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Exploited: A Zero Day Romance

Exploited: A Zero Day Romance

3.8 8
by A. Meredith Walters
In this pulse-pounding novel from the bestselling author of Butterfly Dreams, a vigilante hacker plays a seductive game with the agent who’s chasing her online—and sharing her bed in real life.

At first glance, I’m nothing out of the ordinary. I am a daughter. A sister. A friend. When you look at me you won’t see anything


In this pulse-pounding novel from the bestselling author of Butterfly Dreams, a vigilante hacker plays a seductive game with the agent who’s chasing her online—and sharing her bed in real life.

At first glance, I’m nothing out of the ordinary. I am a daughter. A sister. A friend. When you look at me you won’t see anything that warrants suspicion. I don’t look like a criminal.

My name is Hannah Whalen, but most people know me as freed0mov3rdr1v3, or “Freedom Overdrive”—one of the world’s most prolific and notorious hacktivists. My goal—my purpose—is to shed light on the evil that lurks behind the corporate and government lies we have been force-fed for too long.

My story begins with the best possible intention. Devoting my life to exposing the corrupt. The dishonest. The unethical. For that, they label me a cyber-terrorist. Wanted by the FBI, I’ve always been one step ahead.

Until I fell in love.

Because I’m sleeping with the man who’s hunting me. And he has no idea that I am his prey. Now I have to decide what’s more important: my freedom or my heart.

Note: Exploited ends on a cliffhanger. Hannah’s story continues in Aftermath.

Advance praise for Exploited

“A. Meredith Walters doesn’t know how to write a bad book. I’m continually taken in by her beautiful words and intense story lines. Always a one-click for me.”New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett 

“Fast-paced, exciting and unputdownable! This book was everything I love about romantic suspense. Now I’m on tenterhooks for the next installment.”—Bestselling author L. H. Cosway

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

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Random House Publishing Group
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Zero Day , #1
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Meet the Author

A. Meredith Walters is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult novels including Butterfly Dreams, Bad Rep, Perfect Regret, Lead Me Not, and the Find You in the Dark series. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a counselor for troubled and abused children and teens. She currently lives in England with her husband and daughter.

