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Tick Tock

(EOD #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  147 ratings  ·  74 reviews
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. H
Kindle Edition, 1, 318 pages
Published November 1st 2018 by Harvey Berrick Publishing
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Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"
3.5 stars
I am so conflicted about my rating. JHB can write and tell a story. I liked it. I had no idea that James' (H) story would be a cliffie. Not a traditional cliffie - if this had been a novel - not a romance - then it is basically a complete story of love and loss. (view spoiler)I went into this one blind. I was only somewhat emotionally affected by the loss because I really didn't feel the connection betwe
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I have to applaud Jane Harvey Berrick for always coming up with new fresh ideas when it comes to her books. She never shies away from tough topics that are considered controversial and critical of society. I've already seen some mean and negative posts harshly judging this book and author and accusing her to be an islamophobe and racist. It truly makes me sad. I kindly ask you to not assume things. Give this book and Jane a fair chance and read it. Then make up your own mind. Constructive critic ...more
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
You must be f*cking JOKING with this book.

I wanted to read about a Muslim heroine in a 'mainstream' romance, i.e. not the 'halal' romances. The only other one I've managaed to find like this is Kati Wilde's Craving It All. So imagine my shock and horror when I discover the following things:

(view spoiler)

And you know what? Props for diversity and all, but it's shallow and cheap if the 'rea
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
Yikes. What a story. This author sure knows how to write a brilliant story. I’ve read previous books by her but this is my favourite without a doubt.

James is a bomb disposal expert. He is one of the best in the job. He’s fearless.

Amira is a nurse. After the death of her brother she volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate a terrorist cell. James is sent to train Amira to do what needs to be done.

The two main characters are completely different but it certainly worked in this story. I love how
Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 b
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow that was powerful.
Review to follow
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
It took me a couple of days after reading Tick Tock to come up with a review. I needed my feelings to settle down and take roots inside my heart and mind before I was able to put them into words. Let me begin with that I'm a huge fan of Jane Harvey-Berrick and her writing. She is a very talented and versatile author who isn't afraid to take risks. She often writes about topics that others shy away like human trafficking, older woman and much younger man and now a British EOD operative who is sup ...more
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it

Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse at KindleFriendsForever

Tick Tock is like no other military romance I’ve read. Not only did it exceed my expectations, but its power storyline unbalanced me to the point where I had to sit back and seriously think about what I’d read. However, there were moments the story begged me to turn the pages at lightning-fast speed and when I did, I found myself re-reading passages, chapters, highlighting and making notes. It’s extremely believable, sheds light on t
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

A powerfully detailed story featuring an unlikely couple who come together under the most extreme circumstances. Together they fight to help others and chase away the demons that haunt them.

When I first heard about this book, I was shocked about the theme - a solider and a Muslim woman. But it is important to note that these two are always on the same side, even when it seems they may not be.

This book can be broken down into three parts: the training, the mission, and the aftermath. Wi
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tick Tock is a military romance or romantic suspense.
The aspect of suspense in the environment of military and spooks is brilliantly created. It's thrilling, seems realistic and gets your heart rate going. I thoroughly enjoyed this part of Tick Tock.

The romantic aspect however falls a bit short. I didn't feel the chemistry between James and Amira, the British soldier and the Muslim woman - born in Syria but living in the USA, who both try to help an American organisation working somehow with the
Laura Lee
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tick Tock (EOD #1)
By: Jane Harvey-Berrick
4 Stars

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 disas
Anne Milne
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
The first thing I want to say is the author has taken a risk with this book. They must have realised that the story was going to cause polarized opinions and they still published.

I can hand on heart say you will not have read a military love story like this before it's truly unique in the genre. The blurb gives you the background of the story and how Amira and James meet but hidden in the words is love in all its forms. Love comes in many guises, family, romantic, friendship and faith this book
Kim Sutton
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is such a compelling story. You can tell how much thought and research has gone into this book, the author has done an outstanding job.

James and Amira’s story is unlike anything I’ve ever read before. At the beginning I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy it, but that feeling didn’t last long. I would never have guessed what would happen in this book and I certainly wouldn’t have guessed how it ended. I’m a wreck of emotions now that it’s over, and I can’t wait for the second Book, it can’t c
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well, Jane Harvey just BLEW ME AWAY (pun intended).  This book was WOW.  These characters, this story, it's so much more than just a military romance.  It's a testament to soldiers and families everywhere.  You showed us different angles of peoples experiences and in such a way that I was in awe.

