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Kyou has a routine. A system. He guards Brannigan Genovese, hacks for his family of choice, and drinks far too much caffeine for any living being. He has contingency plans for everything except for the following: • Brannigan buying up real estate from the Irish Mob • Kyou’s band of brothers figuring out who Brannigan actually is • Ivan sneaking into said Irish Mob headquarte Kyou has a routine. A system. He guards Brannigan Genovese, hacks for his family of choice, and drinks far too much caffeine for any living being. He has contingency plans for everything except for the following: • Brannigan buying up real estate from the Irish Mob • Kyou’s band of brothers figuring out who Brannigan actually is • Ivan sneaking into said Irish Mob headquarters for the fun of it • Feelings for one Brannigan Genovese that undermines his own common sense Oddly enough, it might be the feelings that get Kyou in the most trouble. Because when Brannigan is in danger, Kyou breaks every rule he has to save the man. And damn the consequences. Tags: It’s not stalking (totally stalking), Brannigan doesn’t envision being on the run from the mob as his meet cute, but he’ll take it, its not stalking if he likes it, Kyou needs all the naps, does it count as a heist if they’re blowing stuff up, Ivan votes yes, band of brothers, pansexual character, Kyou is utterly done, family of choice, emotional growth, Ivan’s actually serious for once, yes the world almost ended, sleep deprived hackers make poor snap decisions, fortunately for Brannigan


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Kyou has a routine. A system. He guards Brannigan Genovese, hacks for his family of choice, and drinks far too much caffeine for any living being. He has contingency plans for everything except for the following: • Brannigan buying up real estate from the Irish Mob • Kyou’s band of brothers figuring out who Brannigan actually is • Ivan sneaking into said Irish Mob headquarte Kyou has a routine. A system. He guards Brannigan Genovese, hacks for his family of choice, and drinks far too much caffeine for any living being. He has contingency plans for everything except for the following: • Brannigan buying up real estate from the Irish Mob • Kyou’s band of brothers figuring out who Brannigan actually is • Ivan sneaking into said Irish Mob headquarters for the fun of it • Feelings for one Brannigan Genovese that undermines his own common sense Oddly enough, it might be the feelings that get Kyou in the most trouble. Because when Brannigan is in danger, Kyou breaks every rule he has to save the man. And damn the consequences. Tags: It’s not stalking (totally stalking), Brannigan doesn’t envision being on the run from the mob as his meet cute, but he’ll take it, its not stalking if he likes it, Kyou needs all the naps, does it count as a heist if they’re blowing stuff up, Ivan votes yes, band of brothers, pansexual character, Kyou is utterly done, family of choice, emotional growth, Ivan’s actually serious for once, yes the world almost ended, sleep deprived hackers make poor snap decisions, fortunately for Brannigan

30 review for How to Hack a Hacker

  1. 5 out of 5

    Santy

    This is my favourite of the series and unfortunately the last book *wails* I just enjoyed the writing, the banter and the fact that though we had a long wait for Kyou's book that it was more than with it. We finally got to meet the man Kyou had been stalking *ahem* "protecting" all this while and it was so funny the circumstances surrounding that meeting. I enjoyed Brannigan as a character and what he brought to the group of these dynamic men.I also enjoyed his chemistry with Kyou and how effortl This is my favourite of the series and unfortunately the last book *wails* I just enjoyed the writing, the banter and the fact that though we had a long wait for Kyou's book that it was more than with it. We finally got to meet the man Kyou had been stalking *ahem* "protecting" all this while and it was so funny the circumstances surrounding that meeting. I enjoyed Brannigan as a character and what he brought to the group of these dynamic men.I also enjoyed his chemistry with Kyou and how effortless it was for them. Note again that you'll have to suspend belief for this book as with the previous 2 books but for me that was part of the fun of this entire trilogy of books. I just loved it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    "The man inspires my inner serial killer sometimes. He really does." AJ Sherwood is such a master at creating casts of characters that I never want to stop reading about. I was was so excited for K and his obsession to finally meet and it did not disappoint. K was everything and Bran brought a nice balance to his high anxiety personality . And it was great seeing all members of the crew. Ivan made chuckle every time he opened his mouth. I'm sad to see the trilogy come to an end but I look forward "The man inspires my inner serial killer sometimes. He really does." AJ Sherwood is such a master at creating casts of characters that I never want to stop reading about. I was was so excited for K and his obsession to finally meet and it did not disappoint. K was everything and Bran brought a nice balance to his high anxiety personality . And it was great seeing all members of the crew. Ivan made chuckle every time he opened his mouth. I'm sad to see the trilogy come to an end but I look forward to whatever short stories Sherwood gives us. “Eidolon,” K sighed, sounding resigned, like he already knew the answer. “Did you break into the Irish Mob’s headquarters?” “Am I in trouble if I did?” “Yes, you’re fucking in trouble if you did.” “Then I didn’t.”

