Darkest Night by Megan Erickson
Wired & Dangerous #2
Fiona Madden has been living the past 10 years with a threat over her head and every time her past finds her she’s forced to move again. The victim of a group of ruthless men who kidnap, abuse, and discard women at their will, Fiona has struggled to return to a normal life. But this time she has a protector, someone watching from the shadows, ready to protect her no matter what. Jamison “Jock” Bosh was been guarding Fiona ever since the mysterious hacker Maximus threatened her. Jock’s crew has angered Maximus and the least they can do is protect those who might be collateral damage. When Jock’s cover is blown he’s forced to protect Fiona up close and personal but she’s testing every wall he has to keep himself from feeling anything ever again.
I enjoyed Darkest Night more than the previous book in the series but I would still recommend reading Zero Hour first to have the best experience. Megan Erickson gives some quick summaries of past events to make sure the reader is caught up and those were fine, but when it comes to Jock’s hacker crew you really get a better feel by reading the first book. Though each member of the crew is briefly introduced, there’s a lot of characterization and soul missing from these side characters. That being said, you might not realize what you’re missing if you only read this book.
A lot of heavy topics are covered so this isn’t a book for the faint of heart but I felt that Erickson handles them well and gives them the respect they deserve. Fiona was a very strong heroine even though she’s been living in fear for a long time and has pretty much isolated herself in her apartment. She works from home, hardly ever leaves, doesn’t date, and her only companion is her dog. After everything Fiona went through she deserved every bit of peace she can find. My only complaint about Fiona was that when writing her, Erickson often used “she screamed” as a form of dialogue anytime Fiona was upset. The overuse of that made her come across a little screechy in some scenes and didn’t seem to fit with the rest of Fiona’s personality.
Considering Fiona’s tragic past, she really needs a hero who can take care of her, make her feel safe, and is willing to do anything to protect her. This makes Jock the perfect match for Fiona and while I never really warmed to his character I felt like he was good for Fiona. Jock is the epitome of the closed off, emotionless, monosyllabic hero; he does grow a bit as he falls for Fiona but overall he was too much a brick wall for me to really connect with. We (and Fiona) don’t really get any backstory on Jock until the very, very end (like last chapters). There are hints here and there but I would have liked some of that to be revealed throughout to help humanize Jock along the way and give me time to understand his motives. Instead it happened so late in the story that I had already settled into how I felt about him. Not every romance hero can be charming or talkative or friendly so I appreciate the variety but it just didn’t work for me.
My personal feelings about Jock aside, he and Fiona had great chemistry together and it was when they were interacting that I most liked Jock. He truly feels for Fiona and he’s very aware of making sure he never pushes too hard with her. He knows her past from the beginning and all he wants is to show her what it means to be cared for. Fiona might have overcome her fears a little fast but this is a romance so I don’t expect complete realism. With this stronger addition to the series I look forward to getting Erick’s book next.
ARC provided by NetGalley for honest review
3 out of 5 stars
References to sexual slavery, kidnapping, and rape
Heroine who was kidnapped, drugged, and sexually abused in the past (referenced, off page)
Bodyguard Jock Bosh has one job: keep Fiona Madden safe. Safe from the men who’ve been hunting her. Safe from the bastard responsible for ruining her life. And with the attraction sizzling white-hot between them, that means keeping Fiona safe from him too.
Fiona has spent the past decade on the run. Her survival is the single greatest weapon she’s had against the men out to destroy her. Until Jock. Now, with him by her side, she finally has a chance to bring them down. But when her enemies make their next move and Jock puts himself in the line of fire, Fiona realizes that there’s more at stake than just her life-she’s also risking her heart.
Published by Forever on July 31, 2018
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