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A rip-roarin' new snarky, sexy sci-fi paranormal romance series with the perfect balance of humor, heat, and heart. Now that Texas has seceded and the world is spiraling into chaos, good guys come in unlikely packages and love sprouts in the most inconvenient places...Rogue scientist • technologically enhanced • deliciously attractiveHeron Farad should be dead. But technolA rip-roarin' new snarky, sexy sci-fi paranormal romance series with the perfect balance of humor, heat, and heart. Now that Texas has seceded and the world is spiraling into chaos, good guys come in unlikely packages and love sprouts in the most inconvenient places...Rogue scientist • technologically enhanced • deliciously attractiveHeron Farad should be dead. But technology has made him the man he is today. Now he heads a crew of uniquely skilled outsiders who fight to salvage what's left of humanity: art, artifacts, books, ideas-sometimes even people. People like Mari Vallejo.Gun for hire • Texan rebel • always hits her markMari has been lusting after her mysterious handler for months. But when a by-the-book hit goes horribly sideways, she and Heron land on the universal most wanted list. Someone set them up. Desperate and on the run, they must trust each other to survive, while hiding devastating secrets. As their explosive chemistry heats up, it's the perfect storm......

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  • Beth
    2019-01-19 15:11

    Wanted and Wired is a unique, dystopian, scifi romance.Mari is a gun for hire and Heron is her back up. When an assignment goes horribly wrong, Mari finds herself on the run from the law with Heron doing everything he can to help save her.Heron is in love with Mari and has been for years but she has never seen him as more than a technologically enhanced friend, but the with them being on the run together, Mari starts to see Heron for the person he truly is.Jackson writes a highly original and masterfully imaginative tale. I was blown away by the pictures that Jackson could create with words. Those pictures pulled you in and made for some amazing world building.I received this ARC copy of Wanted and Wired from Sourcebooks Casablanca. This is my honest and voluntary review. This book is set for publication April 4, 2017.My Rating: 4 starsWritten by: Vivien JacksonSeries: Tether (Book 1)Mass Market Paperback: 384 pagesPublisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca Publication Date; April 4, 2017ISBN-10: 1492648167ISBN-13: 978-1492648161Genre: Romantic ScifiItunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/want...Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Wanted-Wired-T...Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wante...Reviewed for:http://tometender.blogspot.com

  • Sarah
    2019-01-13 17:16

    I really expected to love this book, in theory it contains everything I look for in a fun sci-fi romance and I should have enjoyed every minute of it but unfortunately it just fell flat for me. Vivien Jackson has some really interesting ideas and I'm sure there could be a great world in here somewhere but we never quite got to see it in all it's glory. This book managed a rare combination of giving you both too much information and also too little, the story is bogged down by lots of new technologies and different terminology but most of it is never explained in enough depth for readers to understand it. We know there has been some kind of environmental disaster but not what caused it, we know that Texas is now considered a country completely separate from the rest of the United States but we don't know why.  I never really got a good picture in my head about what life is like now and I had so many questions that never seemed to be answered.I could probably have looked past all of that if I'd loved the main characters but unfortunately I struggled there too. Mari is a mercenary who is willing to take any job as long as the price is right, she works alongside Heron who is her handler. It's Heron's job to get her any background information she needs, make sure she has all the equipment required and to get her safely into position and back out safely after the job is completed. Everything goes to hell for the two of them when they are hired to destroy an android version of a well known politician, they believe that the real man is safe and they're targeting an imposter but the job was a complete failure and they're now on the run for murder.The story had lots of action and that's probably the main reason I kept reading. Mari and Heron were both okay characters but neither of them were particularly memorable and getting both of their points of view was like being stuck inside the heads of a pair of horny teenagers. Practically every other thought either of them has is how hot their partner is and how desperate they are for sex and I was constantly rolling my eyes and wishing they'd just get on with it already. The chemistry between them felt forced and there wasn't much in the way of actual romance between them.I am kind of curious to see whether the world building improves as the series continues but none of the side characters introduced particularly caught my attention and I'm not sure if I'm interested enough to try reading future books. I think it's probably a case of this series just not being a good fit for me.Source: Received from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewInitial thoughts after finishing the bookI can't decide if this gets 2 or 3 stars. I think it probably falls in at exactly 2.5 but do I round up or down? I need to think about this for a bit & perhaps writing my review will make the rating clearer

  • Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
    2018-12-23 13:49

    On paper this book has everything I think I want; action, sci fi, snarky heroine, hot ‘n heavy romance. In reality it took me weeks and weeks to get to 46% of the book and the thought of trying to wade through it just left me feeling a little depressed. Why didn’t I like it? My head was telling me I should, my heart was bored and begging me to just move on. By 46% I was listening to my heart and Wanted and Wired has now been relegated to my DNF pile.There wasn’t anything inherently wrong with this book, unlike some DNFs or 1 star reviews I have nothing I want to rant about and point out as awful. I simply could not connect with either the characters or the story. I found the heroine’s hedonistic approach to life a little distasteful, although it didn’t make me dislike her, I just didn’t get her. The hero…was okay.As for the storyline, there was both too little and not enough. I wasn’t entirely certain what they were running from, nor was I entirely sure of the factions that were mentioned in the book. It all seemed very scrambled and left me feeling the same way.As much as I wanted to, I just didn’t like this book, I tried hard, but I kept thinking…should it really be this hard to sit and enjoy a book? The answer was no, so I decided it was the right time to put it down and move on.

  • Betul
    2019-01-01 16:53

    **ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**3.5 starsEven though I don't read a lot of sci-fi romance novels the blurb of this book sounded really good. It seemed like it had a very original story-line, which I find very important in my books. I was intrigued as soon as I started Wanted and Wired. The author did a very good job at creating a whole new world that had me wanting to know more about it. Mari is a gun for hire and she sometimes shares contracts with Heron, who is post-human (someone with implanted tech). Mari's usual contracts involve thieving, demolition, and corporate data smuggling. But this time she took a assassination job. With Heron as her backup this should've been a very easy job, but the moment the hit is done, she realizes something is wrong. They are put on the most wanted list and have to run. Mari had been lusting after Heron for a while now. Heron himself isn't without feelings for her either, but he knows of Mari's dislike for post-humans so he never initiated anything more than a friendship. They normally don't spend any time outside work but know that they are on the run together, they are forced to deal with their feelings. I really enjoyed them discovering that they both felt something for each other. Mari is a very fierce and strong woman who gets things done. Heron was very mysterious and the more I got to know him, the more interesting he got to me. There are secrets that are revealed and I really loved the twist the author added towards the end, because I didn't see it coming. Things I didn't like were the heavy use of sci-fi terms, they made it difficult for me to get fully into the story. I understand that this is the first book in the series and world-building is very important but it really slowed the pace for me. Also a couple of scenes could've been shorter, this way there would be more room for story and character development. However I am looking forward to the next book in the series, I have no idea if it will focus on the same main characters. There are a couple of side characters that are intriguing and I hope that the next books will focus on them.

  • Mara
    2019-01-03 19:52

    It reads easily, like a cold pop on a hot summer day. But, as with a soda, after the first refreshing sips, you end up more thirsty than ever.There's a good story in it, and some interesting points to be made. Had it been a dark and gritty sci fi, it would have been a really good book. Unfortunately it goes for the fun, action-romancey side. But its main pitfall is its superficiality.You can't touch heavy topics and dismiss them: politics, the same human nature. It's going to be disappointing.Here every thing, and I really mean everything, the heroine does or knows is steeped in lies and betrayal, and it never computes. She ends up reading fake because her reactions are never natural, and maybe that was the author' intention given the final truth, but it made her difficult to believe in. It was nice to read, but the aftertaste that lingers isn't that good.The beginning was stronger than the ending, far all those reasons.Not going to keep reading this series.

