ARC Review: Wanted and Wired (Tether #1) by Vivien Jackson

cover101893-mediumTitle: Wanted and Wired (Tether #1)

Author: Vivien Jackson

Publisher: SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca

Expected Release Date: April 4, 2017

Genre: Romance, Sci Fi & Fantasy

Format: eBook, Paperback

Page Count: 384

Rating: 2.5 Stars



A rip-roarin’ new snarky, sexy sci-fi paranormal romance series with the perfect balance of humor, heat, and heart. Now that Texas has seceded and the world is spiraling into chaos, good guys come in unlikely packages and love sprouts in the most inconvenient places…

Rogue scientist |• technologically enhanced •| deliciously attractive
Heron Farad should be dead. But technology has made him the man he is today. Now he heads a crew of uniquely skilled outsiders who fight to salvage what’s left of humanity: art, artifacts, books, ideas-sometimes even people. People like Mari Vallejo.

Gun for hire | Texan rebel •| always hits her mark
Mari has been lusting after her mysterious handler for months. But when a by-the-book hit goes horribly sideways, she and Heron land on the universal most wanted list. Someone set them up. Desperate and on the run, they must trust each other to survive, while hiding devastating secrets. As their explosive chemistry heats up, it’s the perfect storm…


♦ Personal Thought ♦

This is a first time for me to read Vivien Jackson‘s book and since it’s a start of a new series I make a go for it. I guess it just didn’t work so well for me.

Set in fictional post war divided America, Wanted and Wired stared gun-for-hire Marissa Vallejo and technologically-enhanced Heron Farad who got framed for contract ran wrong. Mari was the muscle of the duo, described as tots kick-ass female; while Heron was the brain who plan and double plan everything and had huge resources at his beck and call.

The story started at a run and I was totally immersed in it. Their verbal sparing was rather entertaining to read, more so because these two harboured feeling for each other but never expressing them. As it went though, it felt – for me – like the story focused more on Heron and Mari love affair, instead of the bigger picture.

Described as kick-ass as Mari was, to me she appeared more as reckless and not so brilliant operator; which was really a let down because I really wish she could play more part than damsel in distress needing a rescue here. Furthermore, although – or probably because – the pages spewed a lot of gibberish techie details that overwhelmed my simple mind, I did feel some missing sequences on when Heron “woke up”, ran amok (in a matter of speaking), and made his way back to his physical body.

In all fairness, with this being a first entry in new series, I’m sure there’s still a lot to reveal in the next installments; and probably more characters to introduce. I’ll just take a wait and see stand and see what adventure the next book would bring.

Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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