Series: Wicked Games #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: J.T. Geissinger
Release Date: July 19, 2016
A badass ex-Special Ops officer and a smartass hacker fight a dangerous enemy…and a blistering attraction to each other.
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?
5,000 “Loathe” Stars!!!!!
Yep….I said it, people.
”A real hero would teach the princess how to save herself.”
I DEVOURED this book, licking my fingers at the very end, it was so delicious. I didn’t want to leave. I didn’t want it to end. I just wanted to sink into this book and never come out. I’ve never read a story like this. And isn’t that what every reader wants? This book has everything you could ever ask for. I wish I had ALL THE WORDS to describe this book. It’s just EVERYTHING!
And it’s smart! Everyone in this book is a genius, literally. The dialogue was so much fun and witty. We’ve got crazy geniuses, and funny geniuses, and scary geniuses, and sexy-hot geniuses!
Connor and Tabby do not like each other. They have a bit of a history. Connor loves to bait Tabitha, but Tabitha is always on top of her game and gives Connor her spit-fire tongue-lashing at every turn. I loved every single word between these two. Their relationship drips with sarcasm and perfection.
“God, why do you hate me? Seriously, what have I done to offend you so deeply that you’d burden me with this ridiculous—“
“Ahem. Heroic,” Connor interrupts.
“And yet somehow always right.”
“—insufferable, asinine, jockstrap of a man?”
Connor requests Tabby’s hacker services to assist with one of his clients. After some convincing (super-hot-convincing times), Tabby agrees, but the story takes an unexpected turn that I did not see coming at all. Tabby has a past that is dark and scary, and Connor is the type of hero who will murder for her.
“Love your tears, princess, ‘cause I know you’d never give them to anyone but me,” he murmurs into my ear.
J.T. writes some badass motherfuckers, and I’m not talking about the guys (although they are pretty badass too). The HEROINE in this book!!!! TABBY! Total girl-crush going on over here. I want to BE her, from her hello kitty watch to her dirty, badass mouth….everything. She has had a shit-load of life handed to her, but she is strong as steel. She has learned to hack her way into protecting herself and her heart. Tabitha is a genius hacker. She is just so….cool! I want to be Tabby when I grow up.
“Is that a Hello Kitty watch she’s wearing?” I turn and glare at him, my hands curled to fists, “Yeah, motherfucker, it is. And in two seconds it’s going to be telling the time inside your colon.”
Connor. Aka Jarhead. I need him. I need his words. I need his body. I need his devotion. I need his dirty mouth the most.
“…even if you just laid here snoring while I made love to you it would be the best sex of my entire life because it’s with you. Now I’m going to get you naked and eat your pussy like it’s the last supper and you don’t have to do anything but enjoy it, do you understand me?”
Let me talk about ALL THE FEELS in this book. I was so pleasantly surprised by how much I felt. Even with all the humor and sarcasm, this story pulled at my heart strings. I cannot say much about this part of the book without spoilers, but I will say that it was raw and gritty and beautiful. Only to turn around and swoon me to death in the end.
The beauty of J.T.’s books is the strong women, followed by a strong man, who sees the vulnerable parts of her and refuses to back down from the walls that she has built. Connor is the ying to Tabby’s yang. They push each other and pull each other and I was caught up in them for the whole ride.
My sweet, vicious, passionate, distant, marvelous, maddening riddle. If she’d let me, I’d spend a lifetime trying to figure her out.
I CANNOT WAIT to see what J.T. writes next. I am anxiously waiting for her next book!