Countdown to Zero Hour

Countdown to Zero Hour am Books I didn t even know until the end but a dude wrote this book I love it It almost changes my perspective on things makes me want to reread some parts As it is this

Countdown to Zero Hour am Books I didn't even know until the end, but a dude wrote this book! I love it. It almost changes my perspective on things, makes me want to reread some parts. As it is, this was a wholly satisfying, sexy, intriguing romantic suspense. Most of the book takes place with the hero and heroine holed up in a desert stronghold, pretending to serve the bad guys. While trying to stay under the radar, they gravitate toward each other, which only draws attention. Slow burning, believable romance. Action packed ending. Great read! Advance copy provided for review. Ex Special Forces agent Artem Art Diaz is tatooed, muscular and undeniably dangerous He s also deep undercover, posing as mob muscle for a deadly bratva boss His mission gain the Russians trust Then lead the strike team that will kill them all.Chef Hayley Baskov knows better than to get involved with someone with such close mafia ties, but the handsome bodyguard whoEx Special Forces agent Artem Art Diaz is tatooed, muscular and undeniably dangerous He s also deep undercover, posing as mob muscle for a deadly bratva boss His mission gain the Russians trust Then lead the strike team that will kill them all.Chef Hayley Baskov knows better than to get involved with someone with such close mafia ties, but the handsome bodyguard who brought her to this cold, sprawling estate full of ruthless mobsters is inexplicably kind A little firtation may keep her safe amidst the growing menace.As Art s timetable for action escalates, so do his encounters with Hayley Stealing what illicit pleasure they can keeps them both sane in the face of evil But when things get dangerous, Art has to tell her about his assignment, bringing her deeper into the shadowy world of black opsd putting her life on the line.Now Art has a new objective protect Hayley from the man they both call boss.. Good Kindle Countdown to Zero Hour There were a couple of instances in which you could tell this was a dude writing. For example when he says that Haley has to resist the urge to "swivel" her hips in a "tight, needy grind" because she thinks Art is so hot -.- No... Just. No. Lol Anyways, aside from a few of those eye-rolling moments, it was a pretty entertaining read. Lots and lots of action. I got a little lost in it sometimes, but recovered pretty quick. Good pacing. The characters were interesting. Even the bad guys sparked an interest, like Gorgol. It'd be cool if he turned out to be one of the good guys or at least not as bad as the others. You know we like them a bit bad, too hahaha This story was less relationship centered and more situational. The ending is a little iffy but not disappointing. All in all a decent read. No "safety" issues other than the fear of their physical safety lol ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

About Author

  1. Nico Rosso was a writer in search of a genre until his wife, Zo Archer, brought romance into his life in ways than one He s created sci fi and post apocalyptic romance worlds, as well as working with his wife on the steampunk Ether Chronicles series His paranormal Demon Rock series brought you satyr rock stars and the Muses who fed them With the romantic suspense Black Ops Automatik series, he takes you into the deep dark world of secret operations designed to protect the innocent.

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  1. I didn t even know until the end, but a dude wrote this book I love it It almost changes my perspective on things, makes me want to reread some parts As it is, this was a wholly satisfying, sexy, intriguing romantic suspense Most of the book takes place with the hero and heroine holed up in a desert stronghold, pretending to serve the bad guys While trying to stay under the radar, they gravitate toward each other, which only draws attention Slow burning, believable romance Action packed ending G [...]


  2. There were a couple of instances in which you could tell this was a dude writing For example when he says that Haley has to resist the urge to swivel her hips in a tight, needy grind because she thinks Art is so hot No Just No Lol Anyways, aside from a few of those eye rolling moments, it was a pretty entertaining read Lots and lots of action I got a little lost in it sometimes, but recovered pretty quick Good pacing The characters were interesting Even the bad guys sparked an interest, like Gor [...]


  3. I gotta admit, the cover for Countdown to Zero Hour is what initially drew me to this book, and having never really connected with books written by male authors before I was a little wary, but Nico Rosso surpassed my expectations and then some I mean this book This is romantic suspense at it s finest Danger, suspense, steamy romance This book had it all After her dreams of opening a restaurant crash and burn, Hayley resorts to selling food out of a food cart in front of a night club It s there t [...]


  4. Publication Date February 22, 2016 A copy of this book has been provided by Carina Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Loved this story Full review will be posted closer to release date.