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sakina Carter

    This was a great MM series. We finally get Kyou, the hacker of the group and the guy he has been protecting/stalking for the past 12 years. I loved how all the characters from the first two books are still major players in this book and of course there is Remi, how can you not love her!!! What I loved the most was how Bran's family not only accepted Kyou but the rest of the gang as well and the guys were able to fully find the family that not only accepted them but loved them. Great series. This was a great MM series. We finally get Kyou, the hacker of the group and the guy he has been protecting/stalking for the past 12 years. I loved how all the characters from the first two books are still major players in this book and of course there is Remi, how can you not love her!!! What I loved the most was how Bran's family not only accepted Kyou but the rest of the gang as well and the guys were able to fully find the family that not only accepted them but loved them. Great series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Quirks

    Last book in the trilogy, and the one I was most looking forward to. Kyou and his stalkee were mentioned in the first book, and I've wanted to know how that story would go ever since. Though I don't think stalking is the right word for it. For one, Brannigan knows about it, and he seems to enjoy it. They share email, texts and phone calls. He just doesn't know who K is, even after six years of their strange relationship, in which Kyou has saved Bran's life multiple times. That's all Kyou wants, y Last book in the trilogy, and the one I was most looking forward to. Kyou and his stalkee were mentioned in the first book, and I've wanted to know how that story would go ever since. Though I don't think stalking is the right word for it. For one, Brannigan knows about it, and he seems to enjoy it. They share email, texts and phone calls. He just doesn't know who K is, even after six years of their strange relationship, in which Kyou has saved Bran's life multiple times. That's all Kyou wants, you know, to look out for Bran. It's his way of repaying Bran's father, who saved K's life once. Besides, he wouldn't need to keep such a close eye on Bran if the guy would just stop getting in trouble. But Bran wants to make the world a better place, and that's bound to make you some enemies. The latest enemy is part of the Irish mob. And because of that, and a clever 10-year-old, it's not just K looking out for Brannigan, but the entire team. And they're very determined that Bran finally meet K. And let's be honest, it needed to happen already. I mean, six years. At this point, no one was buying that K's only concern was repaying Bran's father. Not to mention that the two have been flirting for a while now, and the only thing really standing between them and a happily ever after, is Kyou insistence on not telling Bran who he is, or meeting him in person. And no, his concerns aren't unfounded. His workaholic nature has come between relationships before, and it makes sense that he doesn't want to risk losing Bran for good. But six years. Anyway, we have trouble with a mob family, Ivan being... Ivan, Ari who needs to spend less time with Ivan, ol' reliable Carter, an unusually smart ten-year-old, Brannigan trying to make K see that they could work, and Kyou, who needs to sleep more. It makes for quite the team-up. And it's a lot of fun. Also, I think that this book being shorter than the others works in its favour because we don't get drops in fun/action/excitement, which is something that happened in both the previous book. This is a very mellow series. And mellowness can sometimes be boring if it goes on too long. By making the book shorter, the author reduced the chance of that. Not that I didn't like the other two books, I just found this one to be more consistent throughout. Overall, this was a great series, and I will definitely be reading more books by the author. Past and future ones.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Verdelite

    K's story is here! Woop-woop! I've been waiting for K's story since him cyberstalking someone was first mentioned. I might be biased since I have a lot similarities to him (minus the super-hacker thing and the OP heist team friends and the K-Pop star looks... cries). I think my biggest gripe with this book was that Bran and Kyou's relationship wasn't all that interesting anymore after their first face-to-face meeting. They did have to work through issues but that happened very quickly - which is K's story is here! Woop-woop! I've been waiting for K's story since him cyberstalking someone was first mentioned. I might be biased since I have a lot similarities to him (minus the super-hacker thing and the OP heist team friends and the K-Pop star looks... cries). I think my biggest gripe with this book was that Bran and Kyou's relationship wasn't all that interesting anymore after their first face-to-face meeting. They did have to work through issues but that happened very quickly - which is probably a good thing as most don't like unnecessary drama but for me, who likes a good slowburn even if it involves a bit of drama, it wasn't ideal. It also felt much shorter than the first Trifecta book (and I think it was? though I don't remember the length of book 2). I suppose it can't be helped though since both relationship and external plot issues can be resolved super fast since K is part of such an OP and supportive team. I often encounter this kind of issue in later books of a series (since the MC's friends should have their shit together by then and are thus able to give the MC the kick in the butt that they need). Despite my criticism, I enjoyed this book very much and I am very glad to see Kyou find his HEA with Bran.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    So this is K's story of how he gets together with Brannigan the guy he has been stalking for 12 years. I like that although the story is featured on 2 guys, there are plenty of appearances from the other members of the gang. I am sad that this was the last book as I enjoyed reading about these guys and the family they made for themselves. So this is K's story of how he gets together with Brannigan the guy he has been stalking for 12 years. I like that although the story is featured on 2 guys, there are plenty of appearances from the other members of the gang. I am sad that this was the last book as I enjoyed reading about these guys and the family they made for themselves.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Natalie panda eyes

