- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1984 KB
- Print Length: 304 pages
- Publisher: Carina Press (1 Jan. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LLPF5U2
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #813,314 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is one of the rare romances I've read that's written by a guy, and it isn't done badly, though I kind of felt that the love scenes were rushed and not very erotic or sensual - nothing to complain about, but nothing that stands out. I think perhaps I'd been hoping for something a little less dolled-up, but the author made up for it in the action taking place in the tale.
It's a tale that mirrors the blurb, with guy-to-the-rescue, James (refreshingly, a full-blooded British Hindu - kudos to the author) and April (half American, half Vietnamese) taking off to try to keep ahead of the baddies who are after her...or are they more than after simply her? I couldn't quite figure the latter out, but the baddie has a connection to James, so maybe it was a twofer.
The tale ended not in my kind of HEA, as no words of love or liking were on-page, though the ending implied that there was more between the leads than just a girl falling for a guy who rescued her, and vice versa. It was a little too vague for me, especially as April had been widowed 4 years ago and hadn't let a guy into her life in any way since, so I wanted more for her. I wanted her to find something different, but no less important than what she'd had with her husband, and I didn't get that. But, this is a series of tales and she's become deeper involved in Automatik, so perhaps theirs is a love story that ends as a WIP and will play out against the background of future tales? I hope so, as these were pretty unique leads.
ARC courtesy of Carina Press for my reading pleasure.
This was an exciting whirlwind adventure. With a little suspended disbelief, I loved James and April’s story. Full of fantastic chase scenes, fights, shootouts and great sex, I enjoyed every moment.
April is a great character. The army widow who created a social network to support other military widows, she is a strong and talented woman. There aren’t many men writing romance and I loved the strength and complexity this author put into April’s character. She is a worthy heroine.
James is a Bourne-like shadow operative. I don’t know whether I loved his muscles, his weapons or his tortured soul more - but he was a great lead and his chemistry with April was fantastic.
The romance in this book is a little instalove - it reads more like an action film than a romance. The sex is very hot. The relationship does work, but there were some eye roll moments when April and James find time to get naked or confide their deepest secrets while simultaneously racing to save their lives and kill the bad guys.
This is a fun, fast adventure with great sex and a little romance. There’s not much substance but I really enjoyed the characters and their story.
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Have I mentioned how much I really like the concept of Automatik and the different members of the team? Well, I do. So much so that I don't even read the blurb anymore. I just know that I want to read it. And it's a good thing I picked this one up. I'm always down for a good suspense thriller with nonstop action and mystery. And this doesn't disappoint.
Computer savvy? April is. In fact, not only has she created a website to help widows of fallen soldiers, she's created an encryption within the program that so difficult to get in to that the hackers or her site are now hunting her down. It's a good thing someone other than the hackers have been spying on her, because if not for Automatik, she never would have made it out of that grocery store parking lot. Now if she can only snap out of the nightmare shock she's in.
James is a member of Automatik. He was specifically tasked to tail April and protect because Automatik has been on to the hackers ever since they targeted April's site. Unfortunately, they have no leads as to who or where they are in order to stop them. Which only means one thing. They're still bait and need to find out as much information as possible before they're caught by the hackers themselves. But the chemistry between James and April builds quickly while on the run and emotions become part of the mission, unbeknownst to James.
This isn't exactly my "favorite" in the series, but it was still very entertaining. Like I said before, I'm a sucker for suspense mystery thrillers with some romance thrown in there for good measure. So...duh...yeah, I liked this one. As usually, I'm already chomping at the bit to see what Mr. Rosso has in store for us next time. Until then....
*I received this book from the Jeep Diva in exchange for my honest opinion.
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.
This is the first that I've read in this series and I believe that I would have understood more if I had read the previous books in the series. However, that being said, I could infer a lot and what I didn't really understand only slightly detracted.
James is working for "the good guys" and hoping to stop mercenaries from hurting his charge. His past is colored and he is somewhat ashamed - at least it seems that way. He has a great team, but you really only learn about his past because it comes back to bite him a little. His mentor, the one who he was in business with before he joined the good side is the hunter - James is supposed to protect his charge from his mentor. When he gets his charge, April, things begin to change in his mind. Not only is April brave, she's mentally tough and doesn't take a lot of crap from anyone.
April is trying to protect all of the women who were using her website to gain a support community - those women who have lost military husbands/partners to IEDs or any other awful way that those in the military are injured. She has created a website that was hacked. Despite knowing how good her security is, she is distraught that the women who trusted her to protect their information might be at risk. This is where, potentially, reading the previous books might have come in handy. I have no idea what type of information April is trying to protect or why the hackers are so interested in the information - other than monetary gains. However, this hunt seems to be motivated by a lot more, but I never quite figured out what.
The story was faced paced, but I thought that it lacked chemistry between the two main characters. There was a lot of hot and cold within their relationship and you never really knew why they denied what could have been. Despite the lack of chemistry, I thought that their relationship was fairly organic - charge to friend, friend to love interest. Overall, this was a good mystery with a lot of action, but the resolution was somewhat tame.