Monday, July 31, 2017

Exploited by A. Meredith Walters

In this pulse-pounding novel from the bestselling author of Butterfly Dreams, a vigilante hacker plays a seductive game with the agent who’s chasing her online—and sharing her bed in real life.

At first glance, I’m nothing out of the ordinary. I am a daughter. A sister. A friend. When you look at me you won’t see anything that warrants suspicion. I don’t look like a criminal.

My name is Hannah Whalen, but most people know me as freed0mov3rdr1v3, or “Freedom Overdrive”—one of the world’s most prolific and notorious hacktivists. My goal—my purpose—is to shed light on the evil that lurks behind the corporate and government lies we have been force-fed for too long.

My story begins with the best possible intention. Devoting my life to exposing the corrupt. The dishonest. The unethical. For that, they label me a cyber-terrorist. Wanted by the FBI, I’ve always been one step ahead.

Until I fell in love.

Because I’m sleeping with the man who’s hunting me. And he has no idea that I am his prey. Now I have to decide what’s more important: my freedom or my heart.

Note: Exploited ends on a cliffhanger. Hannah’s story continues in Aftermath.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

In order to lay the ground work for the story, the author takes her time introducing us to the characters and revealing their back story and intentions. Too much time for me because I found the first half of this book really slow going. I struggled to connect with Hannah, probably because of her manipulation of Mason, who I liked. And while we're on the subject of Mason, there were times I struggled to believe that he could be that oblivious to what was going on right in front of him given he is an FBI agent.

The last 40% or so of the book is where the story really starts to move and take shape. At this point I started to feel more invested in Hannah as it became a real possibility that she may be exposed as the hacker that Mason is investigating. There is plenty of tension toward the end of the book and cliffhanger ending left me with no doubt that I enjoyed Exploited and will definitely be reading the next book, Aftermath. I want to know what happens next.

Hannah Whelan works at an IT company by day and is a black hat hacker at night. But she doesn't do the hacking to steal, she does it to get the bad guys exposed so they get caught. She is very careful and only one other person in the world knows that she is Freedom Overdrive, her hacker handle.

Now she has to get close to Mason Kohler, an FBI agent, to see just how much information and how close they are to finding out who Freedom Overdrive really is.

Mason Kohler loves being and FBI agent, love computers, and hunting cyber crimes. Hunting Freedom Overdrive has been his case for years and he wants to catch the guy and soon. When he meets Hannah at the local coffee shop, he is suspicious but blows it off as just his usual thing because of him being an agent. But what he doesn't realize is, he should follow his instincts, especially with Hannah.

As Hannah gets closer to Mason, she learns more about what he knows and she begins to fall for him. While Mason is falling for her too. Will she be able to end things before it is too late? What happens when Mason learns the truth about who she really is?

This is a really good story, although it started out a little slow but picked up, it is a romantic cyber suspense and I can't wait for more. I need to know what happens with Hannah and Mason.

I have read this author before and love her writing style and look forward to reading more from her.

A. Meredith Walters is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of many novels, including Exploited, Butterfly Dreams, Bad Rep, Perfect Regret, Lead Me Not, and the Find You in the Dark series. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a counselor for troubled and abused children and teens. She currently lives in England with her husband and daughter.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Exploited (Zero Day #1) by A. Meredith Walters to read and review.

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