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Determined to overcome a difficult past, Erica Hathaway learns early on how to make it on her own. Days after her college graduation she finds herself face to face with a panel of investors who will make or break her fledgling startup. The only thing she didn't prepare for was going weak in the knees over an arrogant and gorgeous investor who's seemingly determined to dera Determined to overcome a difficult past, Erica Hathaway learns early on how to make it on her own. Days after her college graduation she finds herself face to face with a panel of investors who will make or break her fledgling startup. The only thing she didn't prepare for was going weak in the knees over an arrogant and gorgeous investor who's seemingly determined to derail her presentation. Billionaire and rumored hacker Blake Landon has already made his fortune in software, and he's used to getting what he wants with very little resistance. Captivated by Erica's drive and unassuming beauty, he's wanted nothing more since she stepped into his boardroom. Determined to win her over, he breaks down her defenses and fights for her trust, even if that means sacrificing a level of control he's grown accustomed to. But when Blake uncovers a dark secret from Erica's past, he threatens not just her trust, but the life she's fought so hard to create.


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Determined to overcome a difficult past, Erica Hathaway learns early on how to make it on her own. Days after her college graduation she finds herself face to face with a panel of investors who will make or break her fledgling startup. The only thing she didn't prepare for was going weak in the knees over an arrogant and gorgeous investor who's seemingly determined to dera Determined to overcome a difficult past, Erica Hathaway learns early on how to make it on her own. Days after her college graduation she finds herself face to face with a panel of investors who will make or break her fledgling startup. The only thing she didn't prepare for was going weak in the knees over an arrogant and gorgeous investor who's seemingly determined to derail her presentation. Billionaire and rumored hacker Blake Landon has already made his fortune in software, and he's used to getting what he wants with very little resistance. Captivated by Erica's drive and unassuming beauty, he's wanted nothing more since she stepped into his boardroom. Determined to win her over, he breaks down her defenses and fights for her trust, even if that means sacrificing a level of control he's grown accustomed to. But when Blake uncovers a dark secret from Erica's past, he threatens not just her trust, but the life she's fought so hard to create.

30 review for Hardwired

  1. 4 out of 5

    Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie

    2.5 meh stars I feel I should mention that this book will set you back $8.99 which is ridiculous because it's a debut novel. This story was all over the place although it did have a few good moments. Unfortunately the execution was lacking. The heroine came across as bipolar, her mood swings gave me whiplash, the hero was supposed to be controlling and possessive, unfortunately this was not the case. He was constantly walking around on egg shells because of the heroines fragile sanity! There wasn't 2.5 meh stars I feel I should mention that this book will set you back $8.99 which is ridiculous because it's a debut novel. This story was all over the place although it did have a few good moments. Unfortunately the execution was lacking. The heroine came across as bipolar, her mood swings gave me whiplash, the hero was supposed to be controlling and possessive, unfortunately this was not the case. He was constantly walking around on egg shells because of the heroines fragile sanity! There wasn't enough detail in some very important scenes, I'm not sure what else to say... I found it boring and generic, I've read a lot of books that used a plot that is popular like this one and it can work. But you have to bring something new to the table, a billionaire hacker did not cut it for me. There were two different side stories in this book, I felt like they were fillers and had no place in the grand scheme of things. I needed more information about the character but none was given, this is a full length novel so there is no excuse. The plot was weak...

  2. 4 out of 5

    DKristin

    WHAT??? If you haven't read this yet you better jump on this!!! Purchase links can be found at:Hardwired http://bit.ly/18BTh6X I came across this one on facebook and read a few of the excerpts which peaked my interest greatly. It has a very familiar premise: Hot billionaire somewhat dominant guy, equally (yet unassumingly so) hot younger woman with a difficult and traumatic past. WARNING!!!!!!!! If you are not a fan of some of the recent series with these kinds of characters this may not be the WHAT??? If you haven't read this yet you better jump on this!!! Purchase links can be found at:Hardwired http://bit.ly/18BTh6X I came across this one on facebook and read a few of the excerpts which peaked my interest greatly. It has a very familiar premise: Hot billionaire somewhat dominant guy, equally (yet unassumingly so) hot younger woman with a difficult and traumatic past. WARNING!!!!!!!! If you are not a fan of some of the recent series with these kinds of characters this may not be the book for you! I honestly don't understand why people who do not like these types of stories continue to read every new series that comes out and then gives it bad ratings and talks a lot of crap about it when obviously it's not your thing! I say that because I am sure that this will happen with this book as well. Also, if you're one of those people who believe that there is only room for one dominant billionaire man on the planet then you won't want to read this book either. You'll spend the entire time comparing Blake to your precious Christian, Gideon, or Jesse... Now that - that has been said. I LOVED IT!!! It did have some familiar aspects to other series as I mentioned but the main story was definitely something different down to the gasp worthy twist at about 90% in! The few typos, price, and the similarity factor is what prevented me from giving it that last star. If you're skeptical let me tell you why you should give it a shot. First and foremost the heroine of this book did not make me want to run over her with my car repeatedly to get her to shut up or throw a brick at her because of her stupidity. Erica is strong and ballsy and she goes for what she wants. She isn't some waffling wallflower who doesn't have direction. Despite her past she is an entrepreneur who is determined to take her company as far as it can go. With that said she has had a traumatic past, so she does at times push Blake away and run away from him. It's never for too long or to the point where you're ready to just throw the book across the room. Most of the time you get it. Both Erica and Blake are used to being in control of and Masters of their own Universe when you have two people like that trying to be together they are going to clash. There is some kink, a spanking here or there, and some domination but it's not a bdsm story and it worked well for this couple. The side characters have an interesting story and I am excited to see how that all works out. I also genuinely enjoyed Meredith Wild's writing style and the humor and passion in this one. It would be the perfect read if you are coming off a really emotional book. This is the first book of a series so this book does pose questions that are yet to be answered, yet I wouldn't consider it to be a huge cliffhanger if that type of thing matters to you. ~Erica & Blake~ "I didn't know." "Know what?" "That...it could be like that." "You're mine." I breathed into him, drunk on his taste and scent. "You were right. I'm going to make you want things you never knew you wanted." "You're going to want me to hold you down and fuck you hard. To take control of your body." "You want it right now, don't you?" "Clothes, off," I ordered, directing him with my index finger..."Shouldn't we talk about this?"..."Did I stutter? Clothes. Off." "I love it down here, baby... I could lick your sweet little cunt all day long." "How do you feel?" "Alive..." "Good."

  3. 5 out of 5

    Caterina Ayala

    I enjoyed reading the book. Many say it has similiarites with Fifty Shades of Grey, I disagree. Erica,the main character is not afraid to voice her opinion even when she is around Blake. I didn't feel she was submissive at all. Erica is very determined and stubborn especially around her baby-her business ventures. I thought the plot went very fast, I would've wanted to see more tension amongst the characters, but I guess all will be developed in part two of the series. Reading Hardwired reminded I enjoyed reading the book. Many say it has similiarites with Fifty Shades of Grey, I disagree. Erica,the main character is not afraid to voice her opinion even when she is around Blake. I didn't feel she was submissive at all. Erica is very determined and stubborn especially around her baby-her business ventures. I thought the plot went very fast, I would've wanted to see more tension amongst the characters, but I guess all will be developed in part two of the series. Reading Hardwired reminded me of Bared to You; there were some scenes especially towards the end of the book, that reminded me of the novel. I think Erica and Eva(From Bared to you) share some similarities in relation to their personal lives before meeting their significant others.When it came to the intimate scenes, I thought they were brief but to me that did not affect how the characters felt for one another. I am not a professional book reviewer, but I hope it helps for those interested in reading the book. Can't wait to read the second installment. You Rock! Ms Wild. :D

  4. 3 out of 5

    Heather

    Amazon, how could you do this to me. Your recommendations have always been so good. I trusted you to give me good smut with a back story worth reading and this is what I got? Our main characters, Erica and Blake stumble upon each other when Erica trips over her shoe while exiting a restaurant. She falls right into the arms of the enigmatic and handsome, dominating billionaire....Blake. (You thought I was going to say Christian didn't you?) Erica is our recent college grad who is starting up an onl Amazon, how could you do this to me. Your recommendations have always been so good. I trusted you to give me good smut with a back story worth reading and this is what I got? Our main characters, Erica and Blake stumble upon each other when Erica trips over her shoe while exiting a restaurant. She falls right into the arms of the enigmatic and handsome, dominating billionaire....Blake. (You thought I was going to say Christian didn't you?) Erica is our recent college grad who is starting up an online business that helps people with fashion. Now, Erica is looking for funding for her little enterprise. So when she shows up at the big sales pitch and sees Blake, she is thrown a bit. And in true domineering asshat fashion he shoots her business and brains down and finds a way to see if she is single all in one fell swoop. Erica immediately wants him and hates him at the same time! Oh, but he wears the most amazing clothes and he wears them so well! Erica has some issues of her own. She is not easily led astray. She wants nothing more that to be successful. But how can she resist a man who takes control the way Blake does? She just can't resist. Those damn hormones will get you every time ladies! She tries to resist but she just can't get over Blake's persistence. So when Blake starts controlling her life and finding ways to get her under his thumb, this smart Harvard grad lets him. After all, the make up sex is the best. But wait, Erica does stand up for herself. She runs away... far, far away. And then texts him to say "I miss you". And when he shows up giving her the cold shoulder, she is confused. But its all good, because here comes the sex. And then she realizes she is in love with this crazy man. She would do anything for him. Including not question how he seems to know her every move. Because he just has make up sex and she forgets about it. (Harvard Grad...remember.) Let us not forget that this is one of those books... I really hate when authors feel the need to describe outfits to death. I don't care what color of V neck sweater he wore to a T. And I really don't care what shoes you used to pull the outfit together. By the end of this book I was even skimming the sex scenes. I apologize to the author but for some reason I really did not like this one. I gave this one two stars because I finished it, albeit barely. And because when Erica and Blake first got together, the sex was hot. I just couldn't buy into the story. By the end, I found myself skimming. I read ludicrous passages out-loud to my husband, who got a good laugh out of it. Erica was SO immature. There were significant issues that were underplayed and small issues that were overplayed. Where was the editor on this one? Some of the dialogue was just painful. Erica was not very likable either. She threw her friend under the bus several times and was plain old nasty to her. Then Blake told her she couldn't be friends with her anymore. WTF? So, 2 small stars for me. This book got high marks from other readers so I would advise checking out their reviews first. It might just be me.  

