Hardwired – Meredith Wild
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.