Wednesday, September 27, 2017

King of Code by CD Reiss Blog Tour

From New York Times Bestselling author, CD Reiss, comes a sexy tale of secrets, intrigue, betrayal, and a love worth crossing a continent for.

Taylor Harden is a man on the edge.
The edge of fame. The edge of untold wealth.
The edge of utter humiliation.

He built an unhackable system, and in front of everyone, it’s hacked.
His reputation goes from king to goat in a split second. Boom. Like that.

Some dude in Barrington, USA (AKA Nowhere) has locked down Taylor’s code, and if he doesn’t get it back, he’s going to be wearing a monkey suit for the rest of his life.

Except, this guy? This hacker from Nowhere? He’s not a guy.

Harper Watson’s all woman. And she has a plan for Taylor, his code, and his body.

King of Code is the first book in a new series of standalones.

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“About time!” the older lady shouted.

“Is Harper back?” I asked, handing the bags to the blushing redhead.

As if summoned, Harper came through the swinging door, keeping it open so everyone could get past. She looked at me through the screen.

“You coming in?” she asked.

“We need to talk.”

“Did the decryption key work?”

The door slapped closed behind her as she came out, and we were alone. The way the setting sun hit her cheeks made her glow, and the strands of gold hair at the edges looked translucent. She belonged on a postcard.

I kept forgetting she was holding me hostage. I kept forgetting I needed to think strategically. I had more at stake with this girl than I’d ever had with another.

“Did you doubt it would work?”

“Not really. I’m just making conversation.”

“What are the thorns about?” I pointed at the thorn bed that had eaten my phone and went down the stairs to the yard.

She came after me. “Don’t you have these where you’re from?” She snapped a dry twig off the end.

“Roses? Yes. Impenetrable, groomed thorn bushes in our yards? No.”

“It’s not normal to give the gardeners in town something to do?” We walked around the perimeter.

“You are not normal.”

“It still blooms in spring. It’s really nice. You should see it.”

We were at the back end of the yard, where the very top of the factory’s roof cut the horizon.

I took her hand, pulling her to a stop. “Harper.”

“Taylor?” Her hair flew in her mouth when she turned, and she drew her finger across her cheek to get it out.

What was I supposed to tell her again? That I knew we’d interviewed her. That I didn’t give her the job despite her having a leg up on everyone else we saw.

But was I contrite? Accusatory? Was I just going to relay information? What did I want out of her after I told her I knew?

“Thank you for helping today,” she said. “If you’d asked me when we met, ‘Would Taylor Harden help clean the factory?’ I would have said, ‘No, not for any reason.’ But there you were. Pushing a broom. Scooping up shit. Not being an asshole.”

“My watch was at stake.”

“Yeah. Whatever. You can say what you want to keep your reputation as a shithead intact.”

“I have a reputation as a shithead?”

“You know you do.”

I did know it, and I reveled in it.

She faced me and put her other hand out. I took it, holding both hands between us. I couldn’t help it.

“Well, you guys are such a bunch of sad sacks I had to help. And let me tell you, every guy in Barrington has a little asshole in him. Trust me. I’ve played pool with them.”

“I want to say…” She stopped herself as if she really didn’t want to say. “Let’s get together tonight and get you another decryption code. But… saying this is stupid.” She bit her lip.

“Say it anyway.”

“The sooner you get four codes, the sooner you leave.”

I looked at our hands so I wouldn’t have to look at her.

“I’m not sure if I want that,” she said.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I received a signed paperback ARC with an insert of an alternative ending of this book! I adore CD Reiss and devour her books with gusto. King of Code was another awesome story! I wasn't sure how I would take to it, a book about a computer hacker because I don't know much about coding or programming, but it was written really well and flowed perfectly. The coding and the dark web aspect that worried me turned out to be very interesting subject matter! I was pleasantly surprised.

Taylor is creating a hacker proof code that is a game changer in the industry in which he's made himself a king. Taylor was a black hat hacker but turned white hat computer program designer. He's a game changer in the industry and he's certain he's created a hackproof program! Well, until the Watsonette comes along and does the impossible! The Watsonette is another hacker who leads Taylor to BFE nowhere to get his "unhackable" program un-ransomed. He finds himself in a strange, small, and defunct town. Barrington is a ghost town, with genuinely hurting people who are just trying to get by after the main bottling plant closed. Following the clues to get his program back, he realizes the hacker isn't who or what he assumed. Meet Harper Watson, she's an enigma, young and gorgeous and SMART. How can a WOMAN be responsible for his program's demise? This woman!

The strained relationship Harper and Taylor embark upon is pure reading gold and I was sucked into their budding relationship strife and their conquests. Harper is naive and innocent but she's not dumb or flighty. She's trying to seduce Taylor to get what she wants but not with maliciousness. Taylor is trying not to fall for this woman who hacked his program or this town and its poor people. The rest is a great story!

I actually liked the ending that was the "alternative" more than the ending in the paperback, but both set up a second book well! Thoroughly entertained by the story and the characters. Plenty of sparks and chemistry between our leading couple. That, along with a very interesting and eclectic cast of side characters, made this an awesome read!

This was not the story I was expecting at all... it threw me completely and I was incredibly curious to see how it would be resolved. I was not disappointed – Ms. Reiss tells a great tale. I found it to be far more a commentary on today's society than a romance, but be reassured that the outcome is as one would desire it to be... it is the journey which is so unusual.

I almost can't think of what to tell you – as really you need to read and make your own decisions – but I can say that it is very well written, so the pages turn easily. There is a lot of tech info, but never in a way which would be too much for anyone who uses a smartphone (although you may wonder whether you better stop – the password scene is hilarious).

We meet a fascinating group of characters, both in Taylor's tech world, and Barrington, Harper's home town. You will recognise some of them from your own home town, college, or workplace, and others you will be glad you missed, or wish you had met. I am really looking forward to future installments in this series – there are so many people's stories which are begging to be told.

Thank you, Ms. Reiss, for something so different and so good.

CD Reiss is a New York Times bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn't pick up she's at the well hauling buckets.

Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master's degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels.

She's frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn't ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood.

If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of King of Code by CD Reiss to read and review for this tour.

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