Thursday, November 1, 2018

[Release Blitz & Book Reviews]: TICK TOCK by Jane Harvey-Berrick

Today we are thrilled to share bestselling author
Jane Harvey-Berrick's all-new highly anticipated military romantic suspense novel, TICK TOCK


Forget SEALS, Marines, Fighter Pilots - I have the most dangerous job in the world. And I love it.

James Spears is part of an elite group who lives and breathes danger. Where others run from it, he walks towards it, calm, focussed ice-cold. James is a top EOD operative.

You’d call him a bomb disposal expert. Or crazy. A guy with a death wish. He’s heard it all before and he doesn’t give a shit. He’s the best.

They say he doesn’t have blood in his veins, he has ice. They say he has no nerves.

All that’s about to be tested.

Amira is recruited by the CIA to infiltrate a terrorist cell living in rural Pennsylvania. She’s the perfect plant, no one would ever suspect her. Because her brother was killed when a bomb was dropped on the Syrian hospital where he was working as a doctor. And now hate burns deeply inside her. She’s perfect.

That’s what they tell James when he’s told to train her to be the best damn bomb-maker there is. In a secret camp, deep in the woods, James teaches her everything he knows about building bombs. He’s not a praying man, but now he’s really hoping that he’s doing the right thing.

Codename: Hansel and Gretel

Book 1 in the EOD Series





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Prologue - James

We’re born alone and we die alone.

I’ve never been afraid of dying. It’s living that scares the hell out of me.

But in the bomb suit, I am utterly alone.

There is no today, no yesterday, no tomorrow.

Just here, right now.

There is no God, no Devil, no good, no evil.

Just me. And the sound of my breathing, loud and rhythmic.

Just me. And this bomb.

A bomb is a device that is designed to kill, maim or harass.

I’m not afraid. I don’t have time to be afraid.

The sun burns down, the light is a white haze, sweat runs into my eyes. The longer I’m out here, kneeling in the dust, the more vulnerable the team watching my back.
I can’t be quick. I have to be certain.

Because if I’m wrong, I die.

I am an EOD operator.




Bomb disposal.

I am the Tick Tock man.



Writing is my passion and my obsession. I write every day and I love it. My head is full of stories and characters. I'll never keep up with all my ideas!

I live in a small village by the ocean and walk my little dog, Pip, every day. It’s on those beachside walks that I have all my best ideas.

Writing has become a way of life – and one that I love to share.


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I just Popped my Jane Harvey-Berrick cherry with Tick Tock! WOW!!! What a journey this book takes us on. The in-depth writing of a story about two people who are from opposite upbringings. 

James Spears is an enlisted man in the British Army. He’s an Ammunition Technician aka bomb disposal officer. Having joined the military after turning 18, he is now pushing 30. Tells you right there that he is good at his job. One of the best. A soldier who disassembles bombs, to have served that many years, he knows what he is doing.

Getting called out to go on a ‘training exercise’, James was pretty stoked that someone in the USA recognized his talents and called for him to attend. 

Amira is a registered nurse in her life back home. Now though, after volunteering to go undercover to infiltrate the cell that has been making explosive devices, she is being trained to make bombs. After losing her brother in Syria who was volunteering at the hospital there, she felt as though she needed to do something. 

When her ‘teacher’ James Spears and her first meet, there is tension. Him the highly decorated military man and her the niqab wearing female. Something didn’t sit right with James teaching a female who is a Muslim from Syria on the proper techniques to make a bomb.

Although days go by and they both realize that each other isn’t what they thought they were like when they first met. They are both just normal people trying to stop the ‘bad’ guys in the world. 

It’s a slow burn romance building between James and Amira. Day in and out they spend all day with each other. Learning more about each other than most of their friends/family/coworkers know. 

The story takes a turn and the roller-coaster ride descends! You have just taken in that huge gasp as the ride goes down the first major hill. The twists and turns have you holding on for dear life!! 

Stopping at the station long enough to get off, we are left with wobbly legs and our heart in our throat. What a thrilling ride it was!!! 

Bring on Bombshell EOD # 2 ASAP!!!! 

It's unlike any military romance I've seen. The couple are literally opponents in every sense of the way. Religion, beliefs, gender, race and yet they both are here for the same reason- building bombs!.
I went in blind. I didn't know what to expect and since I'm a fan of jane's writing, it was a given that I'd enjoy it. And I did !!
Just me.
And this bomb.
A bomb is a device that is designed to kill, maim or harass.
I’m not afraid.
I don’t have time to be afraid.


I must applaud Jane for being brave enough to attempt to write about Muslim girl and a British soldier and then try and put them both in same emotional patch and let them figure it out!!. She has faced backlash over it and it's so prejudicial that people who haven't even read the book are judging it by the trailer and blurb alone.


My advice-go read the book, you'll be pleasantly surprised. Jane has in no way glorified violence, but in fact showed BTS heinous intentions. This book actually made me sit back and think about the "other side" and I'm glad I did cause it opened my eyes and my brain a lot!
I didn’t fear dying— I didn’t. But I was terrified of the moments leading up to death. I was scared of the pain that seemed certain to be coming my way. 


She did not use the pain and abuse of an entire race to boost her book sales as has been insinuated by social media trolls. A heart tearing story told with equal measures of heart and heartlessness. And it's really true to real life, no rose coloured glasses to lessen the impact. Everything is right in front of your eyes, you have to pick and choose the emotions that you'd like.
I hate that those people took everything good about Islam and twisted it out of all recognition and made it into something evil.” 
A story about a bomb disposal operator. A Tick Tock Man and a girl who must learn to build them to save lives. A girl in a burqa. An unlikely,unusual coupling of mindsets and ambitions. Yet their eyes meet and they end up getting their hearts livewired. Boom!!


There's love, kinship, faith, beliefs, history. There's also patriotism, loyalty, service and inspiration.
I enjoyed it a lot, but felt it could be packed more punch, more gruesomeness, so that it would've impacted more strongly.
4 Karam to Karma stars 

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