Review: Zero Hour by Megan Erickson

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Author: Megan Erickson
Series: Wired & Dangerous #1
Pages: 292

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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 book is about a bunch of hackers that want to avenge the murder of one of their own: Roarke’s brother. One of the hackers is Wren, Erick’s sister (another hacker), the love interest of the team leader (Roarke). This is the first time I have ever read a Romantic Suspense book that is not cramped with soldiers everywhere saving the lady in distress over and over again. Man, being a lady in distress must be so annoying… always being kidnapped no matter how many sleep deprived white knights are to look after her… That was sarcastic, by the way. I’m glad Zero Hour avoids all the clichés of this genre.

Okay, okay. Not all of them. Do not worry. Those hackers are all gorgeous hunks… Hitting a keyboard does wonders to your body!! Or al teast it looks like that… I’m ranting again. Sorry! It wouldn’t be a romance book without the proper eye candy, so I’m not annoyed by the one found in this book. If I have to be honest, although they are not soldiers, the author creates some hackers very closed to that profession. Carrying guns and all. Some face to face action is mandatory… otherwise, the book would have been boring. Actually, hacking is pretty underused during the book; so some reader could feel cheated. I’m not one of them, though.

There are two plots in one. Two acts of revenge: the murder of Roarke’s Flynn and the rape of Wren’s friend. Both of them comitted by the same family. The interesting part is that Wren keeps her mission in secret, so now and then she becomes a “rogue” hacker that endangers the success of the main mission. Why does she keep it a secret? I know there is a reason in the book, but doesn’t make any sense to me. I mean, the more the merrier. I have the feeling everything would have been a lot simpler if she would have trusted her brother and friends (the way se claims she does…).

If you are capable of ignoring that, you will find a very enjoyable book with a nice pace and almost a perfect cast of characters. There is a bit of everything thet keeps the plot interesting and the reader engaged. Nothing mindblowing or spectacular, but good enough to leave you with a nice aftertaste. I specially like the spy movie vibe the author uses with the undercover jobs and fake identities and all that.

Which is the worst part of the book, then? Sadly, that “honour” is for the main characters: Roarke and Wren. Their relationship is a mess and unnerving. We kiss, we fight… we kiss, we fight… Over and over the same dance. Such a boring couple… When they finally ended together (it’s not a spoiler… it’s a Romance Book!!), I didn’t care at all. I was waaay more interested in the love lives of other characters like Erick or Jock.

Since the very beginning I knew I wasn’t going to be able to bear Wren and Roarke. Their first sexual encounter happens after Wren runs from Alpha were she was suffering with unrequested groping from one of the book villains. Obviously, she was gross out due to the lack of boundaries. But, what happens when she meets Roarke? The older hacker grope her without asking permission. But that time is hot… yes… of course… why not? In that chapter I couldn’t tell the difference between Roarke and Darren, which was pretty upsetting.

By the way, the book ends with a mild cliffhanger!! I love me some cliffhangers!! The hackers didn’t defeat the biggest baddie, so I guess we’ll see more of him (or her) in future books. Books that, thankfully, are going to be starred by some of the other characters. I can’t wait to read Erick’s book, by the way!!

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