- Also check our best rated Romance Book reviews
Packing Heat (Berkley Sensation) Mass Market Paperback – 7 Apr 2009
|New from||Used from|
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
About the Author
Penny McCall was born and raised in southeastern Michigan, the seventh of nine children, whose claim to fame was reading five books a week in grade school. Needless to say, her obsession with the written word only grew from there ' despite a short, and misguided, foray into the world of computer science (the "sensible" job path). After earning her associates degree, she enrolled at the University of Michigan, and finally figured out that the reason she got those puzzled looks from the other computer programmers was because she wasn't really one of them. She changed her major to History and English and then came detour number two, also known as marriage and childbirth. A son was followed by a daughter in 14 months, and then another son five years later. At home, with no job and no night school for the first time in her life, she filled the kids' nap times and her evening hours with crafts; ceramics, macrame, stained glass and especially crocheting, for which she sold two original patterns for afghans. Ultimately, of course, those other creative pastimes didn't satisfy the need to write ' or to get those voices in her head to quiet down. With the help and support of one of her sisters, she began to write 'and write and write and write' and finally sold her first novel in 1997 (as Penny McCusker.) Four more followed until that line closed down in 2001, and after a little hiatus and yet another change of direction she began to write humor, if only to satisfy her inner smart aleck. Berkley bought her first story about a sarcastic FBI agent and a librarian with a photographic memory (All Jacked Up), and she's been happily writing for them ever since. She still lives in Michigan, with her husband, three children and two dogs whose life of leisure she envies but would never be able to pull off. She works as an accountant by day, which feeds the side of her brain that craves order and normalcy. The rest of her time is devoted to writing whatever pops into the creative (and questionably sane) side of her brain. Her children and husband have come to accept this strange preoccupation she has with imaginary people. The dogs don't worry about it, as long as they're fed occasionally and allowed to nap on whatever piece of furniture strikes their fancy. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
|5 star (0%)|
|4 star (0%)|
|3 star (0%)|
|2 star (0%)|
|1 star (0%)|
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
After Harmony's parents died, Richard became a mentor/father figure to her. He worked for the FBI and helped her become an agent. Harmony wanted to be a field agent, but the FBI kept her doing desk work. She wasn't strong with field agent skills. Richard was kidnapped by some Russians who wanted millions deposited in a bank account. The FBI refused to negotiate. Harmony took vacation time with a plan to pay the ransom and free him. She goes to a prison and gets Cole released using forged papers. He was convicted of hacking into the FBI's computer system. Cole was innocent but was framed by a bad FBI agent (Treacher) who stole Cole's software and sold it. Harmony wants Cole to hack into a system to transfer money to the kidnappers' account. They are chased by three goups: the police, men working for Treacher (who wants Cole dead), and the kidnappers (who want to know Harmony's plans).
This felt like one long chase scene. I wasn't drawn into the characters. There was nothing special about the dialogue. Nothing surprised or delighted me. At times I wanted it to be over. Sorry.
Story length: 311 pages. Swearing language: moderate to strong. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: 5. Total number of sex scene pages: 8. Setting: current day various locations across the U.S. Copyright: 2009. Genre: romantic suspense.
Occasionally I've found authors using "too cutesy" names. To the best of my memory, the writing has not been good when I see this. In this story the names were Hackett (computer hacker), Treacher (treacherous bad guy), Swendahl (Svengali - a person with evil intent manipulating another), and to a lesser degree Harmony (whose nickname was Harm). I only mention Harmony because of the others. If she were the only one, I wouldn't criticize it.
Shockingly, the FBI conceals the break-out, which makes no sense to Harmony. As Cole hacks into the FBI database seeking the information, Harmony reconsiders what is happening now and what happened to Cole the first time he worked for the FBI; something is not right, but she has no idea what that is and who is behind the scenes manipulating everyone including an escapee convict and a renegade agent on the run.
This fast-paced thriller stars two wonderful people on the lam as he is rightfully a pessimist and she is an optimist; as a team they slice off the top half of the glass that contained liquid to the midpoint making it filled to the top. Fans will enjoy the wild adventures of the Fed and the anti-Fed as they fall in love while working on allegedly saving a kidnapped agent, but nothing is quite the way it seems in this action packed romantic suspense.
I loved tag you're it. The heroine was a little too macho for me.
Frankly I was just bored. 2 stars. p.s. if you are going to label your
book as romantic suspence, then I expect romance. (helloooooooo)