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Big Trouble (Signet Eclipse) Mass Market Paperback – May 2, 2006

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Jameson's seamless, satisfying sophomore effort tells the story of Naomi Conner, a former computer hacker who has turned her talents (and guilt) into a career as a digital security expert. Eager for a promotion and a chance to redeem herself for an accidental hack she perpetrated as a teenager, she signs on to run a test breach of Brennan Shipping-the very defense contractor she once almost destroyed. Complicating the project is the irresistibly handsome but bull-headed Joe Casey, Brennan's acting chief technology officer and part heir to the Brennan empire. (Jameson's debut, My Hero, featured Joe's brother, Chas.) Though Joe suspects Naomi has a hacker past, he's undone by Naomi's killer combination of gorgeous blonde curls, Southern charm and brilliance. Though she tries desperately to keep things professional, Naomi has a hard time ignoring the primitive attraction she feels towards Joe. As she cracks wall after wall of company defenses, the barrier between the two colleagues inevitably crumbles, but the revelation of Naomi's past brings the affair to an abrupt halt. Also, Naomi's snooping uncovers a serious breach at Brennan, and with all evidence pointing towards Joe, Naomi fears she might have slept with the enemy. Jameson spins a slight but suspenseful romance with hi-tech window dressing.
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Brennan Shipping, of Stamford, Connecticut, specializes in highly classified designs for the government. Joe Casey, one of the heirs and its chief technology officer, has just finished overhauling the company's security systems, and to secretly test it, hires a security consultant firm to attempt to hack into it. Naomi Connor needs to be assigned to this project for several reasons. If she's successful, she gets promoted to partner. More importantly, she seeks redemption. For in applying her formidable skills to make Brennan Shipping's security hacker-proof, she can make up for costing it millions of dollars when she hacked into it by accident when she was 12 years old. She plans on revealing her past when she succeeds. Both Joe and Naomi struggle to suppress their mutual attraction, but neither can fight it for long, and as her feelings for Joe deepen, so does the dread Naomi feels as disclosure nears. Jameson's excellent romantic suspense has it all: intelligent characters, tension, wit, sensuality and a shocking conclusion. Maria Hatton
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Product Details

  • Series: Signet Eclipse
  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; First Edition edition (May 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451218256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451218254
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,229,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sequel to her debut book, MY HERO.

When she was twelve years old, Naomi Connor innocently hacked into Brennan Shipping, a company with many sensitive defense contracts, and almost destroyed them. When she realized what she'd done, Naomi turned herself in. She wasn't charged because of Brennan CEO Mary Casey's compassion.

Now, twenty years later, former hacker Naomi is a computer security expert and leads a team hired to test Brennan's new security system. She works closely with Mary Casey's son, Joe, a lawyer and the current CTO for the family-owned company. Joe has strong negative feelings about hackers and he doesn't know Naomi was the hacker back then. They both have rules about romancing coworkers and resist each other as long as possible. But the attraction is hot and they fall in love.

This story was emotional, steamy and funny. The way Naomi and Joe got turned on by speaking "geek" was a kick. Naomi was an amazing character - smart, kind, honest, witty - a strong woman. A terrific sequel, well written, can't think of a thing I'd change.
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Computer security consultant Naomi Connor is making sure Brennan Shipping's computer system is un-hackable. Unbeknownst to Joe Casey, Naomi hacked into the company's computer system when she was only twelve, nearly bringing the company down. Now she plans to redeem herself, but her plans don't include falling in love with Joe. And Joe's don't include dating a work associate or any kind of long-term relationship. If they do give in to the attraction between them...if he does find out about what she did all those years ago...they could be in BIG TROUBLE.

BIG TROUBLE has a great plot, great romance, great hero/heroine. I learned a few things I didn't know, which is always a bonus. Although it has laugh out loud lines, there is also a serious underpinning. In the story beginning, Naomi says she's looking for redemption, but what they're both looking for is acceptance. And, of course, a lot of sex. This book has both. After reading it, I want to read Jameson's first book, MY HERO.
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I was amazed by the quality of this book. The writing, the characters, and the believability are all there. The characters - Naomi and Joe - are very 'real' - you are definitely not reading a formula romance - the characters have normal conversations, normal interactions, and a 100% believable romance. It's hard to explain, but the book was just .. perfect. I didn't feel as if I was dropping my level of intelligence to read this; in fact, the writing is quality and the conversations between characters feel like they are taking place in `real-time.' There were a lot of scenes that women can identify with, and I really liked how honest Naomi was - it was great. She didn't say the right things just to get the guy - she was her own woman, and when she didn't like something, she said that. The book was funny, sexy, intelligent. There was a minimal amount of swearing, and the characters really grew and developed throughout the novel. Every scene was necessary to the plot and I really liked how Naomi had body issues - it was overdone a bit at times, but it helped to bring more sensitivity to the character of Joe. Anyway, the plot was rather lame, but the book is character-driven anyway so it didn't matter much. The lead male - Joe - is very sexy, and his banter/interaction with Naomi was wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the scenes between Joe and his family. Very high marks for this effort and I look forward to reading more from this author.
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Twenty years ago, a twelve year old hacker named "R@ptorgirl" wrecked havoc on Joe Casey's family company. When the company needs a security audit now, Joe has no idea that their former nemesis is now to be their best friend, or that he's going to fall hard for Naomi Connor, who has now grown up and reformed. Her skills as a hacker make her ideal for the job, but she keeps her secret hidden. Even as the pull between her and Joe grows, her once upon a time crime overshadows Naomi. She knows Joe and his family would hate her, with good reason, if they found out the truth.

*** Though there is a lot of padding in this story, at its heart, its a good romance of redemption and second chances. It is a very credible tale, one you can imagine really happening. ***
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I was looking forward to readig another of Marianna Jameson's books and was excited to see Big Trouble. Well she did it, she topped my Hero, Love it! I really enjoy the characters in this book and the story line adds some excitement and suspense. I can't wait to turn the page to see what happens next.
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Computer security specialist Naomi Connor is the best at doing the seemingly impossible of breaking through barriers that experts insist cannot breached. That is why companies clamor for her services to conduct the ultimate beta test of their systems security as she has left many skilled specialists red-faced.

Defense contractor Brennan Shipping CIO Joe Casey hires her company who sends the world's greatest legal hacker Naomi to break into his new system. She finds it ironic that as a college student she illegally hacked into Brennan Shipping; now she can repeat her escapade legally and clean up any signatures left behind. When Joe and Naomi meet, sparks fly though neither wants an attraction between them. She needs to prove to the world that she has brains as much as beauty while he does not go out with workers or women for more than three dates. Still they fall in love, but he is a boat person and she cannot swim; besides which they must deal with a hacker trying to gain access to top military secrets though everyone concludes it must be her.

BIG TROUBLE is a fine romantic suspense thriller that grips the audience from the moment that Naomi pleads her way onto the assignment and never slows down until the final confrontation with the hacker. The story line is fast-paced as the lead pair falls in love, but he struggles to trust her as she is the prime suspect. The glimpses at computer security are blended nicely into the plot so that the audience obtains a bit of understanding without slowing down the speed. Fans will enjoy Marianna Jameson's wonderful tale and seek her other work, MY HERO.

Harriet Klausner
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