Friday, September 22, 2017
When a geek reviews a perfectly 'coded' book: King of Code by CD Reiss
“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.
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.
First off, a book about the world of OS and security solutions with a hack that can unman your whole world. Oh, I forgot there is also a romance there too. And OH BOY, I have a new book boyfriend in Taylor.
What I loved:
This will be in two parts: Geek and NonGeek
Part 1 Geek -
This is going to be hard to describe for me being a geek/nerd (I accept both titles) to my non-geek/nerd book friends. It’s the flow of thought in which Taylor thinks about the issues that are occurring to him and his company. Ms Reiss captures the rapid fire, short span that anyone who does coding has a tendency to think and speak in. Your thoughts are moving at the speed of light. She represents this little quirk brilliantly and makes Taylor both believable and endearing at the same time without losing the non-geek in geek speak.
Part 2 NonGeek -
There are so many layers to the story. It’s more than romance. There is a suspense story that is so layered it was completely unpredictable where CD Reiss was leading the characters and kept me gripped in needing to know ‘what’s next’. Her characters were deep and flawed. No one was immune to the deficiency which kept the story believable and engaging.
So and by the way, I want to sign up for any future classes Taylor Harden wish to deliver. Oh my damp panties YESSS!
If you’ve never read CD Reiss, this is a fantastic standalone to get a taste of something deeper she delivers. I can’t wait for the next story. If you are a fan, I will say this story is far more layered and twisty but very well worth the read. 5 out of 5 hacker stars
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