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review 2017-06-27 04:08
[Book Review] Wired
Wired - Julie Garwood

FBI Agent Liam Scott knows there's a security leak, and he's sure it's from inside the agency.  Enter the gorgeous and too smart to be believed Allison Trent, a brilliant programmer who takes refuge from her manipulative family in code.  Scott learns enough about Trent to know that she is in a class of her own when it comes to coding and hacking skills, and believes that they need someone from the outside to find the leak.  Trent is a little less enthusiastic, she knows she can do it, but regardless of intent she's done quite a bit of illegal hacking that could get her into serious trouble.  Even if that hacking has resulted in the return of millions of dollars and the apprehension of scammers by the FBI and other agencies.  But there's more to the crimes she faces down than just lines of code, and things start hitting close to home, while Scott and Trent struggle with keeping things if not professional, at least casual between them.

I can definitely see where Garwood has a dedicated audience, but I felt the story lacked in suspense, romance, and comprehension of technology.  The idea of a perfect firewall (or firewall equivalent) that you never have to update is a great one... but here's the thing, computer systems and  programs aren't static.  So her program kind of has some glaring flaws.  The hacking was all a little Swordfish-esq to me as well, but that could just be me nitpicking.  As for the suspense, it was pretty obvious what the threat(s) were, even with some minor red herrings.  The romance goes from "no strings" and lots of dramatic anguish (and hurt feelings)... to an immediate "I love you, lets get married" without any addressing or resolution of the significant hurt and issues between them.  The sex happened to hit a few of the cliches I find annoying, such as going from never having ever experienced an orgasm to a earth-shattering one like magic.

Advance Reader Copy courtesy of Penguin RandomHouse in exchange for an honest review; changes may exist between galley and the final edition.

Source: libromancersapprentice.blogspot.com/2017/06/book-review-wired.html
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text 2017-06-09 22:09
Reading progress update: I've read 235 out of 384 pages.
White Hot - Ilona Andrews

“I’m more paranoid than Baranovsky,” Rogan said. “My laundry vents aren’t secured. But I’d imagine there is a metal grate over them.”
“Does anybody else find this whole idea of a ferret heist mildly absurd?” Augustine looked around the room.


First, yeah, lol. And awesome, and hilarious. Also, Rogan is probably going another notch up in the paranoid-level after that bit. And I can't stop grinning over this whole "dark horse" conversation. Nevada's family is a whole herd.


Rogan lifted his cell to his ear and said quietly, “Margaret? Look into putting pressure sensors into our dryer vents . . . Yes. Dryer vents.”
Augustine was typing something on his phone, his face unreadable.


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text 2017-04-16 01:47
Reading progress update: I've read 60 out of 308 pages.
A is for Alibi - Sue Grafton

I found myself approaching with uneasiness and I was startled out of my concentration by the sound of malicious hissing. Waddling toward me with remarkable speed were two huge white geese, their heads thrust forward, mouths open like snakes with their tongues protruding, emitting a terrifying sound. I gave a low involuntary cry and began to backtrack toward my car, afraid to take my eyes off them. They covered the ground between us at a pace that forced me into a run. I barely reached my car before they caught up with me. I wrenched the door open and slammed it again with a panic I hadn’t felt in years. I locked both doors, half expecting the viperous birds to batter at my windows until they gave way. For a moment they balanced, half lifted, wings flapping, black eyes bright with ill-will, their hissing faces even with mine. And then they lost interest and waddled off, honking and hissing, pecking savagely at the grass. Until that moment, it had never even occurred to me to include crazed geese among my fears, but they had suddenly shot straight to the top of the list along with worms and water bugs.


LMAO! From personal, close exprerience, yeah, they are terrifying. It's amazing how something that you can kick to kingdom come can cause so much dread with a hiss



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text 2017-04-10 22:01
Reading progress update: I've read 180 out of 326 pages.
The Face Of Deception - Iris Johansen


She nodded. "And that’s why I want you out of it. I don’t know what will happen."

"I do." Joe’s lips tightened grimly. "And so does Logan. He knew what he was getting you into from the beginning."

"Yes, I did," Logan said calmly. "But that doesn’t change the present scenario. We have to do that ourselves."

Joe gave him an icy glance and then turned back to Eve. "You can’t trust him. It would be better if I got rid of him for you."

"Got rid of him?"

"It would be easy enough. Everyone thinks it happened already anyway."


Ha! Talk about taking a third option. If wasn't such a suspicious soul, I'd be head over heels in love with Quinn now. A bit deranged, that ruthlesness, but you can't dismiss that kind of loyalty.

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text 2017-03-05 10:00
Ummm... what?!?


Dear Cologne City Marketing,

(I guess they were referring to the Kölner Dom = Cologne Cathedral and not to the dominant person in a BDSM relationship.)

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