  5. 5 out of 5

    SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

    ★★★★★! Hardwired, book 1 of 5! Books in Hacker series should be read in order: Book 1: Hardwired Book 2: Hardpressed Book 3: Hardline Book 4: Hard Limit Book 5: Hard Love I read the Hacker series book 1-5 while sick. What a treat. I wish I had time to write reviews. Harvard graduate Erica Hathaway gets the opportunity to pitch investors for more funding for her internet start-up. Former hacker and billionaire technology investor Blake Landon sits on the board… Five full-length novels read in no time, I g ★★★★★! Hardwired, book 1 of 5! Books in Hacker series should be read in order: Book 1: Hardwired Book 2: Hardpressed Book 3: Hardline Book 4: Hard Limit Book 5: Hard Love I read the Hacker series book 1-5 while sick. What a treat. I wish I had time to write reviews. Harvard graduate Erica Hathaway gets the opportunity to pitch investors for more funding for her internet start-up. Former hacker and billionaire technology investor Blake Landon sits on the board… Five full-length novels read in no time, I guess you could say I devoured them. This series deserve way more attention than it’s getting! Blake Landon carried the story! 6-star shelf. *** Hero rating: 5 stars Heroine rating: 4 stars Sexual tension rating: 5 stars Sex scenes rating: 5 stars Sex scenes frequency: 5 stars Plot rating: 5 stars Dialogue rating: 5 stars Storytelling rating: 5 stars Story ending rating: N/A ********************************************* Overall rating: 5 stars Would I recommend this series: Yes. Would I re-read this series: Yes. Would I read future books by this author: Yes.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Hayley

    Let us begin by saying: we basically devoured Hardwired. There’s something about a tough-as-nails, though slightly damaged, female that we just can’t resist. Pair that with a smoking hot billionaire, and we’re hooked. Blake’s possessiveness and mystery only add to his sex appeal. This novel moves at a good pace, keeping the reader involved and present in the story. It is incredibly well-written and the relationship between the characters unfolds in a natural way. Erica is right to guard her emot Let us begin by saying: we basically devoured Hardwired. There’s something about a tough-as-nails, though slightly damaged, female that we just can’t resist. Pair that with a smoking hot billionaire, and we’re hooked. Blake’s possessiveness and mystery only add to his sex appeal. This novel moves at a good pace, keeping the reader involved and present in the story. It is incredibly well-written and the relationship between the characters unfolds in a natural way. Erica is right to guard her emotions, having been the victim of a traumatic experience. But Blake pushes past all of her defenses and infiltrates himself into her life in a way that makes him irresistible. Add to this the fact that he has a proclivity with computers and can therefore find out anything about anyone. This makes him a bad boy with a nerdy edge, a refreshingly original angle. Not to mention his uncanny ability to show up when Erica needs him most . . . it’s just so hot. Speaking of hot, the sex scenes are out-of-this-world descriptive. Out. Of. This. World. And the ending leaves the book wide open for a second, but we still didn’t feel unsatisfied by the cliffhanger. Add this to your TBR lists, people. And, Meredith, get writing!

  7. 3 out of 5

    Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳

    ⭐⭐ 1.5 STARS ⭐⭐ This is me the entire time... sigh. I kept searching any controlling streak in the male lead... I must have missed it? And I was really concerned by the heroine personality... Schizo? Mood swings? All in all, the blurb sounded appealing to me, but it fell short really quickly, I never connected with any of the characters, and the lack of environment description didn't help me getting into it. Side characters and plots were truly unnecessary. I expected to be entertained, but this was ⭐️⭐️ 1.5 STARS ⭐️⭐️ This is me the entire time... sigh. I kept searching any controlling streak in the male lead... I must have missed it? And I was really concerned by the heroine personality... Schizo? Mood swings? All in all, the blurb sounded appealing to me, but it fell short really quickly, I never connected with any of the characters, and the lack of environment description didn't help me getting into it. Side characters and plots were truly unnecessary. I expected to be entertained, but this was really a boring story, typical billionaire storyline who get obsessed with a damaged girl. I should have known this ship had sailed when I started skimming through the sex scenes... This book is currently available at AMZ at the price of : 6.78$. Call it a very bad investment. :/

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline's Reads

    4 (Pursue your dreams and you may snag a billionaire) Stars Hardwired is the first book in the very popular Hacker series. Hardwired is told from the Ercia’s POV. Erica is a single girl trying to launch her on-line fashion website. < ---- completely me. Fun fact, I have a fashion blog. But I digress. She just graduated from Harvard and now she wants to focus and expand her site, but she needs investors. She snags a meeting with potential investors and pitches the idea. Blake happens to be one of 4 (Pursue your dreams and you may snag a billionaire) Stars Hardwired is the first book in the very popular Hacker series. Hardwired is told from the Ercia’s POV. Erica is a single girl trying to launch her on-line fashion website. < ---- completely me. Fun fact, I have a fashion blog. But I digress. She just graduated from Harvard and now she wants to focus and expand her site, but she needs investors. She snags a meeting with potential investors and pitches the idea. Blake happens to be one of the investors. We all know where this is going and … oh.my. Things I totally got… - Single girl struggling Check < - Love a damsel and a fashionable damsel is even better! - Billionaire with control issues with a dominate personality Check < --- Um… hello, my perfect guy - Sex and lots of it Check I liked the beginning. I like a struggling Heroine. Yes she graduated from an Ivy League college, but she isn’t super rich and she is going after her dream. I admire her for that. She’s sassy and has a take-no-prisoner attitude. She’s super focused on her goal that she doesn’t want or have time for a relationship. Blake is instantly attracted to Erica and he wants her. And he always gets what he wants. He likes to be in control and he has means to back it up. He’s super rich, successful and very powerful. I really liked Blake. I liked how caring and thoughtful he was. He always thinks of Erica and he doesn’t play games. He is also a bit mysterious. There’s something about his background and it kind of pulls you in. Are you always this persistent? Only when I see something I want He has this crazy confidence that just makes you drool over him. Erica is a bit flighty. It will make you pull your hair out, just a tiny bit. But, it adds plenty of tension and angst to the read. She doesn’t fully trust Blake because he is a play boy and she also doesn’t want to lose herself by being attached to a man. Erica also has a past and Blake tries to break down her walls. It adds more drama and some mild tension. Erica, one horrible experience doesn’t define you. There are plenty of twists and turns towards the ending and you will be panting for more! An ARC was provided AMAZON Paperback rerelease May 12!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Darling

    Honestly, the thing I'm gonna remember most is that she shares a plate of calamari with two different friends on two different occasions. The hacker part was, surprisingly, the most convincing and interesting part; the fashion app isn't even used, the sex is repetitive and subpar (I really hate having to reread to figure out she just did the move I thought she did), and the billionaire boyfriend is a controlling cliche. Throw in the damaged past, a shit ton of grabby guys, and family coincidence Honestly, the thing I'm gonna remember most is that she shares a plate of calamari with two different friends on two different occasions. The hacker part was, surprisingly, the most convincing and interesting part; the fashion app isn't even used, the sex is repetitive and subpar (I really hate having to reread to figure out she just did the move I thought she did), and the billionaire boyfriend is a controlling cliche. Throw in the damaged past, a shit ton of grabby guys, and family coincidences, and I'm done. This feels like it's trying too hard to be Gideon-Eva, and whatever flaws that series has, the chemistry between those two burns up the sheets. You're told about the attraction between these two plenty, but I personally never really felt it. ETA: holy crap, there are FIVE books in this series! Man. <.<

