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Zero Hour by Megan Erickson
Series: Wired & Dangerous #1
Published by Forever on January 30, 2018
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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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 every one 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.
This new series, Wired & Dangerous, sounded technical, full of suspense and with a bit of romance, so I decided I had to try it. Being a computer nerd and favoring romantic suspense had me reading. Zero Hour contained these expected elements. This had the geeky aspects and I realize maybe I don’t know very much about hackers. Certainly they would be smart and somewhat loners.
The characters could have been further developed for me. I felt like we got the same information repeated instead of gaining depth at times. For people in their late 20s, they seemed a bit immature. The loner thing could be an impact there. I liked them, and they did care about others. Some aspects seemed a bit cliche or over-the-top, particularly the villains were.
As for the smart, yes, they had some skills. A few things didn’t seem to work on the details through. But this was a more personal, and more dangerous mission, with more players than their usual setup. So perhaps mistakes are to be expected. But forgetting to work the video feed to cover your retreat? And wouldn’t they know to scan for trackers?
The glaring thing was, since they have money, why would they go back to their regular places after a narrow escape? They talked about disappearing for years afterward. Wouldn’t the smart thing be to prepare and take off immediately? Or at least stay in a hotel the night after a mission? Some of those things, plus the danger of the on scene parts of the mission seemed off and way too risky.
There is a nice little romance in the mix, with the expected communication issues. Nerds are not known for their people skills overall. But I enjoyed how this team came together. There is a big bad still in play at the end. So our guys will likely run afoul of him again. I’ll be interested to see how this factors in Darkest Night, projected for July 31, 2018.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2018 New Release Challenge
- COYER Winter Switch