Lauren Jacobs is a journalist with amazing powers. Able to
leap cranky receptionists in a single bound, she can simultaneously suck down a doughnut hole, drink a cup of coffee, add info to her iPad, and shift gears in her car on the Chicago freeway during rush hour.
A reporter for the prestigious news journal Edition One,
Lauren has won a number of excellence awards for journalism. Her byline has made Edition One a digital news sensation, and her fiery exposés draw a huge readership.
Unfortunately, those exposés usually require her to have the
ability to run very fast, meet impossible deadlines, and hope the police never, ever find out who her father is – a con man wanted on three continents, four if you count Australia.
A routine stop for morning coffee and doughnut holes gives
her the story of her career and will send Chicago’s
“dirty” city officials to jail, and a fair number of mobsters into hiding.
With Chicago suddenly too hot for his headstrong reporter,
her editor, Garrett Modesto, assigns her to a mundane story on crop circles in England during the rainy season. A nice, boring story, until her editor’s ex-Marine buddy, who happens to be a crop circle expert, turns up dead in a really ugly way. Lauren learns there just might be more to the crop circles then artwork in a wheat field. The boring story suddenly turns into a harrowing life or death race through England, a Midwest Air Force base, and Washington,D.C.
Enter Derek Rourke, a reporter from the worst of the
“yellow” tabloids – The Lens. The crop circles turn out to be evidence of a vibration frequency weapon being tested by a terrorist group, and Derek seems to be trying to “scoop” Lauren on this story of Pulitzer Prize-winning proportions.
Although wrapped in a remarkably good-looking package, with
twinkling green eyes, impossibly tantalizing dimples, and a sexy magnetism that drives her crazy, Rourke is the embodiment of politically incorrect and his every chauvinistic statement ignites Lauren’s temper.
As bullets rain down, crop circles multiply, earthquakes shake London, and lightning strikes more then twice, they are forced into an uneasy and untrusting partnership. With help from Lauren’s con artist father and a few good Druids, they might just be able to save the world – if they don’t kill each other first!
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A page turner best describes this first in a three part series that has everything from crop circles and terrorist to the Ancient Order of Druids of London.
The two main protagonists are both reporters. Lauren Jacobs works for prestigious news magazine and always manages to get herself in trouble with the things she reports on. When her latest has some very important people along with the mob indicted on charges her boss sends her to London to investigate crop circles for her safety. It is there in the middle of a crop circle that she meets Derek Rourke who writes sensationalism news stories for a rag magazine. The type of reporter that Lauren cannot stand. Unbeknownst to either of them, especially Lauren she has walked into the middle of a terrorist plot headed by a by a former communist that has managed to get his hands on an ancient technology that causes mass destruction.
There are a large number of variances all happening throughout the book that all end up weaving together to play out like big spy movie. The complexities of the history of the bad guy and his plans for the United States were downright scary. There are plenty of secondary characters throughout the book from Lauren’s father who is quite in the interesting character, to Lauren’s boss, and the Druids who end up helping them along the way.
The two main characters have plenty of humorous bantering back and forth throughout the book. Even though there is no romance yet the sparks fly between these two and you know once they do finally get together it’s going to be so worth the wait. While the romance may not be the forefront in this book you are too engrossed in all the action and watching these two put up a good front to really miss it. The author has me so hooked on this series and I cannot wait to see what’s next for Lauren and Derek.