Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Core Punch by Pauline Baird Jones


A kiss may be all they have life expectancy for.

When an intergalactic cop exchange program serves up an alien partner for NONPD Detective Violet Baker, she can’t help wishing the handsome alien would be a little less Joe Friday about keeping the pleasure out of their business. Yeah, he’s kind of purple and she can’t pronounce his name to save her life, but he’s almost the only guy in the New Orleans New police department who she’s not related to.

Dzholh “Joe” Ban!drn has come a long way hunting the evil that has infiltrated Vi’s floating city. When he meets his charming partner, he discovers another reason to stamp out evil. If only he wasn’t keeping so many secrets from her…

When an epic hurricane heads their way, they are sent dirt side to New Orleans Old (NOO) on a rescue mission. But murder and sabotage strand them in the heart of the raging storm.

As they fight for their lives, Joe realizes the evil he’s hunting is actually hunting them.

Review by Rochelle Weber:

Core Punch was an exciting read. As a rookie, Violet’s assigned the oldest, clunkiest skimmer belonging to the NON force, so when “Joe” and Violet are plunged into feeder bands preceding the actual wall of the hurricane, they have enough difficulty navigating. They need to complete their mission and get topside to the safety of their floating city, because if they land dirtside they could drown in the storm surge. After all, Wu Tamika Felipe or WTF promised to be much worse than previous Category-Fives, like Katrina.

I would love to give Core Punch five roses, but I can’t quite do so. There were some editing glitches in the book, but the biggest problem was one of my pet peeves—it’s a cliff-hanger ending. I know; everyone’s doing it. Many of my favorite TV programs are series in which each episode is a cliff-hanger, and I’m just as hooked as everyone else. But waiting a week to find out what happens next is far different from waiting several months for the next book. If you don’t mind cliff-hangers, then it’s a great book. Otherwise, it’s a really good one.

Length:  140 Pages

Digital Price:  $3.99

Thanks for visiting. Rose, Julie, Donna, & Rochelle

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