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King of Code was a different CD Reiss book than what we have come to expect from her. It varied from her previous novels showcasing BDSM from the Marriage Duet series and her Drazen novels. While I enjoyed this novel and found Taylor and Harper to be sexy and the underlying suspenseful theme to be an added plus, I found it to be somewhat dragging at times with too much internal dialogue.
When Taylor Harden is upon the cusp of greatness and on the verge of becoming the King of Silicone Valley, launching his company, QI4, into the stratosphere of excellence, he is suddenly hacked by a woman who systematically destroys everything he once thought to be important thus causing him to reevaluate his life. I had misgivings about this book. While I loved that their chemistry was potent and their snappy dialogue was engaging, I did find some parts to be choppy and somewhat random (as if they were tidbits of information that came out of his stream of consciousness) which caused me to lose focus and interest at times. But I did find their chemistry and sexytimes to be hot and fiery, which is something we've come to expect from C.D. Reiss novels and the sexual blackmail storyline to be unique.
All in all this was a different read from this author but an interesting start to a new series! 3.5 stars!
Christian Fox was OK with the delivery of the story but spoke a bit too fast and I found myself having to go back and relisten. At times I went to .75 speed which I have never done before.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Holy hell! I don’t even know where to start. From the get-go I knew that KING OF CODE would be a book that I needed to read – like yesterday. And not only because it’s written by the amazingly talented CD Reiss, but because it’s a hacker romance – something unique and rare in itself. But it gets even better: In this story, it is not the hero who is the infamous hacker whose motives we don’t know. I mean – yes, of course Taylor Harden is a hacker – a black hat gone white – but he is not the one we know almost nothing about until close to the end – no, it was the heroine, Harper Watson who was all intriguing and mysterious. Pure brilliancy!
Taylor Harden: Hacker extraordinaire who is about to release his un-hackable system QI4. He is reaching for the sun – arrogant, cocksure and invincible. Whoa, was he sure of himself! The motivation speeches he gave to his employees literally gave me goosebumps!
But then … Boom! Enter Harper Barrington: small-town princess and a very talented but much underrated (hello, she’s a girl!) hacker herself. In one fell swoop he knocks Taylor off his feet, simply outsmarts him, intent to teach him a lesson – a lesson about success, life and love. She is clever, fierce, strong-willed and loyal – maybe even a bit crazy. A heroine that dethrones the self-proclaimed King of Code in every possible way.
Harper fascinated me, I couldn’t read her, couldn’t quite figure out her motives – while I might have suspected some moves, she completely stunned me with others. She is so incredibly strong, expertly hiding her vulnerability under her hacker-exterior, all while completely exposing Taylor’s. Finally, there’s a heroine that holds all the cards, letting the guy dancing after her pipe and not the other way around, I celebrated and admired her in every which way. Hell, yes!!
Harper and Taylor loose themselves in a dance of mutual seduction, all while taking the reader to a trip to the dark and downside of the internet era, full of hacks, spies and code. Nothing is ever predictable or what it seems, clues are misleading – and beware – read carefully, otherwise you will be missing substantial tiny pieces that are needed to solve the puzzle as a whole. I’m left in awe of the ingenious imagination of CD Reiss.
Now let’s talk about the audio version: Wow, talk about taking the reading experience to a whole new level! There are some bold technical sound effects which fit the story perfectly: There’s the cello at the beginning of each chapter, and, as I’ve been told, the sounds aren’t random. Then there’s keyboard-clicking and some voice-layover whenever it fits. All of that makes the story even more intense and gooseflesh-provoking! And then there is Christian Fox who did a terrific job in bringing the characters to life – accents, voices and all. It was the first of his works I’ve listened to, but I’m already on the hunt for more! He sure has the potential to become one of my top favorite narrators.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
The blurb is exciting and interesting however the reality is utterly disappointing. I have listened for hours and now at halfway through the narrative, I have decided to give up.
The story is boring, appears disjointed and wholly unbelievable. I'm impressed that I got through the chapter where he arrives at the small town and stumbled through the motions of searching out the hacker... because it is almost mind numbing - curiosity probably.
I'm returning this one. This is the first time that I'm reading anything by this author. It may be my last.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This fantastic story is brilliantly brought to life by Christian Fox. A complex and intiguing story in which our hero learns the joy of becoming human, through being challenged in his casual mysoginy by the brilliant Harper, remains necessary listening throughout. Christian Fox's narration is a masterpiece.