The Executive Decisions Trilogy may be over, but the story continues. Intrepid reporter, Carla Flannery, wants to interview Wade Crittenden, the secretive creative genius behind Pneuma Inc. But when, against all odds, Wade actually agrees to the interview, Carla suspects ulterior motives.
Carla has made a lot of enemies in her work and when Wade discovers she’s being stalked, he agrees to the interview to keep her close and safe. As the situation turns deadly, lives and hearts are on the line, and the interview reveals far more about both than either ever expected.
When I initially started reading Interviewing Wade, I was afraid it would be a copycat of Fifty Shades of Grey, of which there are many these days. We have Wade, the reclusive billionaire, and Carla, the intrepid reporter who wants an exclusive interview with him. However, it soon became apparent Wade is nothing like Christian Grey, except for the wealth and brains. He has no fashion sense, never goes out in public, and the only time he leaves his lair is for his regular solitary bowling time at a local alley, that he rents when no one else is around. Other than that, he helps out the police with his cyber-crime fighting knowledge, and stays holed up in his dungeon far below the building that houses his empire.
Carla is nothing like timid Anastasia either. She’s tough, worldly wise, and tenacious. Although the two seem poles apart, in both personality and goals, somehow they manage to fall in bed, and from there, in love. One has to wonder how an extrovert and a confirmed introvert will ever mesh, but somehow they do. As Carla interviews Wade, he protects her from a crazed ex-employee, while she draws him out of his self-imposed isolation, with her understanding and love.
I have to admit, I’m getting sick of stalker stories, but somehow, this one, with its cyber stalker was different than the run of the mill kind of stalker I’m used to. The story is well paced, with only inklings of the stalker’s identity showing up, after all kinds of computer searching, and old-fashioned footwork. The climax is shivery scary, and I couldn’t put it down.
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