  • Phoenix77
    2018-12-28 13:00

    Good story, but not quite the book for me.Wanted and Wired takes our obsession with technological advancements to the nth degree while exploring ideas about how the human heart survives when the head has gone to the machines. It’s an interesting idea that’s perfect for a Science Fiction story; however it gets rather convoluted when romance is thrown into the mix. Add in a dash of post-apocalyptic dreariness and the final product is a confusing and rather dry story.War, disease and ecological disasters have decimated the United States, destroying the union and leaving two factions battling for control. The former state of Texas has seceded into their own country while the other states have created a United North American Nation. Mari Vallejo was raised near San Antonio but has operated outside of either government for many years as a gun for hire. Working for whoever can afford her services has made her loyal to no one except herself and her partner Heron. Their relationship has always fallen into a gray area, because although Mari implicitly trusts Heron, she’s put off by his nature as a post-human. His cybernetic implants and enhancements have made him more machine than man and Mari has long prided herself on being completely flesh and blood. It’s a prejudice that doesn’t affect their working relationship but has put any of her lustful thoughts about him strictly on hold.Their latest job should be a straightforward contract to destroy an android duplicate of an influential senator’s husband. Heron’s research can find no complications with the situation and Mari is more than comfortable taking out a machine even if it looks like a man. Things go to hell when Mari takes her shot but the victim bleeds organic blood and dies in a graphic way. Instead of destroying a machine Mari has just killed a human – which is still an illegal act for both governments. Heron’s precautions give the pair a narrow window to escape the scene but his link to the CCTV and news feeds tells him that the authorities were tipped off about the hit and are already looking for Mari.Please read the full review at All About Romance

  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    2019-01-03 16:08

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyI love a book with really interesting world building and WANTED AND WIRED has a really fun semi-dystopian future world with augmented humans existing alongside non augmented humans and even clones. There is definitely a cyber-punk vibe going on with various sorts of implants humans can get to give themselves abilities like night vision, GPS, and even temporarily connect themselves with machinery. I would have been fine with more pages about just how the world worked.World building aside, the plot was thrilling with Mari being on the run, double crosses, mysterious pasts, and surprising revelations that keep coming. There is also a fun romance at the center which was interesting as it involves an augmented human. The way in which Mari and Heron connect on physically and mentally was pretty cool and unique. Both Mari and Heron have really fun backstories that were unraveled slowly through the hyper fast paced story.WANTED AND WIRED is more science fiction futuristic romance than anything paranormal. The characters are well developed and compelling. It's a highly imaginative, hyper sci-fi story filled with danger, cool tech, and a unique romance. I am looking forward to seeing more of this world in the future books in this series.

  • Koeur
    2018-12-30 15:00

    https://koeur.wordpress.com/2017/02/0...Publisher: SourccebooksPublishing Date: ISBN: 9781492648161Genre: SciFiRating: DNFPublishers Description: Heron Farad should be dead. But technology has made him the man he is today. Now he heads a crew of uniquely skilled outsiders who fight to salvage what’s left of humanity: art, artifacts, books, ideas–sometimes even people. People like Mari Vallejo. Review: Oh my fuk this was stoopid. From page one, and every page after is two people lusting after each other in their THOUGHTS and not following through. This has to be the worst experience I have ever had other than Simon Green’s “Mistworld”. What is really frustrating is that the author IS a good writer but really? Every other sentence is copping a feel, looking at her ass, filing away his lust in his cybernetic brain while shunting blood flow from his dick so he has no noticeable boner. From a shower scene where Mari hopes he bangs her cuz she needs the come down sex after an op to bathing in his warm voice. I stopped reading this pretty quickly. Maybe it gets better but I don’t care.

  • Cara Bristol
    2019-01-21 17:18

    This book blew me away. I don’t think I’ve read a romance with a cyborg as realistically crafted as Heron in Vivien Jackson’s Wanted and Wired. As a reader, you don’t read this book, you step into the world in all its vivid, techie detail. Fact and fiction, science and pseudo science blend together to become in distinguishable. Everything about Wanted and Wired is wonderful: the character development, the plotting, the world-building, the dialogue, and the sci-fi techie stuff, and the author’s imagination. As I read, I kept wondering what twists were in store for me and where the author would take me next. If you like geeky, but hot, heroes, kickass heroines, and strong tech with your romance, you won’t want to miss this one.

