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Love Hacked: A Reluctant Romance Audiobook

Love Hacked: A Reluctant Romance: Knitting in the City, Book 3

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Publisher's Summary

There are are three things you need to know about Sandra Fielding: 1) She makes all her first dates cry, 2) She hasn't been kissed in over two years, and 3) She knows how to knit.

Sandra has difficulty removing her psychotherapist hat. Of her last 30 dates, 29 have ended the same way: the man sobbing uncontrollably. After one such disaster, Sandra--near desperation and maybe a little tipsy--gives in to a seemingly harmless encounter with her hot waiter, Alex. Argumentative, secretive, and hostile Alex may be the opposite of everything Sandra knows is right for her. But now, the girl who has spent all her life helping others change for the better, must find a way to cope with falling for someone who refuses to change at all.

©2014 Cipher-Naught (P)2015 Cipher-Naught

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    Mrs. S. B. Potter UK 10/04/2015
    Mrs. S. B. Potter UK 10/04/2015 Member Since 2015

    A middle aged woman who hates running & uses audio books to drown out her mind screaming for mercy.

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    "Lovely"

    This is the darkest of the series. Sandra throughout the other books is a bit loud and not as sweet as the other women. After this book she became one of my favourite of the knitters. What a story! Younger man (a virgin at that) with an older woman : a fantasy come true. Not as one sided as you would think & Alex is in many ways more mature than Sandra. A lovely story

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 16/11/2015
    Susan 16/11/2015 Member Since 2013

    Obsessive reader of at least 5 kindle books a week. Only use audiobooks to survive my daily 90 minute walk to work.

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    "Couldn't be better"

    I love Penny Reid’s books but had avoided this one because the idea of a realistic romance between a 21 year old waiter (also a virgin!) and a 28 year old Psychiatrist did not ring true. How wrong I was!

    It shows the immense skill of Penny Reid’s writing that she can start with two characters who are, on the surface, so mismatched, and yet at the end she has woven a deep and convincing connection between them. The book, and the characters, unfold in layer after layer so that the reader comes to the gradual realisation that these two are a perfect match for each other. The romance, at the start of the book, seems simplistic: A deeply damaged young man craves the love of a stable and well-adjusted woman, but as the story develops you come to realise that this woman has her own problems - in dealing with the problems of others, she has allowed her own happiness and well-being to be sacrificed. This damaged man is the only one who really sees this and understands, finally, that she needs him just as much as he needs her. His background and upbringing make him so much older than his years, so he is far from a typical 21 yr old, and although the story is told from the h’s point of view, in the epilogue we hear from the H and it beautifully explains the romance from his perspective, which adds a whole new facet to the story.

    This is a touching and emotional love story, that is by no means simple to understand or easy to accept, both to the reader, and to the couple involved. It does involve a rather complicated sub-plot concerning computer hacking and various government agencies but this adds well to the plot, and to the understanding of the characters and issues involved.

    A special mention must be made of the narrator who did not have an easy job. This book was truly a record of someone's thoughts and feelings, along with their internal dialogue, which was not always simple to recite! The narration was perfect, and added much to the quality of the listening.

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    Elisabeth Norway 18/01/2015
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    "Love hacked, Sandra and Alex's story"

    Love Hacked is my favourite book by Penny Reid, and when the audiobook was released I decided to give it a go, because why not find new ways to enjoy my favourite author? I really liked the narrator as well, it's a bit strange to hear well known characters in someone else's voice after having had them in your head, but I quickly got used to it and I think she did an excellent job!

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  • jodiod
    Bay area ca
    24/01/15
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    "Pure joy!!"

    Loved every minute of this story. The hero was so unique and the heroine was so loving. Penny Reid is becoming one of my favorite authors. Perfect narration also.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Diane S.
    Everett, MA, United States
    22/03/17
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    "Fun series! Quirky and really funny!"

    Fun series! Quirky and really funny!
    Alex is a waiter and (former?) hacker dealing with some government agencies who are constantly watching him. He isn't looking for a relationship, just trying to get by.

    “I’m jealous,” he finally said. “I want to find Devon and kill him.” “Kill him? Really?” “No.” Alex glanced at the ceiling. He leaned against the door behind him. His voice was still a growl, but the surge of testosterone had visibly deflated—just a smidge. “But I would like to beat him up a little. Or maybe ruin his credit score.”

    Sandra is tired of her serial dating scene where she just ends up analyzing her date, making him cry, then becoming friends. But she doesn't think Alex who is too young and too mysterious is right for her either.

