love 2.0 is the fourth installment in lee kilraine's cates brothers series. this can be read as a standalone though, since i had no trouble following the plot even though i hadn't read the earlier books in the series. kazimir cates, or kaz, is a computer whiz. a well-known hacker, he refuses to play nice with the fbi, but still uses his hacking powers for good. in addition to his online game and the cyber-security contract work he does for private sector businesses, he's also been secretly helping abused women disappear and start over for a while now.
mirabel díaz, or mira, is at the end of her rope when she gets to climax, north carolina. she's working a crappy job at an elvis impersonating singing telegram service and sick of running and trying to hide from her ex-boyfriend. she is pretty sure she's id'd kaz as the wizard, her last recourse since she's ready to disappear and hope that her ex won't follow her. but kaz, who has just tangled with the fbi over his illicit activities, is trying to lay low. and most of his clients don't contact him in person, so he is suspicious.
but when an unfortunate run-in with a bull leaves mira's car totaled and her head concussed, kaz feels compelled to take care of her. the closer he gets to her the more he wants to help her out. first by giving her tips on keeping her identity and whereabouts secure. then by helping her with her self-defense skills. and then by falling for her.
wait, that is totally not something he does intentionally. but even as he falls for her, she falls for him. the only thing holding them back is the fact that her ex is probably a russian gangster and definitely is keeping tabs on mira. as the danger increases, kaz knows he needs to pull out all the stops to keep mira safe, even making her disappear from his life if worst comes to worst.
and really that would be the worst thing that could happen, because in each other mira and kaz have found the one person who complements their brand of crazy. she's crazy good with numbers, he's amazing at computer code. she loves some good junk food, when he's paying attention he eats clean and healthy. she's got elvis' songs and dance moves down pat, while he's an expert in krav maga. clearly, they are meant for each other. and once they get rid of the pesky russian mafioso, things should calm down around them.
**love 2.0 will publish on april 18, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/kensington books (lyrical shine) in exchange for my honest review.