  10. 5 out of 5

    Always Reading

    Ich hatte tatsächlich für fünf Seiten ein relativ gutes Gefühl. Der Schreibstil war überraschend anspruchsvoll – nicht hochtrabend, aber doch deutlich besser als ich erwartet hätte. Erica wirkte auf den ersten Seiten wie eine selbstbewusst, engagierte junge Geschäftsfrau, die genau weiß, wo sie im Leben hinwill und die nötigen Schritte dafür geht. Haha, tja, und dann ging’s los: sie wird auf der Straße von einem Typen angerempelt und augenblicklich durchweicht ihr Schlüpper, weil der Kerl so unf Ich hatte tatsächlich für fünf Seiten ein relativ gutes Gefühl. Der Schreibstil war überraschend anspruchsvoll – nicht hochtrabend, aber doch deutlich besser als ich erwartet hätte. Erica wirkte auf den ersten Seiten wie eine selbstbewusst, engagierte junge Geschäftsfrau, die genau weiß, wo sie im Leben hinwill und die nötigen Schritte dafür geht. Haha, tja, und dann ging’s los: sie wird auf der Straße von einem Typen angerempelt und augenblicklich durchweicht ihr Schlüpper, weil der Kerl so unfassbar heiß ist. Jegliche Gehirnzellen, die ich ihr zugestanden habe, sind in Dauerurlaub gegangen und haben ein sabberndes und schmachtendes Mädchen zurückgelassen, das keinerlei Respekt sich selbst gegenüber empfindet. Und selbstverständlich ist dieser Hans-Wurst auch der absolute Oberboss in der Firma, in der Erica ein Meeting bezüglich der Investorensuche hat. Er schmettert ihr eine frauenfeindliche und demütigende Frage nach der Anderen ins Gesicht, was Erica auch durchaus erkennt, aber das ist ja nicht so wichtig, denn er ist total heiß. Und weil die Tusen in diesen Büchern ja immer von einem Zufall in den nächsten rutschen, wird sie eingeladen auf einer Technikmesse in Las Vegas auf einer Konferenz zu sprechen. Ich habe von sowas keine Ahnung, dass kann also alles sein. Und es hat mich auch nicht im Geringsten überrascht, dass einige Seiten später erklärt wird dass Blake da seine Finger mit im Spiel hatte. Natürlich, was auch sonst? Die haben sich einmal gesehen und bekommen den jeweils anderen nicht mehr aus dem Kopf. Fehlt nur noch, dass die beiden in ihren jeweiligen Wohnungen sitzen und schluchzend „All out of love“ mit schmettern. Wie bereits erwähnt, ist bei dieser Messe auch Blake anwesend. Meredith Wild beweist, dass sie keinerlei Kenntnisse des Wortes Zwilling hat, denn Blakes Bruder, Heath, ist auch vor Ort, und der sieht ja aus wie sein Zwilling – nur kleiner, mit anderer Augenfarbe, und einer anderen Haarfarbe. Ach, wenn ich genauer hingucke, hat der sogar andere Geschichtszüge. Und weil man das ja immer so macht, geht man mit dem Typen, den man eigentlich nicht leiden kann, dem Typen von dem man beleidigt wurde, einen trinken. Die beste Freundin Alli ist schon am Anbandeln mit Heath, aber auch das sollte wirklich niemanden überraschen. Denn wo eine Vagina ist, da ist auch ein passender Penis in diesem Genre. Während Alli und Heath also ihre Genitalien mittels eines verbalen Vorspieles aufwärmen, missachtet Blake ständig Ericas Intimsphäre. Der Junge muss sie nur anfassen und schon schaltet sich ihr Gehirn aus und sie denkt nur noch von zwölf bis mittags. Blake begleitet Erica also zu ihrem Zimmer und will sie „verführen“. Also, er legt seine Hände auf ihre Hüften, was ja bei Erica sofort wieder zur Sintflut führt. Mit ein bisschen Gemurmel will er sie ins Bett kriegen, klingt im Endeffekt aber nur wie ein fieser Vergewaltiger a lá „Du willst es doch auch“ und „Ich zeig' dir mal einen echten Hasen.“ Sie lässt ihn aber abblitzen. Alli und Heath bringen ihr rattiges Vorspiel zum Höhepunkt, wofür die Dame von ihrer besten Freundin ziemlich angegiftet wird, was mir ziemlich gegen den Strich geht. Tun immer so emanzipiert, aber wenn dann eine von den Damen mal was Unverbindliches am Laufen hat, ist sie die Hure von Babylon oder wie? Dann kommen ungefähr zwei Seiten, wo man sich so denkt: Hey, es geht ja doch. Der Fokus der Geschichte wird auf das Geschäftliche verlegt und für diese zwei Seiten ist das Buch in Ordnung. Doch, dann ist die Konferenz vorbei und es geht schon wieder steil bergab. Erica und Blake gucken sich kurz an und auf geht’s: rein mit der Zunge und einmal wild rumwühlen. Das ist an sich ja nicht schlimm. Mein Gott, wenn sie auf den Typen steht, dann soll sie mit ihm ins Bett, ist mir ja ritze. Was mich an dieser Sache stört: Erica verliert sämtliche Gehirnzellen, sobald sie den Hans-Wurst auch nur anguckt. Und ständig missachtet er ihre Grenzen. Nein heißt Nein, verdammte Scheiße. Das ist ein vollständiger Satz, der weder eine Erklärung noch eine Rechtfertigung braucht. Er sagt: „Lass uns heute Abend essen gehen.“ Sie sagt: „Nein.“ Er sagt: „Doch, wir gehen heute Abend essen.“ Sie sagt: „Nein.“ Und dann sagt er: „Ich hole dich heute Abend um acht Uhr ab.“ Alter, was zur Hölle? Sie hat nein gesagt, soll sie es dir vortanzen damit du es in dein mickriges Hirn reinkriegst? Erica bespricht die gesamte Situation mit ihrer besten Freundin. Alli sagt, dass Erica auch mal eine spaßige und heiße Nacht zusteht. Da kann ich an sich nicht widersprechen. Und es werden auch erste Andeutungen bezüglich Ericas Vergangenheit gemacht: soll ich mal raten? Sie wurde entweder vergewaltigt oder im richtig harten Sinne sexuell belästigt. Jedenfalls, kommen wir zu dem Abendessen der beiden Grazien. Und das ist im Endeffekt nur ein zehnseitiges verbales Vorspiel, was einfach mal extrem langweilig ist. Haben wir uns genug fremdgeschämt, kommt auch schon die Sexszene. Ellenlang, langweilig und einschläfernd. Mit exotischen und vielfältigen Beschreibungen wie „Meine inneren Wände ziehen sich um ihn zusammen.“ und irgendwas mit einer „feuchten pulsierenden Mitte“ und der absolute Spitzenreiter in Meredith Wilds Vokabular sind die „Zungenschläge“. Zwei Tage später ist sie dann auf dem Campus – die Dame ist am Ende ihrer Studienzeit. Übrigens Harvardabsolventin. Zeig mir dass sie clever, gewitzt, erfinderisch und selbstständig ist. Zeig mir eine starke unabhängige Frau. Und nicht „Boah ist der geil, ich vergesse mich total weil er so abgrundtief heiß ist.“ Nein, verdammt! Natürlich, kann sie auf ihn stehen. Natürlich, kann sie total geil auf ihn sein und mit ihm ins Bett gehen, die heißeste Nacht ihres Lebens haben und sich ein Loch in den Arsch freuen. Aber verkauft es mir nicht als Liebe, sondern als das was es ist: Lust! Denn das ist vollkommen in Ordnung! Jedenfalls, ist sie auf dem Campus. Blake ruft sie an, fragt sie, wo sie ist. Sie sagt es ihm auch noch und er holt sie mit seinem sauteuren Spielzeugauto ab. Abstand halten sieht anders aus, aber gut, muss ja nur ein heißer Kerl in einem geilen Schlitten angekarrt kommen und die Emanzipation wird sechzig Jahre zurückgeworfen Anschließend gehen Hans-Wurst und Madame was essen. Sind beide natürlich wieder sofort absolut rattig, weil es auch so furchtbar erotisch ist ein Bier zu trinken und Pommes zu fressen. Blake versucht wieder mit seiner Vergewaltiger Stimme Erica zu verführen, doch sie schickt ihn nach Hause. Ein dreifaches hoch auf den letzten Funken Selbstbeherrschung, den sie noch hat. Auch wenn ihre inneren Monologe mehr als ermüdend sind. "Ich finde ihn so geil, ich bin so rattig, er ist so geil, aber ich darf nicht, das wäre nicht gut. Aber ich will unbedingt, er ist so geil, ich bin so geil. Nein nein, das geht nicht. Sollte ich ihn nach Hause schicken? Oder in mein Bett ziehen? Ich bin so geil, er ist so geil …„ Das Universum schlägt erneut zu: Blakes Schwester ist Immobilienmaklerin und findet natürlich innerhalb von fünf Minuten die absolut perfekte Wohnung für Erica. Sie kann auch innerhalb von 12 Stunden einziehen. Voll normal und so, ne? Und selbstverständlich gehört das Gebäude Blake höchstpersönlich. Der lässt jetzt einfach mal seinen inneren Christian Grey raushängen, damit er alles schön unter Kontrolle hat. Geht ja mal gar nicht, dass die Alte, auf die du geil bist, zehn Minuten entfernt wohnt, dann könnte sie ja voll unanständige Sachen machen, wie mit ihrem Nachbarn reden, wenn sie die Post holt. Erica regt sich darüber auch auf – so ungefähr fünf Sekunden und dann ist eh alles egal, weil er ist ja geil uns sie ist ja auch geil. Es wird ein bisschen von den toten bzw. nicht anwesenden Eltern erzählt. So für drei Absätze, weil es muss ja durchkommen dass die wirklich auch mal Gespräche führen, und dass nicht nur eine rein körperliche Verbindung zwischen den beiden ist. Man muss ja in fünfzig Seiten von Liebe reden können, da brauchen die ein bisschen Informationen, damit das schön glaubhaft rüberkommt. Meredtih Wild versucht dann ein bisschen Handlung mit reinzubringen, indem sie die beiden am nächsten Tag an einer Präsentation für ein weiteres Meeting arbeiten lässt. Und das geht auch für zwei Absätze – dann guckt Erica Blake an und – zack bum! - zieht sich wieder alles zusammen und alles wird feucht und sie ist ja so rattig, weil er ist so geil und sie ist so geil. Mädel, geh mal zum Arzt, wenn du so unkontrollierte Muskelzuckungen im Unterleib hast. Irgendwann kommt dann Ericas neuer Mitbewohner an, Sid ihr Geschäftspartner. Der der das technische Zeug macht. Das findet Blake natürlich überhaupt nicht lustig und muss gleich wie ein Köter sein Revier verteidigen, weil natürlich jedes lebende Wesen mit Gehänge auf deine Alte steht! Welchen Teil von Geschäftspartner hat der jetzt nicht verstanden? Blake verteidigt also sein Revier: Zunge rein, ein bisschen aneinander reiben und alles ist schick. Erica sagt zwar, dass sie sich von Blake zurückziehen muss, tut aber nichts dergleichen, denn er ist so geil und sie ist so geil. Am nächsten Tag ruft Blake dann Erica an und fragt sie, warum die Internetseite vom Server genommen wurde. Ach ja, die beste Freundin und dritte im Geschäftsteam ist inzwischen übrigens nach New York gezogen. Jedenfalls, geht Erica nach Hause und fragt Sid. Blake und Sid verbünden sich in einem Anfall von Professionalität und versuchen das Problem zu beheben und man merkt deutlich, dass Erica absolut keine Peilung hat was die beiden da eigentlich machen. Eigentlich will sie dann arbeiten zerlegt, aber lieber die Tatsache, dass Blake ihr eine SMS schreibt, anstatt anzurufen. Mädel, ich