  • Marta Cox
    2018-12-22 18:53

    I have to start by saying this is not a paranormal story but very definitely a science fiction look at a dystopian Texas with amazing technology. It has a brutal eloquence and whilst at times I admit the technological terms did seem to run away with the story I understood that it's the first book in a series so there's an awful lot of world building going on. Perhaps the author tried too hard at times to impress how very different things are but once I got past about the twenty percent mark I was fully on board and happily turning the pages.Once Mari and Heron are on the run its fast paced and full of interesting characters . I'm almost reminded of TVs shows such as Farscape and Firefly in terms of the 'crew' that support Heron but there the similarities end. There's a war coming and unfortunately it looks like it's because of Mari's latest assignment but her partner Heron will go to any lengths to save her . Heron is I suppose you could say genetically modified with absolutely astounding abilities that really helped charge up the romance side of this story! If blunt their initial scenes of ogling each other felt infantile and odd considering how long they have worked together but happily the author quickly gets over that giving her readers a very satisfying romance.Mari is kind of a conundrum really. It's not easy to make a female assassin likeable but she's not the sort to go quietly and frankly runs full tilt at every problem she encounters. Yet there's a reticence to her, a softness that few get to see but I thought the author did a really good job in showing the different sides to her when she interacted with those around Heron. No spoilers but a lot of this story is connected to Mari's past and as her memory is shaky at best there's a lot she doesn't know. What she does know though is she's not the only one in danger and she might be the only one who can turn the tables!I liked that Mari could own her own sexuality unapologetically and applaud the author for that. I will be brutally honest and say I tried reading this three times as I struggled with the couples internal monologues initially but once they left the city wow did this story take off! Who doesn't like a guy like Heron? He's totally smitten and has been for quite some time but I think there's still a lot more to learn about the world these characters are living in. I mentioned that I was perhaps a little bewildered by Mari and her past and have to say there are two revelations at the end that make sense and yet really don't! Proof positive that the author still has a trick or two up her sleeve as I will be thinking about these characters and pondering just what to think for quite some timeThis voluntary opinion is of a copy provided for me by Netgalley and these thoughts are my own honest opinion

  • Krissys
    2019-01-01 17:04

    Wanted and Wired (Tether #1) by Vivien Jackson  Author: Vivien JacksonTitle: Wanted and WiredSeries: Tether Cover Rating:Book Rating: Buy This Book:    Rogue scientist • technologically enhanced • deliciously attractiveHeron Farad should be dead. But technology has made him the man he is today. Now he heads a crew of uniquely skilled outsiders who fight to salvage what's left of humanity: art, artifacts, books, ideas-sometimes even people. People like Mari Vallejo.Gun for hire • Texan rebel • always hits her markMari has been lusting after her mysterious handler for months. But when a by-the-book hit goes horribly sideways, she and Heron land on the universal most wanted list. Someone set them up. Desperate and on the run, they must trust each other to survive, while hiding devastating secrets. As their explosive chemistry heats up, it's the perfect storm.      Wanted and Wired was a great book and its loaded with a lot of development and building info that kind of interfered with my ability to really enjoy this book as much as I'd hoped to enjoy it. However I think its a great book with a large very expanded world that is very intriguing.Wanted and Wired falls along the lines of Sci Fi and Urban Fiction genre but it also had a bit of a Steam Punk kind of feel to it as well. So for those of you who enjoy a little bit of that world blend this may be a book you'd like to pick up.I did like the H&H however they felt a little muted by everything else the author was trying to develop and give life to so it felt as if their personalities and possibilities were more than a little stifled by it all.It wasn't bad but I felt they definitely could have used more development as they are the ones who should be carrying the reader through the story.  Until next time book lovers...  Krissys Bookshelf Reviews received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley.All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.If any of Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews has been helpful please stop by to like my post or leave a comment to let me know what you think. I love hearing from you!Thank you so much for stopping by!  Krissys Bookshelf Reviews          Krissys Bookshelf Reviews has a QR code for your phone!  SaveSave

  • Sissy's Romance Book Review
    2019-01-03 19:11

    Review For: Wanted and Wired 'Wanted and Wired' by Vivien Jackson is book One in the "Tether" series. This is the story of Heron and Mari. Heron and Mari are working as a Team that Heron heads up. It is a uniquely skilled outsiders who fight to salvage what's left of humanity. But on one of these assignments something goes wrong and they end up on the run. This sets them up to start working more closely and they end up starting to act on how they have been feeling toward each other. Wanted and Wired is an exciting Sci-fi romance read!*A Book Obsessed Chicks Review Team Selection*https://www.amazon.com/gp/profile/A2H... https://www.facebook.com/RomanceBookR... https://twitter.com/soapsrus68https:/... https://www.tumblr.com/blog/romancebo... 

