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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Review: Zero Hour by Megan Erickson

Not a bad start to a series about hackers. It was missing some things but overall not bad.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Forever Romance
Release Date: January 30, 2018

Hacker extraordinaire Roarke Brennan lives each hour - each breath - to avenge his brother's murder. His first move: put together a team of the best coders he knows. They're all brilliant, specialized, and everyone an epic pain in his ass. Only now Wren Lee wants in too, threatening to upset their delicate balance. The girl Roarke never allowed himself to want is all grown up with sexy confidence and a dark past ... and she's the wild card he can't control.

Roarke might still think she's a kid, but Wren's been to hell and back. Nothing and nobody can stop her - especially the tatted-up, cocky-as-all-hell hacker. But when years of longing and chemistry collide, Wren and Roarke discover that revenge may be a dish best served blazing hot.

What’s it About? Racked with pain and bitterness over his brother’s death, hacker Roarke Brennan can’t rest until he avenges his brother’s murder. So he decides to put together an elite team of hackers to help him. Except he didn’t count on them driving him nuts. Especially Wren Lee, the one woman Roarke has always wanted but didn’t think he could have. She has her own reasons for wanting to join the team and no one is going to stop her. With Wren in the mix, things are more complicated for Roarke and the attraction that has always been between them is now something neither one of them can ignore.

Overall reaction to the book? As a contemporary romance Zero Hour is a solid read but as a romantic suspense there are a few things missing to make it a memorable one. I had no problem with the characters for the most part, I enjoyed them and want to read more about them.

Roarke is a grumpy bear, bitter, closed off, angry, and hurting over the death of his brother. I’m a softie for characters like him. He didn’t know how to handle his pain so he did the only thing he knew how; start planning how to get revenge on the ones who murdered his brother. This guy was an ocean of emotions waiting to break free and I loved his intense, no nonsense attitude because when a guy like him falls in love, he does it like he does everything else: All in with no regrets and forever. Definitely the strong, silent type.

Of course a hero is only as awesome as the heroine and Wren definitely was awesome. She’s gutsy, she’s intelligent, and she’s a survivor, something that comes across from the very moment she walks back into Roarke’s life. I love a woman who survives and comes out stronger in the end. She wasn’t the same girl Roarke knew and that’s another aspect of her that I loved. She was determined to get what she wanted and knew she needed Roarke’s help to do it. That didn’t take away from her confidence.

As a couple these two kind of tired me out with their back and forth. I loved the angst and the tension build up between them but I could have done without the constant backing away part that seemed to be a part of their courtship. They’d get close then someone would run away or get angry and they’d back off. Then the tension between them would build up, they’d get close and yup, someone would get mad and they’d go through the whole thing again. That went on for too long in my opinion. It got old real quick.

Romance aspect aside, Zero Hour’s real accomplishment is in taking a group of hackers, some of who may have questionable allegiances and motives, and putting them on a team with each other. Sort of the nerdy version of the Avengers, except there is nothing remotely stereotypical about these super smart hackers. Each of these characters brings something different and unique to the team, along with their own set of emotional baggage and that is something I can’t pass up on. I’m curious about them all.

One more thing I will say is that while Zero Hour grips the reader with its suspense, action, and revenge plot, the ending wrapped up too quickly and conveniently for my tastes. It felt unpolished and unsatisfying for me.

Click It or Skip It? Click It. As a starter book to a new series, Zero Hour isn’t bad but it could have used a bit more fleshing out towards the end and a bit less back and forth with the romance.

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