denke er ist so todesbeschäftigt als Geschäftsmann, ist ja mal keine Überraschung dass der nicht nonstop Zeit zum Telefonieren hat. Arbeiten tut Erica nämlich nicht, wirft zwar mit hochtrabenden Wörtern um sich, aber im Grunde arbeitet sie nie. Dann gehen Blake und Erica mal wieder essen und sie sieht im Restaurant ihren Vergewaltiger, also sagt sie ihm widerstrebend die Wahrheit. Ich hatte also recht mit meiner Vermutung und ich vermute auch dass das wirklich respektlos behandelt werden wird. Sie labert irgendwas davon dass sie ja total beschädigt ist. Gut, ich weiß dass viele Vergewaltigungsopfer sich selbst zum Teil die Schuld geben, aber nur weil das tatsächlich oft vorkommt muss ich das noch lange nicht gut finden. Dass Erica da sitzt und sich als weniger wert beschreibt und dass sie es ja drauf angelegt hat, weil sie in ihrem ersten Collegejahr völlig besoffen war, genau DAS ist Rape Culture. Und wenn du völlig besoffen nackend vor drei Typen rumspringst, wenn du das nicht willst hat keiner dich anzufassen! Darauf folgt auch sofort der nächste, 30-seitige Sexmarathon mittels exotischer Beschreibungen. Die poppen also die ganze Nacht. Am nächsten Morgen als er gerade Frühstück macht kommt Erica in die Küche und - zack bum! - auf der Arbeitsplatte geht es weiter, weil er ist so geil und sie ist so geil. Erica schwärmt von Blakes männlichem Schwanz, der ja so viel besser ist als all die weiblichen Schwänze die sie bisher hatte. Nach dem Frühstücksgelecke schläft Erica wieder ein und als sie aufwacht, hat Blake ihren Vergewaltiger aufgespürt. Anscheinend ist er Houdini oder Harry Potter oder so. Zaubern gehört da schon ein bisschen hinzu, innerhalb von zwei Sekunden sowas rauszufinden, zumal sie selbst nicht weiß, wer der Typ eigentlich ist. Erica sagt Blake klar und deutlich dass sie es nicht wissen will. Blake sagt, dass er als ihr Freund das Recht hat es zu wissen. Er hat schonmal kein Recht dazu; er würde es gerne wissen, weil er sie mag und sie seine Freundin ist. Er findet den Gedanken abscheulich und will wissen, wer ihr das angetan hat. DAS ist eine Begründung, aber nicht dass er das Recht hat. Noch mehr kann ich aber Erica verstehen, die da ja nun mal das Opfer ist. Und in dieser Situation hat er verdammt nochmal ihren Wunsch zu respektieren. Er kann mit der Zeit versuchen sie zu überreden, mit ihr drüber sprechen und alles sowas, aber im ersten Moment erstmal, um den Schock zu verdauen, hat er auf sie zu hören. Ihr Körper, ihre Regeln! Erica lässt Blake nach dieser Eröffnung sitzen und fährt nach New York zu ihrer besten Freundin Alli, diese lebt inzwischen mit Heath zusammen. Erica geht übrigens automatisch davon aus dass Heath absolut gar nichts zu seinem gehobenem Lebensstandard beigetragen hat. Woher sie diese Behauptung nimmt? Ja, keine Ahnung. Sie geht wohl einfach davon aus, weil Blake Milliardär ist. Alli und Erica gehen zu einer Kunstausstellung/Galerieeröffnung, dort treffen sie auf Sophia. Der Name kam schonmal vor, als Blake von ihr angerufen wurde, aber nicht ran gegangen ist. Und natürlich, geht hier der absolute Bitchfight los, schön subtil und viel zu etepetete anstatt sich mal offen die Meinung ins Gesicht zu sagen. Warum auch jemandem ins Gesicht sagen: „Du, ich find dich unsympathisch und hab keine Lust mit dir zu reden. Schönen Tag noch!“ Nein, nein. Auf Best Buddys tun. Am Ende des Abends zickt sie noch ihre beste Freundin an, wegen absolut gar nichts. Und respektlos gegenüber ihres Gastgebers Heath verhält sie sich auch noch. Am nächsten Tag flattert die Tunte dann zum Yoga. Ich sag’s euch, die hat in dem ganzen Buch noch nicht gearbeitet. Und weil sie gerade einen so arbeitsfreien Lauf hat geht sie mit Alli und Heath in einen Nachtclub. Und plötzlich steht Blake vor ihr und über eine Seite philosophiert sie darüber woher er wusste, wo sie ist. Digga, du bist mit seinem Bruder feiern. Schonmal dran gedacht, dass die in Kontakt miteinander stehen? Auf der Tanzfläche betreiben die beiden Dancing Queens dann halben Trockensex. So richtig Hardcore, mit fummeln und lecken und knutschen und aneinander reiben. Die verpieseln sich in einen ruhigeren Raum und dann geht’s los; mit den "feuchten Falten" und sie „knetet seine Erektion mit ihren inneren Wänden“ und was es da nicht alles gibt. Also, die Beschreibungen in diesem Fetzen sind der absolute Brüller! Auch die "Zungenschläge" sind wieder mit dabei und wirbeln und wedeln alles in den Hintergrund. Am nächsten Morgen erfährt man dann, nach zwei Seiten überflüssigem Drama, dass Heath drogenabhängig ist und in der Nacht davor einen Rückfall hatte; Alli hat Blake angerufen, um ihn zu informieren. Über Heath wird geredet als wäre er Abfall; als wäre er nur ein halber Mensch. Und zu allem Überfluss will Blake seiner Freundin Erica auch noch den Kontakt zu ihrer besten Freundin Alli verbieten. Aber machen wir uns um Heath’ Drogensucht nicht so den Kopf, denn das machen weder sein Bruder, noch dessen Freundin. Das restliche Drittel dieses kräftezehrenden Fetzens ist dann der absolute Burner. Ich versuche gerade krampfhaft mich an irgendwas Relevantes zu erinnern, aber da passiert einfach nichts. Außer, dass Blake sich mal wieder extrem in das Berufsleben seiner Freundin einmischt und einfach mal eiskalt ihren Geschäftspartner/Investor zur Schnecke macht, ihr das Geld aufzwingt und sich damit einen Weg in ihr Arbeitsleben erkauft. Erica tut auch so als wenn sie voll wütend ist, für ungefähr drei Seiten, weil er ist so geil und sie ist so geil. Ach jaa, Erica geht zu einem Geschäftsessen mit diesem Isaac, den sie in New York getroffen hat und natürlich, ist der Junge total geil auf unsere blonde Superdame und steckt ihr auch kurzerhand mal die Zunge in den Hals. Superman Blake ist auch sofort zur Stelle. Halten wir uns damit nicht weiter auf, denn das macht Erica auch nicht. Und Blake will ihr auch noch einreden, dass ihr Investor Max auch was von ihr will. Meine Fresse, nicht jeder Typ will was von deiner Freundin! Das ist in der normalen Welt jedenfalls so, aber in diesen grottenschlechten Fetzen, stehen ja immer alle Kerle auf die Protagonistin, weiß der Geier warum. Die Alte ist dumm wie Stulle und ein unfassbarer Jammerlappen. Alles was die tut ist mit dem Finger auf andere zeigen und alle haben ihren Schmerz verursacht, nur sie nicht. Das Weib ist absolut unfähig sich mal hinzusetzen und mit jemandem ein vernünftiges Gespräch zu führen, denn entweder rennt sie weg wenn es ihr zu viel wird und gibt ihrem Freund die Schuld. Oder sie vergewaltigt ihn halb und verschluckt fast sein bestes Stück. Wie Blake es mit der Alten aushält ist mir echt ein Rätsel. Übrigens, findet Erica innerhalb von fünf Sekunden auch ihren leiblichen Vater, den sie 22 Jahre nicht gefunden hat, keinerlei Anhaltspunkte hatte oder überhaupt irgendwas von ihm wusste. Aber ein Bild und einen Hackerfreund und am nächsten Tag steht man im Büro des Papis und erklärt ihm das man die uneheliche Tochter ist. Papi ist natürlich angesehener Anwalt und auch noch lokalpolitisch engagiert und kandidiert für den Posten des Gouverneurs. Ja ne ist klar … Papi lädt Erica in sein Ferienhaus ein, sie nimmt an. Nachdem sie wieder eine ganze Nacht voller langweiligem Sex und einschläferndem Gelutsche und Gelecke hinter sich gebracht hat. Dort in dem Ferienhaus kommt dann ihr Stiefbruder. Und wer ist der Stiefbruder? Ihr dürft raten. Richtig! Ihr Vergewaltiger! Mark heißt dieses verabscheuungswürdige Exemplar. Erica hat eine kleine Panikattacke, lässt sich ansonsten aber nichts anmerken, setzt sich sogar noch an einen Tisch mit diesem Drecksvieh. Urplötzlich steht Blake vor der Tür. Weiß der Geier, wie der das innerhalb von 2 Stunden rausgefunden hat. Jaja, er ist Hacker, reicher als Krösus und hatte anscheinend auch mal eine leicht kriminell angehauchte Nebenbeschäftigung. Trotzdem! Erica braucht den ganzen Nachmittag um zu dem verkackten Haus zu kommen und Blake ist auf seinem Nimbus 2000 hinterhergeflogen oder wie? Boah, nein, ich reg mich schon wieder auf. Jedenfalls, weiß Blake auch sofort dass Mark da ist und nimmt Erica eiskalt mal mit. Er bringt sie aber nicht nach Hause, nein nein, er entführt sie mal eben auf eine abgelegene Insel, wo die zu seinem Ferienhaus fahren. Am Strand wird Wein getrunken – weiß der Geier wie der Wein da eisgekühlt hingekommen ist. Ist wahrscheinlich seiner Hogwarts Ausbildung zugute zukommen, denn anders lässt sich das nicht erklären, zumal ja auch noch gesagt wurde, dass die absolut abgelegen sind! Blake gesteht Erica seine Liebe. Ich kann mich nur wiederholen: warum auch immer. Der riesige Streit, weil er sich in ihr Arbeitsleben eingekauft hat, wird eigentlich mehr oder weniger vergessen, weil er ist so geil und sie ist so geil. Es wird am Strand ein bisschen geleckt, im Schlafzimmer gepoppt, Erica sagt ihrem Zauberlehrling dass sie ihn liebt, während er mit seinem Zauberstab rumfuchelt. Und dann steht sie am nächsten Morgen auf, merkt dass ihre Website schon wieder vom Server genommen wurde, weckt ihren Macker. Und siehe da: es ist ein Hackerangriff von M89, einer Hackergruppe der Blake als Teenager angehört hat. Und dann ist das Buch vorbei. Ich kam mir leicht verarscht vor, nicht dass das spannend geworden wäre oder so, aber so ein abruptes Ende hab ich dann doch nicht erwartet. Ich lag erstmal drei Minuten auf der Couch und habe herzlich gelacht. Ja, ihr seht. „Hardwired“ ist ganz komplizierte Literatur. Ich erwarte bei so einem Buch selbstverständlich nicht wirklich viel. Aber was ich für Ansprüche setze sind Realismus und ein bisschen mehr als ständigen Sex. Sollen die ein so krasses Sexualleben haben dass beide durchs Leben humpeln, das ist mir richtig egal. ABER es muss doch nicht in jeder noch so ermüdenden Kleinigkeit beschrieben werden, VOR ALLEM wenn es sich dauernd wiederholt. Wenn das wenigstens mal was Neues wäre und diese Beschreibungen nicht so zum Fremdschämen wären, dann wäre das ja auch was ganz anderes. Ist es aber nicht. Es ist immer dasselbe, es gibt abgesehen vom Sex, keinerlei Handlung die auch nur im entferntesten, nicht mal auf Pandora, als realistisch gelten würden. Es ist einfach Bullshit! 0,5/5 Sternen

