Title: Countdown to Zero Hour
Ex–Special Forces agent Artem "Art" Diaz is tattooed, 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 flirtation 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 ops...and putting her life on the line.
Now Art has a new objective: protect Hayley from the man they both call boss.
Author: Nico Rosso
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Heavy Metal Heart , Slam Dance with the Devil , Ménage with the Muse, One Minute to Midnight
Series: Black Ops: Automatik
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: One Minute to Midnight, Seconds to Sunrise
Published by Carina Press Source: Publisher
Published: February 22nd 2016
Genres: Military Romance, Suspense
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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 feel the male influence not only in the Military jargon, but in the bedroom as well. It was quite refreshing. Ok…to the review…
Hayley is a chef who had her world turned upside down when her ex literally left her without her and her dream of opening her/their restaurant. While picking up the pieces, she is forced to sell food out of a cart in front of a Russian mob’s nightclub. Odd place, but considering her food is Russian influenced, it made sense. While keeping the people waiting in line fed, she’s approached by a man who not only sparked her interest physically, but mentally.
Art has been working forever trying to infiltrate the mob in order to avenge his father’s death/murder. While working undercover “protecting” his mob boss, he finds himself falling for the chef who is not only winning him over with her looks and food, but her personality as well. Problem is that she only sees him as the bad guy who didn’t get her an option when he forced her to work a secret mob meeting “get-a-way” in the middle of nowhere.
Once at the location, things really start to heat up. Art starts to fall for Hayley, but doesn’t want her to think he’s the bad guy. Does he break is cover to fill her in or keep her in the dark? As the other mob bosses start filling in, it becomes more and more apparent that Art is NOT liked by the other Russians. Being half Mexican and half Russian has it’s perks, but not to the Russians who only like full bloods. This only adds to the tension in the house…oh, and did I mention that one of them has his eyes on Hayley? Yep…trouble.
I wouldn’t say that this was realistically written, duh. But it definitely left me feeling like this “could” have happened. The timeline within the story, both with the mission and the romance development worked very well for me. The flirtation built with each day, as did the tension of the mission. Very well executed in book. Well done.