Anastasia (Ana) Devlin has trust issues. This happens if your mother is a beautiful spy who is always hustling you and your half siblings in and out of danger. She would hesitate to call herself a genius, keeping that label for siblings like Tudor. However, her particular combination of tech-savviness and people smarts combined with courage and loyalty make her a formidable force – particularly in defence of her family.
At the beginning of Cyber Genius, Ana reluctantly acknowledges that her family loyalty now appears to extend to Amadeus Graham, the big, handsome, intriguing and extremely secretive security consultant who runs his operation from the third floor of their family home and has a hold over their inheritance. When Graham gets into trouble and becomes a person of interest in the murder of the senior management team of MacroWare, the global computer software monopoly, Ana reluctantly decides she must help him (although not without trading her help for information regarding the family millions). To make matters worse, Tudor thinks he may have sparked the MacroWare crisis with a worm he designed to protect his identity that appears to have gone rogue when it fell down a spyhole that the software giant is denying exists. Ana has to enlist the help of more family members to identify the villains and keep Tudor on track for a ‘normal’ university scholarship at MIT whilst keeping a firm hold over the hormones that spark every time Graham is in sight.
With Anastasia Devlin Patricia Rice has created a heroine who would enjoy having dinner with Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum and Lisa Scottoline’s Mary DiNunzio. If you like your heroines with attitude and your heroes with muscle, you’ll love Cyber Genius. It’s a fast-paced mystery peppered with family and villains, state secrets and petty jealousies, and a hint of lust with the promise of more.
Patricia Rice is a particularly talented author. Having previously only read her historical novels, I was blown away by the radical change in tone, style and voice she demonstrates in the Family Genius series. She demonstrates extraordinary skill as both a story teller and a linguist par excellence in recreating different time periods and characters to match.
Cyber Genius releases on 29 September and is available in paperback and ebook from Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, Barnes and Noble and the Book View Cafe.
Evil Genius, book one in the series, is free right now. It received a 4-star review from RT Book Review: “This thought-provoking story includes a convoluted mystery and some fascinating characters. The interactions between Ana and the mysterious Amadeus are delightful. The ending will leave readers longing for more stories about this captivating heroine and her gifted half-siblings.”
More about the author
Patricia Rice is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author with several million books in print. Her emotionally-charged contemporary and historical romances have won numerous awards, including the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice and Career Achievement Awards. Her books have been honored as Romance Writers of America RITA® finalists in the historical, Regency and contemporary categories.