Series: Buchanan-Renard

Wired by Julie Garwood

Posted July 3, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 0 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Wired by Julie GarwoodWired by Julie Garwood
Series: Buchanan-Renard #13
Published by Berkley on July 4, 2017
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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 . . .


College student Allison Trent has serious computer skills, so much that she’s attracted the attention of FBI Special Agent Liam Scott. She got on his radar via her friendship with Jordan Clayborne, his partner Alec Buchanan’s sister. Jordan’s considered an expert herself but even she is awed by Allison’s talents. There’s an internal leak at the agency and Liam needs her to hack their system and identify the source.

The story starts off really interesting with a very compelling history for Allison. She and her sister had a tough start in life and it was inspiring to see them thrive despite their upbringing. I also liked her experiences with the Bureau, including her encounters with sexist behaviors that seem to be a reality. Even her initial relationship with Liam rang true, he not looking for any level of commitment and she unsure if she’s capable of a casual one. There were a number of other sticky situations that showed some promise of intrigue and suspense.

I kept waiting for things to progress, specifically for Allison to develop a spine. Unfortunately, that never really seemed to happen (with one exception). I really, really liked her and expected at some point she’d see her own value. But time and again, she let Liam treat her dismissively and never demanded more for herself. The romance never worked for me and his turnabout seemed to come out of the blue. Her tolerance of her relatives was inexplicable and I never understood why.

I liked the story, a lot, through the first 60% of the book. It just didn’t deliver by the end, which was unfortunate given the promise shown in the beginning. And Liam? Needed him to grovel. I’m a fan of the series and really couldn’t put this book down until I neared the end. I was just disappointed in how things wrapped up.

About Julie Garwood

It’s no surprise that Julie Garwood became a writer. Growing up in a large family of Irish heritage, she took to storytelling naturally. “The Irish relish getting all the details of every situation,” she explains. “Add in the fact that I was the sixth of seven children. Early in life I learned that self-expression had to be forceful, imaginative, and quick.”

Creating stories was always a passion for Julie, but she didn’t focus on making it a career until the youngest of her three children entered school. After the publications of two young adult books, she turned her interests to historical fiction. Her first novel, GENTLE WARRIOR, was published in 1985, and there has been a steady parade of bestsellers ever since. Today more than 35 million copies of her books are in print, and they are translated in dozens of languages around the world. One of her most popular novels, FOR THE ROSES, was adapted for a HALLMARK HALL OF FAME production on CBS.

Whether the setting be medieval Scotland, Regency England, frontier Montana, or modern-day Louisiana, her themes are consistent: family, loyalty, and honor. Readers claim that it’s the humor as well as poignancy of her novels that keep them coming back for more. Julie described her goals this way: “I want my readers to laugh and cry and fall in love. Basically, I want them to escape into another world for a little while and afterwards to feel as though they’ve been on a great adventure.”

Julie lives in Leawood, Kansas, and is currently working on her next novel.

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Posted July 6, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

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Posted September 16, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 6 Comments

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