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Jan 2021 Re-read. It’s a close call if I prefer the first book or this one. I really liked the family coming together and this one is adding the final members and doing what they do best. I liked the chemistry between K and Bran before they’d even met, it was entertaining and I liked how Gideon just went along with it. The one line I remembered from this book was Kyou needs vegetables. One of my favourites. August 2020 Sweet, fun and I really hope it’s not the end. Poor Aiden, guy really needs som Jan 2021 Re-read. It’s a close call if I prefer the first book or this one. I really liked the family coming together and this one is adding the final members and doing what they do best. I liked the chemistry between K and Bran before they’d even met, it was entertaining and I liked how Gideon just went along with it. The one line I remembered from this book was Kyou needs vegetables. One of my favourites. August 2020 Sweet, fun and I really hope it’s not the end. Poor Aiden, guy really needs some sleep. Kyou and Bran were adorable, I liked how Bran deliberately kept getting into trouble just so they could talk. The group banter was fun and I’m looking forward to the wedding. Favourite part was meeting the parents and the initial killings.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    GRAWRG!!! I cannot begin to describe how much I've loved this series. This book was an awesome wrap up to the trilogy and it was almost every little thing that I've hoped and dreamed it would be since Assassin first came out. My biggest complaint: no one compared Kyou to old, moldy bread in this book. I was extremely disappointed by that because I enjoyed it so much in the first two. I had NEVER heard that as a description of someone before and loved it so much I'm not ashamed to say I stole it a GRAWRG!!! I cannot begin to describe how much I've loved this series. This book was an awesome wrap up to the trilogy and it was almost every little thing that I've hoped and dreamed it would be since Assassin first came out. My biggest complaint: no one compared Kyou to old, moldy bread in this book. I was extremely disappointed by that because I enjoyed it so much in the first two. I had NEVER heard that as a description of someone before and loved it so much I'm not ashamed to say I stole it and have tried to use it when applicable. I also felt it was a bit more rushed through than the last two. It was still complete and thoroughly satisfying, don't get me wrong; but a bit less involved than the others. Brannigan turned out to be amazing and epic. Getting inside Kyou's head was a real treat. The depth of his devotion was as heartwarming as his anxiety was heartbreaking. They just fit together so well and I was so excited to see them interacting together and with the rest of the team. The plot itself was a bit simpler than we are used to seeing from Sherwood, but it was wildly entertaining and kept me on the edge of my seat from page one. I'm sad this is over. I really loved these characters and I'll honestly miss them. AJ Sherwood has this amazing way of making characters that you can TRULY believe with so many layers you almost think you can call them up personally. I want 6 more books in this series. Like, immediately.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ali

    The final book in the trilogy and I say again another ingenious story, loved it. As with the other two books this was lacking again in the romance and sexual department. I have given them all a 5* rating for the overlying story arc, but it could have been worth a lot more with deeper connections. Apparently there will be a short coming out at Christmas I’m not giving out spoilers. I do hope AJ writes one last book about all the couples giving incite into all their futures perhaps five, ten, fift The final book in the trilogy and I say again another ingenious story, loved it. As with the other two books this was lacking again in the romance and sexual department. I have given them all a 5* rating for the overlying story arc, but it could have been worth a lot more with deeper connections. Apparently there will be a short coming out at Christmas I’m not giving out spoilers. I do hope AJ writes one last book about all the couples giving incite into all their futures perhaps five, ten, fifteen years down the line. By then Remi will be a young adult who knows what she will have grown into. Brilliant author, the series well worth a read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alisha

    Pure lovely! I’ve been looking forward to How to Hack a Hacker since I tore through the first two books in the Unholy Trifecta. It was just as lovely as I hoped it would be!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

