Reviewed by Sherry Perkins
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
“Right now, only one thing stood between Fox and freedom. And he was riding the motorcycle of her dreams.”—Jailbreak
So, there’s this woman who is super smart, beautiful too, but has baggage. A lot of it—most of it legal. Her name is Skylar Todd, aka Fox, as in smart as a fox, I suppose. She’s also a hacker with the usual “I got caught doing something I shouldn’t have been doing, got blamed for something I didn’t even do and now I have to work for the FBI or go to jail for the rest of my life” story.
Luckily, she’s very good at what she does. Even If she resents being stuck in the situation she finds herself in, it’s OK since she gets to match wits and go up against one of the most notorious hackers known—the Trickster–both literally and figuratively. Yep, less than fifteen pages in and she’s all up against him. But she doesn’t know it’s Trickster, the hacker she’s been tasked by her FBI handlers to snare. She knows him as Coyote, a fellow cosplayer she’s met at a comic con who helps her temporarily escape the agents tailing her. She suspects it, though; he has his suspicions about her as well.
And criminal or not, Fox has scruples so, before things can get any hotter than they already are, she makes her excuses and off we go into a story about vigilante justice, the hacker code, bikers, retribution and fated love.
I had some trouble connecting with the characters in “Jailbreaker.” The plot was interesting, but the situations and dialog often felt stilted. However, fans of Rayne’s “Four Horsemen MC” series will have met Coyote before and will likely enjoy learning more about his story. Rayne has written a prequel to “Jailbreaker.” It’s called “Malware.” Fox’s backstory is there, and Coyote makes an appearance except the story is more a nod to some college friends who want to change the world (like all college friends do) and get caught in something else. I’m thinking if I’d read “Malware,” I’d be more invested in the story. We’ll see.
“A three-and-a-half-star story about the danger and excitement of the hacker life blended with the lore of bike clubs and a life on the run with the person you love.”