Wanted and Wired by Vivien Jackson

Wanted and Wired

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 technol...

Title:Wanted and Wired
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ISBN:1492648167
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:352 pages

Wanted and Wired Reviews

  • Beth
    Jan 16, 2017

    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 ma

    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

    from Sourcebooks Casablanca. This is my honest and voluntary review. This book is set for publication April 4, 2017.

    My Rating: 4 stars

    Written by: Vivien Jackson

    Series: Tether (Book 1)

    Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages

    Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

    Publication Date; April 4, 2017

    ISBN-10: 1492648167

    ISBN-13: 978-1492648161

    Genre: Romantic Scifi

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  • Phoenix77
    Mar 28, 2017

    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 dis

    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.

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  • Betul
    Jan 20, 2017

    **ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**

    3.5 stars

    Even 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 po

    **ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**

    3.5 stars

    Even 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.

  • Marta Cox
    Mar 21, 2017

    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 wa

    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 time

    This voluntary opinion is of a copy provided for me by Netgalley and these thoughts are my own honest opinion

  • Sarah
    Mar 21, 2017

    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.

    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 technol

    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.

    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.

    Received from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

    I 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)
    Feb 17, 2017

    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 t

    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.


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