  11. 3 out of 5

    Zakirrah BookBlogger

    4 HOT, MYSTERIOUS, HACKING STARS!! Okay so when I saw this cover I was like ooh this looks like a dark or BDSM book, the cover is pretty mysterious and doesn't give much away.Anyways its none of those but it is very good. I need more especially with the way things were left at the end ooh can't wait for book 2. If you are not into the whole rich alpha male characters and similar storylines to 50shades and so on I guess this really isnt the book for you!Every character is different and so I don't t 4 HOT, MYSTERIOUS, HACKING STARS!! Okay so when I saw this cover I was like ooh this looks like a dark or BDSM book, the cover is pretty mysterious and doesn't give much away.Anyways its none of those but it is very good. I need more especially with the way things were left at the end ooh can't wait for book 2. If you are not into the whole rich alpha male characters and similar storylines to 50shades and so on I guess this really isnt the book for you!Every character is different and so I don't think there is any point in comparing them or hating on the book because of it. So this book is in female POV so yeah all in Erica's POV which is great but still I wish it had some male POV so I could understand Blake more.He is pretty mysterious and confusing at times, it would have been fab to see things his way.Hopefully in the next book his character will be explored more and become more open as I felt he was pretty closed off in this one. Erica is a just graduated Harvard alumni that is the founder and operator of Clozpin, an online social/fashion site.She launched the site with the help of her friends who all seem to be moving on to other things but this is her dream she wont let it go. When she is out with her late mother best-friend, someone who has become a mother figure to her she runs smack bang into a hot mysterious stranger.. "Are you all right?" His voice vibrated through me.My knees weakened a little at the sensation.His arm tightened around my waist in response, bringing our bodies infinitely closer. When she arrives at arrives at a very important meeting to help get Clozpin up and running with more traffic and audience her nerves are all over the place.And then in walks the mysterious stranger that she ran into. Oh and it gets worse he decides to put her on the spot with question after question and his arrogant behaviour irritates Erica to no end. Blake Landon always gets what he wants and when he spots Erica Hathaway he is intrigued and captivated by her drive and ambition. She isn't some easy woman though which only makes Blake want her more.I hate it when in book the women pushes the guy away too much its like C'mon you know you will get with him in the end, is this all necessary? "Baby, this is who I am.I'm hardwired this way.And if I'm trying to take control over the situation, please understand that I have very solid reasoning for it." I think Erica's best friend Alli kind of pushed her away at times I get it but she should have been more open and it felt like whilst Erica was being pushed away from her friend she was then pushing Blake away and I was like omg stop it! "Clothes, off," I ordered, directing him with my index finger..."Shouldn't we talk about this?"..."Did I stutter? Clothes. Off." I cocked my head, daring his to argue. 80-90% a lot changes and you are like whaatt? ohhh this is great give me more and you just need to know more by the ending! When past traumas and present issues clash things could take a turn for the worse. Blake decides to look into Erica's past and finds some crucial stuff, little does he know that this could put Erica in danger.Trying to protect Erica isn't that easy and then things about Blake's past are revealed. There is a whole lot more than meets the eye.. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~**~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ **ARC provided by author for an honest review** Check out my blog for more reviews! Blog:http://zakirrahsbookblog.blogspot.co.uk/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zakirr... Twitter: https://twitter.com/ZBookBlog

  12. 3 out of 5

    bookspumpkin

    Ich habe das Buch ab Seite 150 nur noch überflogen und haufenweise Seiten überspringen, in der Hoffnung, dass es IRGENDWO besser wird. Aber nein, es ist eine Katastrophe. Ich werde diese Reihe nicht weiterlesen und widme meine Zeit lieber guten Büchern.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Literati Literature Lovers

