Zero Hour

Zero Hour

by Megan Erickson

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From this USA Today bestselling author comes a "seductive and scorching" (Rebecca Zanetti, New York Times bestselling author) romance between a tattooed bad-boy hacker and his best friend's little sister.

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.

"The first in Erickson's Wired & Dangerous romantic suspense series roars out of the gate and doesn't let up. This is a highly enjoyable romantic thriller." -Publishers Weekly

The Wired & Dangerous series:
Zero Hour
Darkest Night
Final Day

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538743881
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 01/30/2018
Series: Wired & Dangerous Series , #1
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 4.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Megan 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.

Learn more at:
Twitter @MeganErickson_

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Zero Hour 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
Zero Hour is the first book in Megan Erickson’s new Wired and Dangerous series about a group of white hat hackers bent on revenge. Those who love the best friend’s little sister trope will eat this one right up. Roarke and Wren are combustible from the moment they both hit the page. The revenge storyline is compelling and provides the right about of suspense and action to keep the plot moving forward. As this is a series, the revenge storyline doesn’t end with the last page. Readers will have to keep going to find out what happens. This was the first book by Erickson I’ve read and it won’t be the last.
BookWorm221 More than 1 year ago
Let me tell you how much I enjoyed this book, it was the oerfect combination of mystery, action, romance and great characters. The mystery and action were essential in this book, because Roarke and his crew got into some pretty serious trouble trying to uncover the truth behind an event in the past that has affected them in some way or another. Each crew member was different and exciting to read about, there were several moments where I was really thrown by somo plot twist or revelation in the story and I loved those moments, I found myself screaming I'M SO INTO THIS!!! So many times that is a bit embarrasing. And about the romance, well, let me tell you that it was ideal, it was such a contrast from the action packed scenes because both Roarke and Wren were very vulnerable when they were with each other, there were never misunderstandings about their feelings, there were some roadblocks but I think Megan Erickson managed to bring this two together in a wonderful way. I look forward to reading more about this characters, some of them I already know what I want/wish to happen with them. I'm super excited for the future of this series.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Zero Hour by Megan Erickson Book One of the Wired & Dangerous series Publisher: Forever Publication Date: January 30, 2018 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads): 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. What I Liked: Megan Erickson has quickly become one of my favorite romance authors. I've been reading her books for years, and I can't say I've ever really been disappointed. She produces so many stories and at such great quality, and I am always looking for more. This new series of hers is a thrilling romantic suspense series, with a little more action and blood than her other books, but no less swoony and sexy in terms of the romance. I enjoyed Zero Hour and I am definitely looking forward to reading Darkest Night. Roarke Brennan wants revenge for his little brother's murder, and he will stop at nothing to get it. So he rounds up a crew of fellow hackers, the best of the bunch: his best friend Erick, who he has known since childhood; Marisol, Jock, Dade Kelly... and Erick's little sister Wren, who pushes herself into the mission, against Roarke's wishes. He wants her safe, but he hasn't known her in ten years, and doesn't know what she is capable of. Wren has her own reasons for wanting to take down the man that had Flynn Brennan murdered, reasons that have nothing to do with Flynn or Roarke or the crew. She has been in love with Roarke for most of her life, but his protectiveness won't stop her from helping the crew. Roarke and Wren are bound to collide, as sparks fly and the stakes intensify. No one writes a grumpy but lovable hero like Megan Erickson. I adored Roarke from page one and wanted to hug him throughout the book. He is stuck in pain and repressed grief, with a permanent scowl and bags under his eyes. He is a good guy with good intentions, but he is intent on getting revenge. He's a genius hacker and sometimes more robot than human, and sometimes he needs to be reminded of his feelings and emotions. I adore grumpy, protective heroes, and Roarke was not hard to love. He is respectful of boundaries and he doesn't try to control Wren, even though he doesn't want her on the mission. Wren is a tough lady with a lot to lose and a lot to prove. She knows she is capable of helping the crew, which is why she doesn't back down even when Roarke tells her no. She has been through so much in the past, and she has her own reasons for wanting revenge. I love how open and direct Wren is - especially when it came to Roarke. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
