Garwood knows just the right amount of sex, passion, drama and mystery to blend into every story ... In Wired it is the romance and sex. There is a tiny bit of suspense thrown in based on Allison’s family background, and a fellow student who wants to steal one of her best computer programs. This is minor stuff when compared to the devotion to detail allotted to the romance between Allison and Liam. And the romance is steamy enough to drive even her coolest readers crazy ... Wired is a steamy, sexy thriller that will have her adoring fans begging for more, more, more.
Although I haven’t read the other books of this series, I can easily say that this story can be read as a stand-alone, and right from the beginning it was everything I’d hoped for ... I’m talking about...romance and suspense, and this book had it in spades as Alison is not just in danger from one threat, but from a few. The way this story started had me liking the heroine immediately, as she isn’t afraid to do things to right the wrongs of the world, even though she knows she could get in big trouble with the authorities. Will she get in trouble if someone finds out what she’s done? As for the dialogue, it was exhilarating and captivating ... a wonderful and exciting read in this book, which kept me entertained from start to finish due to this couple’s growing relationship, the way they teased each other at times, the trouble they face, the secondary characters in Alison’s sister and friend that supported her need to break free from the past and the ending that had me on the edge-of-my-seat due all the threats Alison was facing that had me wanting to discover who would come after her.
Wired is, for the most part, a big, chewy, sweet chunk of wish fulfillment. If you aren’t into realism and you want some good old fashioned escapism then you’re likely to take to this book like a duck to water. Unfortunately, it’s got several major flaws ... Allison and Liam are the most pure of canon Sues; good-looking and ultra-intelligent, they come off more as sentient dolls than human beings. Allison suffers from Superhuman Heroine syndrome. Not only is she a puzzle-solving genius with model looks, she’s smart enough to beat FBI code-breakers at their own game ... Liam is her Stu-twin in every way. It’s not enough for him to be the best FBI agent in Boston; he’s also a top notch lawyer and the best around at being a cool, confident man ... The romance is...well, stilted and sometimes creepy, as the author seems content to focus on the problems of Allison’s hacking and her family relationships, with the occasional paragraph featuring her and Liam lusting after each other or Liam behaving like a possessive alpha ... sadly this one misses the mark and turns out to be a bit of a formulaic jaunt.
The story is an entertaining trip into computer hacking, without overwhelming the reader with too much computer speak ... the characters are a pleasure. Likable, strong, independent characters, moving forward through any problems. As Liam and Allison, find each other harder to resist, their relationship adds romance and humor. Very well done dialogue, whether flirty or serious, makes a fast light read. It’s natural and flowing. Admittedly, with Ms. Garwood and most romantic suspense novels, there is a satisfying and happy ending. It makes the story an easy listen that will have you smiling and thoughtful at the same time.
Readers will feel for Allison as her aunt and uncle repeatedly take advantage of her kindness to keep their son out of prison; and Allison’s heartthrob, Liam, is enigmatic yet surprisingly warm. But her efficiency in finding the rogue FBI agent and her willingness to reveal her secrets without much detective work from Liam make the novel's main plot and back story seem to switch places. Overall, a few computer glitches won’t detract from this pleasing romance in which finding out the truth leads to finding true love.