Series: Lexi Carmichael #8
Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
Published by Carina Press
Lexi is at a large computer conference, both as an attendee and as a speaker. Speaking on hacking and the good and bad reasons to do so is something Lexi can do with her hands tied behind her back. However, at this same time, Lexi is trying to do the most nerve-racking thing she has ever done—arrange her best friend’s bachelorette party. This is so not in Lexi’s comfort zone, but she will do anything for her best friend.
While at the conference, Lexi takes a few minutes to try and get a handle on putting this party together and accidentally stumbles across an information exchange which leads her to discover a planned hack into a government database. Lexi immediately contacts the one person she knows who can discover exactly what is getting hacked and by whom—her boyfriend, Slash. Slash and Lexi follow the hack and discover this isn’t just a simple hack, but an attempt to bring down a part of the U.S. government. Desperate times bring in desperate measures, so Lexi and Slash bring-in her friends, the Zimmerman twins, and together they must not only stop the destruction that this hack caused, but also stop those behind it permanently, which will send an even bigger message. The clock is running when and when it hits zero, will Lexi and her friends come out the winners or not? Oh, and don’t forget about that bachelor party. It’s a one for the ages!
What to do when mistaken identity reveals a serious threat to the U.S. government? Well, if your name is Lexi Carmichael, then you attack it head-on with your seriously sexy boyfriend and other friends in No Strings Attached. Even with the stakes so high, I think that Lexi was almost happy to have something to take her mind off the bachelor party she is supposed to be planning. I loved watching as Lexi, Slash, and the twins follow the clues and then formulate a way to defeat the group and those behind them who arranged the hack and all it comprised of. I was almost as freaked as Lexi was when the last stakes measure was talked about and then it was figured out how to set it up. Even better, all the suspense was offset with the funny parts concerning the wedding and bachelor/bachelorette parties. I found that both parts were equally attention-grabbing, but for very different reasons.
I seriously didn’t want to put the book down to go to bed or work, which should tell you just how good it is. I also loved that we learn so much about Slash in this book and that yet again, Slash and Lexi’s relationship takes a huge step forward.
No Strings Attached takes the Lexi Carmichael series another step up with the great suspense, friendships, and love with all the characters. I loved the drama that keeps you on the edge the entire book, both the suspense-filled and the humor-filled. These are just a few reasons that I had to put No Strings Attached on the Joyfully Recommended list. If you haven’t been reading this series, I would suggest that you start at the beginning, because part of the charm of these books is watching the characters grow as they go on.