Megan Erickson has put together a motley crew of hackers in the first story in her new Wired and Dangerous series. In Zero Hour, the crew are out to avenge the killing of one of their own. Roarke's brother Flynn died because he discovered a programming error in some soon to be released software, an error put in on purpose to enable it to be sold on the black market. Roarke is ready to avenge his death, but he needs help. What he doesn't want is to involve Wren, his best friend Erick's sister. But Wren has caught the eye of a man whose family is responsible for the killing. Plus, Wren has her own plan to avenge her friend's kidnapping and abuse at the hands of a shady porn ring, with whom the family is also involved. Wren and Roarke were friends once as kids, but they are all grown up now, and the attraction between them is fierce. Using Wren as 'bait' goes against Roarke's every instincts but will it be worth it to extract the revenge they both seek? As the first in the series, a fair amount of page time is used to introduce the characters (there are several) who make up the team that Roarke will use to take down the man who killed his brother. They are quite an interesting and diverse group with their own unique hacking (and other) skills and I really enjoyed getting to know the team. The romance between Roarke and Wren is one they fight from the start but leads to several intense and sexy scenes. There's a darker, gritty edge to the story than the romances I've read from the author before, definitely suited to the story which has it's share of drama, action and intensity. The tension stays strong throughout the story and though we get a happy ending for the couple, and a conclusion to the main story plot, there are some leftover threads to be picked up in the next book. I'm looking forward to reading more in the series.
sweetpotato101 More than 1 year ago
Communication isn’t only essential in Megan Erickson’s Zero Hour. It’s darn sexy too! Zero Hour is book one in the Wired & Dangerous series by Megan Erickson featuring risk-taking hackers, dynamite tension, and threads of action and suspense. Roarke is on a mission of revenge. It has consumed him, and he doesn’t have time for distractions. Of course, that’s when his best friend’s little sister—and his crush for years—decides she wants to be part of his crew. I loved the idea of this. I wanted a book with some nerdier character rep, and a darker edge too. What’s all that in coding lingo? Hackers. Roarke and Wren haven’t seen each other in almost a decade, but time and space hasn’t made a difference. Wren not only wants in on Roarke’s quest for revenge for his brother, but she has her own personal vendetta. It added another layer between them that really upped the tension. I have to say that I love a guy who can admit to what he wants, and the level of communication Ms. Erickson put into this novel on both Roarke and Wren’s sides…OH MY GOD, I now want that level of communication in every novel I read! And Wren demands every piece of it, too. Loved her so much! Holy smokes, were some of the conversations swoony, and Roarke completely won me over by the end. This. Guy. The secondary cast is phenomenal too. We get just enough info to keep us guessing their back stories and desperately anticipating the next installment. I’m invested. 100%. I can’t wait for book two! 4.5 stars!
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
zero hour kicks of a new romantic suspense series by megan erickson. roarke brennan and his ace team of hackers are out for revenge and find themselves wrapped up in a plot that will pit them against the baddest of the bad. among the highly skilled people roarke has recruited is wren lee. the one girl he's always been in love with. and the one girl that he's always been convinced deserved better than him. he's idolized her for so long he's not quite sure how to handle the real thing. wren is smart and strong and has secrets. he thinks he knows all her secrets. but he doesn't. and this realization forces him to look at her differently. and suddenly she's not the unattainable woman he's dreamed of. she's flesh and bone and pure sex appeal. and she's his. so even as their whole revenge scheme goes to pieces, that's the one constant. she is his. he is hers. somehow with all the crazy they'll make it work. **zero hour will publish on january 30, 2018. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/grand central publishing (forever) in exchange for my honest review.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.75 stars--ZERO HOUR is the first instalment in Megan Erickson’s contemporary, adult WIRED AND DANGEROUS romantic suspense series focusing on a group of computer hackers and coders. This is hacker Roarke Brennan and Wren Lee’s story line-a story line that introduces the players in a dangerous game of betrayal and revenge. Told from dual third person perspectives (Roarke and Wren) ZERO HOUR follows Roarke Brennan as he gathers a team of expert computer hackers on his way to avenging his brother’s death. Two years earlier Flynn Brennan, hired by the Saltner Defense computer security software company, discovered a situation that would place the world’s computers at risk, and for it, found his life forfeited by the man in charge. Fast forward to present day wherein Roarke Brennan, along with his best friend Erick, and Erick’s sister Wren, set a plan into action to take down the CEO of Saltner