Loki Renard writes like the wind. I think that she maybe has a time machine and manages to put more hours in a day than the rest of the world has. I don’t know what it is, but she manages to put out a lot of books. And she’s just released a new one in Bought. Wouldn’t you all just freak out if I said that this was a light and fluffy one and not one of Loki’s dark stories? I don’t think that she knows how to write light and fluffy, so fear not, this is lovely and dark, and very much in much in Loki’s wheelhouse.
Casey is a brilliant programmer. That is both her greatest achievement and her greatest downfall. So when she tracks down some odd code that turns out to scrape users’ data, she decides that she needs to go to Vyper, the company who makes it, so that she can talk to Ethan, who is the CEO. Is she going to blackmail him? No. Is she going to ask him for a lot of money? No. Does she want him to hire her? No. What she wants to do is to ask him to stop. He tries to hire her, but she’s not interested. She has principles. Casey walks out of his office, gets in the elevator, gets in her car, and then is promptly pulled out of it by the police. She’s not put under arrest, she’s just locked in a room, waiting for Ethan to come. And he does, but not before he belts her with two cops holding her down. That’s OK, he makes sure she comes too.
Ethan decides that he’s going to take her home with him and keep her there. That way she can’t tell the world what’s going on and she will be safe. Meanwhile, he now has a new fucktoy, if he can just keep her under control.
I really like Casey, she is very smart. That’s also a serious problem for her. Being smart means that she thinks she figures things out and she thinks that she has things over on other people. Oh, not in a mean way, but still. She’s also a programmer, which means she tends to think in patterns and logical kinds of ways. Someone who is sneaky and who doesn’t think that way can almost always get around someone who thinks very logically. I mean, the people may both get to the same place, but where one person goes A->B->C, another person goes 2->5->B->A->K->C. They both end up in the same place, but the ono-logically thinking person is able to get around the other person because they’ve seen around the corners. But I probably digress. Ethan is a prick a good deal of the time, but he’s a prick that Casey enjoys, at least, at certain times.
Not to be all super-paranoid, because it’s not really paranoia if they are really doing this, but if there aren’t companies doing this, I’ll kiss this venemous snake. It’s kind of creepy to think of, even when it’s happening in fiction, but when you consider that it’s very likely happening in real life, then it gets even worse, doesn’t it?
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