Disclaimer: I got a copy of this book in exchange for this review. No other payment or endorsement should be implied.
So there was this contest to get a free book. I looked at the synopsis of the book rather quickly and thought "Cool! Computer crime stuff! I wonder how accurate it is?"
What I didn't realize was that Numbers Never Lie was also a romance novel. Clearly not my favorite genre, considering I'm a guy and all. But, I decided to read it anyway, just so that I'd be square with Ms. Wall and everything.
Trevor (Trevan) is an FBI agent investigating computer fraud, and the suspect that the FBI (but not Trevor!) has in mind is a beauty named Sophie Henderson. He sort of stages a meeting with her, and she ends up using his bodaciousness to get a stalker to leave her alone at a club.
Sophie knows that there is computer fraud going on at her workplace too, so she asks Trevor/van to look at some files, thinking that he's just a freelance computer hotshot looking to help a lady out.
Now here's where I have to say that I *work* in the computer field, and with the exception of myself there aren't exactly a lot of awesomely hot studs hanging around the office. But anyway....
So the book follows a somewhat predictable path, and the star-crossed couple become lovers. Not like a book that would embarrass your mother, but respectable-like.
You can probably guess the ending, because the whole book was set up like a movie. And you know how movies always end (except for the "original" ending of Clerks
- I didn't see that one coming!)
So remember when I told you three paragraphs ago that I'm a computer dude? I was wondering how realistic the book was, and I was pleasantly surprised... it turns out that much like the novel "Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter" this could also potentially happen! There are no extreme
flights of fancy, it could really happen!
One thing that I didn't really care for... the book models don't even passingly
resemble the characters as described in the book. Although (and I did not think of this angle until just now as I type this) perhaps the cover people are actually ancillary characters; like "girl in street wearing handcuffs", and "stoic soap opera dude".
I didn't despise this book, and I actually have read far, far worse in the past year (I'm looking at you, Te of Piglet!
So it earns three stars.