Readers of Maya Banks's KGI series will love the adrenaline-fueled, pulse-pounding suspense of Nico Rosso's SECONDS TO SUNRISE
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 malfunctioncyberterrorists 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.
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Seconds to Sunrise is the third book in Nico Rosso’s Black Ops: Automatik series. The series itself is about a secret paramilitary organization that helps good people get out of dangerous situations and they usually take down a criminal organization while they are at it. I would look at them as a well-funded, modern-day A-Team. The second book, One Minute to Midnight, focused on a male and female pair of operators that ended up falling in love during their mission. In this sequel, website designer/host April Banks has a website that has been hacked. Her website is a great support system for military spouses that have lost someone in battle. Automatik has sent in James Sant to protect April as the hackers have sent in thugs to prevent her from trying to stop them from using the personal information that they have obtained from the hack. In fact, her encryption is so good, they have not actually been able to access the truly personal and important information yet. James is former British SAS which is an elite military unit. He has also done a few not so commendable ops in his time so he is trying to atone for those acts by helping people through Automatik. April’s husband was killed by an IED while serving in the military so she has a personal connection to her site and the people that have been affected by the hack. James and April decide to track down the hackers. This sends them on a dangerous trek across the Western United States. All of the time that April and James spend in close quarters draws them close together. Consequently, they end up having a steamy tryst which brings them even closer together and gives them both hope for the future. They find themselves in some life threatening situations that take all of James’ training and resources to keep them safe. I really enjoyed all of the action that was laced throughout the book. There was a good balance of romance and suspense. I especially liked the fact that they didn’t spend the entire book on defense. At some point, they took the fight to the hackers and that made them an admirable team. The more and more I learn about Automatik and its members, the more I look forward to reading another sequel. I must also mention that the Nico Rosso does a great job of showing a diverse group of people throughout this series. I’m always impressed when an author doesn’t forget to include different ethnicities in their books. It’s not only very inclusive, it makes the books more realistic. **Received a copy from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed.**
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. Review: Cyber hacking makes this a very interesting, timely and exciting back drop for this story. What I liked the most about this story was the fast pace, it really gave the feeling of running for your life. Even though they are running you get to both characters. Though I have to say, I felt I got to know James better and especially about his past. I can't really say the same for April, I mean we learn about her past, but I felt much more connected to James. I have not read the other titles in the series, though I did not feel like I missed anything by reading out of order. I liked this one and Mr. Russo's other works to go back and catch with the series. 3.5Stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
Seconds to Sunrise by Nico Rosso Black Ops Automatik #3 April Banks, military widow, has clawed her way back from the darkness creating a website to help and support other military widows. Her site has been hacked and Automatik, fearing trouble for her, are keeping a protective eye on her. James Sant and his partner are on the scene when thugs accost her and save her from a thumping. Then, James talks her into leaving with him. She worms her way into the operation and becomes a member of the team rather quickly and then there are road trips to potential sites the hacker might be hiding, meet-ups with a friend of hers and some of his, some action scenes with baddies and an eventual location of and taking out of the hacker. I kept thinking this book did not grab me quite as much as the first two books in the series – ones I rated highly at five stars. I am sitting here thinking about why I am going to give this book a three and have decided it is because this book didn’t feel quite as believable, didn’t have the character development of April that I needed and the romance between the April and James didn’t flow as easily and warmly as I had hoped. I guess I didn’t FEEL the connection for some reason. That said, the story is well written, action scenes are intense and gripping to read, interaction with the teammates was fine and it was fun to see them again. Perhaps with a bit more fleshing out of April’s backstory and a bit more chemistry before the bedding I would be able to rate this higher than a three but it was still a good story and fun to read. Thank you to NetGalley and Carina Press for the ARC. This is my honest review. 3 Stars