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Exploited: A Zero Day Romance 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
TammyS32 10 hours ago
I really liked this interesting and entertaining read. Hannah is out for revenge on the corporate and government corruption that hurt her family. Mason is an FBI agent out to find the hacker named Freedom Overdrive/Hannah. What will happen when the two begin to fall in love? I admit it was a bit slow in the beginning, however I did like the characters and the story. Looking forward to reading more of Hannah and Mason’s story.
sm0120 2 days ago
3.5* I was really intrigued by the premise of this book, it looked like it would be an interesting change of pace from the contemporary romance books I read. I've only read one other book by A. Meredith Walters, one that I absolutely adored, so I was excited when I was offered the opportunity to read and review this one. Exploited is suspenseful and mysterious, it's frustrating, and in the end it will leave you questioning everything you thought you might have figured out. I was hoping for a fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat, exciting cat-and-mouse type story. But instead, this was a much slower read than I expected. Hannah was a tough nut to crack. She wasn't very likeable, honestly. I never quite warmed up to her, and I think that kind of tainted my whole outlook on this book unfortunately. I'm hoping in the second book we'll see a different side of her. I really liked Mason't character, but felt zero chemistry between him and Hannah. I felt sorry for him, that he was so easily manipulated by her because he really just needed someone to love, and to be loved. I cried for him over his brother, and was mad on his behalf because of his parents. But for someone who is supposed to be such a killer agent he sure didn't prove it when it came to Hannah. I'm not sure what else needed to happen before he realized what was going on right under his nose. Although this book didn't quite live up to expectations I am invested enough that I am anxious for the second book. There's a lot more to explore with these characters, and of course the mystery that was left hanging. Hopefully all our questions will be answered!
Stalker2014 2 days ago
Hannah has a huge secret. Mason is someone she needs to get to know. Mason has issues with trust. Hannah has issues with letting anyone get close. They make for one interesting intense couple. Loved the twists in this story. Could not wait to see what would happen next. Can't wait for the next book.
micharch 2 days ago
Hannah and Mason have what Mason believes to be a chance meeting, but really was choreographed by Hannah to pursue her vigilante ways. Mason is an FBI agent tasked with finding her internet alias and Hannah wants to get close to him to find out what he knows about her alter ego. Mason knows that his subconscious is trying to tell him something throughout this book, but he is so intrigued by Hannah that he doesn't always follow his intuition. A. Meredith Walters does a good job of giving you the mindset of both Hannah and Mason. We find out what makes each of them tick and how similar they are in some ways. Hanna was tough for me to connect with at points and I didn't really care for her all that much. She was arrogant, self-entitled and seemed to sugarcoat her felonious ways. Mason was a bit too clueless at points and I couldn't quite wrap my head around it at points. The story was intriguing and I cannot wait for their conclusion. I am hoping Hannah gets what is coming to her.
SiobhanDavisAuthor 2 days ago
I got very excited when I first came across this novel and even more excited when I was approved for an ARC and I had been itching to read it. I finally managed to squeeze it into my reading schedule last weekend and it was so worth the wait. Occasionally, I come across books that I feel were written specifically for me and Exploited is one of those books. Man, where do I start? I loved the perfect blend of mystery, intrigue, and romance. I loved the tech/hacker backdrop that had just enough detail to add substance without bogging the plot down in unnecessary or boring passages. I ADORED Mason, the hot, rugged, FBI agent who was ignoring his gut instincts and falling for a girl who was deceiving him. I thought I would struggle to connect to Hannah but I didn't. Don't get me wrong - I hated that she was betraying him in the worst way but her heart was in the right place and her initial motivations were pure. I was suspicious of Toxicwrath from the get go and couldn't understand how Hannah aka Freedom Overdrive was so trusting. I knew it was all going to end badly. I love books that keep me guessing over the villain's identity like Exploited did. The end seems to be implicating a certain person from her past but I think that's too obvious. My money's on Kyle or Madison or maybe they're working together. Either way, I can't wait to read Aftermath to find out. The romance was great between our couple and it was a nice build up with a fair amount of toing and froing which I love. Hannah was really battling her feelings but in the end, she caved. I was so rooting for Mason and Hannah but I don't know how the author is going to pull back from that cliffy ending (LOVED it! Pure torture of the best kind!) All I know is I can't wait to find out! I've read books by this author before and her writing is as sublime as I remembered it. If you enjoy well written romantic suspense with swoon-worthy romance and complex characters and a mysterious, intriguing plot then you MUST check this one out. Highly recommended, and one of my top reads for 2017 so far. Thanks to the publisher for supplying an ARC which I have voluntarily reviewed.
Momma_Becky 2 days ago
This story had so much potential and I'll admit, when I read the preface, I was all kinds of excited about it. That small introduction pulled me in and I was ready to be wowed. It is very well written and Walters has a great writing style. Unfortunately, it didn't take long for the story to fizzle after the preface. The book is rather lengthy, which isn't a problem for me as long as the story keeps a good pace and holds my interest. While the book does have a steady pace for the most part, it's almost agonizingly slow and even a bit repetitive at times, to the point that I found my interest waning. The story is suspenseful and Hannah's crimes were intriguing, but it would've benefited from a faster pace. I did expect more of a romantic element, but honestly, I didn't feel the romance with this one. Hannah comes across as cold and calculating through much of the story and while we're told on the page that she's falling for Mason, I didn't feel that. Mason could've been a truly great character, but he has to be the most gullible agent in the history of fictional FBI agents. Not only does he accept Hannah's excuses for her lies, but he justifies them in his head. There were so many red flags waved in his face that it became eye-rollingly frustrating. The cliffy at the end was a big one, but between Hannah's coldness and Mason's gullibility, I wasn't left with enough curiosity to read to the conclusion to this tale. The author is talented and I would read other books by her, but this one just wasn't for me.
Anonymous 3 days ago
I give this read 3.75 stars.......... I was excited to read this book. I loved the concept and it was filled with angst and edge of your seat moments. But for me it was a little slow and just when it started picking up it ended and I didn't realize there was going to be a cliffhanger (which I don't mind just wish I knew ahead of time) I don't want to give anything away. But some parts I wish were a little more believable. I will read the second book because I need to know how it ends. I didn't hate it but was a little disappointed.
Bette313 3 days ago
Excellent story with a major cliffhanger! This is just the first part of Hannah and Mason's story. Hannah by day works for an IT firm. At night she's a bit of a hacker. She's determined to make the company responsible for the death of her father and her sisters debilitating injuries and the lawyers who represent them pay. Mason is an FBI agent working in the cyber crimes unit. He's good at what he does but past mistakes have put him in the bosses bad graces. He's given a case no one thinks can be solved. He needs to find out exactly who Freedom Overdrive is and take him down. These two meeting and being attracted to each other never should have happened and when the truth comes out about their true identities everything could fall apart. Definitely a book I recommend
Jolie 3 days ago
Exploited is a fast-moving techno romance (is there such thing or did I just make up a genre….lol) that will keep you glued to the book. It is a page turner and you never know where this book will lead you and I loved it. I am going to say this right up front, I didn’t like Hannah. Did I feel bad for her, sure. What happened to her family was pretty crappy and I can totally get why that pushed her into hacking. But her relationship with Mason took the cake and when it was revealed why she was with him, I was a little upset. That’s when I became “Team Mason” and started cheering on his investigation of Freedom Overdrive. What bothered me also about her was that she didn’t have any friends, work or personal. She explained it as a lack of trust but I wonder, as I do with fictional characters, if her lack of friends was because she had no personal skills. The only “friends” that she has is her fellow online hackers. I liked Mason, even if he was the equivalent of a human stress ball. He made a mistake by sleeping with one of his fellow agents, who happened to be his superior, and things got a little, how do I phrase this, stressful at the office. He also has major issues with his parents. They are playing the blame game with him. When Mason’s brother, Dylan, was dying of brain cancer, he never got down to see him before he died. So, Mason’s mother and father blame his job and himself for not being there for Dylan. Which is pretty awful and those phone calls with his father just broke my heart. While I didn’t like Hannah, I did like the romance between them….even if Hannah originally went into it under false pretenses. Their romance gave me major feels. And the sex was hot. Burning hot!! The hacker plotline was very interesting and I can see the allure in it. I mean, Hannah got pulled into it by a friend because she was going to fail our of college. I am still not sure how she went from small time to big time and I am sure that they will explain it more in book 2. This book does not have a happy ending and none of the plot lines got wrapped up. I can’t wait to see where this story ends up in book 2.