  • Sophia
    2019-01-05 18:00

    I spotted this one and was gung-ho ready to go when I saw it was a dystopian-futuristic-sci-fi romance by a new to me author. It looked exciting with the two main characters on the run after they are set up while out on a job. She's a paid assassin and he's her handler. She's fully human and he's enhanced. The future is not a bright world, but one holding on by a fingernail. Yes, I was very excited for this one.I ended up DNF-ing at 26%.The bottom line is that it was not grabbing me. This may seem odd to say since the opening scene was the heroine, Mari, out on a hit job with things going south and then the ensuing effort by the government and other entities to pursue and catch her and her handler, Heron. And, since it was all a set up and the cops and the government knew exactly who pulled the trigger even before she actually pulled it. But yes, I distractedly read through six chapters barely noticing that Mari and Heron were on the run. There was a distance from the action and the intensity of the chase was absent even between the pair of main characters. They could have been out for a drive in the park the way they responded to the situation. And beyond that, there was all the futuristic tech language, her not so believable tough gal-ness, and the pair of main characters doing a lot of internal monologuing and unrequited lusting for each other. I also started having early issues with the heroine. Full disclosure here, I'm on a bit of a short fuse with heroines lying and keeping secrets particularly in dangerous situations that also happen to involve others because I have seriously had a string of these lately. So in chapter one when she keeps a secret from her handler and lies about it also ignoring when he said something was really wrong about this job and they should abort and her disregarding this thus putting them on the run, I was not impressed with said heroine. Then to have her guiltily mull over this for several chapters straight in long monologues of thought? Nope!On the flip side, I will say that there was some pretty cool futuristic elements and setting here. And the conspiracy- set up issue does have me curious. I love the idea of the partners on the run situation.But, in the end, I didn't feel like skimming or skipping to see if there is a point where the story jumps off and roars into vivid life. I'm also not sure a more exciting and intense fast-action plot would be enough to change my mind about Mari. So, do consult a few more reviews to see if maybe its just a slow starter and builds to some great future-dystopian romance action.My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Coral
    2019-01-13 14:49

    Plot: 3/5Characterisation: 2.5/5Prose: 4/5How much I enjoyed it: 3/5Too much information (technical jargon), not enough explanation on how the world works. Doesn't matter if the characters are more machine than human, it doesn't excuse the one-dimensional characters.

  • Carmen Falcone
    2019-01-21 16:57

    Review coming soon

  • Carien
    2018-12-24 17:53

    This was an enjoyable read but felt a bit out of balance.It starts out with a hit gone wrong and Mari and Heron on the run. While on the run they suddenly feel the need to give in to the lust they feel for each other. Now I absolutely have nothing against romance, but I seriously hate it when people who are in danger start making out instead of waiting with their make out session until they're safe.Still the story was entertaining enough to stick with it. I really liked the writing and a lot of the characters.Then the story took a turn that didn't work for me. It felt like the romance climax came much too soon and then there was a lot of extra story still left. I'd have liked the story better if the romance had been stretched out until the end instead of getting resolved long before the action storyline.I might still try the next book in this series though, as I liked the world, and the hero of the next book was introduced in this one and I liked him.