    4.5 Stars Hardwired by Meredith Wild is a love a story and so much more. The book is told in first person by Erica Hathaway; she is a fresh graduate from Harvard University, entrepreneur of her own Internet start-up fashion site–the company that she has poured her life into imagining and creating out of nothing. The company is her passion. She is alone in the world except for her mom’s best friend Maria and her two business partners, Allie and Sid. Enter Blake Landon; he literally bumps into Erica 4.5 Stars Hardwired by Meredith Wild is a love a story and so much more. The book is told in first person by Erica Hathaway; she is a fresh graduate from Harvard University, entrepreneur of her own Internet start-up fashion site–the company that she has poured her life into imagining and creating out of nothing. The company is her passion. She is alone in the world except for her mom’s best friend Maria and her two business partners, Allie and Sid. Enter Blake Landon; he literally bumps into Erica, and the sensual sparks fly. Sexy and devilishly handsome, he is every woman’s fantasy man. The bump is short and sweet, but it leaves Erica with fantasy material, as the girl has no time for a social life. Psst, he is a billionaire control freak but a likeable billionaire control freak. He is going to have problems with ‘all career’ Erica and that is just how it is going to be. Her company is her single-minded focus, and she is a driven individual; she doesn’t have time for a man. So begins the journey of Erica and Blake meeting. What I like about this book is that the plot was multifaceted. First you had the story line of Erica and her partners trying to get capital to grow their business. Erica and her partners Sid and Allie are having growing pains. They are all newly graduated from Harvard and expected to make their lives in the big bad non-academic world of real life. Each of the partners aren’t just cardboard cut out place holders in for the main romance plot. They are three-dimensional characters who have their own lives. Sid isn’t as fleshed out as Allie, but I expect that to happen as the series progresses. Then, of course, you have the love story between Blake and Erica. No, this isn’t ‘I fall at your feet and worship you because you are a billionaire time’ for Erica. This is ‘I fight tooth and nail to ignore the pull for the billionaire and stand up for myself time’ for Erica. Hey, the girl is a scotch drinker, and I expected nothing less. If she would have drank one of those fruity drinks, then all bets were off. Now I just need to know her brand to know how committed I will be to Erica. Yes, I’m a Scotch snob. Sue Me. Then there was a very interesting plot twist in the book revolving around Erica’s past, and guess what? I am not going to spoil it for anyone. But boy, it is a big blow-up-the-book type twist. This was an enjoyable book with characters I can’t wait to read more about, as there is a sequel coming entitled Hardpressed.

  14. 5 out of 5

    ღTierraღ

    I devoured this book like it was candy. Blake is a hottie who is also a smartie, and that had me INSTANTLY hooked on his character. I see a lot of myself in Erica and I enjoy that she doesn't just give into Blake because he has charisma but because he puts effort into claiming her as his.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ramona

    I've heard so many things about Meredith Wild and the "Hacker" series that it was a must for me to read it a.s.a.p. Being an international best seller author means so much professionally that you know the book is going to rock your world. Buuuuuut.. it did and it didn't.. mixed feelings about it.. I've only read the first book and maybe better things are to come for this one. So, "Hardwired" is the first book from the series and tells us the story of Erica and Blake, two very different people tha I've heard so many things about Meredith Wild and the "Hacker" series that it was a must for me to read it a.s.a.p. Being an international best seller author means so much professionally that you know the book is going to rock your world. Buuuuuut.. it did and it didn't.. mixed feelings about it.. I've only read the first book and maybe better things are to come for this one. So, "Hardwired" is the first book from the series and tells us the story of Erica and Blake, two very different people that meet and connect instantly, the attraction being unbearable. Erica just graduated and all her life she wanted to do something notable, to excel. She developed together with some friends a fashion application and needs funding, so that the app could develop and see her dream become reality. She finally catches the attention of a big investment company and gets the deal she dreamed of. As part of the evaluation committee, Blake Landon is watching her very attentive, being bewitched by her brains but also beauty. He will begin his hunt, wanting to make her his. From this point on, Blake and Erica will embark on a very intense and hot relationship, with a lot of secrets and ups and downs. The best thing about this book is Blake.. I liked him, even the name was extremely appealing, I loved it from the first second I've read it :) In his teens he was a hacker, now having an empire in business and technology. He has a past, but in the first book he keeps it very well hidden and only gives us glimpse and pieces of his activities and issues. He manages control very well, almost too well, but in his intimacy with Erica we could see a "dark" side of his, which was kind of hot if you ask me:)) He is extremely stubborn and possessive, the kind of alfa man that no one can forget. His perseverance is outstanding and he will use all his resources to have Erica in his life, even if he has to force her to realize what is good for her.  Erica was very complicated and partially to blame for my rating. She mega annoyed me and I couldn't understand her half the plot. She suffered tremendously in her life and now, her dream is about to become reality. She invested so much heart and effort in this project and she doesn't want anybody to stand in her way, not even an electric attraction for a stunning man. She confused me much because her demeanor changed a lot.. one moment she was fighting Blake, the next she was kissing him and her duality in action was not my type. Her sensitivity was also a great and delicate subject because she kept on being mad on everybody for various reasons which I couldn't connect with. Drama, drama and more drama. :)  The plot was not something BIG, reveling and extremely complicated, it was kind of flat, and even if it was more dynamic through the end, it didn't deliver thriller or drama.. it was very bearable, without any substance... Don't get me wrong, I've read worst, but this was not something to make me think about it after finishing it. Will I read the second book? I think so... I will give it one more chance and if that one is not OK also, I will leave the series to other readers that might enjoy it better than me.   3 stars!! For more reviews please check https://readwithloveblog.wordpress.com

  16. 3 out of 5

    Cindy

    I was given a copy of Hardwired for an honest review. OMG.... This book was freaking AWESOME. I fell in love with the story concept and the characters. Awesome work Meredith Wild. You really know how to write a story and keep your readers interested. I gave Hardwired 5 fantabulous shining stars. Erica Hathaway is a recent Harvard graduate. She is also one of the co-founders of Clozpin, an online social/fashion site. Erica founded it along with her best friend Allie and the programmer Sid. Now that I was given a copy of Hardwired for an honest review. OMG.... This book was freaking AWESOME. I fell in love with the story concept and the characters. Awesome work Meredith Wild. You really know how to write a story and keep your readers interested. I gave Hardwired 5 fantabulous shining stars. Erica Hathaway is a recent Harvard graduate. She is also one of the co-founders of Clozpin, an online social/fashion site. Erica founded it along with her best friend Allie and the programmer Sid. Now that they have graduated, the pressure is on to find the funding that is necessary to expand and to continue growing their business. The book begins with Erica pitching her business to potential investors at Angelcom. During this meeting Erica meets a potential investor named Blake Landon. She immediately recognizes him as the man she literally ran into the previous evening. In that first couple of seconds of meeting Blake, Erica felt an instant attraction to this stranger. When Blake ask Erica a personal question about her relationship status during the meeting Erica believes Blake to be a misogynist prick. Blake then proceeds to pass on investing in her business. However, Max a friend of one of Erica's Harvard professors, is still interested. He sets up a future meeting with Erica to go over everything in depth details. What I liked about Erica is she is a no-nonsense type of girl. She is determined to get her business to succeed at all costs. I like the fact that even after the horrible thing that happened in her past she is strong. I felt I could relate to her in the fact that she wanted to do this (make her business succeed) on her own. I found myself rooting for her. As the story continues Erica comes face to face with the man who did a horrible thing to her. What makes it worse is he is family now. After their business meeting, Blake decides he must have Erica. Erica finds that even though she is majorly PISSED at him for the way he treated her during the interview, she can not seem to deny the intense sexual attraction she feels for him. I could feel the intense sexual attraction these two possessed for each other. Their are many HOT scenes in here and LOVED every minute of them. Eventually we discover that Blake has a possessive, controlling, dominant side. Which is what drew me to him. I just swooned over this man. Even though he is possessive, and controlling, he is also protective, and gentle. Blake Landon is definitely a new favorite book boyfriend of mine. In closing I have to say I LOVED Hardwired. It is extremely HOT and SEXY. I am so excited to see where the next book Hardpressed will go. Hardwired is one of my favorite books this year. I will definitely continue to tell people how wonderful this book is. I am also interested in finding out what happens with Allie and Heath. Hopefully we will get more of their budding romance also.

  17. 3 out of 5

    Jen

    I have been hearing about this Hacker series for quite some time now, and have seen it compared to Fifty Shades.. I thought, why not give it a try? First of all, I don't think it needs to be compared to the other trilogy, as I did think that majority of it stood alone within its own story. Yes, there is a millionaire, but Blake is different then Christian. Not only does he have his own business's; but he has quite the past which includes rumors of him being a hacker at one time. He even almost w I have been hearing about this Hacker series for quite some time now, and have seen it compared to Fifty Shades.. I thought, why not give it a try? First of all, I don't think it needs to be compared to the other trilogy, as I did think that majority of it stood alone within its own story. Yes, there is a millionaire, but Blake is different then Christian. Not only does he have his own business's; but he has quite the past which includes rumors of him being a hacker at one time. He even almost went to jail for his hacking skills. The question remains though, does he continue to use those skills, or has he cleaned up his act fully. Blake Landon has secrets, there is no doubt about that. He also falls very hard for an aspiring business owner/college student named Erica. They meet when she is pitching the idea of her business to a group of investors. Blake gives her a run for her money, and makes her presentation very difficult. Even though, she sees a sexy man in front of her, she doesn't like him at all. He is persistant though, and eventually these two begin an explosive affair! Erica is not all she seems to be either though, and the secrets that are hidden in her past, are doozies. When they are revealed, Blake will do anything in his power to try and erase the pain and suffering that has been delivered to HIS Erica. I found the story to be a very slow start. In fact, the first 50% dragged on for me and it was just a little too much detail into the business aspect of Erica's life. When I read a romance novel, I enjoy the romance, the sex, and also the secrets etc...The good news is that it did pick up, and once it did I became way more interested in what was going on. Erica and Blake both have secrets under their belts, and we do learn some of them. I am sure in book two there will be more to come; and I do look forward to finding out more. I did become annoyed with Erica's somewhat, hot and cold attitude towards Blake. He seems to be fully invested into her in all ways; where as she gets upset and immediately walks away from him. I found this to be frustrating, especially because she would walk away, and then pine for him the whole time they were apart. It got to me at times, and I'm hoping that theme will not continue in Book two. Blake did deserve some of the grief she gave him though, as he over steps her boundaries more than a few times. So, he has a lot to learn as well. I do look forward to seeing if this couple will grow as individuals, as well as a couple in Book two. This is for sure a trilogy that I will continue, and hopefully enjoy right to the end.

