Time for 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






My initial reaction after reading this book is to hurl every curse word ever uttered and create a hundred new ones, all aimed at Miss Jane because I did not know about the cliffy at the end! I don’t like them, but I handle them much better with advance warning.  My next reaction, now that you’re prepared, is to tell you to get this book immediately! Gird your heart, grab the tissues and start reading. This one grabbed me from the very beginning and held me in its spell until the very last page, and I can’t wait to read what happens with James next.

This is not your typical warm and cozy romance. It's raw and gritty and real. The main character is a munitions tech and let’s just say that most of the bombs James defuses aren’t leftovers from WWII.  His job can be dicey, and there are other events that are authentic but hard to read, so proceed with caution. That also means this is a fast-paced, riveting read, and I read it quickly in one sitting.  From the standpoint of keeping my interest and attention, the book practically read itself.

The characters are vivid, lifelike and relatable, and there's no lack for old wounds and brokenness. I loved everything about James and had no trouble connecting with him, and his buddy Clay is just what the story needed for comic relief when things got tense. I liked Amira's character well enough, but I had issues with the choices she made, some of which had costly consequences.  I’m not sure why Harvey-Berrick took the story in the direction she did, but I suspect if things had gone as I anticipated, there would be no happy ending.  One thing is certain, with all the twists, turns and surprises, I’m fully invested in these characters and will certainly be reading the second half of this story. 

Now, I need to address the issue of having a Muslim woman for a main character.  Without ever reading this book, some have set themselves up as judge, jury and executioner of this author. Let me assure you, the author did her research, received guidance from women in the Muslim community and portrayed things with the utmost care and respect. If you’re a logical, intelligent, open-minded reader, you’ll appreciate the handling of both the characters and the storyline. And I think the conflict and struggle of Amira's character is informative and insightful.  Even through the difficult scenes, the author's mindfulness is readily apparent.

Harvey-Berrick is a must-read author for me, and her writing is terrific – well thought out, carefully executed and always thought provoking and evocative.  If you’re looking for something a step above the run-of-the-mill romance, I highly recommend her work. This military romantic suspense is head and shoulders above the rest, so I have no doubt you'll be spellbound by this book. Grab your copy of this fantastic read today! Until next time, dear reader

Much love between the covers,


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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.



  1. Thank you so much for your support and for that great review. Don't hate me!! #sorrynotsorry

    1. My pleasure. And your writing is to skilled, timely and important for me to hate you.


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