  • Aila
    2018-12-27 18:11

    Thank you Netgalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for the review copy!I think the hardest part for me to get into Wanted and Wired was the world and plot. I hate to admit it, but I was actually pretty confused with the intricacies of the extremely technologically-inclined world that the author builds. There's equal parts plot and romance, but what parts of the plot I read, I kind of sped by to get to more of the romance. The biggest part lay in the details, which Jackson expounds on to write an intricate setting. While as a reader, I really appreciated this writing, I also personally found it cumbersome at times just because a lot of new concepts, terminology, and technology made it a slower read than what I first set out to have it as.From the beginning, readers are thrown into a convoluted plot where the two main characters are caught up in. Suddenly, a job has gone wrong and Mari finds herself on the run with Heron, who is her partner in crime and who she's been lusting for for a while now. This fugitive plot makes for a great development in romantic relationships, as well as character introspection as well as Mari and Heron both come to accept themselves, as much as they do the other. Heron, despite his rather meh name, was a pretty cool male lead. He seemed actually quite passive, put side by side with the Alpha males out there in the Urban Fantasy genre. However, he's still super skilled and tough - especially dealing with the people he loves. There's a push-and-pull element to the two characters as Heron doesn't think he deserves Mari, being a technologically enhanced man, and Mari doesn't think that Heron is into her. It gets pretty heated up, but it was hard to really get into the book because of the cumbersome world the author set up. “‘No, it is real. And you are. You’re the realest thing in my whole world. And the best.’”I think the romance itself was pretty well-done, I just thought perhaps the world could have been either dimmed down a bit in terms of detail and terminology, or presented a bigger part of the plot if the author made it that big of a deal. That part really dragged for me when reading, and the whole time I was really just looking towards the parts with the main characters and their relationship development. That sucks, mostly because I usually adore scifi settings and plot! This one just didn't stick with me, however. I'm not sure if I'll continue the series, but it was overall rather fun and entertaining, if not a bit forgettable with all the cumbersome details.

  • Naiya
    2018-12-25 13:19

    A mercenary running from a past she can’t remember, a renegade scientist running from a past he can’t forget. What more can you ask for? Throw in a double-cross, explosions, hacking, cyberpunk shenanigans, plenty of heat, and you got something.It’s a fun read, light on the plot, good with the pacing, with a kind of space opera romance vibe without the space part (well, mostly). It’s a partners-to-lovers story with sizzling romance that builds on the characters’ long history of working and relying on each other. In a world of implants and tech upgrades, Mari is one of the few who has made no mods to her body. The disillusioned daughter of a one of the world’s most renown (and now, missing) scientists, she’s just as happy to be all organic. Her partner, Heron, on the other hand, has so much illegal tech in his body, he isn’t sure if he still qualifies as human. Both Heron and Mari have reason to believe the other is uninterested, and both are hiding plenty of secrets, and that keeps the will-they-won’t-they tension ratcheted up to 11 throughout.It’s marked as sci-fi paranormal, but there aren’t actually any paranormal elements to it. Just super science. Ya know, the whole thing about sufficiently advanced science being indistinguishable from magic? There’s a lot of that.The book also clearly sets up the series of different couples finding each other. Next stop, I’m pretty sure, is Kellen’s happily ever after. I wasn’t too thrilled about him until I realized who his intended romantic partner was going to be. (view spoiler)[Senator Neko, really? I was sure Kellen and Chloe were going to be a couple. That and Senator has her fake husband to contend with; I totally thought they’d be able to work it out. (hide spoiler)] Okay, now I’m curious.On an unrelated note, did anyone else roll their eyes when it was revealed that (view spoiler)[Mari was a rebuild based on a sexbot model. I don’t mind the detail, and it might not mean anything beyond showing how catty and informed Senator Neko is.(hide spoiler)] Except. This had no bearing on my final rating, but can we for once have a heroine with a sex drive that just is? Not because she’s a sex android or succubus or werewolf or under a love potion or helpless to the effect of a soul-mate connection she just can’t resist. It seems like every time I turn around, there’s a romance storyline making excuses for why a (female) character wants (or doesn’t want) sex. Are we really still wallowing in the whore-virgin paradigm? If she’s not into sex, it’s cuz something’s wrong, and if she into sex, then it’s not her fault. It’s a standard that overwhelmingly applies to female character. No one’s suggesting that Heron is all about them sexy thoughts because he accidentally swallowed a porn directory while surfing the cybercloud, right?Book graciously provided to me for read and review by the published.

