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Wanted & Wired by Vivien Jackson

Posted June 29, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | | 0 Comments

Wanted & Wired by Vivien JacksonWanted & Wired by Vivien Jackson
Series: Tether #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on April 4, 2017
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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A rip-roarin' new snarky, sexy sci-fi paranormal romance series with the perfect balance of humor, heat, and heart. Now that Texas has seceded and the world is spiraling into chaos, good guys come in unlikely packages and love sprouts in the most inconvenient places...

Rogue scientist • technologically enhanced • deliciously attractive

Heron Farad should be dead. But technology has made him the man he is today. Now he heads a crew of uniquely skilled outsiders who fight to salvage what's left of humanity: art, artifacts, books, ideas-sometimes even people. People like Mari Vallejo.

Gun for hire • Texan rebel • always hits her mark

Mari has been lusting after her mysterious handler for months. But when a by-the-book hit goes horribly sideways, she and Heron land on the universal most wanted list. Someone set them up. Desperate and on the run, they must trust each other to survive, while hiding devastating secrets. As their explosive chemistry heats up, it's the perfect storm..

        

I won Wanted & Wired in an April prize pack of 8 books from the publisher, Sourcebooks Casablanca. They all look interesting but I started here. This is a very different story with a bit of everything. There is science fiction, romance, action / suspense, and paranormal aspects. The world is a fantasy. Texas has seceded from the US. There are people who are technologically enhanced.  Travel is in ships.

The world and characters unfold from Mari’s point of view. She is an assassin. Her handler, Heron, is one of the enhanced and she’s attracted to him, even though most would consider him in a different class. They do a hit which goes very badly. I spent considerable time confused because Mari has some misconceptions. Heron and his crew, take care of her, while they are on the run from the law.

They manage to run into her father and her ex-boyfriend and everything is just not what it seems. This is the start of the Tether series, which might be in my paranormal romance category since the next book,  Perfect Gravity, is another couple with one from Heron’s crew.  It will be published November 7 and I will be interested to see if I have things straight now. Even though there will be a new couple, I hope the political and scientific story arc continue.

 

 

About Vivien Jackson

Vivien Jackson writes fantastical, futuristic, down-home salacious kissery. After being told at the age of seven she could not marry Han Solo because he wasn’t a real person, she devoted her life to creating worlds where, goldarnit, she could marry anybody she wanted. And she could wield a blaster doing it. She has a degree in English, a background in copy editing, a gamer-geek partner who stands in line with her for movie releases, two hairy little pets, and a home in Austin, Texas.

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Audio:  Man Overboard by J.A. Jance  #JIAM

Audio: Man Overboard by J.A. Jance #JIAM

Posted June 26, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

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Posted June 24, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

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Posted June 22, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments

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Posted June 13, 2017 by Anne in Blog Tour, Book Review | 0 Comments

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Audio: Leviathan Wakes by James SA Corey  #JIAM

Audio: Leviathan Wakes by James SA Corey #JIAM

Posted June 11, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 1 Comment

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Posted June 8, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

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Posted May 26, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 1 Comment

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