ARC Review: Zero Hour by Megan Erickson

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ARC Review: Zero Hour by Megan Erickson
Zero Hour

3 Stars

Book Info

Released: January 30th 2018
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Wired & Dangerous #1
Published by Forever
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
 

Fast and the Furious meets Mr. Robot in Megan Erickson's sexy romantic suspense series in which one man forms a ragtag group of elite techies to exact revenge.

“[ZERO HOUR] is the type of suspense story that keeps you on your toes and wanting to know what happens next.”
~ Under the Covers

The concept for this series had me salivating to read it.  I generally feel like I read the same old story when I pick up a romantic suspense book and I was dying for something new.  The added bonus that this was pitched like a hacker Fast and Furious had me running to crack it open.

In ZERO HOUR, the hero, Roarke is putting together a team of hackers to bring down the people responsible for killing his brother.  His brother thought he was just doing his job and that landed him in the sights of the wrong people in the Dark web.  I thought the overall storyline was very well developed and kept me interested.  This is the type of suspense story that keeps you on your toes and wanting to know what happens next.  The plot was fast paced, as was the romance.

I immediately fell for the heroine.  Wren is a great mix of soft and badass, and she was usually smart about her moves.  The times when she wasn’t as smart there was always a motive and she was very aware of the risks she was taking.  I really liked that about her.  It could’ve easily gone into TSTL territory had it been done any other way, but I ended up admiring her for what she’s accomplished on her own.

The chemistry between Roarke and Wren was instant but I had a harder time believing that after all these years of Roarke being able to control his feelings and not acting on them, all of a sudden he couldn’t hold back at all.  It didn’t feel gradual enough I guess for me.  The situation they are in made everything more heightened and explosive and that certainly translated to the romance as well.

While I liked the plot and the characters (even the side characters), the dialogue got on my nerves.  It felt like it was trying too hard and didn’t feel natural (or if that was natural it made me want to pull my hair out).  The jokes weren’t really working for me and it just didn’t come across mature enough for my taste.  And yes, I get that our characters are pretty young still.  I guess I have a low tolerance for that.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read and I think the beginning of a promising series.

 

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About Megan Erickson

My first stories written in crayon-scrawl on loose-leaf notebook paper were about my childhood pet — a deaf cat with dandruff. And after covering real-life dramas as a journalist, I decided I liked writing my own endings better and switched to fiction. My romance novels full of humor and heart are a far cry from those early scribblings about my hygiene-deficient pet.
I live in southern Pennsylvania, with my husband, two kids and two cats. I like a good pint of beer, a greasy bacon cheeseburger, homemade mac and cheese, and a great book with a happily ever after. When I’m not tapping away on my laptop, I’m probably listening to the characters in my head who just. Won’t. Shut. Up.

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I’m definitely excited about this! I haven’t only read on Erickson book, but I have heard such good things. And I LOVE romantic suspense lately. Thank heavens for no TSTL issues, though.

Amy R

Thanks for the review.

Darynda Jones

Wow, this sounds kind of awesome. I will definitely check it out. Thanks for the review!

Kathy Valentine

Awesome review Francesca!! On my tbr gr list!! Shared on all my socials!!

Elizabeth

Sounds like really good characters.

Timitra

Thanks for the review Francesca

Sophia Rose

I had my eye on this one because of the hackers for revenge angle, but I just couldn’t fit it into the schedule at the moment. It sounds like a good start even with the rough patches of immature dialogue.

Kathy Valentine

Awesome review Francesca!! On my tbr gr list!! Shared on all my socials!!

Amy R

Thanks for the review.

Elizabeth

Sounds like really good characters.

Darynda Jones

Wow, this sounds kind of awesome. I will definitely check it out. Thanks for the review!

Sophia Rose

I had my eye on this one because of the hackers for revenge angle, but I just couldn’t fit it into the schedule at the moment. It sounds like a good start even with the rough patches of immature dialogue.

I’m definitely excited about this! I haven’t only read on Erickson book, but I have heard such good things. And I LOVE romantic suspense lately. Thank heavens for no TSTL issues, though.

Timitra

Thanks for the review Francesca