Review: High Frequency by Jocie McKade

Lauren Jacobs is a journalist with amazing powers. Able to leap cranky receptionists in a single bound, she can simultaneously suck down a doughnut hole, drink a cup of coffee, add info to her iPad, and shift gears in her car on the Chicago freeway during rush hour.

A reporter for the prestigious news journal Edition One, Lauren has won a number of excellence awards for journalism. Her byline has
made Edition One a digital news sensation, and her fiery exposés draw a huge readership.

Unfortunately, those exposés usually require her to have the ability to run very fast, meet impossible deadlines, and hope the police never,
ever find out who her father is – a con man wanted on three continents, four if you count Australia.

A routine stop for morning coffee and doughnut holes gives her the story of her career and will send Chicago’s “dirty” city officials to jail, and a fair number of mobsters into hiding.

With Chicago suddenly too hot for his headstrong reporter, her editor, Garrett Modesto, assigns her to a mundane story on crop circles in England during the rainy season. A nice, boring story, until her editor’s ex-Marine buddy, who happens to be a crop circle expert, turns up dead in a really ugly way. Lauren learns there just might be more to the crop circles then artwork in a wheat field. The boring story suddenly turns into a harrowing life or death race through England, a Midwest Air Force base, and Washington, D.C.

Enter Derek Rourke, a reporter from the worst of the “yellow” tabloids – The Lens. The crop circles turn out to be evidence of a vibration frequency weapon being tested by a terrorist group, and Derek seems to be trying to “scoop” Lauren on this story of Pulitzer Prize-winning proportions.

Although wrapped in a remarkably good-looking package, with twinkling green eyes, impossibly tantalizing dimples, and a sexy magnetism that drives her crazy, Rourke is the embodiment of politically incorrect and his every chauvinistic statement ignites Lauren’s temper.

As bullets rain down, crop circles multiply, earthquakes shake London, and lightning strikes more then twice, they are forced into an uneasy and untrusting partnership.  With help from Lauren’s con artist father and a few good Druids, they might just be able to save the world – if they don’t kill each other first!

The Author:

Jocie McKade is the author of the debut romantic-comedy-mystery High Frequency. This is the first book in the Between the Lines series of romantic comedies with a heavy twist of mystery.

Between books, Jocie writes as the Senior News Editor for Reader’s Entertainment News, scriptwriter for COS Productions and for many other print and online publications. She lives with her family in the Midwest on a small farm where Arnold Swartzaweeds grow with impunity in her garden.

You can visit her online home at, or

My Review:

Imagine being the daughter of the most wanted man in the world? And then, imagine being a top-notch reporter with a knack for digging in all the wrong places to find your story and getting into all sorts of really BIG, life-threatening trouble? So much so, that your editor sends you out of the country in effort to keep you safe, only to find out you are in even BIGGER trouble. And, not to mention an eye that won’t stop twitching when things are not going as planned. Well…meet Lauren – sleuth, journalist, pepper spray wielding daughter of the most notorious criminal in the world.

I’ve been reading a number of romances lately and the mystery and intrigue of HIGH FREQUENCY was a nice change of pace. It also contained chases to the next crop circles, which hasn’t been in the news as of late. Combine that with two reporters trying to out scoop each other and mysterious deaths and buildings being leveled for no reason, and a host of strangely different characters and you have a great story.

The writer traveled back and forth between the states and Europe with ease. The characters were all intertwined without being confusing.

The storyline was interesting and different and farfetched. It was part malarky, part intrigue, part mystery, and part love story held together with loads of humor. The characters are charming and somewhat mysterious. The writing and grammar were above par. I enjoyed the book tremendously. I am giving HIGH FREQUENCY five stars.

Book Quotes:

“Lauren threw The Lens (paper) across her hotel room, pulled on her most pointed stiletto pumps, and stomped across the paper a dozen times.”

“…possibly the most crime ridden filthiest, gang infested part of London…’Hell, a body could lay here for days and people would think it was just a lawn decoration.'”

“‘Let me explain it this way.’ Adam’s hands formed a ball in the air Lauren’s eyes slanted and the one was twitching like it was a hula dancer.”

“‘Enough. Lauren is an hour ahead of us, dealing with international terrorists and you three are strutting like worthless peacocks.’ Her hands went to her hips, her dreadlocks swinging in time with her voice. ‘Did you all miss the damn brain train? Put your testosterone away and let’s go help her and …'”

“‘Go! Go! Go!’ Rourke commanded, smacking his fist against the dash. Lauren peeled out, tires smoking and leaving rubber marks on the pavement. ‘Is there anybody that doesn’t want to kill you?'”

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I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.