Thursday, August 27, 2015

Blog Tour: Heart-Shaped Hack, by Tracey Garvis Graves

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.

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Heart-Shaped Hack

“Oh, hi,” she said.
“Imagine running into you here.”
“This is quite a coincidence.”
“It’s not a coincidence at all. I knew you were following me.”
“You did not.”
“I spotted you hiding behind the plant when I walked into the bank. Plus I could smell your perfume as soon as I stepped out here.”
“Did you”—she used her fingers to make little air quotes—“appropriate money from this bank?” she whispered.
“Of course not. I do all my work from the Batcave. Believe it or not, I actually bank here. I was just signing some papers.”
Kate had never seen a man look so utterly scrumptious while wearing glasses. There was something about the combination of his hair, his scruff, and the semi-rimless designer frames that made him irresistible. “Are the glasses a disguise? Because I totally knew it was you.”
“The glasses are real. I often suffer from eyestrain since I spend so much time on the computer, and I was up late last night, working.”
“They make you look very smart.” She took a moment to imagine how his scruff would feel rubbing against her skin if he were to kiss her.
“I am smart, but I think you mean devastatingly handsome. More so than normal, that is.”
“You’re so humble.”
“Ready?” He walked to the door and held it open for her.
“Follow me.” He looked at her and laughed. “That shouldn’t be a problem for you.”
They took the elevator to the basement, and when the doors opened to the parking garage, Kate followed Ian to a row of cars. He stopped beside one and pulled a set of keys from his pocket.
She gasped.
Ian smiled. “It’s a—”
“1964 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe.”
“’65. But color me impressed.”
“My brother Chad was obsessed with this car. He used to have a poster of it on his bedroom wall. There were only six built between 1964 and 1965.”
“A bit rare indeed.”
The last authentic Shelby had sold at auction for around seven million. Ian’s was obviously a replica, of which there were quite a few, but it was still a very notable vehicle with a price tag that started in the low six figures. “Helena called it an old blue car.”
He grinned, looking contemplative. “Technically, that is correct.”
Kate could not resist running her hand lightly over the Guardsman Blue paint and the white racing stripes on the hood. The Shelby was unmistakably race-car-like in appearance with its aerodynamic design and unique body style. Chad was going to be so jealous. “For someone who values his privacy, isn’t this a bit ostentatious?”
“How so?”
“Rakishly handsome playboy who makes grand philanthropic gestures and drives a flashy car. Any of this ringing a bell?”
“Rakishly handsome playboy?”
“Well, if the Prada loafer fits. Wouldn’t you fly under the radar more easily in, say, a Ford Focus?” she asked.
“A Ford Focus? You want me to tool around town in a Ford Focus? Jesus, would I still have my balls?”
“No, they cut them off when they hand you the keys. Of course you’d still have your balls. What kind of question is that? This conversation has gotten way off track.”
“You mean because we started out talking about my car and now we’re talking about my balls?”
“Are we?”
“I believe so.”
“Maybe we should go back to talking about your car.”
“You want to drive it, don’t you?”
“Why would I want to drive your car?”
“Why wouldn’t you want to drive my car? Can you handle a stick shift?”
“Yes, and rather competently I might add.”
“That’s an enormous turn-on. Truly.”
She pretended not to hear him. “This is not a good car for Minnesota winters.”
“Horrible, I agree. My other car has four-wheel drive, but it’s not nearly as fun to operate as this one.” Ian dangled the keys in front of her.
He was right. Kate was dying to drive his car and couldn’t wait to see how it handled. She took the keys, opened the door, and reached over to unlock the passenger side for Ian. They belted up, and she started the car.
“Please note that I’m already making good on my promise, Katie. Because I assure you, driving this car will be the opposite of boring.”

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4.5 out of 5 stars

My first Tracey Garvis Graves book was On the Island, and it was the kind of story that grabbed me from page 1 and honestly never let go, even now two years later and there are still days I find myself thinking about that story and those characters!  So when I saw the cover of Heart-Shaped Hack and read the synopsis I just  knew this was a book I couldn't pass up.

I'm not going to lie when I first started the book I found myself fearful I wasn't going to love it as much as her previous works.  It wasn't that it was bad it's just my initial thought was the story moved way to fast.  I guess I thought there would be more time spent with Kate trying figuring out who was her mysterious Robin Hood was, yet as the story progressed it commanded more and more of my attention to the point of not being able to put it down.

Kate is this smart, beautiful lawyer who wanted more for her life than working late hours in an office, so she ditches her profession instead to run a food pantry.  It's not as if her life is stress free or problem free at the non-profit it's just a different kind of stress and different problems, but at the end of the day she feel more fulfilled.  With bare shelves and almost no money to spend in an effort to refill the shelves Kate goes on TV in hopes of appealing to and encouraging views to make donations.  It works because just as the month is coming to an end an anonymous donation shows up, and then it happens again and Kate just cannot let it go.  She has to find out the identity of her mysterious benefactor so she can thank him properly because the generosity being bestowed upon the food pantry makes such a huge difference in the lives of those it serves.

I imagine Ian as kind of a renegade out to do good.  He definitely lives in a world of grey and even though he's cocky, and persistent it doesn't take long for readers or Kate to realize he's actually got a huge heart, and he is every bit as compassionate as Kate.  And when you put Ian and Kate together sparks literally jump of the pages!

Heart-Shaped Hack was one of the most fun feel-good romances that I have read and I simply loved this book.  The banter and growth from friendship to love felt natural and not at all forced or rushed as I had previously thought would be the case.  This is a great romance story without any ridiculous drama and when the last page was turned I really couldn't stop the smile one my face.  This is a fun, feel good romance with just enough mystery and edge to keep you completely engrossed.  I recommend you do not pass on this book!  

About Author Tracey Garvis Graves
Tracey Garvis Graves is a New York TimesWall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author. Her debut novel, On the Island, spent 9 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has been translated into twenty-seven languages, and is in development with MGM and Temple Hill Productions for a feature film. She is also the author of Uncharted, Covet, Every Time I Think of You, and Cherish
Tracey loves to interact with her readers and can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

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