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Wired by Julie Garwood

The long awaited newest novel from Julie Garwood is finally out.  After three long years waiting, she’s back in full force.  

A beautiful computer hacker and a bad-boy FBI agent must collaborate—in more ways than one—in the sizzling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood.

Allison Trent doesn’t look like a hacker. In fact, when she’s not in college working on her degree, she models on the side. But behind her gorgeous face is a brilliant mind for computers and her real love is writing—and hacking—code. Her dream is to write a new security program that could revolutionize the tech industry.

Hotshot FBI agent Liam Scott has a problem: a leak deep within his own department. He needs the skills of a top-notch hacker to work on a highly sensitive project: to secretly break into the FBI servers and find out who the traitor is. But he can’t use one of his own. He finds the perfect candidate in Allison. Only, there’s one problem—she wants nothing to do with his job and turns him down flat.

What Liam doesn’t know is that Allison is hiding secrets that she doesn’t want the FBI to uncover. But Liam will do nearly anything to persuade her to join his team, even break a few rules if that’s what it takes. A temptation that could put his job—and both of their futures—on the line…

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Fly Girl’s Review:

I love Julie Garwood’s work, so when I was at RT 2017 and was offered an advanced reader copy of her latest work, I literally jumped at the chance.  I mean I “fan girl’d” her publicist, Erin, from Penguin Random House.  It’s been three years since her last book, so this release has been highly anticipated by tons of folks.  I have to preface this review with the fact I read the advanced reader’s copy that was still in editing for the final edition.

This took me about 7 hours to read.  There are several plot lines in it that all center around the main character Allison.  In my opinion, I think the FBI antagonist plot was lacking in development and never felt as serious as she was trying to make it.  However, the plot with the family and her previous roommate was very well done.  There won’t be any spoilers in this review.  The main character build up of Allison and Liam was very good.  I also loved how she didn’t keep the sexual tension through the whole book, she let that play out as it probably would in a real life situation.  Again, no spoilers here.

Julie didn’t skimp on the real world either.  Because this was a computer hacking novel she was very accurate with the skills and technology that would be involved.  It’s very believable and she shows how today’s young adults who grew up with technology have a hard time living in the real world and navigating the challenges of human interaction and relationships.

I’m going to give this a 4 out of 5 propellers just because of the weak plot line for the FBI antagonist.  All in all, I highly recommend this one for any fan of hers.  I love seeing her work evolve with the times.  If you haven’t read her books before, I would recommend this book to you, and if you love historical romance, try a few of her early works.  Those are also very good.  Julie, glad you’re back with us.  You’ve been missed. To Erin, thank you so much for honoring me with the chance to read early and review.  I’d be happy to do it again.

4 of 5 Propellers


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Get to know Julie Garwood

It’s no surprise that Julie Garwood became a writer. Growing up in a large family of Irish heritage, she took to storytelling naturally. “The Irish relish getting all the details of every situation,” she explains. “Add in the fact that I was the sixth of seven children. Early in life I learned that self-expression had to be forceful, imaginative, and quick.”

Creating stories was always a passion for Julie, but she didn’t focus on making it a career until the youngest of her three children entered school. After the publications of two young adult books, she turned her interests to historical fiction. Her first novel, GENTLE WARRIOR, was published in 1985, and there has been a steady parade of bestsellers ever since. Today more than 40-million copies of her books are in print, and they are translated into dozens of languages around the world. One of her most popular novels, FOR THE ROSES, was adapted for a HALLMARK HALL OF FAME production on CBS.

Whether the setting is medieval Scotland, Regency England, frontier Montana, or modern-day Louisiana, her themes are consistent: family, loyalty, and honor. Readers claim that it’s the humor as well as the poignancy of her novels that keep them coming back for more. Julie described her goals this way: “I want my readers to laugh and cry and fall in love. Basically, I want them to escape into another world for a little while and afterwards to feel as though they’ve been on a great adventure.”

Julie lives in Leawood, Kansas, and is currently working on her next novel.

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