8/17/15

REVIEW: HEART-SHAPED HACK BY TRACEY GARVIS GRAVES!!

Title: Heart-Shaped Hack
Author: Tracey Garvis Graves
Release Date: AUGUST 25, 2015!!

SYNOPSIS:
When Kate Watts abandoned her law career to open a food pantry in Northeast Minneapolis, she never dreamed it would be this difficult. Facing the heartbreaking prospect of turning hungry people away, she is grateful for the anonymous donations that begin appearing at the end of each month. Determined to identify and thank her secret benefactor, she launches a plan and catches Ian —a charismatic hacker with a Robin Hood complex—in the act.
Ian intrigues Kate in a way no man ever has. But after learning he’s snooped around on her personal computer, she demands retribution. Impressed with her tolerance and captivated by her spirit, he complies and begins to slowly charm his way past her defenses. Time spent with Ian is never boring, and Kate soon finds herself falling for the mysterious hacker.
But Ian has enemies and they’re growing restless. In the hacking world, exploiting a target’s weakness is paramount, and no price is too high to stop an attack. And when Kate learns exactly how much Ian has paid, she’ll discover just how strong her love is for the man who has hacked his way into her heart.
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Looking for a light hearted read that will have you smiling from ear to ear the whole way through? (Well... almost.) Look no further. Tracey Garvis-Graves' Heart-Shaped Hack is fraught with humor and sarcasm, witty banter and colorful characters that had me fully engaged in this story before I could even blink. This author has delivered taboo, she's given us serious, emotionally-taxing storylines and now she returns with a heartwarming contemporary romance that I could not put down. Heart-Shaped Hack is unexpected, it's refreshing, and it's so damn sexy. From beginning to end, I absolutely loved it. 

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.

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Tracey Garvis Graves is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author. Her debut novel, On the Island, spent 9 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has been translated into twenty-nine languages, and is in development with MGM and Temple Hill Productions for a feature film. She is also the author of Uncharted, Covet, Every Time I Think of You, and Cherish. She is hard at work on her sixth book.

You can e-mail her at traceygarvisgraves@gmail.com. She’d love to hear from you. 

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