  5. Fiery, out of work chef, Hayley, is forcefully enlisted by the Russian mafia to become the chef for a clandestine meeting of all the families Art is deep undercover, entrenched in the Russian mafia, trying to break the organization from the inside when Hayley stumbles her way into a no win situation.Arts goal to destroy the Russian families is side tracked by his desire to save Hayley and just flat out his desire for Hayley.This had all the makings of an incredible spicy romantic suspense For me [...]


  6. 2.75 stars Ok, so I fell for the cover What can I say I m easy.Art Diaz works for a Russian mobster and meets Hayley, who s a chef making ends meet running a food cart in front of said mobster s nightclub Sparks fly, but Hayley s concerned about getting together with a mobster and Art s busy hiding his double life as part of Automatik, an organization trying to bring down the Russian mobster Eventually, romance happens.The Good The setup is intriguing and I m all for diversity in my romance, so [...]


  7. 4 Stars 3 Flames I m a complete and total sucker for any Military, so of course when I saw Black Ops in the title, I was trigger happy to so speak But then I saw that it was written by a man and started to worry I ve read other novels written by men and have had a really hard time enjoying it Mainly because of the way they d been written I m really happy I gave this one a chance In fact, this is the VERY FIRST novel I ve read appreciating it being written by a man Although it was subtle, I could [...]


  8. 3 intriguing but not completely enthralling stars The cover, title and overview drew me in like a moth to a flame only to kind of have the read fall a bit flat There was a lot of tactical power plays, a lot of action and some passion but I just kind of felt like I wanted a bit relationship growth which might mean that some of the action and stuff needed to be toned down or pages needed to be added to the story I m not really sure which would solve the issue but that s what I noticed Honestly, [...]


  9. 4.5 starsNico Rosso is a completely new to me author and I believe the first male romantic suspense author I ve read To be honest, I wasn t really sure how it would all play out but part of the reason I read it in the first place was to experience a new voice The cover hooked me initially and was the main reason I was drawn to it, then I read the synopsis and I was REALLY interested.Rosso connects Art and Hailey immediately upon meeting each other, kind of a lust at first sight thing Don t assum [...]


  10. A refreshing change from some of the other thrillers I ve read lately Our protagonists Art and Hayley are thrust among ruthless killers that make this a page turner.


  11. I loved the action This was great I ve never read a romantic suspense book by a man before the action was terrific and the romance hot I love Art and Hailey as characters I ready enjoyed this book than I thought I w as going to I can t wait to read the next book in the series.


  12. THIS is how romantic suspense should be done Tight storyline, likable characters and constant suspense make COUNTDOWN TO ZERO HOUR one of my favorite books of 2015 Saving to open her own restaurant would ve been so much easier if Hayley Baskov s stupid ex hadn t run off with her money Now slinging Russian pelmeni from a food cart outside of nightclubs to raise some income, Hayley meets the club s dangerously handsome security detail Art Diaz She cuts a deal with the club owner to allow her to st [...]


  13. I m beginning to wonder why I haven t enjoyed the past two male written romantic suspense novels Is this a trend Is it just a coincidence I don t know Ugh I hate doing reviews like this the ones where I just didn t get the book but it s all about honesty, right Let s get down to business, I guess.The book started off okay, I enjoyed the characters and the beginning scenes of the book but I soon found myself about 20% into the novel and I still felt like I didn t really GET the characters, you kn [...]


  14. Outside a popular Russian nightclub Hayley Baskov was selling simple food from a steam cart when undercover bodyguard Artem Art Diaz came to try it and stayed to enjoy an escalating flirt As Art s boss came to join the conversation, two men started a knife fight As Hayley huddled with a utensil for a weapon, Art made short work of the interlopers but the moment was gone and she was afraid Though they were interested in each other, Art s on an undercover assignment about to bear fruit and Hayley [...]


  15. Lightning review at Smart Bitches, Trashy BooksI love foodie characters, so if an author has a chef or a bartender, I ll automatically give the book another once over.The descriptions of the food were amazing and I made the mistake of starting this book late at night I have a strict no eating after 10pm rule and I m pretty sure I could feel my stomach eating itself I also loved Hayley s passion for food You could tell that she loved cooking and feeing people, which I get There s something specia [...]


  16. An action movie in book form If Bruce Willis were 30 years younger, he d be the hero in the movie version of this story Liked the tension Liked the high stakes to the suspense storyline I tend to be lukewarm on Black Ops plots but thought this one was good I also thought the romance was written in a sensual way while not dissipating the tension to the story at large Well done.



  17. This book had real potential and I felt like the action scenes were well done however, there was a lot of repetition and telling not showing Something would happen and then there would be description as to what just happened I had to skim.


