★★★★★ 5 Stars ★★★★★
So over Christmas I took advantage of the extra time to catch up on this series, I read the whole thing out of order and what with book 5 coming out very shortly, I thought I should finally read both Friends without Benefits, and then this one, Love Hacked.
What the HECK! This was my favourite out of all 4, I bloody loved it. Why didn’t anyone tell me how good it was??
Sandra is a shrink, she has been dating for years, without success. She goes to the same restaurant every other Friday, and ends up counselling her date instead of being woo-ed. As you can imagine, these men never end up becoming more than a friend, in fact, Sandra has lots of male friends, but never any boyfriends.
Alex has been a waiter at the Indian restaurant she takes her dates to for two years, and although she finds him very sexy, he is much younger than her so she just treats him as the very lovely eye candy he is. Also, for reasons unknown, he seems to treat her with some kind of disdain. That is until one night, when he takes the bull by the horns and decides to find out what her thing is with making grown men cry.
“You’re a shrink,” he said
He might as well accused me of being a traitor or a murderer or a Kardashian.
I absolutely loved these two together, I cannot describe how perfect their paring was. She was a quirky, independent and very funny woman, and he, well he was a mysterious stranger who blew hot and cold. I never knew what he was thinking or what he was up to, and then all of a sudden he would come out with the most swoony thing, I bloody adored him.
“Remember that I’ve been watching you for over two years. You are the most exquisitely beautiful woman I’ve ever seen. And I’ll never say that you’re pretty, because that word is pathetically inadequate.”
This was a very intelligently written story, it was funny, it was adorable and it was pretty sexy at times. I just thought the whole story was so unique, I have never read anything remotely similar and although it has Penny Reid’s signature style, it has a very different feel to the rest of this series so far.
“The world is an unbelievable place full of unbelievable people doing unbelievable things.”
I just LOVED it, I can’t say any more. Pure brilliance.
Love Hacked is the third book in a series of standalone contemporary romances, focusing on a ladies knitting group. Told in the female POV.