    AJ saved the sassiest for last! Full review to follow.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    More fun with the guys and Remi in this one. I really liked how Kyou was at the center of things and that we finally learned my he was so obsessed with Brannigan. Learning that really made me like Kyou more and see why this was so important to him. It was fun to see how Kyou ended up meeting Brannigan in person and how Brannigan reacted to Kyou's family and them all working together. I loved that Remi surprised him the most and how he quickly accepted her competence. Bran even seemed amused by t More fun with the guys and Remi in this one. I really liked how Kyou was at the center of things and that we finally learned my he was so obsessed with Brannigan. Learning that really made me like Kyou more and see why this was so important to him. It was fun to see how Kyou ended up meeting Brannigan in person and how Brannigan reacted to Kyou's family and them all working together. I loved that Remi surprised him the most and how he quickly accepted her competence. Bran even seemed amused by the guys and their way of working, a great thing as things developed between him and Kyou very quickly. Kyou needed someone like Bran to pull him away from working all the time. As the team went after the bad guys and things got a bit more complicated, it was fun to see them use their names and reputations as a weapon of sorts. So many were scared and fled, more will do so in the future after their actions at the end. As much fun as it was to see the team working together and for Kyou and Bran to get together, the best thing about this one was how Bran's family totally accepted everyone, but especially Remi. They welcomed them with open arms and a place a their house always.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kiko

    ~ 3,5☆ I really loved the first half of this book. It made me think that the K/Brannigan dynamic would wind-up being my favourite one of the trilogy. It had many of the tropes I like : long distance~ish relationship, an anonymous and mysterious friend, a pansexual protagonist and a good level of sarcasm qnd banter courtesy of Sassy K. In short it had all the ingredients to make me SWOON and swoon I did ! At least at the beginning. Then the same thing that happened in the first two books and that m ~ 3,5☆ I really loved the first half of this book. It made me think that the K/Brannigan dynamic would wind-up being my favourite one of the trilogy. It had many of the tropes I like : long distance~ish relationship, an anonymous and mysterious friend, a pansexual protagonist and a good level of sarcasm qnd banter courtesy of Sassy K. In short it had all the ingredients to make me SWOON and swoon I did ! At least at the beginning. Then the same thing that happened in the first two books and that made me end my reading with mixed feelings happened AGAIN. The "rushed relationship" issue that seems to plague those books. I would have liked it ten times more if it was more slow burnish. As it is, I smiled, I laughed -mostly thanks to Ivan, because, let's be honest, even in this book he stole the light more than once- and I swooned a bit, but there wasn't any real suspense and action to get me hooked, to leave me waiting with bathed breath at the edge of my seat. The predictability of it all prevented me from experiencing them. It still made for a nice light reading and I rather liked getting a sneak peek on how the other couples (Ari/Carter and Ivan/Aiden) were doing. Also, I can now say confidently that Ivan is my favourite madman out of the lot. He's just too adorable to resist. K is a close second.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Badh

    Kyou Kyou is so stubborn and endearing at the same time. I'm not sure how that works, but it does. He's spent so much time taking care of Brannigan, it's no surprise that he already had feelings. Bran is so good for him. Kyou Kyou is so stubborn and endearing at the same time. I'm not sure how that works, but it does. He's spent so much time taking care of Brannigan, it's no surprise that he already had feelings. Bran is so good for him.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Candice

    I liked both K and Bran.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    4.5 stars I love this gang! I liked Remi even though she’s quite precocious. I liked how bad ass they were. Brannigan was a good fit for Kyou. There was plenty of humour in this book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Maraya21 (The Reading Dragon)

    ✨ Read for the 2020 KU Shitathon™ challenge - [Yearly Edition] - over at Maraya's Cave Of Freaking Wonders ✨ ♠ Plan B: #2 of 3 -- Month: November ♠ 3.5 Stars ✨ Read for the 2020 KU Shitathon™ challenge - [Yearly Edition] - over at Maraya's Cave Of Freaking Wonders ✨ ♠ Plan B: #2 of 3 -- Month: November ♠ 3.5 Stars

