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…
A female hacker? Hell, yes! Finally a book where the hacker is a woman and a very smart one at that. Meet Allison, drop dead gorgeous with a brilliant mind. Julie Garwood has done an excellent job in giving Allison a wonderful character. A mix of nerd with a touch of dark humour and a quick wit. But also with a lot of insecurities, due to her past with her devilish uncle and aunt.
And then we have Liam Scott, a hunky dory FBI agent, who has been tracking down the leak in their midst. But he doesn’t succeed. Certainly not because of lack of confidence, because the guy just oozes self esteem and sex appeal. (Did I already mention he is hot???). He needs help, and via his best friend he comes into contact with Allison. After he sees her in action, he really wants her on the team. But since Allison is hiding some facts, that would most likely put her on the Most Wanted posters of the FBI, she flat out refuses to work with him.
As the story unfolds, we meet the evil uncle and aunt, and Allison’s protective big sister Charlotte. And slowly we begin to understand how Allison’s mind works and what her capabilities really are. When Allison’s home is being ripped apart and when scary things start happening to her, she realizes she may be in over her head. And not only in the code, but maybe also with Liam…
As a semi-nerdy girl myself, I could really relate to Allison and her need to prove herself to ‘the guys’. I experience her struggles as my own. Even last week, at work at a customer, I received the comment to ‘not busy my little blond head over the technical design of the datamodel. I should stick to the functional design…’ I mean, really??? Of course my need to show of (just as Allison did with Brett) resulted in shocking the shit out of my colleagues by drawing them the total technical data design from the top of my head. So I’m not technical enough??
So yeah, you could say I’m an Allison-fan all the way! Five out of five stars for Julie Garwood for showing females (let’s not forget about Jordan) can be masterminds as well. And since I discovered afterwards that this book is part of a series (part 13 to be exact) I reckon I have a lot of catching up to do! Thank you Berkley and Netgalley for this ARC.
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Published: July 2017
My rating: ♥♥♥♥♥