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Wired
Buchanan-Renard Series, Book 13
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
"Once again, Garwood delivers another suspenseful, highly entertaining and romantic story line in Wired."—The Associated Press
A beautiful computer hacker and a bad-boy FBI agent must collaborate—in more ways than one—in the sizzling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood.

Allison Trent doesn't look like a hacker. In fact, when she's not in college working on her degree, she models on the side. But behind her gorgeous face is a brilliant mind for computers and her real love is writing—and hacking—code. Her dream is to write a new security program that could revolutionize the tech industry.
Hotshot FBI agent Liam Scott has a problem: a leak deep within his own department. He needs the skills of a top-notch hacker to work on a highly sensitive project: to secretly break into the FBI servers and find out who the traitor is. But he can't use one of his own. He finds the perfect candidate in Allison. Only, there's one problem—she wants nothing to do with his job and turns him down flat.
What Liam doesn't know is that Allison is hiding secrets that she doesn't want the FBI to uncover. But Liam will do nearly anything to persuade her to join his team, even break a few rules if that's what it takes. A temptation that could put his job—and both of their futures—on the line...
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
"Once again, Garwood delivers another suspenseful, highly entertaining and romantic story line in Wired."—The Associated Press
A beautiful computer hacker and a bad-boy FBI agent must collaborate—in more ways than one—in the sizzling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood.

Allison Trent doesn't look like a hacker. In fact, when she's not in college working on her degree, she models on the side. But behind her gorgeous face is a brilliant mind for computers and her real love is writing—and hacking—code. Her dream is to write a new security program that could revolutionize the tech industry.
Hotshot FBI agent Liam Scott has a problem: a leak deep within his own department. He needs the skills of a top-notch hacker to work on a highly sensitive project: to secretly break into the FBI servers and find out who the traitor is. But he can't use one of his own. He finds the perfect candidate in Allison. Only, there's one problem—she wants nothing to do with his job and turns him down flat.
What Liam doesn't know is that Allison is hiding secrets that she doesn't want the FBI to uncover. But Liam will do nearly anything to persuade her to join his team, even break a few rules if that's what it takes. A temptation that could put his job—and both of their futures—on the line...
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  • From the book ***This excerpt is from an advance uncorrected copy proof***

    Copyright © 2017 Julie Garwood

    Chapter One

    A five-minute clip on the evening news turned Allison Trent into a full-blown criminal. She had wiggled across the line many times before, but she'd never done anything so bold or blatant. Within a couple of years she had accumulated more than eighty million dollars. On paper that would have made her a titan. In reality she was as poor as a church mouse.

    The motivation to commit the first crime came to Allison quite unexpectedly as she was sitting on an overstuffed sofa in a coffee shop close to the Boston College campus. She was working on a class project that was due the next day and was so completely focused on the computer sitting on her lap that she was oblivious of the activity around her, not even hearing the news broadcast coming from the television that was suspended from the wall opposite her—that is, until the words "terrible injustice" broke through her concentration and drew her eyes up to the screen. The young male reporter seemed genuinely sympathetic as he read his story from the teleprompter. The subject was a local nursing home called Sunset Gardens, one of twenty homes for the elderly located across the East Coast, owned and operated by a corporation out of Philadelphia. The corporate home offices, he explained, kept a database with vital information pertaining to every single one of their clients. They were vigilant in protecting privacy, had all the bells and whistles installed to keep personal data iron-proof against bugs and viruses, and had paid a hefty salary to a tech whose only job was to monitor the system. None of that mattered, though. Their system had been hacked, and the identities of all the residents in all twenty facilities were stolen with one keystroke. And because First National was designated as the official bank for all Sunset Garden homes and their residents, within minutes its accounts were wiped out as well.

    The reporter went on to point out that a large number of the residents had no family to help them, and while the money in First National was FDIC insured, it could take the authorities a good long while to sort through the facts and reimburse every account.

    What were the residents supposed to do until then? Allison wondered.

    A sense of outrage was growing inside her as she listened to the catastrophic details of the crime, but the tragedy hit home when the reporter played a clip of his interview with one of the elderly residents. Her name was Ella O'Connor. He knelt beside Ella's wheelchair and held her veiny hand as he asked her what the news meant to her.

    Ella's watery eyes stared at the reporter for a moment as though she was trying to understand the question. "I don't know," she said. And then a look of despair crossed her face. "I hope they don't make me leave."

    Ella was all alone, afraid, and feeling helpless. Allison knew exactly how that felt. Her heart went out to Ella and all the other poor souls. Some of them would die before it was all sorted out, and in their golden years dealing with such stress and fear would be traumatic. What had happened to them was beyond cruel.

    An interview with the president of the Sunset Gardens Corporation was played next. With a shrug in his voice he said, "The authorities told me it was most likely the Russians behind the hacking. Or possibly the Chinese. The truth is, we may never know."

    His defeated "Oh well, what can you do?" attitude infuriated Allison. She knew the FBI had experts trying to locate the hackers and shut them down, but it was apparent they hadn't had any luck so far. The invasion...

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    June 15, 2017
    A crime investigation turns steamy when an FBI agent recruits an idealistic hacker in the latest romantic thriller from Garwood (Fast Track, 2014, etc.).Allison Trent hesitates when Liam Scott offers her a job tracking a security leak within the FBI--she knows she could help, but if he finds out she illegally hacked a bank's server to return stolen money to its rightful owners, she could be the target of a new investigation. Liam, however, is desperate for her skills (and distracted by her good looks), so he offers her immunity for all her crimes if she agrees to take the case. She's moments away from saying no when her out-of-control cousin gets into more legal trouble, giving her no choice but to accept Liam's offer if it means he'll help her family as well. Allison is grateful that her aunt and uncle adopted her and her sister after their parents died, but their drunken fights and constant demands for money are taking a toll on her sanity. Readers will feel for Allison as her aunt and uncle repeatedly take advantage of her kindness to keep their son out of prison; and Allison's heartthrob, Liam, is enigmatic yet surprisingly warm. But her efficiency in finding the rogue FBI agent and her willingness to reveal her secrets without much detective work from Liam make the novel's main plot and back story seem to switch places. Overall, a few computer glitches won't detract from this pleasing romance in which finding out the truth leads to finding true love.

    COPYRIGHT(2017) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Library Journal

    February 15, 2015
    Allison Trent has such a way with computers that FBI agent Liam Scott invites her to join the bureau to help him flush out a cybercriminal he's desperately hunting down. But no dice--until Allison is promised that if she works for the FBI for a year, her wayward younger brother's criminal record will be erased. Naturally, Liam himself proves to be a fringe benefit.

    Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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