  • Barb Lie
    2019-01-06 16:05

    Wanted & Wired by Vivien Jackson is the first book in her new sci-Fi Tether series. I enjoy reading some sci-fi with a fantasy element, but I do tend to enjoy straight fantasy more. I had mixed feelings about Wanted & Wired. This had a lot of possibilities, a good story line, and some really interesting and likeable characters. I also thought Jackson’s writing was very good.Mari is a tough heroine, who is also a crack shot who never misses. She partners with our hero, Heron, who is human and part droid (technically advanced). When things go wrong on an assignment, Heron uses his technical ability to be one step ahead of those trying to catch them. During this adventure, we meet many people who are technically enhanced or complete droids. The key to the story is to find out who betrayed them in the assignment, as well as to keep Mari safe from those who want her killed. My mixed feelings: The story was very technical, which was either a bit redundant or confusing for me. Though I like my fantasy and sci-fi, I do not like too much technical terms which takes me out of the story. I also thought the constant sexual innuendos, and situations seemed to be constant. Wherever, whenever, whoever was around, it was all about their lust for each other. I like my books to be story oriented, with the sexual chemistry and situations part of the story.I did think that Heron and Mari were very good heroes, if we had the time to learn about them; as well as some of the secondary characters that were well done, such as Chloe, Kellen, Adele, just to name a few. If you enjoy Sci-Fi with advanced humans or droids, and a heavily sexual story then Wanted & Wired would be a good read.BarbThe Reading Cafe

  • Book Him Danno
    2019-01-13 19:16

    3.5 Vivien Jackson has the ability to paint a world where everything has fallen apart. From the landscape to the people everything is written with a unique style all to her own. The story while focus a little too much on there lead characters inner thoughts the landscape around the two leads will keep reader connected. Wanted and Wired is more focused on the technologically enhanced people.This story drags on while the two leads lust after each other bring the face pace story to a snails pace. After a while readers will yell get it on already. Creating a friendship into romance works when you are not reading each characters inner thoughts and listening to their endless thoughts or lack of blood flow. A reason why the book isn't a 4. I will read the next in the series to see where the story is going.There is an over the top eye rolling moment and when you read it you will know why. (Mari )Advance Copy from Netgalley for my thoughts

  • Literati Literature Lovers
    2019-01-04 19:58

    Unique World Building Rating RGenre Urban FantasySub Genre Science Fiction Sexuality M/F Violence: PG 13Audience: Definitely 18+ for Hot sexual situations. Pros: Jackson has unique world building in a dystopian world of a fractured USA. She has likable characters. She has great banter and I did feel the connection between the characters. Cons: I book felt too rushed. As a reader despite the banter amongst the characters I felt I was missing a backstory or a previous book. I think the book would have worked better with flashbacks more than there were. The book left the how and why to questions unresolved. I honestly felt this should have been book three or four of a series, not the first book.

  • DemetraP
    2018-12-23 16:08

    This was a did not finish book for me. I tried to read "Wanted and Wired" about a hero with cyber enhancements (born human but now like a cyborg) and a heroine who is good with a gun. The book just didn't grab me. Both the hero and heroine seemed incompetent to me. The hero claims to be this amazing computer guy yet didn't realize they were somehow followed to his secret hideout. Yeah, he eventually sees the intruders on security cameras but come on.Heroine also talks about how "turned on" she gets after a job and how she has to screw guys to get over it. Usually on a beach. And she's looking for her missing father...and she has "episodes"...I just didn't like her.

  • Darcy
    2019-01-14 18:56

    I feel like I should have liked this book more than I did. I liked Mari and Heron, liked their dynamic together, liked that both did what they had to do. I wanted to know more about the world, why Texas broke away, how the world devolved to what it was in the book. I admit to the tech that people integrated with freaked me out a bit. I wouldn't want to be that wired and "fake", which seemed to be the crux Heron and Mari danced around for most of the book. I may check out the next book, if only to see what everyone is up to, but it will be a library book for sure.

