Connor Hughes is an ex-special ops officer, CEO of Metrix Security, and bonafide badass. His private security firm is renowned for its effectiveness. He’s renowned for his lethal precision and iron self-control. But when the former Marine meets a gorgeous young hacker with a mouth as smart as her brain, his control unravels in ways he never could have predicted.
Tabitha West is a genius MIT dropout with a bad attitude, an obsession with Hello Kitty and piercings in unmentionable places. Tabby amuses herself by outwitting the most secure technology systems on the planet. Known in hacker circles as Polaroid due to her photographic memory, she’s as secretive as she is accustomed to working alone. So when Connor decides she’s the only one who can help him catch a cyber criminal intent on taking down one of his clients, she tells him exactly where he can stick it.
But when the cyber criminal turns out to be the Hannibal Lecter of computer crime—and a dark presence from Tabby’s past—Tabby and Connor are drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse. They quickly find themselves fighting not only their common enemy, but also an explosive desire that threatens to consume them.
When the stakes are this high and the game this deadly, will falling in love be the most dangerous move of all?
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by J.T. Geissinger
Wicked Games #2
Jack’s House Publishing LLC
July 19, 2016
The Wicked Games Series
J.T. Geissinger. What can I say? She’s just one of the best authors that I read, and I love everything I have read by her, which is everything she has ever published. This is the second book in one of her three series, two of which are still unfinished. I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. Full disclosure, I am part of her street team.
We first met Tabby in book one of this series, Wicked Beautiful. She is an extraordinary computer hacker, and was the assistant to the main character of that book. Tabby is not your typical romance heroine, in any way, shape, or form. She’s all about Hello Kitty, has a pretty foul mouth, is pierced in interesting places(!), tatted, and is vulnerable to the max, because of a horrible history. Of course, she hides her vulnerability with snark. Conner was the security man for the main male character of Wicked Beautiful. He’s former special ops, with a massive build(at least next to Tabby his is). Conner met Tabby in that book as well. And sparks flew, angry sparks on her part, but lots and lots of chemistry sparks as well, were flying all over the place. And this is why the author’s readers all clamored for this book-including me.
When Conner comes to Tabby with a business proposition dealing with an unscrupulous computer hacker of the extraordinary sort, she wants nothing to do with it. But he persists and since she’s between jobs, she considers it. When she realizes who the computer hacker perpetrator is, just from the description Conner gives her, she’s in. She’s got a dark and very twisted history with this man, and she is anxious to find him and get him put away. Problem? She’s got a hate relationship with Conner, or does she really? During a cross country drive to California, the two get closer, although Tabby is fighting the attraction all the way.
The villain of this book is Soren, a man that attended MIT with Tabby. I am not going to tell anything more about the relationship here, as it would be a major spoiler. Suffice it to say that Tabby is not a fan of Soren’s. What really amazed me about this book, besides the wonderful romance, was how intricate of a story line this was. All the computer programming bits that are included should have confused me, but the author wrote it in such a way as to keep it interesting. And Tabby’s backstory was extremely developed and heartbreaking, as well.
The romance? What can I say? It was chemistry off the charts between Conner and Tabby. He loved her mind, how super intelligent she is, all the while looking and dressing like a wild child. Of course, she’s a beauty that doesn’t really care about that, and he is enchanted from the minute he meets her in the first installment. But first he has to get past all the walls she has put up. Once he does(and it takes longer than you would think), it’s game on between the two. Erotica would easily describe this part of the book. Not a big fan of erotica, but there are certain authors that I will read, and J.T. Geissinger is on that short list.
Bottom line, this is a sexy, thriller type read. It involves two opposite attract, well realized characters, with major chemistry, and a really scary bad guy. There are twists and turns that you won’t see coming, and I enjoyed the whole thing. And to top it off, we are introduced to the hero of the next book in the series, Ryan, a special ops buddy of Conner’s. I can’t wait to read his story as well. I highly recommend this book to adult contemporary romance or romantic suspense readers, that like an erotic edge to their romances.
The review copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
About J.T. Geissinger
J.T. Geissinger is an award-winning author of paranormal and contemporary romance featuring dark and twisted plots, kick-ass heroines, and alpha heroes whose hearts are even bigger than their muscles. An entrepreneur since she began hand-addressing envelopes for a local beauty pageant when she was 14, she has owned businesses as diverse as a temporary employment agency to a flower shop. It wasn’t until hitting a significant birthday that she became motivated to realize her life-long dream of writing a novel.
Her debut novel, Shadow’s Edge, was a #1 Amazon domestic and international bestseller, and won the Prism award for Best First Book. Her follow-up book, Edge of Oblivion, was a RITA© Award finalist for Best Paranormal Romance from the Romance Writers of America. Book 6 in the Night Prowler series, Into Darkness, won the Golden Quill award for Best Paranormal/Urban Fantasy. Her work has also finaled in the Booksellers’ Best, National Readers’ Choice, and Daphne du Maurier Awards.
Foodie, wine enthusiast, and nap connoisseur, she lives in California with her husband, on whom all her heroes are based.
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