Heart-Shaped Hack (Kate & Ian #1) by Tracey Garvis-Graves

Heart-Shaped Hack
Heart-Shaped Hack


When Kate Watts abandoned her law career to open a food pantry in Northeast Minneapolis, she never dreamed it would be this difficult. Facing the heartbreaking prospect of turning hungry people away, she is grateful for the anonymous donations that begin appearing at the end of each month. Determined to identify and thank her secret benefactor, she launches a plan and catches Ian —a charismatic hacker with a Robin Hood complex—in the act. 

Ian intrigues Kate in a way no man ever has. But after learning he’s snooped around on her personal computer, she demands retribution. Impressed with her tolerance and captivated by her spirit, he complies and begins to slowly charm his way past her defenses. Time spent with Ian is never boring, and Kate soon finds herself falling for the mysterious hacker.

But Ian has enemies and they’re growing restless. In the hacking world, exploiting a target’s weakness is paramount, and no price is too high to stop an attack. And when Kate learns exactly how much Ian has paid, she’ll discover just how strong her love is for the man who has hacked his way into her heart. 


I was really excited to start reading Heart-Shaped Hack. I mean Robin Hood hacker guy? Sounds good. Only it was just okay. Kind of boring at times and just...not what I expected. 

The story opens when Kate is desperate for some donations for her food bank. She needs more donations or she might have to turn people away which would break her heart. She cares so much for them. So she does whatever she can and suddenly she keeps getting donations from a mysterious stranger every month. Ones that let her continue with her good work. Only Kate wants to know who is giving these donations. 

Ian is a hacker who steals money from criminals and gives it to those in need. He saw Kate when she made a public call for donations and something about her drew him to her. He started to make the donations, but wasn't sure if he wants to meet her and get to know her. He doesn't have any friends or anyone he is really close with. He has had girlfriends in the past, but because of what he does he moves around a lot and they are not always willing to come with him. 

When Kate catches him off guard and finds out who he is Ian then pursues her for real. At first it is a little creepy since he had already hacked into her computer and knows most everything you can know about someone from their online activity. At first Kate is angry about this, but quickly forgives him and starts to get close to Ian. They quickly fall in love and things are good for the most part. The problem I had with the story was the writing. It was overly descriptive, which I don't like, and also a lot of the conversations are a bit clinical. Like when Ian is explaining what he does it is just like a data dump, not like an actual conversation. It just read as false. So it was hard to really get into it. At times their conversations were fun and they made me laugh, but overall not so much. Everything just felt a bit disconnected for me so I couldn't get into the story. 

It became very apparent that I wasn't connecting with the characters when something happens to disrupt their little happy bubble, something that should have been really heartbreaking and upsetting, and I was just eh on it. Yes sad, but also not really as I figured what really happened as it was a bit obvious. Overall a bit tedious to read, but not the worst book ever. The clinical aspect of the story telling at times just kept me from really enjoying it.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

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