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ARC REVIEW: Zero Hour by Megan Erickson

SUMMARY

35099666Publisher: Forever
Release Date: January 30, 2018
Received From: NetGalley (direct link from publisher)

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

GENDER SEXUALITY PAIRINGS

GENDER: cisgender
SEXUALITY: presumed heterosexual
PAIRING: M/F

TAGS TROPES WARNINGS

TROPES: best friend’s younger sibling / older sibling’s best friend, found family, ragtag band of misfits, slow burn
TAGS: adult, contemporary, romantic suspense, romance, South Korean character, Asian character, POC character
WARNINGS: ableism, suicide mention, sex trafficking, rape, mental illness (panic attack), drugging, public play, slurs, gendered slurs, kidnapping, physical injury, fire / explosion

REVIEW

This book, y’all.

It immediately starts off with a bang, throwing you right into the fire as Roarke begins recruiting a team of elite hackers in order to exact revenge for his brother’s murder. I was invested from the very beginning because Roarke’s feelings are so potently relatable and one can’t help but wanted to join him on this quest for vengeance. The action continues in the same vein for the rest of the novel–rarely taking a moment to rest and lulling you in a false sense of security when it does. This novel is a wild ride and delivers all the suspense that the blurb and author promise. The ending will make you flip your shit, because while it’s basically expected after the events that come before, you’re stuck on a cliffhanger with nothing to do until the next book comes out in the summer. SO UNFAIR.

While the action is superb, the best part about this series is the diverse cast of characters. There’s six people in the crew and they’re all incredible in their own ways. There’s Wren, the heroine of ZERO HOUR, who is South Korean and an assault survivor. She takes no shit and gives as good as she gets, and she cares so deeply for the people she loves. Roarke, the hero, is the tattooed bad boy with a heart of gold. In the novel, he’s full of desperate rage over the loss of his brother, and he’s loyal to a fault. Next is Erick, Wren’s older brother and Roarke’s best friend, who is also South Korean and gay. He’s a huge dork struggling through a difficult time in his life, and for practically the whole novel, I just wanted to hold onto and take care of him. Then there’s Marisol, a beautiful pansexual Puerto Rican woman, who is open and friendly with the whole crew, immediately adopting them all as one of her own. She’s intelligent and strong and has a multitude of skills, which, combined with her beauty, make her perfect. Next is Jock, who’s ex-military and doesn’t talk unless it becomes absolutely necessary. He’s one of those people who can say A LOT with just a look or a silence, and I cannot wait to learn more about him in the second book, of which he is the hero. And finally, there’s Dade, who is maybe a Russian orphan but also maybe not, because what do we actually know about him besides that he’s a hacking mastermind and likes to get in fights? I need more about him ASAP.

The romance in this novel is also just as amazing as the suspense aspect. Roarke and Wren work so well together, and I love that she doesn’t let him get away with nonsense. The slow burn was epically painful to read because I just wanted them to KISS ALREADY, but it was so worth it by the time they did. And even don’t speak to me about the clementine scene because that was so erotic and sexy and I’m just. OVERWHELMED. They’re also so tender and loving and understanding towards each other that I just can’t handle it. Roarke and Wren are both sweethearts with jagged edges, and somehow their edges fit together instead of mercilessly slicing the other.

All in all, this book is really amazing and absolutely worth the read. I hope everyone picks up a copy of this and the rest of the series!

RATING4 STARSABOUT THE AUTHOR

6879435Megan Erickson is a USA Today bestselling author of romance that sizzles. Her books have a touch of nerd, a dash of humor, and always have a happily ever after. A former journalist, she switched to fiction when she decided she likes writing her own endings better.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her very own nerdy husband and two kids. Although rather fun-sized, she’s been told she has a full-sized personality. When Megan isn’t writing, she’s either lounging with her two cats named after John Hughes characters or… thinking about writing.

For more, visit meganerickson.org

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