  18. 4 out of 5

    Chancey Knowles

    Rating = 4 stars Blurb = (Scale 1-5) 4.5 My Genre Scale = (Scale 1-5) 4 Odds if not your genre = (Scale 1-5) 2 Development of: = (Scale 1-5) *World = Not sure since it was mostly developed in the other 2. It was definitely good if one has read the previous 2. I'd feel confident saying it is at least adequate if not better if the series is new to you. *Plot = 4; Moved at a better pace once again more life the first than the second. *Characters = 4; There was growth and they stayed true. What stood out = Rating = 4 stars Blurb = (Scale 1-5) 4.5 My Genre Scale = (Scale 1-5) 4 Odds if not your genre = (Scale 1-5) 2 Development of: = (Scale 1-5) *World = Not sure since it was mostly developed in the other 2. It was definitely good if one has read the previous 2. I'd feel confident saying it is at least adequate if not better if the series is new to you. *Plot = 4; Moved at a better pace once again more life the first than the second. *Characters = 4; There was growth and they stayed true. What stood out = Tricksie, Bran's family, and how the past from their 1st job as a team came full circle. Mood Type / Appeal to those looking to = Suspend belief and go along for a fun ride involving "bad guys" with good hearts; that will do anything for the family they have created together. Warnings = None Series Notes = 3rd and last of the main books, though I do understand that around Christmas there will be a follow up short involving a wedding. *Reading on? N/A *Reading back to back? Yes, I retread the first then these last 2. *Can be easily read without the previous? I definitely think one could read and not feel lost, but I HIGHLY suggest at least reading the first one first for a lot better understanding of relationships and context. Rating Notes = This series definitely wraps up nicely with all loose ends tied up and a solid foundation for all our couples (and widow) to have a HEA. For me, I didn't love it near as much as the first but definitely found it much more engaging than the 2nd. (The 2nd was not bad at all just did not feel as suspenseful or as exciting.) ************** Below are my explanations or thoughts on reviewing! *************** 1.Obviously no review can take into account all the various personal pet peeves of readers. But, I do try to take into account the common ones often bemoaned by other reviewers 2. If used in this review, the term Brain candy is not necessarily negative. It has its uses and at times it is my preference when I just want to pass some time; so it does not carry a negative connotation for me - unless I'm expecting the next great novel. (What falls under brain candy? The book is meant for pure entertainment to pass time. It may be formulaic, from an author published quickly like monthly, things escalate fast, and are often solved easily etc.. Publishing industries version of pop music. Beach type reads etc... ). 3. Blurb rating purpose: Like many readers, I do not like to think I'm reading one kind of story; just to end up with another type. But...I also don't think a book should be docked stars for being as stated. If I don't like stories about "_________", and I choose to read one. I shouldn't give it 2 stars based JUST on my preferences. Unless... it wasn't clear in the blurb. 4. Other Factors that effect my perspective when reviewing: Since 2009, I have exclusively read m/m. My 1st was in 2007. I am a Kindle diehard, and I never do audio for m/m. I read at least 100+ books a year - with an average length of 220± pages; but the total number of books is usually much higher. My Goodreads lifetime rating (at the start of 2020) was a 3.72 average for 1390 books. Which considering, you should be better at picking out books the more you read, I feel is a accurate average. I have over 700 reviews within the m/m genre here on Goodreads.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Loved it! Don’t want it to be over! Absolutely loved this book and this series. You really need to read them in order to fully appreciate the characters and understand the relationships. Kyou is the last of the three original characters to get his story. The hacker of the bunch, K as he is known, is a very mysterious yet feared person to the criminal underworld. He has spent the last 12 years watching out for and protecting Brannigan, the son of the man he believes he owes a debt. The protection h Loved it! Don’t want it to be over! Absolutely loved this book and this series. You really need to read them in order to fully appreciate the characters and understand the relationships. Kyou is the last of the three original characters to get his story. The hacker of the bunch, K as he is known, is a very mysterious yet feared person to the criminal underworld. He has spent the last 12 years watching out for and protecting Brannigan, the son of the man he believes he owes a debt. The protection has escalated to text messages and phone calls that border on flirting and Brannigan very much wants to meet the mysterious man protecting and helping him. A little interference from K’s well meaning family sets things in motion. I really adored this story. We get a lot more background and insight into Kyou’s background and psyche. We finally meet the person we’ve heard about in the previous books that K is watching over. We get a lot of time with Ari, Ivan, Carter, Aiden and of course Remi. There’s action and tons of humor as well as steam. The book’s got everything. There is nothing to ruffle the feathers of the reader other than the knowledge that this is the last book of the trilogy and you will definitely want more! The story arc moves well and the character development and relationship pace are well done. We get to know, appreciate and feel for Kyou and his past and understand why he lives the way he does. I love all three of the original characters but Kyou breaks my heart a little so it feels like he needs extra loving. Brannigan is a great character. We don’t get to know him on the same level as we do Kyou but I don’t think we really need to. I really enjoyed this world and I hope we get to revisit it. Hey, maybe these guys need to somehow cross paths with Jon and Donovan...now THAT would be fun! I’m imagining Kyou freaking out at the slightest hint of Jon getting anywhere near his equipment!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Overall, I’ll give this series a firm 4 stars...this installment nets a 3 and that’s out of pure love for these characters. The first book in this trilogy is THE only one that you could read as a stand alone imo. The next 2 rely heavily on the dynamics laid out in the first book and should be read in order. Now...I wanted to love this book. I was waiting for the Hackers story. All these very intriguing bread crumbs had been laid in the other stories and I was pumped to begin this one. And...it wa Overall, I’ll give this series a firm 4 stars...this installment nets a 3 and that’s out of pure love for these characters. The first book in this trilogy is THE only one that you could read as a stand alone imo. The next 2 rely heavily on the dynamics laid out in the first book and should be read in order. Now...I wanted to love this book. I was waiting for the Hackers story. All these very intriguing bread crumbs had been laid in the other stories and I was pumped to begin this one. And...it was good but AJ Sherwood can do great. And this just wasn’t it. Kyou’s past was made out to be mysterious and a big deal in the other books. You just knew it was going to be emotional and satisfying. It was white washed. His childhood trouble was revealed and I was like...what??? Wait...NO...really...that’s...what? So much could’ve been done. Brannigans’ Fathers role in that scenario had so much meat left on the story bones and it was just ALL swept away. Ari had more angst and emotional depth in his book than this and K was supposed to be our wounded batman dang it!! I wanted the K that was shown in books 1 and 2 and this book...while much more active in the romance department...didn’t deliver on the buildup. It genuinely felt like the author had to write this to wrap things up but she was no longer invested in it. I did not care for the sweep it all under the rug and nothing to see here folks simplistic finish to what was otherwise an amazing trilogy for me. And as to the add on “mystery” to the main one that was shoe-horned into the last 9% of the book...Why drop it in the second book like it wasn’t a thing then bring it back out to play? It made no sense and was unnecessary. Kyou and Bran deserved better...3, it wrapped things up I suppose, stars.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Evan

