Zero Hour by Megan Erickson
Series: Wired & Dangerous #1
Published: January 30, 2018 by Forever
Genre: Suspense Romance
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.
I have mixed feelings about this book and it’s made writing this review challenging because I can’t quite find the right words for what I want to say. First off, this is my first book by Megan Erickson and I enjoyed her writing. The pace of the story was pretty good and I was interested in how the team was planning on taking down the Saltners. This motley crew of hackers all had their reasons for getting involved, but only some of them are revealed in this book. It’s obvious all of them have lived a rough life so far and they all have their demons. I’m certainly intrigued by their stories, especially the stoic Jock.
“She wanted a man with an edge, with tattooed fingers and a scowl.”
I also really liked how tough but real Wren is as a heroine. She has no problem standing up for herself and her compassion for others is so beautiful. Wren has her own reasons for getting involved in Roarke’s crew she’s willing to put herself at extreme risk to help. Roarke might get frustrated by Wren but he also seems to enjoy her inner strength. But a lot has changed in the years since Roarke last saw Wren and he struggles to reconcile this new Wren with the idealized version he’s only seen through a computer screen. This causes some problems between them but with the mission on the line they can’t afford to let personal problem get in the way.
All that being said, I found myself struggling to keep reading and my connection to the story just wasn’t there. I had to put the book down a few times and reading other things. I can’t really pinpoint one single thing that wasn’t working for me so I think overall, I just wasn’t engaged in the story. However, I would say this was probably more me then the writing or the plot. I do intend to read the next in the series because I’d like to see more by Megan Erickson and I want to know more about the other characters.
**Reader Safety: References to sexual slavery, kidnapping, and rape
3 stars – it was good
ARC provided by NetGalley for honest review
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