Series: Black Ops: Automatik #3
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: ARC, NetGalley
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 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.
This book is approximately 75,000 words
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Seconds to Sunrise starts off with no backstory or intro to the action. While I appreciate the quick pace, I did feel that this story could have used a little more background. So, April is a widow who created a website for other widows; the thing that makes her site unique is that it is for widows of military men. She has built a large community online. Then her website gets hacked and people are trying to kill her.
Ok, I would be willing to buy that premise if it were explained a little more. Why would anyone be willing to hunt down and KILL April for her website? From what is explained in the story, the hackers would get personal info and maybe some banking info. Useful? Sure, but you could get that info from millions of websites and I can’t imagine someone sending a team of mercenaries out to kill a woman over the data. Again, I would be willing to buy it if the website had something more valuable, but that isn’t made clear at all.
So, April is in mortal peril because of her website and she doesn’t even know it until she is attacked in the parking lot of the grocery story. James and Automatik have been following her, expecting this attack and manage to save her. James sweeps her away for her safety so they can figure out where the hacker is and how to stop him. Again, the believability here is a bit of a stretch with the little info you are given, but I can roll with it. From that point on, it is NON STOP. They are on the run and in danger all the time. The book takes place over just a few days and its a busy couple of days for April and James. Their relationship is born from the intense situation they find themselves in, and slightly rushed if you are looking for a really love connection. But, I do feel the relationship being rushed matches well with the story and the danger leading to heightened emotions.
Bottom line? If you like romantic suspense with lots of action, Seconds to Sunrise is a great pick. Be prepared to suspend belief though; if you prefer your romantic suspense to be more believable, this might not be the book for you. I will probably go back and pick up books 1 and 2. This was a quick read and a nice escape-my-reality binge book!
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: on the run, mortal peril
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: Stand alone within an interconnected series (I read this first and had no problems!)
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »
- HEA: View Spoiler »
Beneath the Surface by Melynda Price, Kill Without Mercy by Alexandra Ivy, Unforgettable by Cindy Skaggs…then you will probably like Seconds to Sunrise!