  18. 5 out of 5

    May

    En la red es una novela erótica, primera parte de una pentalogía, que me ha gustado, que mantiene un ritmo que me ha tenido enganchada. Es una novela a la que habría puntuado de 4/5, que me ha gustado bastante dentro de todo lo que he leído de erótica pero que no llega a ser tan bueno como otras novelas. Es una novela que, aunque no cuenta con una trama muy elaborada, atrapa al lector desde la primera página. Lo que más le falla es el hecho de no tener esa trama tan elaborada que tienen otras nov En la red es una novela erótica, primera parte de una pentalogía, que me ha gustado, que mantiene un ritmo que me ha tenido enganchada. Es una novela a la que habría puntuado de 4/5, que me ha gustado bastante dentro de todo lo que he leído de erótica pero que no llega a ser tan bueno como otras novelas. Es una novela que, aunque no cuenta con una trama muy elaborada, atrapa al lector desde la primera página. Lo que más le falla es el hecho de no tener esa trama tan elaborada que tienen otras novelas eróticas. Sin embargo, engancha, tiene un ritmo muy ágil y ligero. El personaje de Erica está muy bien conseguido, cuando acabas la novela te das cuenta de que has conocido a la protagonista. Mientras que Blake es un personaje más misterioso pero con una personalidad que también está bien dibujada y marcada. Las escenas eróticas están bien, son bastante “normales”, no entra en muchos detalles y no son nada innovadoras. Son más bien “típicas” y comunes a la vida sexual real. Hay un buen, muy buen, giro al final. Es un giro que no te esperas y que se introduce en las últimas veinte páginas pero que deja al lector con ganas de saber más y leer la segunda parte. Es original el hecho que introduzca a un protagonista que es hacker y que no es el típico hombre protagonista de las novelas tópicas eróticas. No deja de ser comercial y además es innovador. Es una primera parte introductoria, necesitada de algo más de trama, pero que puede dar una buena saga si los siguientes libros son mejores. Me ha resultado una novela erótica simple, fácil de leer y que no me ha costado tiempo terminar. Creo que esto es un punto clave para que una novela se venda y guste, porque no sientes que estás aburrido ni que es pesada su lectura. Por otro lado valoro mucho que sea una novela original, que no tenga la típica historia y que la ambientación sea diferente. El tema hackers, padre cuyo hijastro fue el violador de la protagonista, drogas... todo es original y se sale del marco típico de la erótica. En resumen, es una novela que se disfruta, que se lee rápido, que te deja con ganas de seguir leyendo la saga y que encaja perfectamente con el perfil de lectora de erótica romántica. De momento, es una saga que empieza bien.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Linda Caselle

    Awsome book! Love Meredith's writing style. From the first chapter you get captivated by Erica and Blake's story. I didn't want the book to end. So happy that there will be many more books in this series to follow. Looking forward to rrading anything Meredith writes. This book is a must read!

  20. 3 out of 5

    Megan ~The Never Ending Book Basket

    The Hacker Series has got to be one of my new favorite series! Hardwired was very, very good. I could not put it down, and I was completely engrossed in it from page 1. This book presents a set of characters that each bring along their own set of "complications". Hardwired follows Erica Hathaway as she enters a new phase in her life pursuing her startup website right after graduating college. Then, through an intriguing turn of events she meets Blake Landon, a wealthy technologically savvy man wh The Hacker Series has got to be one of my new favorite series! Hardwired was very, very good. I could not put it down, and I was completely engrossed in it from page 1. This book presents a set of characters that each bring along their own set of "complications". Hardwired follows Erica Hathaway as she enters a new phase in her life pursuing her startup website right after graduating college. Then, through an intriguing turn of events she meets Blake Landon, a wealthy technologically savvy man who offers her a lot more than just a chance at money for her website. This book enters you into a world unlike any other, meshing a captivating romance with the hard world of technology, with plenty of great twists and turns along the way. The characters presented in this book are well developed, and bring dynamic pasts with them. You will be reading every page trying to find out more about who these intellectual characters are, and where they came from. Each turn of the page brings a new chapter to light, and you will not be able to stop reading, because you will have to know what happens! The relationship between Erica and Blake has its ups and down, but the author does an amazing job of hooking you into the relationship that is being created between them. The author also does a great job of presenting two main characters who have some complicated pasts that help make the characters very unique, and individually very important to the story and the other characters. It is very captivating to read about these characters pasts and see how those pasts affect their futures individually and with each other. It was also fantastic to read a book in which the female character was VERY strong willed. The main guy, Blake, may be a bit of a control freak(and that's putting it lightly) but Erica is not to be out shadowed. She knows what she wants, what she doesn't, and where she sees herself. She won't be play second fiddle. Sure she has moments of doubt, but all females do. Erica is wholly relatable in the fact that she is determined to be true to herself while still handling all that life is throwing at her. Love me some Erica!! And don't you worry, Blake Landon is a male character that you will want to devour immediately. He's good looking, has a wee bit of charm, and says exactly what he feels/think. He also is extremely caring, and the interactions he has with Erica will have you swooning. The story created in this book will leave you wanting more, and craving the next time you can curl up and read more about Erica and Blake. Be prepared to want to read this book in one sitting because it is that good. Its a story that will absorb and engage you right away, and will leave you wondering why you never thought the world of technology was sexy as hell.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Viri

    Lo malo fue que sigo confirmando que los libros "eroticos" no son para mí... En fin... Ni el dinero que gasté. El libro no es malo, y las partes hot que alcance a leer no son para nada malas pero el problema es que no me enganchó y cuando un libro no te atrapa no es buen signo. Llegué al capítulo 9.

  22. 4 out of 5

    The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog

    Review-Jo Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheHopelessR... TSU: http://www.tsu.co/HopelessRomantics Blog: http://thehopelessromanticsbookblog.b... I wanted to read this one after a friend told me that she could not put it down .. and how right she was. This book pulled me in immediately and I could not stop reading. The only time I stepped away from my kindle was when my eyes refused to stay open any longer, well it was one o'clock in the morning! Lol. Jesus, techies weren't supposed to be this Review-Jo Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheHopelessR... TSU: http://www.tsu.co/HopelessRomantics Blog: http://thehopelessromanticsbookblog.b... I wanted to read this one after a friend told me that she could not put it down .. and how right she was. This book pulled me in immediately and I could not stop reading. The only time I stepped away from my kindle was when my eyes refused to stay open any longer, well it was one o'clock in the morning! Lol. Jesus, techies weren't supposed to be this sexy. All I wanted was to unwrap him like a present. How could I possibly resist him if he touched me again, or God forbid, kissed me? The story follows the relationship between Erica and Blake. Erica had recently finished college and was looking for funding for her on-line fashion business. Erica was strong, level-headed and determined to succeed in her chosen career path. Blake was involved in investing in Erica's company and although at first he came across as just another arrogant and pretentious business man, I soon discovered that Blake was actually one of the sweetest book boyfriends I had met from this genre of romance. Blake had everything that I loved in a man. Sexy, rich, protective and so deliciously swoonworthy. I would have been putty in his hands. Erica, however was not. Despite her initial attraction to Blake, she was a little suspicious of him. I wasn't sure of my true feelings for Erica. Part of me admired her strength, but the other part of me felt upset and frustrated that she was constantly pushing Blake away, refusing to trust him. There were a lot of times where I felt so sorry for Blake. "You are the one I'm here for. The only one." "You're mine." "If you could stop running away from me for five goddamn minutes, I could have told you that." Erica and Blake's relationship kept me on my toes from start to finish, but as the story progressed I realised that there was a lot more to this story than just the couple's romance. Secrets were discovered and things happened that I was not expecting, but it was the ending that made me want to throw my kindle at the wall!! If you are not a fan of cliffhangers, make sure that you have the second book ready to go. I trembled with all the love I had for this man. I hated myself for it. For wanting him the way I did. He'd worn me down. He'd won. "Hardwired" was a brilliant read and gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ from me.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lynne

    I have no idea how this book and book two so far (I'm half way through), have rated so high. I'd rate it a 2.5 if I could. No way is it a five star and I'm annoyed that people are comparing it to 50 Shades...not even close. It's all in the writing, or lack there of. Little to no character descriptions/development. I still do not have a good picture of what Erica & Blake even look like, besides him being gorgeous???? His dominance, but reluctant to use it on her, is just not dominant, it port I have no idea how this book and book two so far (I'm half way through), have rated so high. I'd rate it a 2.5 if I could. No way is it a five star and I'm annoyed that people are comparing it to 50 Shades...not even close. It's all in the writing, or lack there of. Little to no character descriptions/development. I still do not have a good picture of what Erica & Blake even look like, besides him being gorgeous???? His dominance, but reluctant to use it on her, is just not dominant, it portrays him as very wishy washy. And the scenarios of crisis and loving from afar because she poses a danger to him is just unbelievable. But only because of the writing. I've read many romance (700+ on my Goodreads) and I've read stories that have crazy, unbelievable (in real life) scenarios, and the author made them likeable, enjoyable and believable on some level. This author, not hitting the mark for me at all. I'll finish #2, probably won't bother with 3.

