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- Listening Length: 13 hours and 56 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Penny Reid, Author
- Audible.com Release Date: January 14, 2015
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00S8O405G
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Love Hacked: A Reluctant Romance: Knitting in the City, Book 3 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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I loved Alex. I loved his nearly brutal honesty and his aloof unconventionality. Penny Reid did an amazing job portraying someone with high functioning Asperger's/Autistic Spectrum Disorder and STILL manage to make him super sexy. His "woundedness" was very believable, and makes you want to cradle him in your arms.
I loved the huge amounts of laugh out loud lines AND also of heart tearing deep lines as well as the ultimate message: that the only effective healing for our wounds is unconditional love.
Finally: I loved the way the author has evolved in her comfort level with erotic scenes since her first book. I praised her first book "Neanderthal Seeks Human" for relying on non-explicit narration of sex scenes. Then I praised the second book "Friends without benefits" for offering an alternative more subtle version (PG-13 to R rated) in addition to also offering the explicit (R rated to kind of X rated) version of the sex scenes. This book is non-apologetic and generous on steamy, sexy scenes. Yet, she does such a great job building the sexual tension during the first half to three quarters of the book, that when the moment of the truth comes you are BEGGING for the explicitness.
Yet again, my favorite part is the so-well crafted characters. Other romance authors I have read before tend to recycle the same main characters with minimal variation. That is NOT the case with Penny Reid. This is the third book I read from her (and my favorite so far) and the main characters could not be more different from each other. I am very impressed.
I'm hooked now. I look forward to continuing to read more and more from this author.
Not to sound repetitive-- but I think it's worth mentioning that Penny Reid has my forever devotion simply because she manages to always give me a heroine I can love. It is NOT a given that I will like a heroine. I usually have an issue or two (or three) with the heroine of any book I'm reading at the moment. As an added bonus, Sandra really didn't do anything to make me scream at her, either. She was cautious when I would have been cautious, she was all-in when I would have been, she was the perfect balance of pushy and patient. Smart, witty, sexy...I just loved Sandra.
Now... let us get to the crux of the matter. The *ahem* MEAT (pun intended) of a romance novel-- The Hero. Penny Reid is even more deserving of the aforementioned eternal devotion because she has given me my new book boyfriend. What? You don't think that's worth eternal-forever-devotion? Well, consider that she wrote this (as she has her other Knitting in the City books) from the heroine's POV. I can't usually fall in love too deeply with a hero without being in his head, but she made it happen. Remarkable. PLUS--spoilerishy, but not really-- Alex is young. Usually M/C's that are young are a major turn-off to me. I have no interest in the drama of the youth. That ship has sailed. The Cougar-slash-Young-Stud fantasy isn't on the top of my list, either. But Alex and Sandra aren't one-dimensional characters. They aren't ridiculous in any way. Sandra's not a desperate cougar and Alex isn't callow or infantine--not by any stretch of the imagination.
There's so much I want to say about Alex. Without giving too much away, I can say that Alex is different. Different in the way that Janie (the heroine from Neanderthal Seeks Human) is different. Ultra-intelligent, attractive, but not exactly socially adept. I don't mean to imply that he is awkward, because he's not. He's just strange. He's without guile--yet completely guarded. Straight-forward and cagey all at once. He's simply not like any other hero I've read before--certainly not like any of my previous book boyfriends--except that he is oh, so very sexy and endowed with an abundance of possessiveness over Sandra. Let me tell you that it all makes for a captivating and smokin' HOT hero.
Speaking of hot, I need to say that this is Penny Reid's sexiest Knitting in the City to date. To Ms. Reid, I need to shout a hearty: "Well done!" I'm all for sexy-times and Sandra and Alex brought the heat. Even when they weren't engaging in sex it was sexy.
I feel as if I'm rambling now, so I'm going to sum it up. Unusual-but-great-hero. Funny and loveable heroine. Steamy and romantic, and having a really great story and conflict. Also, I can't forget that the Knitting and Security crew's part in the book added extra enjoyment. I loved seeing Janie and Quinn and Elizabeth and Nico, but I also liked learning more about the others and the hints of what is possibly to come for them in future books. So my summary is rambling too, sorry.
It's great. Go read it now. Seriously.