Ian has different online personas. I get it. He has some baggage from his childhood, and these outward shells are what he needs to protect himself. Jesse is a classic good guy. He worries about everyone else and always tries to help others even if it's at his expense. Ian needs to work on opening up some to the people who are worth his trust, and Jesse needs to learn that sometimes it's necessary to put yourself first. These guys are more than obviously attracted to each other, but their personalities aren't an instant smooth connection. One is set to help fix all potential problems. One is set to block perceived intrusion. The guys do have a bumpy way to go.
Hard Wired kept my attention the entire time. There is drama, but it feels necessary, not ridiculous. It's easy to cheer the guys on in their life ventures and their relationship. I loved this book and definitely recommend it. I also enjoyed getting glimpses of previous characters in the series. The entire series is definitely a must read, but even if you haven't read the others, you shouldn't be confused trying this one as a standalone.