Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Blog Tour: Hardwired by Meredith Wild - Review & Giveaway

Title:   Hardwired (Hacker#1)
Author:  Meredith Wild
Genre: Erotic Romance 18+
Publication Date:  September 3, 2013
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
Determined to overcome a difficult past, Erica Hathaway learns early on to make it on her own. Days after her college graduation, she finds herself face to face with a panel of investors who will make or break her fledgling startup. The only thing she didn’t prepare for was going weak in the knees over an arrogant and gorgeous investor who seems determined to derail her presentation.

Billionaire and rumored hacker Blake Landon has already made his fortune in software, and he’s used to getting what he wants. Captivated by Erica’s drive and unassuming beauty, he’s wanted nothing more than to possess her since she stepped into his boardroom. Determined to win her over, he breaks down her defenses and fights for her trust, even if it means sacrificing a level of control he’s grown accustomed to.

But when Blake uncovers a dark secret from Erica’s past, he threatens not just her trust, but the life she’s fought so hard to create.

Erica Hathaway learned long ago how to make a life of her own.  She doesn't know her father, her mother died when she was twelve of cancer, and she's had to be taken care of by her mother's best friend Marie.  Never being one to rely on anyone has taught her to work hard, starting up her own site.  But she needs more funding to make her dream continue after she graduates from college which leads her to an investor meeting where she comes face to face with Blake Landon.  Erica has previously met Blake at a restaurant where she ran face first into him, but never learning his name.  She's flustered by him and turned off by his arrogance, but Blake is persistent.

He does everything he can to break down the walls around her heart but it's not an easy task since she's never let anyone in to her heart.  Blake quickly moves in taking over her life by making sure she has an apartment and quickly becoming someone she can't live without.  Their passion for one another is great and she's willing to let him into her bed but can she finally let go and let him into her heart?

While I enjoyed Blake and Erica's story and so many questions were answered about Erica during the book, Blake is still a big fat mystery for me.  On the one hand  I want to read the next book, Hardpressed just to find out more, on the other I'm not sure if I want to continue the series.  While it was enjoyable to failed to leave me wanting more.  Blake has a passed he's unwilling to reveal and his history with the investor Max is still unknown, plus he's a former hacker and that part of his past is also a big fat question mark.  For Erica to fall so easily into his arms when he doesn't reveal basically anything about himself has me puzzled.  I might read it just to find out, but that's dependent on how long it is before the next book is released.  I give it 3.5 stars.

***ARC provided by author in exchange for a honest review***
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. Hardwired will be the first of the Hardwired Series, while writing is underway for the second installment, Hardpressed.

When she isn’t writing or mothering, Meredith can be found sunbathing with an adult beverage.

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