Genres: Contemporary, Romance
When Kate Watts abandoned her law career to open a food pantry in Northeast Minneapolis, she never dreamed it would be this difficult. Facing the heartbreaking prospect of turning hungry people away, she is grateful for the anonymous donations that begin appearing at the end of each month. Determined to identify and thank her secret benefactor, she launches a plan and catches Ian —a charismatic hacker with a Robin Hood complex—in the act.
Ian intrigues Kate in a way no man ever has. But after learning he’s snooped around on her personal computer, she demands retribution. Impressed with her tolerance and captivated by her spirit, he complies and begins to slowly charm his way past her defenses. Time spent with Ian is never boring, and Kate soon finds herself falling for the mysterious hacker.
But Ian has enemies and they’re growing restless. In the hacking world, exploiting a target’s weakness is paramount, and no price is too high to stop an attack. And when Kate learns exactly how much Ian has paid, she’ll discover just how strong her love is for the man who has hacked his way into her heart.
A very sweet romance that made me melt sometimes, laugh many times, and one that I had fun with all the time. Tracey Garvis-Graves delivered a dreamy romance that made me feel all kinds of warm (cheesy, I know, but I tell no lies).
Heart-Shaped Hack is the kind of book to read when you’re feeling glum (more like seriously homicidal) and need to brighten up a bit (and calm the f*** down). I think I started smiling 2% in and my mood didn’t change much the whole time I was reading it. I know we love to spotlight the emotional, mind-blowing, and generally intense books, but I love when I find these kinds of romances as well. The ones that have the witty dialogue, the couple with chemistry that practically sparks, and enough drama to make it all worth it, but not so much to take you over the edge and add to your already stressed life. This one also had the kind an ending that reinforces why we read these books in the first place (spoiler, I know, but let’s be real).
This romance is an account of how a couple falls in love. The synopsis does a great job of summarizing the book, so I won’t bore you with any additional drivel. What I loved most about this book was that it was almost completely filled with quiet moments. The best scenes were the one when Kate and Ian were just hanging out together, ordering food, joking around, and just being cheesy and amazing. I felt like I was privy to something very private, peeking into a normal person’s relationship.
Tracey Garvis-Graves’s writing had a natural feeling and I loved the pace of this book. I’d read large chunks of the book without realizing how much time had passed. There was a small lull following the halfway mark, but it picked back up with a plot twist. I did think the twist was a bit predictable and far-fetched – in relation to the overall vibe of the story – but it wasn’t enough for me to roll my eyes. And now that I think about it, it added to the sweep-you-off-your-feet feeling I kept experiencing while I was reading. I also thought the ending could’ve been snipped a bit, but I’m not complaining too much since it left such a big smile on my face (another spoiler, but once again, let’s be real).
This was my first Tracey Garvis-Graves book and I think I’ll read more stuff by her. I really liked her writing (did I mention how on point the dialogue was?). I’m putting this book on my ‘happy reads’ shelf so I can pull it out when I’m feeling depressed or murderous and need to be brought back to a joyful space. I recommend it.
P.S. The hero is the epitome of geek hotness! How did I forget to mention that?