on August 25, 2015
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Buy on Amazon, Buy on B&N
When Kate Watts abandoned her law career to open a food pantry in Northeast Minneapolis, she never dreamed it would be this difficult. Facing the heartbreaking prospect of turning hungry people away, she is grateful for the anonymous donations that begin appearing at the end of each month. Determined to identify and thank her secret benefactor, she launches a plan and catches Ian —a charismatic hacker with a Robin Hood complex—in the act.
Ian intrigues Kate in a way no man ever has. But after learning he’s snooped around on her personal computer, she demands retribution. Impressed with her tolerance and captivated by her spirit, he complies and begins to slowly charm his way past her defenses. Time spent with Ian is never boring, and Kate soon finds herself falling for the mysterious hacker.
But Ian has enemies and they’re growing restless. In the hacking world, exploiting a target’s weakness is paramount, and no price is too high to stop an attack. And when Kate learns exactly how much Ian has paid, she’ll discover just how strong her love is for the man who has hacked his way into her heart.
4 Stars! Unique plot concept and a different kind of hero!
I won’t lie, I had my doubts about whether or not this book was going to hold my attention, but this author knows how to run with a different story-line. Most readers know Tracey Garvis-Graves for her brilliant debut book, On the Island, and when I first started that book I had much the same feelings about the plot. Lo and behold it’s become one of my all-time favorite reads. While Heart-Shaped Hack didn’t quite wow me as much as On the Island did, it set itself apart from the typical contemporary romance and made for a memorable read.
Ian and Kate and the unusual way they initially connect was hard to swallow at first, but they won me over as well as the idea that it could happen. I never expected what would be revealed about Ian, somewhat unbelievable, but for some reason, it worked. Makes you wonder how vulnerable we are with all that we post on the internet.
There were quite a few unexpected twist and turns that I did not see coming and really had no idea what the outcome would be. The author keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat with her clever writing and intriguing plot. My heart hurt so much for Kate and the anguish she experienced. It was like a punch to the gut!
A gratifying happily ever after for Ian and Kate, but it left me wanting more. I felt like these two had so much more to tell. Well, much to my delight there will be more, a second book in the series, White-Hot Hack. Looks like there are more adventures for Ian and Kate and this reader is definitely going along for the ride.