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Love Hacked: A Reluctant Romance

Knitting in the City, Book 3
Written by: Penny Reid
Narrated by: Devra Woodward
Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
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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.

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  • Lauren
  • 2017-01-26

'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.

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  • Lady Katie
  • 2017-01-22

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.

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  • Amanda
  • 2017-02-10

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.

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  • Angie
  • 2019-04-29

Please -- Gag Me If I Hear Another "Zing"

First of all, let me say that I am only half-way through this book despite having started it 3-4 days ago, which for me, really says something. Now, let me say this (qualifying it with the fact that I am not done with the book)....how stupid does the author think we are? This gal, Sandra, is seeing someone who has been arrested, is on parole, younger than she is, having constant conversations in her own head, but does not have the gumption to just say "Tell me your story or I'm out of here"? This is no not true to real life that it makes me believe the author may have thought she was building intrigue but it is more like frustration as listener because this premise is just so DUMB!! This will all turn out fine, I'm almost sure. Alex may have been arrested, but he will have done something good and the government wants his help with something, or something like that. BUT -- I just can't take his answering questions with a question, cloak and dagger routines any more. When Sandra finally gets a secure place where they can talk, she lets him talk her into going to the natural history museum instead? Really? I hate when smart characters come off dumb and stupid and that's what's going on with Sandra. Alex doesn't sound like an interesting person....he sounds immature and silly with the batteries out of the phones, believing that everywhere he goes is bugged, etc. This would have worked out better had they made him some sort of secret agent (unless he is one and we find this out at the end). And PLEASE Penny Reid....NEVER use the word "Zing" again -- in any situation. it just sounds immature and stupid. PLUS --- Is Sandra ever going to stop having LONG and BORING conversations in her own head instead of having them out loud?????

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  • Diane S.
  • 2017-03-22

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!

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  • Desertdiva19
  • 2017-01-01

great listen

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

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  • TabReads
  • 2015-08-02

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.

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  • The Fairest of All Book Reviews
  • 2015-05-01

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.

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  • jodiod
  • 2015-01-24

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.

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  • Mommy2016
  • 2019-07-23

Good story- some cons

Overall I enjoyed the story but I did not like that the female lead pressured the male lead into sex. She acted as if they had to have sex to be together and made him feel bad for not wanting to have sex. Not cool.

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  • Aaly
  • 2015-02-06

Being in love is a lot like being Hacked!

Love Hacked is my comfort book and this audiobook confirmed it! The narrator did a great job and listening to Sandra and Alex's story come to life was marvelous!!