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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Review: Tempting the Corporate Spy by Angela Claire

Any Angela Claire fans out there? I'll admit I was less than impressed with the hero on this one. It's my first time reading Angela Claire though so I'd like to hear from someone who has read other books by the author.

Format: .epub (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Publisher: Entangled - Brazen
Release Date: March 3, 2015

Whiz kid Liv Altman is working on Internet anti-piracy software that could be huge. It could also be dangerous. And someone wants it badly enough to blackmail only the very best hacker—the infamous and reclusive Jonathon Crestwell—into stealing it…

Liv usually has no trouble ignoring the computer geeks she works with every day, but her new corporate consultant is definitely not easy to ignore. He's tall and dead hot, with deep blue eyes that make Liv think the naughtiest of HR-violating thoughts. When she finds him unexpectedly in her office one evening, things take a turn for the sexier. But come morning, Liv will discover the truth about her new employee...and what he really wants.

Liv Altman is working on an internet anti-piracy program that could change everything in the industry. However, it could also be something dangerous in the wrong hands, something that is proven when hacker Jonathon Crestwell is blackmailed into stealing it. Posing as a corporate consultant, Jonathon manages to get close enough to Liv that stealing the program should be easy. Except there’s an extreme attraction between the two that quickly becomes something more, until Liv discovers who Jonathon really is. Then everything changes.

Author Angela Claire managed to create an interesting story with high stakes suspense among the world of computer geeks that can attract readers of all kinds. Not exactly an easy feat if you ask me. Tempting the Corporate Spy kept the computer speak to a minimum even though the entire story revolves around the world of computers and the internet. I appreciated that because my eyes would have glazed over and my interest would have gone out the window.

While Jonathon and Liv were interesting enough on their own, when it came to their relationship I felt it was a little rushed and seemed out of balance at times. My idea of a good relationship is equal parts sexual compatibility and partnership. While they had the first, it was the second I felt they had the most trouble. Jonathon was always in the driver’s seat, and Liv seemed to be the silent passenger. He railroaded her whenever things got tough. Never considering Liv’s opinion or even stopping to think that she might have had a better way to handle things. I get that he’s the “hero” of the story but that didn’t mean that Liv couldn’t have had more “saving the day” moments herself. She just needed to be more assertive and confident.

Though, aside from the romance element being a bit of a letdown, this was a good story. It had a little corporate espionage, a little danger and a little mystery. I loved that computer nerds got their turn in the adventure department and put their own spin on things. The pace was fast but not too fast that it felt rushed and of course, the physical chemistry between Jonathon and Liv was evident from their very first meeting.

Final Verdict: Would I read this author again? Sure. I liked enough of the overall story to try again. After all, even my top ten favorite authors sometimes write characters I don’t care much for. Doesn’t stop me from enjoying their books.

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