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Kate Watts is the perfect heroine. She's smart and strong and feisty and so genuine. She's funny and beautiful and relatable, I connected with her right out of the gate. My initial feelings about Ian: "I don't even know you and I already love you!" He's intrusive and inappropriate and so freaking funny. I loved him immediately. I had no idea what his agenda was, which of course made him that much more alluring. The mystery of what he wanted, where his interest in Kate stemmed from, what his job entailed, why he was so elusive, where this relationship could possibly go.... all these questions made me ravenous for the story to unfold.
Together, Kate and Ian are pure magic. Even with so much secrecy and uncertainty, there was never a question that these two were perfect together. Tracey Garvis-Graves cultivates the dynamic between these characters, their chemistry and the authenticity of the emotion between them so exquisitely. Every touch, every word, every glance, every heated moment is a palpable stoke of the intense fire between them and it burns so fiercely I could not look away. Maybe I'm too forgiving, too accepting, too romantic. I tend to overlook the traits in fictitious leading men that, in real life, would send up huge red flags. Ian's propensity for intruding in Kate's private affairs, always knowing where she is, what she's doing, the way he completely invaded her space, would be totally creepy if it were anyone else. The guy is obviously hiding something big, refusing to share his last name, where he lives, the details of who he is and what he does, all the while knowing every intimate detail about Kate. And he doesn't even deny it! He's completely transparent in his deceit. It's weird and bizarre and pretty damn creepy, and yet, I didn't care! I loved everything about him, and I was so completely invested in this relationship despite how unbalanced the scales were. But with that said, I knew that things would have to come to a head eventually, nothing stays in the dark forever. And it was the not knowing, the completely unpredictable turn of events that transpired, the utterly heartbreaking curve ball I never saw coming that really threw me for a loop.
Everything about this storyline and these characters consumed me. The concept was completely unique and refreshing and every word was superbly written. Tracey Garvis-Graves molded this plot beautifully, building this story up, developing these characters so entirely. I was addicted. I was so anxious to see where this could go, what Ian's real story was, how far Kate would let this go before demanding some truth in return. But conversely, I never wanted it to end. I wanted time to slow down so I could just savor this story, the build, the delicious romance between these completely magnetic characters. This story is the whole package. The author left no stone unturned in the execution of Heart Shaped Hack. From the development of these characters, to the plotting and pacing of this storyline, from every bit of dialogue, to every ounce of emotion she could eek out of this plot, it's so perfectly delivered. I felt everything within these pages, from pure unadulterated joy to desolation and despair. The laugh out loud funny moments were such a stark contrast to the painful, desperate ones and yet it all fit together to make this seamless, beautiful, unforgettable package that I can't wait to read again and again.
Heart-Shaped Hack was an absolute pleasure to read. I loved the main characters, Kate and Ian, and I adored their banter! Kate is a great heroine because she's very giving, smart, and funny. I loved Ian's sense of humor, the fact that he has a really good heart, and I liked his cockiness. I thought his career as a hacker was very interesting and unique. I've read a lot of romance books...and Ian just might be my favorite hero of them all.
There were many laugh out loud moments throughout the story and some really heartfelt ones too. I can't wait for more of Kate and Ian's story!!
I loved this book. Honestly. I'm mad I cried so hard I had to put the freaking book down, but I loved it.
But I say this under protest, because you made me cry when I wanted to laugh.
Once a lawyer, Kate now operates a foodbank in Minneapolis, providing help to families in need. When donations are in short supply, Kate appears on local TV to appeal for support from the community.
What she doesn't expect is anonymous donations of $1000 cash, delivered on the last day of the month for the past two months. When the last day of the month comes around again, she is ready and waiting to meet the anonymous donor. Who she meets is Ian (No-last-name), a very secretive computer hacker who is giving her the money he has "appropriated" from less-than-honest people. A modern day Robin Hood, if you will.
Kate finds the mysterious Ian physically attractive, but also highly distasteful due to his disreputable means of getting money. Before too long, she realises that she was wrong about the excessively charming man, and what develops from there is some of the funiest and rapid-fire banter I've read in some time.
Here's an example:
“You’ve obviously hacked into my computer. How did you do it?”
“I came in your backdoor.”
“I’m certain you did not.”
“I assure you that I did.”
“Without even discussing it with me first? No preparation? No warning? Don’t you think that’s incredibly bad form?”
Ian grinned. “Are we still talking about your computer? Because I find you utterly delightful right now.”
“No more backdoor?”
“No more backdoor.”
He appeared crestfallen.
“Never,” Kate said firmly.
“Not even on my birthday or like a special occasion?”
“Are we still talking about my computer?” she asked.
“You probably are.”
“Do you really think that’s an appropriate topic for us to be discussing right now?”
“You’re right. That talk should probably come a little later in our relationship when we feel like spicing things up a bit.”
“You did not just say that.”
“I didn’t? Because I heard the words come out of my mouth.”
“Right now you’re closer to a restraining order than you are to a relationship.”
If you don't fall madly in love with Ian, I'm going to wonder what's wrong with you LOL This is a beautiful and charming love story that will have you laughing, crying (even though you know it will all end up okay), and desperately want to read more about this amazing couple.
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