White-Hot Hack by Tracey Garvis Graves — Jenn’s Review

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The first book, Heart Shaped Hack was a top read of 2015 for me. I couldn’t wait to see where Tracey took Ian and Kate.


5 stars


Their love story began in Heart-Shaped Hack. Join Kate and Ian for the thrilling conclusion in White-Hot Hack.

When cybercriminals doxed undercover hacker Ian Bradshaw and forced him to flee, he begged Kate Watts for forgiveness and vowed never to hurt her again. He also convinced her to marry him, and when their idyllic summer on Roanoke Island comes to an end, the newlyweds relocate to their new home deep in the heart of Virginia’s horse and wine country. Ian still struggles with boundaries, but he keeps Kate’s lingerie drawer filled with surprises, and there’s no shortage of number-six kisses. There’s even a fast, new car to replace his beloved Shelby.

Ian promised Kate that life with him would never be boring, but spending her days picking out paint colors and going to Pilates isn’t going to cut it. Meanwhile, Ian discovers that building a white-hat security firm from the ground up seems harder the second time around, and he might have underestimated how much he’d miss the undercover work he walked away from. To make matters worse, the hacktivists are threatening national security, and the task force could really use Ian’s help.

Kate and Ian have always worried that their past would catch up to them, and when faced with the biggest showdown of their lives, they must capitalize on the one thing they excel at most: teamwork. Ian claims no one is a better hacker than him, but in order to triumph, he’ll have to prove it. And if he can’t, he risks losing the woman whose heart he worked so hard to hack.

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“Sometimes I feel like there’s the two of us, and then there’s the rest of the world. Do you ever feel like that?
“All the time.”

White-Hot Hack is the story about what happens AFTER the happily ever after. This is NOT your typical love story. This is what happens when Katie and Ian have to answer for the repercussions that occur during their wild ride in book #1.

No one can accuse Graves of not doing her research. This isn’t an author that said, “I think I’ll make my hero a hacker,” and then make it up as she went along. I now know so much about hacking, that I am relatively confident that I could hack my own Porsche, if I actually had one. I crave stories where the author is knowledgeable about their subject matter. I know this is a fictional romance novel, but it still has to keep me engaged, and Graves does that with every word she puts on the page. Her writing is flawless and enthralling. White-Hot Hack has as much suspense as it does romance, and it keeps you guessing with each turn of the page. Ian and Kate’s complete and total devotion to each other spills out in Graves writing. Neither one of them regret the situation they are in, knowing they are together because of it. There was nothing sexier than the blind determination Ian had in his quest to keep Kate safe. He would stop at NOTHING, and it just made me love him more than I already did. Kate’s willingness to transform her entire life to be with Ian was nothing short of commendable. She wasn’t a woman who changed herself for man in a weak way, but in the strongest way possible. She loves Ian beyond all words, and doesn’t hesitate to show him. She doesn’t bow to his will, but challenges him and keeps him on his toes. Kate and Ian are constantly tested throughout their journey, but their partnership is unshakable.

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