Tuesday 8 March 2016

Book ~ "No One to Trust" (2011) Julie Moffett

From Goodreads ~ SWFG: Single, White, Female, Geek.

That’s me, Lexi Carmichael, a reformed hacker who was gainfully employed by the National Security Agency. But a series of extraordinary events led me to leave government life behind for a fresh start with a brand-new company and an incredibly sexy boss, Finn Shaughnessy. It may not be kosher to have the hots for your boss but he seems to have the hots for me, too. If only things didn’t get so complicated.

Darren Greening, a genius researcher from Flow Technologies (our first client!) is missing, and his bosses think I’m involved. And they aren’t the only ones - the man who nearly snapped my neck in the parking garage thinks so, too.

Now I’m caught in the middle of a complex and dangerous case. I’ll have to use all my geek skills and a little help from my friends to solve the mystery of Darren’s disappearance before Neck-Snapping-Man makes a return visit.

Lexi used to work for a government agency and has exceptional hacking and research skills.  Finn Shaughnessy, a lawyer she'd recently met, has started an intelligence and security company and hired Lexi.  Their first case is an employer who wants to find his employee Darren, a genius researcher, who has disappeared.  Lexi has no idea who Darren is but for some reason he has left clues pointing to Lexi.

Though this is the second in the Lexi Carmichael series (there are currently seven in the series and the third one I've read), it works as a stand alone as you are provided with enough background.  I enjoyed it and I'm enjoying this series.  I liked the writing style and found it funny a lot of the time.  It is written in first person perspective from Lexi's point of view.

Lexi is a 25-year-old socially-awkward computer geek who has a small circle of friends.  Elvis and Xavier, the Zimmerman twins, are multi-millionaire geniuses who help her with hacking to try and find Darren.  Basia is Lexi's best friend.  She is pretty and petite (the opposite of Lexi) and into shopping and guys and is always trying to help Lexi be more feminine and girly (which Lexi protests).  Slash is a government agent who has a thing for Lexi and keeps popping up when she least expects him.  Lexi is attracted to Finn, her boss, and thinks he's attracted to her.  Finn is handsome, Irish and rich.  Since Lexi lacks confidence and social skills, Basia helps her with this, hoping she'll land Finn.   Well, it doesn't go as planned on numerous occasions (but with funny results) but it's not a big surprise since it is Lexi after all.

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