  24. 3 out of 5

    Lina Lovegood

    Ich weiß nicht so genau, was ich davon halten soll. Es war zu viel Sex, die angeblichen Gefühle haben sich für meinen Geschmack zu schnell aufgebaut, ohne besonderen Grund. Deshalb 3,5 Sterne, es ließ sich gut und flüssig lesen.

  25. 3 out of 5

    Mariela

    No le tenía mucha fe a este libro, pero me sorprendió gratamente. Si, tiene el típico cliché de los libros románticos, la chica que se enamora del millonario, pero la vida de Erica es tan rica y problemática que hace que la trama sea muy interesante y el plot twist no me lo esperaba, creo que nunca me sorprendí tanto con un libro romántico. Si les gustan los libros románticos tienen que leer la saga Hacker si o si, empecé este libro la semana pasada y ya estoy a punto de terminar el cuarto libro No le tenía mucha fe a este libro, pero me sorprendió gratamente. Si, tiene el típico cliché de los libros románticos, la chica que se enamora del millonario, pero la vida de Erica es tan rica y problemática que hace que la trama sea muy interesante y el plot twist no me lo esperaba, creo que nunca me sorprendí tanto con un libro romántico. Si les gustan los libros románticos tienen que leer la saga Hacker si o si, empecé este libro la semana pasada y ya estoy a punto de terminar el cuarto libro, son totalmente adictivos.

  26. 3 out of 5

    Lexi Buchanan

    Erica is determined to keep hotshot billionaire Blake Landon at arms length because you don't mix business with pleasure and she's determined to get the backing for her business without making it more complicated, but Blake has other ideas and won't leave her alone. The story was evenly paced and hot hot hot. This book did remind me of fifty shades, but I couldn't put it down and where it finished was just wow. It wasn't really a cliffhanger and for me who NEVER reads cliffhanger books, it was ac Erica is determined to keep hotshot billionaire Blake Landon at arms length because you don't mix business with pleasure and she's determined to get the backing for her business without making it more complicated, but Blake has other ideas and won't leave her alone. The story was evenly paced and hot hot hot. This book did remind me of fifty shades, but I couldn't put it down and where it finished was just wow. It wasn't really a cliffhanger and for me who NEVER reads cliffhanger books, it was acceptable LOL. I was relieved actually, but I can not wait for the next book, which I hope is the final one at least about Erica and Blake.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Reanell Tisdale

    I read anywhere from 10-15 books a month, and I just love when I come across a book that inspires me to make quote pics! I made 2 for this one. Blake Landon and Erica Hathaway's story is one everyone needs to read. The sex is beyond hot, the romance is panty melting, and the characters are likable. I give 4.5 stars to Hardwired. Blake and Erica first meet as Erica is leaving a restaurant that Blake is entering, and they collide(literally). They meet a second time when Erica meets with potential i I read anywhere from 10-15 books a month, and I just love when I come across a book that inspires me to make quote pics! I made 2 for this one. Blake Landon and Erica Hathaway's story is one everyone needs to read. The sex is beyond hot, the romance is panty melting, and the characters are likable. I give 4.5 stars to Hardwired. Blake and Erica first meet as Erica is leaving a restaurant that Blake is entering, and they collide(literally). They meet a second time when Erica meets with potential investors for her online company Clozpin. Blake is a typical cocky bad boy billionaire, who is used to getting what he wants, and that just happens to be Erica. Erica tries to fight her attraction to Blake, but of course she doesn't fight to hard. Blake helps her out and they meet again in Vegas and then follows a very passionate night in his hotel suite. Erica is hiding something horrible from her past, that is until she comes face to face with that person one night while out with Blake. He gets her to open up about her past, and he decides to find out anything he can about that person. But Erica just wants to move past it, and begs Blake to let it go. Blake may go overboard trying to keep her safe and near him, his actions were justifiable and I found it quite charming how he doted on her. Erica wasn't used to that sort of thing so she fought him about everything he did for her. There are some pretty jaw dropping twists in this book, and I love the angst-filled books. I think I managed to read this book in about 5 hours, it grabbed me from page 1 and didn't let go until I finished it. And I'm looking forward to reading more from this author in the future, especially Hardpressed(Hackr, #2)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tee loves Kyle Jacobson

    First off I have to say that I did truly love this book and I need the second one like ASAP! See I have this thing for effed up characters that find each other and fight hard to stay away from each other even though they know they are going to end up with each other. To me I have to laugh because the chemistry is so off the hook that it comes off of the pages in droves. Lord Meredith Wild you have out done yourself with this one and I can't wait to see what happens in the second book. With that b First off I have to say that I did truly love this book and I need the second one like ASAP! See I have this thing for effed up characters that find each other and fight hard to stay away from each other even though they know they are going to end up with each other. To me I have to laugh because the chemistry is so off the hook that it comes off of the pages in droves. Lord Meredith Wild you have out done yourself with this one and I can't wait to see what happens in the second book. With that being said I am sure you want the low down and dirty on Hardwired...... well it goes like this. Erica is a hard worked and driven women who has just graduated from college and has a company that she is determined to see succeed. She is in a meeting with investors for her company when she comes toe to toe with a billionaire Blake who is legendary for what he has accomplished. And when Blake sees Erica for who she is he is intrigued and must have her. But wanting her and getting her is a whole other ball game because Erica has locked up her heart like she is waiting for a bomb to go off. Blake is persistent though and he stays at it and slowly Erica lets him in. Once she lets him in the sparks are flying and everything seems to be going normal until Blake finds out about Erica's past that she has kept hidden from everyone. What will Blake do with this new information? Will he end things just as Erica has learned to open up? Will he help her fight through the demons of her past? I will say this towards the end things really started popping off and I could not put the book down. There was a twist I did not see coming and I was like WTF REALLY?????? So give this book a go because it is going to be one kick arse series!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bec Booton (Bec's Books)

    This book brought out my inner geek! I’m a child of the 90′s internet generation so to read a romance with a billionaire hacker was a refreshing change! The female lead also was CEO to an internet fashion social media startup! This is my kind of book and I loved it! It is one of those angsty possessive billionaire romances and I couldn’t get enough of it! What drew me to read this book was the fact that both main characters were strong, smart & independent! I read this book very quickly becaus This book brought out my inner geek! I’m a child of the 90′s internet generation so to read a romance with a billionaire hacker was a refreshing change! The female lead also was CEO to an internet fashion social media startup! This is my kind of book and I loved it! It is one of those angsty possessive billionaire romances and I couldn’t get enough of it! What drew me to read this book was the fact that both main characters were strong, smart & independent! I read this book very quickly because I just couldn’t put it down! It’s one of those stories that just grabs you and you need to keep reading! Even though this book is in a series it doesn’t exactly end on a cliffhanger, you just are curious to find out what happens next! I am rating this book 4.5 stars because I loved the idea of it and I can’t wait to continue on in the series with the sequel. I’d also love to develop more on the side character relationship of Alli & Heath. I am really happy that I chose to be part of this blog tour! This is one of those series that can only get better and better! I love the idea and premise and can’t wait for more! This is an excerpt from my post at Bec's Book Blog.

  30. 3 out of 5

    -C-

    Story of billionaire and rumored hacker Blake Landon and Erica Hathaway who just graduated from the school and begins her own business. “Baby, this is who I am. I'm hardwired this way. And if I'm trying to take control over the situation, please understand that I have very solid reasoning for it.” This was an enjoyable book with characters. It has so many twists and turns. Every page was a new thrill. “You lose yourself, Erica, because with the right person, who you become together is somet Story of billionaire and rumored hacker Blake Landon and Erica Hathaway who just graduated from the school and begins her own business. “Baby, this is who I am. I'm hardwired this way. And if I'm trying to take control over the situation, please understand that I have very solid reasoning for it.” This was an enjoyable book with characters. It has so many twists and turns. Every page was a new thrill. “You lose yourself, Erica, because with the right person, who you become together is something so much greater, more than you could even realize right now.” There’s a lot that I loved in this book… something I liked…and a bit that irritated me. It was not a bad story, good enough I plan to continue on to the next book. To be honest, I was expecting a better/hotter sex scenes.

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