5 Stars, Genre Romance, J.A. Rock, Lisa Henry, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Sammy, Riptide Publishing

Review: Tempest (Playing the Fool: Book Three) by Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock

Title: Tempest (Playing the Fool: Book Three)

Author: Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

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At a Glance: So good, this novel, Tempest, just so very good.

Reviewed By: Sammy

Blurb: FBI Agent Ryan “Mac” McGuinness and con man Henry Page are on the run again. This time they’re headed back to where it all began: Altona, Indiana. Population: some goats. Henry’s not happy about lying low at the McGuinness family farm, but they’ve got nowhere else to go.

While Mac fights to clear his name and Henry struggles with whose side he’s really on, a ghost from the past threatens to destroy everything. And those aren’t the only storms on the radar. Cut off from both sides of the law, Mac and Henry must rely on their tenuous partnership to survive.

If Henry can convince himself to let Mac see the man behind the disguises, they’ll stand a chance of beating the forces that conspire against them. The course of true love never did run smooth, but for the two of them, it might be their only hope.


Review: In this third and (sob) latest installment of the Playing the Fool series, Mac and Henry are indeed on the run from the shady agent from internal affairs who is ready to charge Mac with everything from murder to cocaine possession. To make matters worse, Mac has finally leveled with Henry and asked him to give their relationship a try. Nearly uttering those three little words, Mac is hoping desperately that Henry will stay put and fight the trumped up charges with him. Little does Mac know just who is behind all the framing and just how determined they are to see Mac pay—not just with his life but also with the lives of all he holds dear.

I simply loved this series. Creative, playful, witty and fast paced, the writing by this fantastic duo of Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock was nothing short of outstanding in my book. Henry is so deeply conflicted and his struggle over guilt for his sister’s condition and his feelings of abysmally low self worth prevent him from embracing what Mac is clearly offering—love. While the first half of this book focuses more on the budding relationship or Henry’s fight against that lovely dangling carrot that is Mac’s trust in him, it also lays important groundwork for the latter half of the novel. So well written, it is vital that we understand how very difficult it is for Henry to lay down his running shoes and trust that Mac will stay, will find something inside Henry to love.

For Mac’s part, he very quietly embraces the fact that he is in love with a con artist, and stoutly refuses to acknowledge how very wrong it is that he is falling in love with not only a petty criminal but a witness to a murder as well. In the second half of this nail-biter, it becomes so very clear how important Mac’s trust in Henry not running when the chips are down factors into how they will weather the impossibly dangerous character from their combined pasts.

So good, this novel, Tempest, just so very good. Bringing us full circle on these two delightfully needy and sweet men, the story leads us to a most satisfying ending. I can only hope this immensely talented team opt to extend these boys’ run a bit further and give us just a few more stories about this delightful team, Mac and Cheese…er, I mean Henry.

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