make them incompatible?
Absolutely funny and my kind of story. Five out of five stars from me. With a special thanks to Entangled Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange of an honest review. I’ll be reading more from Kadie Scott, definitely.
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Published: June 2017
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