  • Laurie Green
    2018-12-24 14:12

    I'm very hard to please when it comes to finding a great science fiction romance story, but this book was PHENOMENAL! The writing was sharp, witty, fresh, imaginative and often emotional, and shot-through with many brilliant turns of phrase. The characters were unique--some of them VERY unique as only a great SFR can deliver--and the technology was awe-inspiring. Nothing was predictable and as the story unfolded, the world around these characters just kept getting bigger, more awesome and more tangled.I won't spell out the entire plot here, because I want to leave that for other readers to discover. What I will say is the romance is a slow burn and the relationship that takes time to build on many different levels. The sparks between Mari and Heron are definitely there--and have been since before the story opened--but these two complex characters need to work through a lot of emotional red tape before they can give in to their cravings. They have deep-seated misconceptions and misunderstandings that need to be overcome before they can build genuine trust. When they finally do, the depth of the bond they share, along with some pretty high-energy lust, results in love scenes that are dreamy, lush, intense and often surprising.But as much as I loved the sci-fi elements, this story will also satisfy the hardline paranormal romance readers, because some of the tech clearly takes bold steps into the paranormal realm, while still remaining bonafide science fiction. I also want to comment on the prose, because it's wonderfully crafted, beautifully edited and completely seamless. No stumbling over misspelled or missing words. It was as close to technically perfect as I've seen, and that's important to me as a reader. In today's market, where even professionally edited books are fraught with errors, it was wonderful to fully immerse in the reading experience without tripping and stumbling along.I also enjoyed the glimpse into the next story in the series and I'll be waiting to snap it up. Future Vivien Jackson books are now an auto-buy for me.

  • Marsha
    2018-12-21 19:58

    "Wanted and Wired" is one of those books that starts off great but then quickly begins to dwindle because of overly verbose thinking and character dialogues. Not enough time was spent in the world building piece of the book and quite honestly I found myself grappling to understand the strong love connection between the two main characters because of lack of world building.The author definitely knows how to write and the concept for this book showed real potential but something was off and about 63% into the read I just couldn't read another word and I am one of those people who does not like to leave a book unfinished. Hey, when a book is not your cup of tea, you have to acknowledge defeat and move on. Therefore, you really need to read this book for yourself and decide.

  • Irene
    2018-12-25 15:13

    This book has everything you could want in a rollicking futuristic adventure - non-stop action, secrets, surprises, a kick-ass hit girl, a swoon-worthy tech guy, politics, and sizzling chemistry.This book gripped me from the first paragraph. And then Heron came on the page. Heron, Mari’s infallible back-up. The technology-enhanced guy who is so obviously in love with her and so hopelessly aware of her prejudices against post-humans. Wanted & Wired is a page-turner where everyone has secrets, sometimes even from themselves. It’s set in near-future world with a tech-western Firefly feel (just in case all the other goodness wasn’t enough for you). This is a book that will ignite the synapses of a whole-organic brain and cause even a post-human heart to fall in love.Highly recommended!

  • Feminista
    2019-01-01 15:03

    A heroine with serious daddy issues.This could have been a good urban fantasy but the heroine wasn't very intelligent. Blindly following orders from the bad guys and then being surprised when it turned out that they were out to set her up.

  • Lyndi
    2019-01-04 17:05

    Meh.

  • Shelley
    2018-12-27 18:17

    3.5 stars

  • Didi
    2019-01-01 17:14

    2.5 starsThis is a first time for me to read Vivien Jackson's book and since it's a start of a new series I make a go for it. I guess it just didn't work so well for me. Set in fictional post war divided America, Wanted and Wired stared gun-for-hire Marissa Vallejo and technologically-enhanced Heron Farad who got framed for contract ran wrong. Mari was the muscle of the duo, described as tots kick-ass female; while Heron was the brain who plan and double plan everything and had huge resources at his beck and call. The story started at a run and I was totally immersed in it. Their verbal sparing was rather entertaining to read, more so because these two harbored feeling for each other but never expressing them. As it went though, it felt - for me - like the story focused more on Heron and Mari love affair, instead of the bigger picture. Described as kick-ass as Mari was, to me she appeared more as reckless and not so brilliant operator; which was really a let down because I really wish she could play more part than damsel in distress needing a rescue here. Furthermore, although - or probably because - the pages spewed a lot of gibberish techie details that overwhelmed my simple mind, I did feel some missing sequences on when Heron "woke up", ran amok (in a matter of speaking), and made his way back to his physical body. In all fairness, with this being a first entry in new series, I'm sure there's still a lot to reveal in the next installments; and probably more characters to introduce. I'll just take a wait and see stand and see what adventure the next book would bring. Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the publisher viaNetGalley in exchange for an honest review.