Coded by Rachel Radner
ABOUT THE BOOK
Ashton’s a wreck of the man I knew a few months ago, a soul missing his greatest piece. I’m caught in the crossfire, a woman desiring an unattainable man. A man who’s still pining after his ex and probably always will be.
Every so often, I catch him looking at me a certain way. A way that tells me he might want something more. But there’s too much heartache there, and I’d be a fool to let someone in who I already know will burn me.
Maddie’s the wildcard in my code. The woman who might break every boundary I’ve set. She’s beautiful, kind, and the gentlest soul I’ve ever encountered. But I can’t get involved with anyone again — that was the promise I made to myself when my ex broke my heart.
Problem is, at the rate Maddie and I are going, she’s about to bypass every command I’ve ever written. I just can’t let her succeed.
This is my first Rachel Radner book and I was intrigued by seeing an empath as a main character.
You’re the healthiest broken person I’ve ever met,” I tease. “How do you figure?” He runs a hand through his hair. “Don’t most people in your situation brush off all their feelings?”
Maddie and Ashton first meet as strangers at her restaurant. His favorite restaurant is where he planned to propose to Vanessa (his high maintenance girlfriend). Of course, as an empath, Maddie knew what he planned to do and as a sweet gesture she unfortunately jumped the gun on the celebration right when Vanessa broke up with him. Can you say awkward? The sadness and heartache that passed between Maddie and Ashton that night was unforgettable. Jump to months later, Maddie’s restaurant is in financial trouble and she needs someone to upgrade her website. Enter a very reluctant Ashton who swore to never set foot in that restaurant again. It’s destiny that brings them together again, but can they get past their fears to let each other in.
Maddie’s empathic abilities are mind-blowing and a little creepy. It takes women’s intuition to a whole other level. I was delighted that Ashton wasn’t all that freaked out about it. In fact, he caught on fairly quickly. Probably because he is a sensitive guy who wears his heart on his sleeve. When his girlfriend of 6 years breaks up with him, my heart broke as he cried in the middle of a restaurant. Yes, he’s not an alpha male (there is one moment though…), but a sweet computer programmer who codifies his feelings to make sense of them. In other words, he compartmentalizes and analyzes his life the same way he codes websites. Geeky, huh? Endearing, actually.
Maddie is a lovely person who always wants to save people from themselves, but it always backfires on her leaving her alone romantically. It appears her abilities scare most people off and I was heartsick at her childhood memories. Thankfully, she has her wonderful best friend (well, only friend) Simon who is a bit pushy and judgy, but only because he wants to see her happy. As Maddie and Ashton open up to each other and get over their misunderstandings, they actually make a great couple.
I am delighted to recommend this friends-to-lovers romantic story about taking chances and knowing, and owning, your worth.
Thank you to Ms. Radner for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.
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Coded is written in New York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg’s Everyday Heroes World, which is one of two KB Worlds projects. With over 100 authors, who were selected by and are working with K. Bromberg, these stories will be fan fiction at its finest—and sexiest. Devoted fans of the Driven and Everyday Heroes series will have the opportunity to revisit their favorite characters and settings. You can find out more about K. Bromberg and the KB Worlds.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rachel Radner has been writing since the first grade when her teacher handed her a journal and instructed her to write about her day. Since then she’s continued journalling… though she spends most of her time writing fictional stories. There’s always another idea that comes to her randomly. You should see the notes on her phone. Seriously.
Rachel lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and two furry Golden Retrievers (*cough* children *cough*). When she isn’t writing, she can be seen drinking coffee or tea… and probably watching something geeky on the internet. Or one of her favorite movies like Casablanca. Oh yeah, and she also has an unhealthy obsession with history and learning languages. Namely, German, Latin, and French.
Look out for the linguist character coming to a Rachel Radner book near you.