    Hoooh boy. Probably my least favorite in the series, even though it features Kyou. We got glimpses of this strange relationship Kyou has with Brannigan (one-sided cyber-stalking LMAO), so I was kinda excited for this book. I'm a bit sad we didn't more cat-and-mouse scenes, which I thought was going to happen. The restaurant scene had me all giddy, until I realized that was IT. And even though we're told that Kyou has known (and been stalking) Brannigan for a long time, we were only told. So even i Hoooh boy. Probably my least favorite in the series, even though it features Kyou. We got glimpses of this strange relationship Kyou has with Brannigan (one-sided cyber-stalking LMAO), so I was kinda excited for this book. I'm a bit sad we didn't more cat-and-mouse scenes, which I thought was going to happen. The restaurant scene had me all giddy, until I realized that was IT. And even though we're told that Kyou has known (and been stalking) Brannigan for a long time, we were only told. So even if their relationship isn't rushed, to me it felt like it was. So yeah, more insta-love... which I don't like very much. I'll be honest. Brannigan was kind of boring. We're pretty much told he's very handsome and an overall really nice, charitable person. And... that's kind of all I got? His POV wasn't very distinctive or unique either. The action was kind of cool in this story, even though it wasn't very detailed. (Perhaps action scenes aren't Sherwood's strong suits?) The team dynamics was fun to read about. Kind of gave me "Leverage" feels, if everyone was in a relationship LMAO. If Sherwood decided to continue the series and focused on heists more, I'd gladly read it. The conclusion to the story was pretty cute. My paranoid ass was like "NOOOO", but there's a reason why I don't listen to her like 50% of the time. I pretty much marathon-ed this entire series because the first one hooked me in, and I was too invested to drop it after the first book. Overall, while the first book reminds my favorite, the rest were still enjoyable, light reads.

  22. 4 out of 5

    J.L.

