One Minute to Midnight

Nico Rosso
One Minute to Midnight
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Carina Press
Release Date
July 2016
Book 2 of Black Ops: Automatik
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

Nico Rosso, author of the critically acclaimed Countdown to Zero Hour, returns with Book Two in the Automatik: Black Ops series—a sizzling romantic suspense in which two undercover operators fight to reclaim a small town from the ice-cold grip of gunrunners

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.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
May 26, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
116 people found the following review helpful
Oh yea, this is what romantic suspense is all about right here y'all!

Automatik team members Ben Jackson and "Bolt Action" Mary have arrived in Morris Flats to gain intel on a gun smuggling operation happening in the small Illinois town. Ben's always been intrigued by his deadly partner, and he's looking forward to learning about the newest member of the secretive team, but they've got to keep their eyes open and their guns nearby since the town practically oozes menace and danger.

Spending so much time with Ben has Mary ready to throw caution out the window and take a chance on this sexy, sweet warrior. Can a confirmed player and a deadly sniper really have a future? The two will have to survive a deadly war in Morris Flats if they're going to even have a shot at something great.

ONE MINUTE TO MIDNIGHT is the second book in the Black Ops: Automatik series by the talented Mr. Rosso and it was just as good, if not better than, the first! I LOVED the tension between Ben and Mary, on the edge of my seat waiting to see "will they or won't they?" The suspense was superb too, it held my attention and made me anxious to find out if shots were going to ring out or maybe somebody was gonna throw down. The tension in the town was at a boiling point and I loved every dangerous second!

When the time finally came for the shit to hit the fan, I was mesmerized by Mr. Rosso's vivid depictions of the town, from Mary's sniper perch on top of the hotel to the feel of gravel digging in the backs of the operatives. Every sentence was built for maximum impact, and I'm totally smitten with this author. Romantic suspense is tough, either the dude is so concerned with the chick that it becomes 100% about saving her, sometimes they're too relationship driven, and sometimes the action is brief and anticlimactic. Not so in ONE MINUTE TO MIDNIGHT. Mr. Rosso has the perfect mix of hot and sweaty sex and hardcore bloody violence. Bonus points for the almost flawless editing as well. Pick this one up and get lost in Mr. Rosso's deadly world!

Bottom Line: Mr. Rosso has quickly become one of my must-read authors, and I will recommend his books to anyone who craves INCREDIBLE romantic suspense!!
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