Seconds to Sunrise by Nico Rosso
Series: Black Ops: Automatik #3
Also in this series: Seconds to Sunrise
Published by Carina Press
Publication Date: January 16th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romantic Suspense
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She thought she’d lost everything…
April Banks thought her website crashing was just a glitch. Starting the online forum for war widows has been the only thing keeping her together since her husband died, and she won’t let anything interfere with her work. But this is no technical malfunction—cyberterrorists have targeted the information locked in April’s website and they’ll do anything to get it. Even if that means removing April. Permanently.
He’ll make them pay…
Automatik gave former SAS agent James Sant a way to protect the innocent again. He thinks life in the shadows is all he deserves…until he meets his newest assignment. April is everything James has never let himself want and he knows she’s already had too much heartbreak in her life to risk feeling for him. But keeping things professional while hunting the hackers with the gorgeous widow is going to be the hardest job he’s ever taken on.
April Banks survived the death of her husband by starting a website for that supported military widows. The site grew and eventually there was a financial component so that if the need arose, and people wanted to help those in need, they could. Now a hacker has crashed her site and is trying to get all of the financial information off of the site. If successful, thousands of women would have their credit cards and identities revealed. April tries to stop them but can’t get a lead on who is behind it all.
Enter James Sant. He is an ex-SAS agent who now works for a group called Automatik. They help those who can’t help themselves and April is one of them. He and his partner are assigned to just watch her but soon it becomes obvious that the hacker has hired out people to get April out of the picture. Instead of just watching, James ends up partnering with April and they head out to check out leads when they get them and are attacked time and again. During it all April and James become closer and April starts to see that maybe there is life after tragedy.
Seconds to Sunrise is the third book in the Black Ops: Automatik series. I didn’t read the first two books in the series but this was a decent stand alone novel.
I thought the book had a good premise and I liked the characters for the most part. I did find that I wanted to get to know them more by the end of the story, however. I think I was supposed to feel more emotional toward April due to the loss of her husband but I never really felt that. Did I think it sad and tragic? Absolutely, but I didn’t have an emotional reaction to it. Because of this I couldn’t fully grasp April’s hesitance in going after James and I believe that put a damper on the entire story for me. I couldn’t even get into the sex scene because I wasn’t feeling the connection between the H/h (and it was a long scene!).
That being said, there were some things I definitely liked about the book. The action scenes were great. I’ve always loved Rosso’s action scenes as they’re written so well that I feel that I’m there in the middle of it all. I also liked the aspect of the story that pertained to James and his issues with his past. He wasn’t proud of them at all and had hidden the information from everyone. Meeting April made him realize that he couldn’t live with the guilt and secrecy and he came clean to her and his coworkers. That was a wonderful part of the book which I liked a lot. Overall it was a good suspense novel…I just wasn’t feeling the romance part of it.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5