    The few problems I had with the previous books in this series spilled into the conclusion of this particular found-family all getting their happily ever after. Not every author wants to include doom, gloom, and angst in their writing, but some professions happen to call for it. Even those who do dark things on the side of the light should understand the heaviness of their work, and that’s something I never quite sensed from the characters of the Unholy Trifecta. That being said, sometimes you’re The few problems I had with the previous books in this series spilled into the conclusion of this particular found-family all getting their happily ever after. Not every author wants to include doom, gloom, and angst in their writing, but some professions happen to call for it. Even those who do dark things on the side of the light should understand the heaviness of their work, and that’s something I never quite sensed from the characters of the Unholy Trifecta. That being said, sometimes you’re not in the mood for angst, but you still want a dash of excitement with your romance. Then, the Unholy Trifecta books are definitely for you. The third installment is no less action-packed just because one of the point-of-view characters is a hacker who does his best work at a computer. Brannigan is Kyou’s perfect foil, which means I joined in the happiness shown for both characters. The way their lives have intertwined since Kyou’s infancy is a delightful twist that brought a smile to my face. This trilogy includes all the best vibes of reading fanfic, down to the adorable child and found family feels, but Sherwood manages to replicate it with an all-original cast of characters. I had fun reading these books, despite my quibbles, and the conclusion more than lived up to the expectations set by the first two. I’d be happy to read about the further adventures of this ridiculous crew, even without the romance angles, especially as Remi grows up and comes into her own as an individual character.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    How to get a hacker outside A great cap to this trilogy! Finally getting to see the man that Kyou insists he doesn't stalk, we meet a fascinating character who is driven for good in the business world but came from a questionable upbringing. Brannigan is a competent businessman and works hard to do good in business and both make money and help out. But at the same time his family was once a part of the mob so running a bit morally ambiguous at times, or perhaps dating a known criminal, doesn't ex How to get a hacker outside A great cap to this trilogy! Finally getting to see the man that Kyou insists he doesn't stalk, we meet a fascinating character who is driven for good in the business world but came from a questionable upbringing. Brannigan is a competent businessman and works hard to do good in business and both make money and help out. But at the same time his family was once a part of the mob so running a bit morally ambiguous at times, or perhaps dating a known criminal, doesn't exactly bother him. Brannigan and Kyou don't have any easy path. After all it has taken a lot to even get Kyou out in the real world often. But between the family Kyou has become a part of and the insistence of Brannigan they finally manage to meet and the sparks definitely fly. Even meeting doesn't make for smooth sailing, as concerns about their respective work and the over working each of them does, especially when Kyou goes on a work bender. It is not easy for them to figure this out but they each have a family behind them that is willing to help out in any way possible to make things work! It was cool that this story had a bit of a call back to the first book. It brings the story full circle but also shows how much these men have grown and the amazing lives they have created since it all started. It was a very satisfying conclusion but I look forward to the promised follow up short in the future!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shymsal

    2.5 stars rounding up. As I've said before, this was a fun series reminiscent of 60s era spy shows... Violent action that is over the top but somehow is ok even when described as gurgles and thuds on their comms -- which were thoughtfully turned off prior to this for the non-criminals (read that "accessories to murder") to limit their exposure to the possibly upsetting bits. Their rather self-righteous smugness wore on me by the end. They're the best, ever. They will always be accepted and loved 2.5 stars rounding up. As I've said before, this was a fun series reminiscent of 60s era spy shows... Violent action that is over the top but somehow is ok even when described as gurgles and thuds on their comms -- which were thoughtfully turned off prior to this for the non-criminals (read that "accessories to murder") to limit their exposure to the possibly upsetting bits. Their rather self-righteous smugness wore on me by the end. They're the best, ever. They will always be accepted and loved and everybody will forgive all their crimes (however heinous) because they joke while committing them and have their hearts in the right places. As to K's love life?(view spoiler)[Once Remi got involved, Kyou (K) finally giving in and accepting Brannigan was dealt with quickly and smoothly with nary a bump in the progress of their romance. (hide spoiler)] I liked Ari and Ivan's books better than this but had to see how Kyou ended up. (view spoiler)[Naturally, delegation saves the day. Because someone as anxious as him will easily trust people he barely knows to do right by him. ...Oh, that's right, if they don't the indestructible Malvagio or Eidolon will kill them, so there's that. (hide spoiler)]

  25. 5 out of 5

    jenny

    Yes!! 🙌🏽❤️ I was waiting for this book to be available in Amazon since for ever! It’s been in my “want to read” list in Good reads since I started reading the series, but I got caught up reading other amazing books of one of my new favorite authors, and had to wait a little to read this one. I wanted to give it all the attention it deserves, and the wait was so worth it. I just love all this characters so much, I want them to be real, I want to be their friend, I want them to be out there, somewh Yes!! 🙌🏽❤️ I was waiting for this book to be available in Amazon since for ever! It’s been in my “want to read” list in Good reads since I started reading the series, but I got caught up reading other amazing books of one of my new favorite authors, and had to wait a little to read this one. I wanted to give it all the attention it deserves, and the wait was so worth it. I just love all this characters so much, I want them to be real, I want to be their friend, I want them to be out there, somewhere, doing mischievous things; the author really knows how to make us, readers, fall in love with the characters. Just like the first and second book on the series, I couldn’t put it down, sleep had to literally knock me out in the middle of the night, for me to be able to stop reading. This books are just the perfect mix of funny, action, adventure and romance, and I just couldn’t get enough. I’m so looking forward for more from this author. They’re definitely one of my favorite!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Madison Maler (anxious.librarian)

