I still think all of the above, but “White-Hot Hack” was simply a step lower if compared to the first book. Am I saying you shouldn’t read it? Hell no. It was still a sweet, interesting read. But some things were missing. First, I expected a lot more of the numbering kisses thing. Second, the plot felt kind of unbalanced and nothing major really happened until the ending.
On the other hand, I loved the concept of social engineering and adored how everything worked out with Kate in that department. What can I say, I’m a sucker for couples that are partners in crime. Also, on the plus side, I garnered a lot of knowledge about hacking and stuff I would have never known about otherwise.
In conclusion, it was different than the first book, with less uncertainties regarding the couple itself and more about external obstacles. The ending at first left me a little bit disappointed, but in the end I came to term with it.
Ian lost a bit of his charm in my eyes. He’s a really thoughtful husband but it bothered me how in the beginning he showered her with gifts and stuff because buying jewels and car is not my idea or romantic. About the hotness level… I’d say there were too many fade to black scene, while in the first installment if I’m not recalling it erroneously, things were a bit sexier.
All in all, I’d say it’s worth a read even if the first book could definitely be a stand-alone.