Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Love Hacked: A Reluctant Romance
Author: Penny Reid
Series: Knitting in the City #3
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible
There are three things you need to know about Sandra Fielding: 1) She makes all her first dates cry, 2) She hasn’t been kissed in over two years, and 3) She knows how to knit.
Sandra has difficulty removing her psychotherapist hat. Of her last 30 dates, 29 have ended the same way: the man sobbing uncontrollably. After one such disaster, Sandra–near desperation and maybe a little tipsy–gives in to a seemingly harmless encounter with her hot waiter, Alex. Argumentative, secretive, and hostile Alex may be the opposite of everything Sandra knows is right for her. But now, the girl who has spent all her life helping others change for the better, must find a way to cope with falling for someone who refuses to change at all.
After reading King of Code by CD Reiss, I wasn’t sure anyone else could pull off what I’ve deemed as Hot Hackers like she could, but Penny certainly did!
CD and Penny have two completely different writing styles and I loved that I was able to compare the two and enjoy their unique approaches to such a complex and secretive world.
I have to admit, much like in King of Code, I was intrigued by this hacker’s world, particularly Bitcoins, and if I had an infinite amount of time, I’d do more research into it and maybe read a few books about it.
Instead, I took the easy road and asked my Cute Nerd of a husband about bitcoins and got some great insight from him.
Speaking of Cute Nerds, Alex was such an odd character … and I mean that in the best way possible. I honestly wasn’t sure what to think of him at first and because of that, it took me a little while to warm up to him.
But once I did, it was a wildfire.
The age gap between Alex and Sandra was done really well. I mentioned in my review for Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas that age gaps aren’t really my thing, but it’s hard for me to say anything isn’t really my thing with any certainty because plenty of amazing authors have proven me wrong time and time again.
I think the only other book I’ve read in which the female character was older than the male character was Outlander, but like this book, it wasn’t the most significant part of the story.
Like the rest of the series, I very much enjoyed this book. I appreciate that each of the books I’ve read so far are different enough to keep me interested in the entire series… and excited to see what is next.
Audiobook Performance: 5 stars
Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars
Re-read Worthiness: Possibly!
Bookshelf Placement: Yes!
I need the whole series!
Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 stars