    Really cute finale to the series. K finally meets the guy he's been stalking/crushing on for his entire adult life. Danger ensues. Kisses are had. Just adorableness overload. I liked the whole "we've essentially been in an online relationship for the last six years" thing. It really fit with K's introvert tendencies and it made his and Brannigan's first official meeting so much sweeter. Overall this series is not what I expected but it is what I needed. I fully expected a book series about an assa Really cute finale to the series. K finally meets the guy he's been stalking/crushing on for his entire adult life. Danger ensues. Kisses are had. Just adorableness overload. I liked the whole "we've essentially been in an online relationship for the last six years" thing. It really fit with K's introvert tendencies and it made his and Brannigan's first official meeting so much sweeter. Overall this series is not what I expected but it is what I needed. I fully expected a book series about an assassin, thief, hacker, and mercenary to contain more violence, close-calls, and heartwrenching moments. While it did lack those, the incredibly sweet romances made up for any sadness I felt about the slower pace. From Ari and Carter to Ivan and Aiden (my faves, honestly) to Kyou and Brannigan I was never once disappointed with the couples. How they interacted felt so genuine and heartwarming, especially considering each character's hangups and insecurities. The series as a whole is just so sweet and I really enjoyed it. :)

  27. 5 out of 5

    BHole6666

    Geez why don't I continue reading this series after I had finished the first book, and only pick it up after one month?? This is so cute. I always avoid series books, because I really hate to read if the protagonists going to have some problems or issues when maintaining their relationship in the next book, especially encountering their ex/having an affair/love triangle sort of shit, really frustrating to see that, so fortunately I'm not seeing this kind of situation in this series, phew. But I Geez why don't I continue reading this series after I had finished the first book, and only pick it up after one month?? This is so cute. I always avoid series books, because I really hate to read if the protagonists going to have some problems or issues when maintaining their relationship in the next book, especially encountering their ex/having an affair/love triangle sort of shit, really frustrating to see that, so fortunately I'm not seeing this kind of situation in this series, phew. But I had skipped Ivan's story and come straight to this, now I decided to go back to book two, although I already know how this series ends, and I'm really satisfied with this ending, families and friends that finally meet up with each other, and all couples are married, hell HEA!! Can't wait for Ari and Carter's wedding scene, or is it out already? But TBH, this series really reminds me of Sense8, families that none of them are actually related by blood, and they will be there when one of them needs help and will be there no matter what, omg I love this kind of bonding!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    My favourite of the three I think the reason i enjoyed this one the most is because Kyou and Bran actually knew each other (or at least OF each other)for more than a few days so their relationship to me was more convincing. Again this book was a great mix of wholesome family, hilarious banter and morally grey characters and I'm so happy i decided to give this series a try. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys reading about criminals with good intentions and their shenanigans in between finding lo My favourite of the three I think the reason i enjoyed this one the most is because Kyou and Bran actually knew each other (or at least OF each other)for more than a few days so their relationship to me was more convincing. Again this book was a great mix of wholesome family, hilarious banter and morally grey characters and I'm so happy i decided to give this series a try. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys reading about criminals with good intentions and their shenanigans in between finding love. Oh and also seeing Remi getting more spoiled by her growing collection of Aunts, Uncles, Dads and now Grandparents. Loving that for her. Side note, throughout the series I've also picked up Russian and Italian swear words so that's been fun.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    I love this author. Quirky characters, humorous situations, and just enough seriousness to ground the story. Book 3 of the Unholy Trifecta—We finally get the backstory of why K, a notorious hacker, invests so much pro bono time toward a Boston land developer’s well-being. Recommend starting from the beginning, but can be read in any order. Note to the author: Please, please, please put more of your books on audible. It’s so much fun to catch up with my favorite characters as I drive, do chores or m I love this author. Quirky characters, humorous situations, and just enough seriousness to ground the story. Book 3 of the Unholy Trifecta—We finally get the backstory of why K, a notorious hacker, invests so much pro bono time toward a Boston land developer’s well-being. Recommend starting from the beginning, but can be read in any order. Note to the author: Please, please, please put more of your books on audible. It’s so much fun to catch up with my favorite characters as I drive, do chores or mow the lawn ;D. I promise I will buy them.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tricia

    I thoroughly enjoyed this series It was obvious that these two would be together, from book 1. But I wondered all along what Bran was going to be like, and how it would play out. Brannigan is supremely sweet, and caring, and wants nothing more that to see K happy. Done deal, I love him! The adventure part of this story was a bit more tame. But that makes sense. K is a hacker, and his story takes place behind the screen, the other guys are the crazy adventure characters. Either way, all good, very h I thoroughly enjoyed this series It was obvious that these two would be together, from book 1. But I wondered all along what Bran was going to be like, and how it would play out. Brannigan is supremely sweet, and caring, and wants nothing more that to see K happy. Done deal, I love him! The adventure part of this story was a bit more tame. But that makes sense. K is a hacker, and his story takes place behind the screen, the other guys are the crazy adventure characters. Either way, all good, very hot, and sweet couple!

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