These characters, Amira, Clay, James, Smith... every one of them had their own story.  This book isn't for the faint of heart. My blood pressure was elevated, I was sweating, sitting on the
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
3.5 stars
Tick Tock had a lot of strong moments, but I never felt fully connected to it - or the characters. FRC
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-books, arc
Tick Tock is the beautiful combination of love and the complications that exist with a new kind of war. War in the current climate, with soldiers standing side by side with civilians, determined to disarm terrorist cells on American soil. We have our brave soldier in James, the British EOD expert (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), who is recruited to help disassemble said cell along with Amira, the Islam nurse desperate to reconcile her brother's death in Syria. Theirs is an uneasy alliance with the ...more
Lisa Zeigler
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ms. Harvey-Berrick never fails to write diverse and unique stories and her writing is impeccable. I wasn’t sure what to expect but this is a somber and gritty story full of sadness, loss, grief, and revenge. Writing about war and the injuries, death, loneliness and difficult working situations are one of Jane’s talents and she researches her topics in great depth. I have many family members who have served in the military and some had injuries and PTSD but none have worked with bomb disposal. Th ...more
Marieke ~ Marieke's Books
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, military, double-pov
How far would you go to make the world a better place? Would you write letters with soldiers overseas, or would you join them in their harsh, brutal battle? Tick Tock tells the story of Amira and James, two young people in the middle of conflict that’s impossible to win without pain and heartbreak. I can’t say I’ve enjoyed the whole story, but I take it for what it is.
“I needed to be cool and calculating. Ice cold would save our lives. Emotions wouldn’t.”

Amira works as a nurse and enjoys her
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 out of 5 stars

O! M! G! This book gave me nightmares and I couldn’t put it down...I read while I was cooking. I read waiting in line at the store. I read on my lunch break and sometimes even walking between rooms. I just couldn’t wait to keep reading more.

Amira & James don’t have it easy. Their pasts are littered with tragedy. Their futures are uncertain. Taking the time in the present is the best they can do.

Clay is definitely my favorite sub-character and I wish I had so much more of hi
Don't judge a story before you read it.

This is the common case that the title and excerpt of the story made you think you know the story before you even read it. Well.. I have finished it and I challenge you to read it before you give your opinion on it.

A raw, detailed and very descriptive story that will easily make you sit on the edge of your seat and looking for chocolate or wine after few chapters in. Trust me, the warning about triggers in this book is no joke. It may triggers you in a lot
Becky Rendon
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
That definitely did not go where I thought it was going!

I'm new to this author and I was definitely a bit wary. Everything about this topic screamed "yikes". The blurb had me worried. The "trigger warning" had my guard up. In the end, it was a difficult book to read. I was honestly uncomfortable the majority of the book. I think the point was to bring across the differences in our two main characters and it shows. I just felt like too much emphasis went on their differences but then the story w
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
4 stars for a well-written, emotional story and for the very brave ending; I am eager to read the sequel for James story and Clay and Zada's story too ... ...more
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A tough read dealing with sensitive issues, this book holds your heart and nerves in its hands. The role of an EOD operative is precarious and dangerous, challenging to nerves and concentration. The responsibility is isolating and the sense of this comes through in many aspects of James' character, made more so by the life he leads. His collision with the determined, committed Amira opens him to elements of unfamiliarity in terms of interaction and she, too, has the same sense of isolation among ...more
Avidez Literaria
Nov 01, 2018 rated it liked it
“Don’t forget to look up, don’t forget to look down: always check out nearby drains and sewers. Look everywhere. Suspect everyone.”

James is a British soldier, an explosives specialist whose life comes down to the army. Without family and without ties that bind him, his duty to his Country is everything he knows. When he is sent to the United States to help with a covert operation, his life will change dramatically.
Amira is a Muslim who lives in America, and never complied with the demands and im
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 'what the hell did I just read?' stars!

Wow, this book. It gobsmacked me. Exiting, suspenseful, surprising, emotional, and horrifying, I still don’t really know how to process all that I just read. But what an engaging read! More of a military suspense with a side romantic storyline than a straight-out romance, Jane Harvey-Berrick has given us something very different with this thought-provoking, gutwrenching read.

James Spears is a member of the British Army working in bomb disposal, and his co
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As always with a Jane Harvey Berrick read this one draws you in and demands you turn pages to read every single word until it's done... this is a story with a difference though as not only is it believable it's very real life for some of us or someone we know. It's unlike any other Military based story I've read or I'm likely to read again.

Jane has not only shown us exactly what it's like to be a Tick Tock man (a bomb disposal expert) but has show us exactly what people go through in the army i
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018
First off, this book is very respectfully written. Harvey-Berrick does not try to claim one religion is better than the other, and there are both good and bad Muslims like there are good and bad Christians (and every other religion). We got a good glimpse into the madness behind terrorist recruiters, and they way they can twist the truth so that what you believe is real comes into question. We see the other side, with regular people just trying to live their lives and give back to the community. ...more
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook
Oh my... This book shouldn't be read without a big supply of tissues at hand... As much as I loved this book, I also hated it (and the author a little bit as well for writing this story, nothing personal, sorry, just...this book...) and in the end, well, if the book hadn't been that intense and that amazing otherwise, I might have simply hated it. But I didn't. And I don't.
I loved the intense feelings, the love and the respect that all our main characters feel for each other, I feared with them
Maria Angie Mendoza
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my first read by this author and it certainly will not be my last!!
It took me some time to find the right words to review this book.
This military romance is unique in that it’s unlike any I’ve read before! It’s an insightful, and thought provoking story. A slow burn romance between 2 unlikely characters develops under the most excruciating circumstances is just the tip of the iceberg.
War makes you see things and life differently. That’s a lesson I learned from my dad who was in the milit
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