One Minute to Midnight

One Minute to Midnight

by Nico Rosso

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Nico Rosso, author of the critically acclaimed Countdown to Zero Hour, returns with Book Two in the Automatik: Black Ops series—a sizzling romantic suspense in which two undercover operators fight to reclaim a small town from the ice-cold grip of gunrunners

He was her safety.

She was his backup.

Former navy SEAL Ben Jackson knows that sexy "Mary Long" is nothing but a cover; that beneath the stylish clothes and flirty smile is a stone cold super-soldier no one ever gets close to. Until her kiss hits him like one of her sniper rounds. But Morris Flats is no place for a hookup—menace hums through the town, and the more the two operators keep pushing for answers, the more deadly the current seems to run.

For former Special Forces sniper Mary Kuri, flirting with her muscular teammate feels like playing with fire. It's hard to tell where the cover ends and the real feelings begin. What she does know is they can't afford to lose focus. Their mission is to gather evidence, and with the gunrunners watching their every move, a single mistake could prove fatal.

It's two against the world, and Ben and Mary are about to discover that not only do the lives of innocent people hang in the balance, but they're also fighting to save the rare connection they've found with each other.

This book is approximately 72,000 words

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781459290488
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 07/18/2016
Series: Black Ops: Automatik
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 502,523
File size: 371 KB

About the Author

Nico Rosso was a writer in search of a genre until he was introduced to romance by his wife, Zoë Archer. He’s worked in many forms and was deeply honored to have one of his Romantic Suspense novels final in the RWA RITA™ contest. When he’s not writing, Nico can be found in his shop, building furniture for the California home he shares with his wife and their cats.

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One Minute to Midnight 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
EllenParker More than 1 year ago
Intense. Ben Jackson, assigned to the reconnaissance team, finds hints of trouble and corruption the moment he arrives in the small city suspected of being a hub for gunrunning. Using the cover of a physical fitness device salesman, he chats up a hotel bartender for his next lead. A first class sniper, Mary is confident in all aspects of her cover as an agent for a real estate developer. Acting against the advice of the bartender, she makes one of her first calls to the train yards, where they suspect the next shipment of illegal guns is stored. Posing as two kindred souls crossing paths by accident, Ben and Mary soon discover more chemistry between them than a shared undercover mission. Will they be able to ignore the attraction and keep the mission first? Will they be able to alert the assault team in time? First class suspense and action are entwined with sexual tension which sizzles in this 2017 RITA nominee.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
One Minute to Midnight was by far one of the best books that I have read all year. I am a huge fan of military romances especially when there is a good balance of heat between the sheets and the gun barrel. One Minute To Midnight does not disappoint. “Ben Louis” and “Mary Long” are two highly trained operatives that work for a Black Ops organization called Automatik. Ben is a former Navy SEAL and Mary is a former Delta Force sniper. They are both sent on an undercover mission to a small town called Morris Flats to locate an illegal gun smuggling operation. What they find is far worse than they could have imagined. It appears that every person in authority is part of the corruption and the town suffers because of it. As Ben and Mary pose as two strangers out on a business trip, they end up flirting with each other as part of their cover and begin to get close. Of course, that wasn’t the plan but it just felt right. They grow closer as the mission becomes more dangerous but unlike other books like this, they don’t try and push each other away. I found that to be very refreshing. They proved that they could be intensely intimate and still stay on mission. Their attraction to each other actually made them better teammates as they just seemed to think like one unit and move accordingly. When the threats came, they had each other’s backs. And man, there were plenty of threats. Once the bullets started flying, the whole town was on fire. When the cavalry came, it was something out of a Hollywood action movie. They had machine guns, hand grenades, sniper rifles, and some pretty good hand-to-hand fighting skills. There is so much more to say but you have to read it for yourself to truly appreciate how much fun this book was to read. This is the first time that I have read a book from Nico Rosso and it will not be the last. **Received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
One Minute to Midnight by Nico Rosso Black Ops: Automatik #2 After reading book one in the series, Countdown to Zero Hour, I was thrilled to receive book two in the series to read and review. Why? Because I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series and wondered if Nico Rosso would be a one book wonder or have more stories to tell. Well, I do believe there are stories aplenty waiting to be told by this author! I could not put the book down. I started in the early evening and kept thinking, “Put the Nook down and read more tomorrow.” But, I could not put the Nook down and kept reading till after two in the morning. The characters were both strong independent competent operatives and the action was sizzling whether in the thick of battle or outside of it. This time we have romantic suspense provided by Ben Jackson and Mary Kuri – commonly known to the team as “Bolt Actin Mary”. They go undercover in small town Illinois to get Intel on a gunrunning operation. Having worked together on group operations, but never on this type of endeavor, they are curious to find out how they will do as a smaller advance team with so much on the line. They thoroughly trust one another in battle and know the skills they and their partner have are superb but this is new territory for both of them. There is flirtation for show while in public that starts a slow burn under their skin and leads to a whole lot more than either expected at the beginning of their undercover assignment. Before the team is called in to put paid to the bad guys there are a few late night scouting events, a few fights, some sleuthing in town, a romantic evening and then an all-out fight at the end with the entire team involved providing action aplenty. Thank you to NetGalley and Carina Press for the copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I look forward to more books in this series and by this author. 5 Stars