As with book 2, in this sequel Blake continues fighting his need to control Erica’s every move. Erica keeps fighting back for her independence and her right to make her own decisions without involving Blake, even if her decisions are wrong.
Hardline (Hacker, #3)Book 3 picks up right after Blake and Erica are back together. Time seems to have been fast-forwarded as Erica is now living with Blake. She’s head over heels in love with him and glad that Daniel has sort of finally left her alone–for the time being anyway.
Still not over Rissa’s and Max’s deception, Erica looks for ways to push her company to the next level to overcome the recent setback. Juggling things between work and Blake isn’t easy. Blake is extremely demanding and wants Erica to give him everything. He demands her submission, which she is okay giving in the bedroom but not outside.
Blake isn’t having any of it. He wants all or nothing. They’re working through their disagreements when Rissa tells Blake about Erica’s kiss with James. Blake’s jealousy overcomes him and makes Rissa pay for the mistake she made.
Max looks for way to hurt Blake and finds an in with Erica, except his plan backfires on him. Blake and Erica find a way to mend things between them and finally break the invisible barrier that wasn’t letting them give each other their all.
My thoughts: HOT. HOT. HOT. Okay, so let me take a step back. At first I played with the thought of maybe not finishing this book and give up on the series. It was reading too much like every other book out there today–nothing I hadn’t read before, no new twists, hooks to keep me reading it. Just sex, sex, sex. Then things got interesting. When Blake discovered that Erica had kissed James I cringed. That scene was overwhelming, so much I felt Erica’s heartbreak and physical pain. I still think it was a bit overdone and Blake needed to be punched in the face. Or maybe Erica should’ve gotten the belt and hit his ass with it like he did hers. I can’t get that scene out of my head.
I could understand Blake’s anger at Erica not telling him before, but he went way overboard and his reaction could be considered abusive. The lines in this scene are blurred between consent and abuse. In my opinion anyway. Then the scene when Max tries to rape Erica…All right at that point I wanted to smash my iPad on the wall and not read anymore.
I mean, how many times is Erica going to be raped. She was raped by her stepbrother in college, years before she found out Mark was her stepbrother. And then this happens at Blake’s parents’ house. Of course she isn’t raped, or that’s what Blake says anyway, and I hope it is true, because if I find out in book 4 that she was actually raped I’m really going to be angry.
And it begs the question: just how hot is Erica? I don’t mean to be funny, but she must be super hot (though I don’t see her as hot in my imagination based on the author’s description) since all the men are going after her. She’s got drop-dead-gorgeous Blake, then James’ got the hots for her, then Max (who’s a piece of shit) but still very handsome.
Last, what is up with Blake making sure everyone knows she’s his fiancee now. No matter where they are, he always makes a show of holding her and making stupid remarks. Doesn’t that make him a bit insecure instead of being the alpha man he supposedly is? At times I just rolled my eyes, and thought: “So juvenile, Blake.”