I was happy to knock out two books from the TBR pile. In fact, this seems to be my year for it. Super motivated to whittle down the TBR pile, I took the chance and read The Unimaginable by Dina Silver and Heart-Shaped Hack by Tracey Garvis Graves, both books I received from The Bookworm Box a long time ago.
I haven’t read much travel adventure stories, so this was a new type of read for me. While I wouldn’t characterize this as a light read per se, the first half of the book is focused on the main character, Jessica, trying to prove to herself that she can live a different country. With the death of her mom that she wasn’t really close to always in the background weighing her down, Jessica finds her self in Thailand teaching children English.
Her bravery aside, I couldn’t imagine doing that myself, so I was waiting for the difficulty of that decision to catch up with the character. While nothing really happens for quite a bit, I feel like it was building up to the last half of the story where the majority of the drama takes place. I really couldn’t understand Jessica at times. Her application to be a shipmate on a boat with people she doesn’t know, and the fact that she doesn’t know anything about sailing baffled me. Yes, at this point the reader does know how she wants to step out of her comfort zone, but come on! That’s a little too risky.
The fact that she kind of guilt trips Grant to sail on his ship irked me too.
It was a bit jarring to read what happens during their sailing “vacation”, and the I told you so’s, were going through my mind the whole time.
Overall, I couldn’t connect to any of the characters in this one and the romance factor was a bit meh.
From the bestselling author of One Pink Line comes a story about letting go of the past and finding bravery in the depths of fear. Set on the sun-soaked beaches of Thailand and the rough waters of the Indian Ocean, The Unimaginable paints a vivid portrait of a young woman on a journey to find herself--and her harrowing fight for survival.
After twenty-eight years of playing by the rules, Jessica Gregory moves from her small Indiana town to Phuket, Thailand. But her newfound routine is upended with the arrival of Grant Flynn, a captivating, elusive man who is sailing around the world while trying to move on from a past tragedy. Jessica volunteers to help crew Grant's boat, Imagine, on a passage across the Indian Ocean and finds herself falling in love with him as the voyage gets underway. But when disaster strikes, Jessica must summon her courage as the crew is confronted by unspeakable terrors--and, aboard a boat named for such promise, comes the unimaginable.
The hacker romance concept was a bit new to me and I found myself totally entertained throughout this one. I’ve never had so many laugh out loud moments while reading a book. Kate and Ian’s banter was the best.
I liked the cute play on Robin Hood, where hacker Ian robs from other hackers and gives money to Kate’s food pantry. It really was sweet.
However, I’m not sure how I would feel in Kate’s shoes if someone admitted to me that they hacked my information, only just because. Ian had a slight controlling personality, but that was downplayed by his playfulness and his sweetness.
Despite how I loved their relationship, certain aspects just slowed down the pace and I was getting tired of hearing about nighties and lingerie. It picks up past the half way mark, and a little suspense is thrown in for good measure.
Overall, I would like to read the next book in the series, but I’m not rushing for it.
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.