Blog Tour and Review: ‘Screaming in the New Year’ by Jody Pardo

Title: Screaming In The New Year 
Author: Jody Pardo


Living a charmed life in one of the most remarkable cities, Maggie Silipo had everything she could ever want. She built a successful career for herself, had a beautiful apartment and a desirable lifestyle in which she got to travel. What more could she ask for? While the rest of the world was celebrating with loved ones, she was alone…working.

Blake Matthews owned and operated his IT Firm Leverage Logistics with offices in four corners of the US. Maggie was his right hand woman and his personal assistant. Fantasizing about her boss and wishing for more, Maggie watched from a distance as he charmed the ladies of Charlotte and New York City’s high society.

When Blake has an accident, he realizes just how much he needs Maggie. Now, not only is she his right hand, she’s much more. As Maggie carries Blake and Leverage Logistics, the dynamic between boss and assistant evolves and everyone is keeping score.



Fun, quirky short read that is perfect for those moments when you want a break from longer complex novels.

Maggie loves her job, being the executive assistant of Blake definitely comes with some great perks. The fact she has been in love with him for years now is just another one in her book. She wouldn’t think anything could happen between them so just copes with using images of him and her own hot thoughts to keep her warm at night. Well he is a fine specimen of a man so you can hardly blame her for having one or two (more like nightly) sexual fantasies of him. It’s not until she almost gets a sideshow viewing of him in action that her imagination goes into overdrive.

They don’t always see each other with the amount of travelling he does for business but have had a steady contact with emails, calls and texts over the years. She is definitely his go to person and one of his most valued members of staff. On Thanksgiving weekend she has the task of staying at his place in Charlotte to watch over the computer systems for his company, watching for anything that might go wrong over the busy period. She is meant to be there alone but gets a shock when Black arrives late that night, and he’s not alone. It’s the wake up call that has her thinking of all the things she wants to do to him and him to her. It’s quite the performance he puts in and she can hear everything. His door is wide open so if she wanted a closer look she would get an eyeful. Not knowing quite how to play it, as Blake clearly forgot she was there, she decides to go for comical value. She writes down a scorecard of her thoughts on his actions – soundtrack, longevity, variety and overall score – holding it up for him to see the moment he walks in. Luckily she gets the reaction she was hoping for and they laugh it off. Knowing that he is meant to be getting ready for his skiing trip and would more than likely miss the plane if she didn’t help, she shuttles him off to the airport, leaving her some much needed alone time back at his place. While checking some of the computers though she comes across a video call recording of Blake. Clearly he didn’t know he was recording but she is keen for any bit of him she can get. While what he is talking about isn’t relevant she starts to have some fun mimicking his actions from the screen onto herself. It’s the closest she can have to having his hands really on her.

All that changes though when she gets an emergency call saying he has been involve in an accident. While out snowboarding he has damaged his leg and now he is immobile. He needs her help more than ever and for more than just an employee. I think Blake subconsciously saw Maggie as more than just an employee though way before the accident. I mean she was his in case of emergency person for goodness sake. So for the coming weeks she gets into a pattern with working and caring for Blake. The more time they spend together the closer they become, almost like one unit. You can see her feelings growing and his mind changing with how he behaves. When he can get around by himself again she goes home, not really wanting to be around to see him go back to his womanizing ways.

She is all set for an image of the man she can’t get out of her head for company along with a glass of wine and her magic hand to bring in the New Year. Lets hope Blake sees the light and realises where he should be when the ball finally drops ringing in the New Year. In his woman’s arms holding on tight for the fun ride life is going to take them on.

Loved getting inside Maggie’s head as her thoughts made for a very funny read. Even though it is a short read you are invested in the characters as their fun back and forth dialogue will keep you hooked. Really like this series and will definitely continue with it. Even though this is the second in the series they can both be read as standalones.


4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from Be My Book Boyfriend for my honest review.


Jody was born and raised in New York City and is an only child of an English professor. After 9/11/2001 and a line of duty injury, she left her role as an EMT with FDNY-EMS for a quieter life. She pursued Bachelor’s degrees at Arizona State University in Molecular Biosciences and English. Her love of books and introduction to the Indie book world led to many wonderful friendships, and the drive to write and publish was ignited. Jody loves to travel and meet new people and has lived in five states and has visited 48 out of 50 US states.

Jody is a single mom to her daughter Ariel Elizabeth and her cat, Bullet.


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