Review: Black Hat Hacker by Soraya Naomi

March 23, 2017

Black Hat Hacker by Soraya Naomi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Standalone - Chicago Syndicate #6
Release - March 28, 2017
Genre - Mafia Romance
Dual POV - 1st person
Heat - 4 out of 5
Length - 298 pages

You don’t know me.
But that’s only because I don’t want you to.

I have the most lucrative job in the country as a hacker in the notorious underworld. I’ve built entire systems and destroyed evidence for career advancement while stealing and exploiting data for personal gain.
I’m the black hat hacker for the Chicago Syndicate and hold all the dirty secrets of the most powerful men in the U.S. in the palm of my hands, just a keystroke away from mass ruination.

However, no one knows my dirty secret, a decision from my past that’s just aching to blow up in my face and shatter my future. Especially when a certain wavy haired brunette begins to demand my attention with her odd ways and her carefree attitude.

She’s a woman who makes me go against everything I’ve ever believed.
A woman whom I’m forbidden from having my usual one-night stand with, even if she was available.
A woman whom I have to keep from getting herself killed, whether she likes it or not.

You don’t know me, but neither does she…yet.

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I've been a huge fan of Soraya Naomi and her Chicago Syndicate series ever since I read For Fallon and she's still pumping out greatness. As far as mafia romance stories go, BLACK HAT HACKER definitely held its own. I've been intrigued by Henry from when he was first introduced and I was ecstatic that he was getting a book too.

The author did a brilliant job with Henry's character development. Although I would have loved to get more of his background from his perspective, she gifted me with just enough information to make me get a good feel for him, to feel like I really got to know him. Henry was a foster kid and after a woman (Tara) took advantage of him, and for two years used, manipulated, and cheated on him, his perception of people became skewed and his ability to trust had all but disintegrated.

Then he meets Mary. A woman who seemed to debunk the truths he lived by. She wore her heart on her sleeve and her absolute trust in him was clear for all to see. Despite his infatuation with her, Henry holds on tightly to his secrets. It wasn't very hard considering he was a member of the Syndicate. He held secrets that could destroy the foundation of their relationship. Will Henry finally learn to put his trust in the right person? Can he give Mary her fair chance? Read the book to find out.

Okay, so I have to admit that Mary drove me freaking nuts in this book. NUTS!! She made dumb decisions, she was irrational, unreasonable and immature. But then I would repeatedly remind myself that she was only 20 years old and that seemed to calm my nerves. *wink*

Amidst the action and mayhem and utter drama synonymous with the Syndicate, love was found and a new relationship blossomed. I personally loved getting to see all of my favourites again (Luca, Fallon, Adriano, Cam, Logan and Rosalia). There was plenty of intense scenes (Henry was surprisingly a convincing cold blooded killer -- sweet!), tons of suspense, and the author didn't cut any corners when it came to the eroticism to be had between Henry and Mary. Carmine's story is next and I'm curious as to how the heroine will tame the manwhore.

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