January 25, 2014

Book Review: Hardpressed by Meredith Wild

Title: Hardpressed (Hacker#2)
Author: Meredith Wild
Genre: Erotic Romance 18+
Publication Date: December 9, 2013
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.


In Hardpressed, the highly anticipated second book of the Hacker Series that began with Hardwired, Blake and Erica face threats that put both their love and their lives on the line.

Despite Blake Landon’s controlling ways, the young and wealthy hacker finally won the trust of the woman he loves. Internet entrepreneur Erica Hathaway broke down the walls that kept her from opening her heart and her business to Blake.

Ready to start this new chapter in her life, Erica is determined not to let anything come between them, even if that means giving Blake back some of the control he craves in and out of the bedroom.

But when demons from her past threaten their future, Erica makes a decision that could change their lives forever.

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Hardpressed (Hacker, #2)Hardpressed by Meredith Wild

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, this book was awesome! I was a big fan of book one, Hardwired, and I was kind of scared that this one would let me down as a follow up, but it didn't!

The pace in this book is fast and furious, keeping the plot moving along at a rapid clip, but not to where it seems rushed or frantic. I was engaged every second I was reading, and I did NOT want to put this book down until the very end.

If possible, I loved Blake even more in this book because we are finally getting to see past his controlling, obsessive tendencies that kind of overshadowed what a great guy he was in book one. He shows a vulnerable side to Erica and starts to open up to her about his past. Erica also makes a change for the better and starts to compromise a little bit more and not be so dang stubborn all of the time.

However, when push comes to shove and things get really crazy suspenseful and serious, once again Erica pushes Blake away and tries to handle things on her own. I really, really don't want to give away any spoilers so I'll just say that I wish she would start to put more trust in him, and invest more in the whole "relationship" thing a little more. I understand that ultimately she was doing what she thought was best for Blake, but come on, we've seen this plot twist a million times, and it never ends up good. Erica should have called the bluff of the a-hole that was threatening her and Blake, and stood up to him immediately. The twist that started all of this was unexpected and I didn't see it coming, but it was a good one! In my opinion though, the whole situation was resolved a little too easily, and I think that Erica is being naive to trust this person. I really think it's going to come back and bite her in the butt in book three. (Hope that's not all so vague that it's confusing, lol).

Long story short, I loved this book, and love this series. Meredith Wild has created characters that I connect with, and that I love to read about. Plus, the main story and side stories are so interesting that both of these books have been page turners, and I expect the same from book three. Can't wait until it's here!

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About the Author

Meredith Wild picked up her first romance novel at the tender age of twelve, and shortly after put pen to word processor and made her first attempt at writing a love story inspired by those she so enjoyed reading well past her bedtime.Her dream of writing took a back seat to college, parenthood and eventually entrepreneurship, which led her into the fast-paced and male-dominated high tech industry. With enough life experience for a few lifetimes, she now devotes her hours to writing contemporary adult romance, with a hint of kink.  Her debut novel Hardwired tells the story of billionaire bad boy, Blake Landon, and the object of his obsession, strong-willed tech startup CEO, Erica Hathaway. When she isn’t writing or mothering, Meredith can be found sunbathing with an adult beverage.

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