Defense -Arden, and his son Darren Saltner. What ensues is the best friend’s little sister / friends to lovers romance between Roarke and Wren, and the fall out when their need for revenge doesn’t go according to plans. Roarke Brennan has loved his best friend’s little sister for most of his life. Wren Lee was physically off limits but that didn’t stop Roarke from keeping electronic ties on the woman he vowed to protect the rest of his life. Wren Lee knows a thing or two about revenge, and Roarke’s plans are the perfect set up for our heroine to do a little digging of her own. The relationship between Roarke and Wren is one of palpable sexual attraction but an attraction that is tempered by the best friend’s little sister scenario-a scenario Roarke is quickly willing to push aside the longer Wren is back in his life. The $ex scenes are intimate and intense, without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. We are introduced to Roarke’s crew of computer hackers and coders: Dade Kelly; former army sharpshooter Jamison ‘Jock,’ Bosh, Marisol Rosa; and Wren’s brother, Roarke’s childhood best friend Erick Lee; dance club proprietor Darren Saltner and his father, Arden Saltner, the CEO of Saltner Defense. ZERO HOUR focuses on the need for revenge; on the betrayal brought about by a software firm willing to sell out to the highest bidder. There is a little bit of action and suspense; romance and love; vengeance and retribution. The premise is intriguing and entertaining; the romance involves the push and pull of yes and no, maybe or maybe not; the characters are eclectic and colorful. ZERO HOUR does not end on a cliff-anger but on a HEA for now when bigger players in the game warn the crew about furthering their need for revenge.
AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
This was awesome! I loved the build to the romance and the suspense was captivating. I was exciting while and on the edge of my seat! Wren and Roark were fantastic characters. I liked that push and pull they had on one another. A bit of animosity mixed with simmering chemistry. I liked learning their history and I really enjoyed watching their relationship develop in the midst of their mission and all the drama that was going on. Both Wren and Roark had their own motivations for what they were doing and I was fascinated by their personal stories. It was intense and emotional. I loved everything that I learned and that build those details created as all the pieces connected. I thought the suspense element was excellent, it added a nice amount of intensity. I loved the hacker element as well, learning the ins and outs of it, and the lingo. It was something new to me and it made it more fun to read since it was fresh. I loved the exceptional cast of characters that was introduced. I am so curious about all the other members of Roark’s crew, they each had such distinct personalities and were so full of secrets. They intrigued the heck out of me and I need more of them! Writing wise I thought there was a great flow to the story, I liked the depth and details, I was hooked and turning the page because I couldn't wait to learn what would happen next. The world the author created is elaborate and I really enjoyed it. Excellent way to kick off a series! There's a bit of heat, a lot of passion, and the perfect mix of mystery and drama mixed in leading up to a very action packed ending that had me holding my breath. There was closure but a definite opening for the next book. Sign me up! This was a winner! Complimentary copy received for honest review.
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Zero Hour is new a suspenseful hacker series that will have you begging for more. Roarke is ready to avenge the death of his brother and gets a crew together. Reluctantly Wren is along for the ride and not afraid to put her own life on the line. Roarke and Wren have a history, but also have this passion for each other that is undying. Megan has a different type of writing style. Usually, I can’t get into stories that aren’t in the first person anymore. I’m not sure why, but it’s happened. She was able to draw me into the story and keep me there. I had to see what would happen next and it’s a pretty wild ride. Overall, Four Boundless Stars
HEABookNerd More than 1 year ago
I have mixed feelings about this book and it's made writing this review challenging because I can't quite find the right words for what I want to say. First off, this is my first book by Megan Erickson and I enjoyed her writing. The pace of the story was pretty good and I was interested in how the team was planning on taking down the Saltners. This motley crew of hackers all had their reasons for getting involved, but only some of them are revealed in this book. It's obvious all of them have lived a rough life so far and they all have their demons. I'm certainly intrigued by their stories, especially the stoic Jock. I also really liked how tough but real Wren is as a heroine. She has no problem standing up for herself and her compassion for others is so beautiful. Wren has her own reasons for getting involved in Roarke's crew she's willing to put herself at extreme risk to help. Roarke might get frustrated by Wren but he also seems to enjoy her inner strength. But a lot has changed in the years since Roarke last saw Wren and he struggles to reconcile this new Wren with the idealized version he's only seen through a computer screen. This causes some problems between them but with the mission on the line they can't afford to let personal problem get in the way. All that being said, I found myself struggling to keep reading and my connection to the story just wasn't there. I had to put the book down a few times and reading other things. I can't really pinpoint one single thing that wasn't working for me so I think overall, I just wasn't engaged in the story. However, I would say this was probably more me then the writing or the plot. I do intend to read the next in the series because I'd like to see more by Megan Erickson and I want to know more about the other characters. Content Note: sexual slavery, kidnapping, rape discussed
