by: Nico Rosso
Series: Black Ops: Automatik
Genre: Military Romantic Suspense
Release Date: July 18, 2016
Publisher: Carina Press via NetGalley
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.
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.**
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