Hard­wired – Mered­ith Wild

The Star (St. Lucia) - - BOOK REVIEW - By Clau­dia Elei­box

Most ladies want a man who con­tin­u­ously shows his love and re­ally makes up af­ter he messes up. Most guys would love to meet a woman who ac­tu­ally knows what she wants to or­der at the din­ner ta­ble and only throws tantrums when nec­es­sary. And both would love to be with some­one who could blow their mind in bed. I as­sure you, your ideal man or woman is in this novel.

I picked this up from the sale book­shelf be­cause it looked like a short re­lief from last week's tome and the name seemed “tech-y”. Had I no­ticed the leather on the cover, or read the syn­op­sis, I would have ex­pected the in­tense sex­i­ness. 'Hard­wired' is book num­ber one in the Hacker se­ries which, I found out, is con­stantly com­pared to the Fifty Shades se­ries. Ad­mit­tedly they are equally sexy but I found 'Hard­wired' to be more en­joy­able and writ­ten bet­ter.

The plot: Erica Hath­away and two of her friends cre­ate an on­line fash­ion busi­ness dur­ing their last year of college. Straight af­ter grad­u­a­tion and pulling a few strings, Erica lands the op­por­tu­nity to pitch to the big­gest in­vestors in Boston. To her sur­prise the di­rec­tor of the board is the eye candy she lit­er­ally bumped into the night be­fore. Even more to her sur­prise Blake Lan­don does not want to in­vest in her busi­ness but im­me­di­ately asks her on a date. Erica be­comes an­noyed that no mat­ter her at­tempts to avoid Blake and ne­glect her at­trac­tion to­wards him, she keeps meet­ing the man. Even­tu­ally, af­ter a few im­promptu dates, they share a sensual, erotic ex­pe­ri­ence and Erica re­alises that Blake is gen­uinely pur­su­ing her. Un­for­tu­nately, he has se­ri­ous con­trol is­sues and she se­ri­ous trust is­sues. Her heart and mind are in con­stant bat­tle: long­ing to be in the com­fort­ing arms of Blake af­ter amaz­ing sex­ual en­coun­ters while fight­ing to fo­cus on build­ing her busi­ness with­out any dis­trac­tions. How­ever, with every­thing that she has doubts about, Blake con­tin­ues to prove him­self and his worth, even af­ter he med­dles in her personal life with­out her per­mis­sion, and learns a ter­ri­ble se­cret from her past. Erica fi­nally re­alises that although she never thought about what the per­fect guy should be like, Blake is ev­ery girl's dream, chivalry in­cluded. She has noth­ing to lose if she ad­mits that she loves him, she en­joys his com­pany in ev­ery way and he loves her same.

Un­der­stand­ably, the books are com­pared be­cause the story line of 'Hard­wired' is very sim­i­lar to that of Fifty Shades of Grey. Even so, 'Hard­wired' is much more re­al­is­tic, struc­tured, and the sex scenes are not as ridicu­lously spon­ta­neous with strange fetishes. The he­roes are both sexy, con­trol­ling bil­lion­aires but Erica is bold, has rea­son­ing be­hind her be­hav­iour and does not tol­er­ate be­ing wronged, noth­ing like Anas­ta­sia. Meridith Wild has done a brilliant job at a ro­mance novel with ex­cite­ment.

The main char­ac­ters both have their own his­to­ries and their love does not an­noy­ingly be­come the only im­por­tant thing in their lives. Other themes like fam­ily and friend­ship are high­lighted and have an ac­tive part in the story, mys­ter­ies are even solved and busi­ness ideas shared.

'Hard­wired' is a more of an en­ter­tain­ing novel than it is a chal­leng­ing one. It's short, sweet, thrilling, straight to the point and writ­ten sim­ply. Of course, the sex­ual con­tent means it's only for adults. I rec­om­mend it as a light week­end or hol­i­day read.

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