Title: Unlock My Heart
Author: Jennifer Wilck
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Workplace Romance
Abby Marlow, computer security expert, lands a job at the best IT security firm in the country. Her sole focus is financial independence so she never has to rely on others again, especially a man. But why does her boss make her wires short circuit?
Ted Endicott, CEO and founder of the IT security firm, is hard of hearing. Although an expert in his field, he’s still uncomfortable admitting his difficulty hearing to his clients or employees. So why is he willing to accept Abby’s help?
As Ted and Abby work together, barriers fall away, and soon the lines blur between colleagues and lovers. But a security glitch in a client's system indicates one of his employees is the hacker, and all signs point to Abby. Can they get past the suspicion and find a future together?
Landing the perfect job, computer programmer Abby tries in vain not to fall for her sexy boss but her heart refuses to listen. Abby lands her dream job at the top IT security firm in the country. Her new boss, Ted Endicott, is prickly and hard to figure out. One minute he’s relaxed and complimentary, and the next he’s standoffish and accusatory. Sure, she's attracted to him and doesn’t mind his hearing loss, but she refuses to date her boss. It’ll end in disaster and ruin her future financial freedom. Her heart, on the other hand, declines to listen. As they explore their feelings for one another and their budding relationship, a hacker is discovered, and all evidence points to her. As she desperately tries to clear her name, will their romance fizzle or will it strengthen their love?
Unlock My Heart is a fast-moving techno romance I couldn’t stop reading. I’m not a programmer or an IT person but I have a good friend who is so when I shared bits and pieces from this book, she exclaimed with joy how accurate Jennifer Wilck’s technojargon was. I learned a lot about the IT security business while reading which was an added bonus. I connected with Abby from the first page. She’s such a likable heroine and I adored her geekiness. I wished we could be friends in real life. I also thoroughly enjoyed Ted. Jennifer Wilck showcased the struggles and triumphs Ted faced as one who lives with hearing loss. I especially liked the parts when Ted would take out his hearing aids and decompress with the gentle hum around him. Well done, Jennifer. The romance between Abby and Ted is slow-burn with plenty of angst. The push-pull between these two had me whipping through the pages. Brilliant from start to finish, Unlock My Heart is a feast for romance readers. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5+ stars
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Jennifer started telling herself stories as a little girl when she couldn’t fall asleep at night. Pretty soon, her head was filled with these stories and the characters that populated them. Even as an adult, she thinks about the characters and stories at night before she falls asleep or walking the dog. Eventually, she started writing them down. Her favorite stories to write are those with smart, sassy, independent heroines; handsome, strong and slightly vulnerable heroes; and her stories always end with happily ever after.
In the real world, she’s the mother of two amazing daughters and wife of one of the smartest men she knows. She believes humor is the only way to get through the day and does not believe in sharing her chocolate.
Jennifer Wilck is an award-winning contemporary romance author for readers who are passionate about love, laughter, and happily ever after. Known for writing both Jewish and non-Jewish romances, her books feature damaged heroes, sassy and independent heroines, witty banter and hot chemistry. Jennifer’s ability to transport the reader into the scene, create characters the reader will fall in love with, and evoke a roller coaster of emotions, will hook you from the first page. You can find her books at all major online retailers in a variety of formats.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N