Review: Shot in the Dark by Marie James

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Shot in the Dark is the second in the Blackbridge Security series, and there were definitely lots of mentions of characters from that book.  It might have made it more enjoyable to have a little bit of background, but I wouldn’t say it’s necessary.

Wren Nelson is a security expert for Blackbridge, which is a fancy way of saying he’s a hacker.  And he’s one of the best hackers in the world. He’s super confident online, but in real life – not so much.  He’s definitely the stereotypical awkward tech guy.  He’s also a fairly experienced Dom and has lots of experience in the world of BDSM, but he’s never really had any kind of serious relationship. 

Whitney Nelson is also a hacker.  She’s very good, but not quite as good as Wren.  She’s also socially awkward. She rarely leaves her apartment and has very few friends.  Whitney is also a pretty kinky girl – but she hasn’t had a chance to explore those desires in real life.  She has a good friend who is a Domme who has taught her lots about the BDSM lifestyle, but Whitney’s social anxiety keeps her mostly on the sidelines, and she’s never had the submissive experience she’s craving. 

It turns out Wren and Whitney live in the same building, and Wren ends up getting a very sexy delivery, meant for Whitney.  He’s so fascinated that he learns everything he can about her online – which then turns into him cyber-stalking her.  Once they meet in real life, he immediately stops the stalking behaviour, but he knows without a doubt that it will ruin any relationship they may end up developing if Whitney ever finds out about it.

Shot in the Dark sounds like it might be creepy, but it’s not.  It really is a love story between a couple of socially awkward people who are also into some alternative sexual stuff.   I wasn’t really expecting the BDSM element to the story, but it was definitely juicy!

Shot in the Dark has lots of tension, both sexual and otherwise, with a couple of interesting storylines going on besides the central love story.  It definitely grabbed my attention off the bat and kept me interested!  I’m planning to go back and read the first book in the series and I’m looking forward to the next book as well!