    “Twenty-one? He was only twenty-one. Therefore, he had the stamina of a twenty-one year old. Yay me! and Holy sh*t"

    Awesome audiobook!! A great listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amanda
    Cape Coral, FL, United States
    10/02/17
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    "Penny did it again"

    I wasn't fully sold on Sandra as a character in the first few books of this series. Penny opened Sandra up in Love Hacked. You see the vulnerability, flaws, strength, and love that makes up Sandra. She turned her into my 2nd favorite character so far (no one will ever replace Janie in my heart).

    Also the narrator is perfect. I heard an interview of Penny recently that explains the process of choosing her narrators. Penny does a fantastic job of selecting the perfect narrator for her character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lauren
    26/01/17
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    "'page turner'"

    Once this book started it didn't slow down. It kept my attention all the way through and I didn't want it to end! Would love another book when/if they start a family. Very insightful and smart characters. Can't wait for the next book but this book set the bar high for the rest of the knitters stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    PEORIA, AZ, United States
    01/01/17
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    "great listen"

    I really enjoyed this story and the narrator did a fabulous job and really kept my interest it was a great escape

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • TabReads
    02/08/15
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    "A hot, smart, well read story"

    If you enjoy smart, funny romance novels, Penny Reid is the author for you.

    The voice actor was so very talented balancing so many different voices. However I really wish someone would have told her that the character of Nico, who is Italian by birth, was actually raised in Iowa (not discussed in this book but it is clear in book two if the series). He didn't need the Italian accent.

    Other than that, this book and it's reading is superb.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fairest of All Book Reviews
    01/05/15
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    "Penny Reid Does It Again"

    I love the different feel of Sandra and Alex's story...there are still the Penny Reid story components that I've come to love and appreciate - the quirky, intelligent heroine...her internal musings...her inability to see how truly special she is...the amazing chemistry between Sandra/Alex. But, there's more mystery and secrets involved in Love Hacked and the heat factor is sizzling, which makes sense due to Sandra's dirty mind/mouth!

    I loved Sandra - her t shirts...her horoscope reading...the fact that everyone can't help but fall a little in love with her and she's completely oblivious to that idea.

    Alex - I completely understand his hesitancy to give Sandra his past...his truths. He's an absolutely delicious character, not quite up to part with Nico - but not many men can be;)

    I absolutely adore Devra Woodward's voice for Sandra; it works so well for how I envisioned Sandra, which made the story that much more enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dabeyba
    HALLANDALE BEACH, FL, United States
    19/05/17
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    "Love!!!!!! this book"

    I really like the books of this collection, but this one in specific was sooo funny, loving i didnt want the book to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angela S.
    Baltimore, MD USA
    11/04/17
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    "Delightful"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Bold, witty, sexy, and irreverent, Sandra has always been my favorite lady in the knitting circle. Well, she might be tied with Janie. Love Hacked is the third book in the Knitting in the City series, and this time it’s Sandra’s turn to find romance.

    For all her joking about sex in the previous books, it turns out that Sandra is very unlucky in love. Her lady parts are severely neglected. She’s a child psychiatrist who, by nature, is very intuitive and easy to talk to. Unfortunately, she can’t seem to get beyond a first date with men since they all end up in tears as they confess their issues to her. Alex, an intense, enigmatic and devastatingly handsome young waiter, is the one man who doesn’t want to be counseled. He just might be the one to end her sexual drought.

    Sandra’s usual humor is on full display, and she’s as endearing as ever. It’s Alex I had difficulty appreciating. There are major trust issues between them. He’s extremely temperamental, socially awkward, antagonistic at times, and very secretive. He reveals nothing about himself—not even his favorite movies and certainly not his past. While I came to understand the reasons behind his odd behavior, I couldn’t help wondering at times why someone as smart and awesome as Sandra would be willing to put up with it. She can’t get a read on him, but he’s quite perceptive when it comes to her.

    Eventually, Alex’s passion for Sandra won me over. He clearly adores her and I enjoyed their chemistry. The dramatic and sweet climax is a real highlight, and having the usual gang of suspects back is highly entertaining. Despite some frustrations, this unique story is delightful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Love Hacked: A Reluctant Romance?

    Sandra making all her dates cry.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved all the scenes where the ladies in the knitting circle interact.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    Illinois
    22/01/17
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    "Love the story but..."

    I love this story. I've read and enjoyed it before buying it in audiobook form. The story gets five stars.

    The narration, however, gets two stars due to the annoying accent, which is unfortunately making what should be a fun, relaxing listen an exercise in surviving torture.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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