Kindle_Loving_Mom More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this fun, sexy, exciting romantic suspense story! The author is a favorite of mine, but this is a new genre for her. I loved her take on this ensemble cast of hackers. Roarke Brennan is a great hacker. It's how he makes most of his money, unbeknownst to the government, of course. He's been doing it since he was a teenager, and he taught his younger brother, Flynn, how to do it as well. But, Flynn decided to "go straight", and got a job with a defense contractor. He found something he wasn't supposed to see, and it got him killed. Now, Roarke has become obsessed with getting revenge for Flynn's death. He's put together a team of hackers to help him take down the owner/CEO of the company Flynn worked for, who Roarke is sure is responsible. Roarke and Flynn's best friend, Erick, is a major part of the team, since he's been close to both brothers since they were kids. But, what Roarke wasn't expecting was for Erick's baby sister, Wren, to be back in D.C., and to insist on helping too. Roarke has never been able to think straight where she's concerned, and that hasn't changed, though he hasn't laid eyes on her in 10 years. Wren Lee used to be the perfect Korean daughter to make her parents happy. But, after high school, she started to go her own way. Then, in college, she had a traumatic experience, and it sent her down the road she's taken for the last 10 years. She's traveled all around the world, and learned all she could from one of the best hackers in the world, and now she wants to put those skills to work to help Roarke avenge his brother's death. Of course, she's also on her own private revenge mission which intersects with the team's plans, but she's keeping that to herself for now. Wren has grown up a lot, but through it all, Roarke has been the one she's always wanted. She hopes that now they can have a chance to see what they could be together. Roarke and Wren had blazing hot chemistry, but it was left at a slow burn for much of the story, as the suspense plot took center stage. It made for a great period of them getting to know each other again and finding out truths about each other they never knew. I loved this aspect of their pairing, and I enjoyed watching them feeling out their connection. There were a lot of circumstances that had to fall into place for them to be able to be together, and I enjoyed watching everything happen. The ensemble cast here was FANTASTIC, and I loved watching their group dynamic. They each had very strong and interesting personalities, and I can't wait to find out more about each of them in future books. Jock will be the hero of book 2, and I'm so excited to see deeper under his surface! The group banter was funny and realistic, and I loved how they all gave each other grief, like a family. They all worked well together too, and it was interesting seeing what they each brought to the table. The suspense plot was dynamic and exciting, and it kept you guessing how things were going to turn out. I loved Roarke and Wren's dynamic, and their coming to terms with how they are now as adults, rather than how they each used to be as kids. They really had to get to know each other again, though the strong feelings for each other were already there. It made for a different relationship arc than many I've read, which was refreshing. I really loved this story, and I am truly eager to find out more about the other team members. I highly recommend this to any romantic suspense lovers!
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I’m a fan of Megan’s words, so I’m 100% here for anything she writes. I really liked Wren and Roarke. They’re both quite smart and loyal and I loved their history of always wanting the other. The additional people in the crew were fantastic and I’m really hoping we get more of all of them. Marisol especially. Plot wise it was interesting. I was a bit wary about the hacking aspect, but it wasn’t hard to follow. The story pretty much starts with a bang and doesn’t let go until the end. And while I liked the epilogue, I wanted more. My main complaint is that it did sort of feel like I was dropped in the middle of a story. We’re given a very brief background on everyone and yeah, it does make sense because hackers are solitary people. Yet, it seemed slightly unfinished and with several loose ends. Perhaps it’s a set up for future books? Overall, it was a unique to me story and had characters kept me reading. I’m definitely interested to see where this series goes. Note: I’m not putting this on the rape shelf because there isn’t an actual scene. However, there is a lot of talk of sex trafficking and assault. **Huge thanks to Forever for providing the arc free of charge**