ARC Review of Low Voltage by Jocie McKade

Investigative journalist Lauren Jacobs has a key that could unlock secrets to the indefinite energy research of Nikola Tesla. She's being followed, however, by the world's most relentless tabloid reporter, dashingly handsome yet highly annoying Derek Rourke. In Colorado Springs to seek answers about Tesla from a noted history professor and author, Lauren soon finds herself as the prime suspect in a murder investigation. Now faced with clearing her name, she dodges zealous attendees at a romance writers’ convention, enthusiastic crowds at a male strip club, and her long-standing nemesis, Helga the Horrible. To complicate matters further, as she searches for the lock that fits the key, a clandestine terrorist organization has latched onto her and Rourke. Together, they must team up to find Tesla's files and keep them out of terrorist hands. With help from her con-man father, a couple of well-connected Druids, skillful male pole dancers, and a local cop from Lauren's secret past, they might manage to prove her innocence and save the world.

Investigative journalist Lauren Jacobs has a key that could unlock secrets to the indefinite energy research of Nikola Tesla. She’s being followed, however, by the world’s most relentless tabloid reporter, dashingly handsome yet highly annoying Derek Rourke.
In Colorado Springs to seek answers about Tesla from a noted history professor and author, Lauren soon finds herself as the prime suspect in a murder investigation. Now faced with clearing her name, she dodges zealous attendees at a romance writers’ convention, enthusiastic crowds at a male strip club, and her long-standing nemesis, Helga the Horrible.
To complicate matters further, as she searches for the lock that fits the key, a clandestine terrorist organization has latched onto her and Rourke. Together, they must team up to find Tesla’s files and keep them out of terrorist hands.
With help from her con-man father, a couple of well-connected Druids, skillful male pole dancers, and a local cop from Lauren’s secret past, they might manage to prove her innocence and save the world.

Low Voltage by Jocie McKade

Release Date: October 1st

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a wild ride this second installment in the series was. You are engaged from beginning to end with the characters and the story line. And what a story line it is, the gang having to either stay a step ahead of the Colorado Police or the CIA and also try and stay alive from a secret terrorist organization while also trying to prevent them from trying to take over the world again.

This book picks up not long after the first one with Lauren in Colorado following up on clues she got in the first book. She is meeting an author at a romance convention who she thinks can help her find clues to something she is looking for. I have to say there were plenty of funny moments here being a person that has attended some conventions – the author was spot on in her portrayal. It’s not long before Derek shows up and the two are butting heads again but also Derek is saving her butt more than once again too.

I love Lauren Jacobs and Derek Rourke. These two are a hoot to read and add in her father and some more druids along to help you got a great cast of characters you enjoy reading.

We learn more about the secret terrorist organization that was in the first book and realize they have sleeper cells all over the US. What she made one of the cells undercover jobs/place of employment was very funny – and you’ll just have to read it to understand (grins)

Even though each book does end with a significant suspense item getting shut down or diverted the story line is left open for the next book. I am looking forward to the last book in the series for sooo many reason.

Before Low Voltage releases read the first book in the series High Frequency which is just $.99 this week
High Frequency (Between the Lines #1)High Frequency by Jocie McKade

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.

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