  18. Originally published at The Book PushersI picked this up because I usually like Nico Rosso s work, especially his contributions to The Ether Chronicles see review at Library Journal and his Demon Rock series, reviewed at Reading Reality start with Heavy Metal Heart reviewed here However, I found Countdown to Zero Hour to be a bit slow going The setup of the story seemed to take forever, while the action, fast and furious as it was, seemed to be over in a heartbeat And oddly enough, even though t [...]


  19. Heather s review from Smut MattersI think that if I hadn t known ahead of time this was written by a dude, I d have been looking around by the halfway point to find out That s not to say it was bad or horribly written or anything else But there was something definitely dude like about it.So Haley Baskov is a chef Importantly for this story, she s Russian, and was taught all of the authentic Russian recipes that have been passed down through the generations Which brings her to the attention of th [...]


  20. I received a copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review I have to say that I really enjoyed this book and hope that there will be books in the series For a guy, Nico Rosso, really wrote a fantastic story that had the reader hooked from the the first page to the epilogue Well done, Mr Rosso, for a great story and you have gained a new fan of this series.Hayley is a chef without a restaurant, and is selling Pelmeni, pork dumplings, from a steam cart outside a shady Russian [...]


  21. Art Diaz works for a Russian mobster and meets Hayley, who s a chef making ends meet running a food cart in front of said mobster s nightclub Sparks fly, but Hayley s concerned about getting together with a mobster and Art s busy hiding his double life as part of Automatik, an organization trying to bring down the Russian mobster Eventually, romance happens.


  22. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest opinion.I have to say, I wasn t really sure about this book for some reason but I totally loved it It was one of those one page books.Art is a bodyguard for a Russian mob boss Hayley runs a food cart that she has been parking out in front of his bosses club on the weekends to take advantage of the crowds and the kine waiting to get into the club.One night Art comes over for some of her food and this is where their story begins It is Russian food and h [...]


  23. I could NOT put this book down.Rosso s COUNTDOWN TO ZERO HOUR BLACK OPS AUTOMATIK, 1 is the ultimate military romantic suspense smoldering stares, deft knife fighting, impassioned lovemaking and a badass plan to bring down the bad guys The love story between Art, an Automatik operative undercover Russian mob goon, and Hayley, a chef hired to feed the Russian mobsters attending a desert retreat, doesn t feel forced or lust based Art and Hayley share a genuine connection, which is illustrated by t [...]


  24. I received this book free from Netgalley on behalf of Carina Press in exchange for an honest review Artem Diaz is a former Special Forces now working deep undercover for Automatik His mission is to gain the trust of the Russians and lead his team to a major take down Art also has a personal reason for wanting this done Getting revenge for his father s death.Chef Hayley Baskov has been working her tail end off to get ahead in life and in her career Having her ex take everything from her has her d [...]


  25. Nico Rosso is a new to me author and I went in not knowing what to expect I found that I enjoyed Rosso s writing and his original story plot Countdown to Zero Hour had a bit darker feel to it then I anticipated It was a good story and I found myself interested, yet my emotions stayed the same throughout Maybe because I took on those of the Hayley, the heroine of the story She was a guarded just about the entire time I felt the pace of the book was a little slower than I was hoping for, as when I [...]


  26. Perfect Tons of detailed action some romance, a kickass team and loyalty A perfect combination for me in a book and anyone else who likes romantic action Art is undercover on a mission for personal reasons and it just so happens that it will also hopefully takedown the Russian Mob Hayley is selling Russian food from a cart in front of Art s boss place when she catches their eye and is brought into the middle of the worst week of her life without a choice Art is determined to keep her safe but at [...]


  27. Sadly, this book just went on and on and on with way too many unnecessary details It was also incredibly slow If all of the padded material had been taken out, this book probably would have ranked 4 stars because the concept was interesting, just poorly executed.


  28. I could not put this book down once I started to read it I really really REALLY liked this book The book was intense, gripping, tight and action packed I loved Hayley and Art as characters and found them very believable Hayley is a chef a very good chef one that has found herself in debt and working on the sidewalks selling food outside a Russian mafia club Art is the body guard for the mafia boss in the area and after sampling Hayley s dumplings she is a shoe in for a catering job she can t say [...]


  29. If you like feisty female leads, danger, sexy strong Alpha male this book is for you I really enjoyed this book which had awesome sexual tension as well as non stop action that will keep readers on their toes from first to last page.I will say I was really surprised to find that a man and written this series because the romance happen in a natural flow as will as the action Countdown to Zero Hour blended action pack with romance in a way that will have readers cheer for Art and Hayley to survive [...]


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