Review: Tempest (Playing the Fool #3) by Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock

March 10, 2015 Review 10

Review:  Tempest (Playing the Fool #3) by Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock

Something wicked this way comes.

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.

Title: Tempest
Author: J.A. Rock, Lisa Henry
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: When All the World Sleeps, Mark Cooper versus America, Brandon Mills versus the V-Card, The Two Gentlemen of Altona, Bliss, Sweetwater
Series: Playing the Fool #3
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: The Two Gentlemen of Altona, The Merchant of Death
Published by Riptide Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: March 9, 2015
Genres: Crime Drama, Male Male Romance, Suspense
Pages: 205
See the title at Goodreads
Purchase your copy: Amazon
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Stars: four-half-stars
Flames: three-flames
Lisa Henry

The more I got of this story, the more I loved it.  As with each of books in this series, you can get away with reading each as a stand-alone.  But really, why would you?  Although background is provided in each, the build-up is not to be missed.  I recommend reading each in order so you don’t miss anything.

Mac and Henry are just so fun.  Watching an uptight FBI agent who lived for the job and hardly had a life outside of it, fall for this irresistible con man . . . *sigh* it was amazing, and kind of sweet.  Add to that a great crime drama too.  This is something not to me missed.

In the first book – The Two Gentlemen of Altona – Mac and Henry just danced around each other.  It was frustrating and a bit irritating.  Made it a bit hard to remember they were hiding from assassination attempts.

In the second book – The Merchant of Death – Mac and Henry finally got together but gooey stuff hit the fan.  They find themselves dealing with more than just assassination attempts. Things got a little hairy!

Now book three – Tempest – it turns out the gooey stuff hitting the fan is Mac and Henry’s pasts coming together in a head on collision.   The twists and turns this story took were enough to give one whiplash.  OMG!  It got a bit difficult to know who the good guys were and who the bad guys were.  Lines got very blurred.

One interesting question kept coming up though.  How was the sound from Law & Order pronounced?  “Brom-brom.”  Or “Duhn-duhn.”  This most pressing question came up several times and it seemed like everyone had an opinion that did not agree with Mac’s.  It did add some levity at odd moments.

Emotions, like the action, were all over the place.  I laughed.  I cried.  I sighed. I gasped.  I held my breath.  I couldn’t put this down until I finished.

I really don’t want to go into any detail because well . . . you know, spoilers.  This is a crime drama.  There are evil doers.  Very bad people who have no problem with murder.  There is death and sorrow.  There is fear.  There is courage, and from unexpected sources.  When you think you can’t hold your breath anymore because of the excitement happening, there is a very satisfying ending.

I was very pleased with the way this ended.  All the loose ends were nicely tied up. But then we were left with idea that we might get to see more of “Mac and Cheese.”

Romance Review

Hi! We’re Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock, the authors of TEMPEST. We’re touring the web taking about our influences, our processes, anything we can think about actually, and even giving you guys a sneak peak or two! And what would a blog tour be without a contest? Check out the details at the bottom of the post to see what you can win!


It’s a running joke in the PLAYING THE FOOL series that Henry is writing a screenplay very loosely based on his adventures with Mac. So we figured today we’d give everyone a glimpse of what that might look like. We think Henry’s script shows a lot of promise. Mac’s probably not so sure.




by Henry Page


INT: Warehouse. Night. MAC, late 40s mid 30s, bald, an FBI agent, is about to get shot by FABIO, a mafia boss.


Well, McGuinness, it looks like there’s no escape for you this time.



(struggling against the ropes binding him to the chair.)

You’ll never get away with this, Fabio!



And who’s going to stop me?


Screeching brakes. A red Ferrari comes crashing through the wall driven by HENRY JARLSBERG, mid 20s, attractive, with perfect hair. He’s wearing sunglasses. When the car skids to a halt we see he’s got a gun pointed at Fabio. He shoots, and Fabio falls down.


I’m going to stop you, Fabio.

(He takes his sunglasses off and looks at Mac.)

You okay, Mac?



Oh, Henry, thank God you saved me! I was sure I was a dead man, but luckily you arrived in the nick of time! How will I ever repay you?


Henry winks at Mac and crosses the floor to Fabio. He kicks his gun away. Fabio’s not dead yet.


You haven’t met me, have you, Fabio? My name’s Henry. Henry Jarlsberg. I’m Mac’s partner. They call us Mac and Cheese.


Fabio gurgles and dies.


Ext. Warehouse. Night.

Mac and Cheese drive off in the Ferrari. Behind them, the warehouse explodes. Cut to opening credits.
Sadly, the Mac and Cheese screenplay will probably never be turned into a major motion picture. Which is a shame, really, because we think it’s totally Oscar worthy. That’s Hollywood for you though. It’s all political, right?


You can check out TEMPEST at Riptide.



The Giveaway: Thanks for following our tour! To celebrate our release, we’re giving away an awesome prize – an ebook copy of a novel of your choice from either of our back catalogs. We’re also giving away a $20 Riptide gift voucher, and some comfy items picked especially for you by Henry: a pillow shaped like a donut, and a pair of donut-themed socks.


All you have to do is leave a comment on this post with a way for us to contact you, be it your email, your twitter, or a link to your facebook or goodreads account. Please put your email in the body of the comment, not just in email section of the comment form, because we won’t be able to see it otherwise! On March 20, 2015, we’ll draw a winner from all eligible comments! Be sure to follow the whole tour, because the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win the prize!


10 Responses to “Review: Tempest (Playing the Fool #3) by Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock”

  1. waxapplelover

    Haha! Jarlsberg…cheese. I get it. Seriously Henry cracks me up.

    waxapplelover (at) gmail (com)

  2. Ran

    Congrats and thanks for the giveaway!
    arggg I’m really itching to read this book now! xD

    spicyhotlife @ yahoo(.)com(.)ph

  3. Allison

    Oh… I really would love to hear Mac’s response to that screenplay. 😀 aahickmanathotmaildotcom

  4. Lisa G

    Ok – cute but cheesy 🙂 I’d watch a movie based on these two. Can’t wait to read this! Thanks for the chance of winning a copy of Tempest!
    lgrant1 at san dot rr dot com

  5. Ree Dee

    Thank you! I am loving this blog tour!

    ree.dee.2014 (at) gmail (dot) com