Son Of A Itch by S.D. Skye Review & Giveaway

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On the lam from the FBI, the ICE PHANTOM continues with plans to defect to Moscow but not before seeking revenge on J.J. McCall. Meanwhile, the FBI commences Task Force PHANTOM HUNTER, a team ordered by Director Russell Freeman to track down suspected Russian illegals within the U.S. Intelligence Community—and not a moment too soon. An agent of the Russian Intelligence Services is targeting the nerve center of U.S. national security, taking the lie-detecting FBI Agent and her cohorts’ next mole hunt to the highest echelons of the U.S. government.

J.J. and her co-case agent lead the motley crew of spy catchers while she struggles to deal with sobriety, conflicting feelings for Tony and Six, and an egotistical Secret Service agent whose jurisdictional stonewalling complicates her every effort to identify the culprit before he gets away—with murder.

Tony’s wannabe girlfriend bounced in the door with all the cheer of a drunken valley girl, gazelle graceful in her four-inch stilettos and body-hugging cranberry-colored pantsuit. After flipping her irritatingly thick Pantene hair behind her shoulder, she smiled and sang a bright, “Good morning!”

J.J. grabbed a handful of chocolate with the quickness of a hungry toddler. “Gia, you made it,” J.J. replied in a flat tone, offering a polite but grudging head nod. Her ears and cheeks warmed as she soundlessly growled and narrowed her eyes. “Please make yourself comfortable,” she said as the words “on Mars” flitted through her mind. She stuffed a handful of M&Ms in her mouth and waited for the next arrival.

“Wouldn’t miss it for the world,” Gia replied, carefree and nonchalant, full of herself because in the contest for the heart of Tony Donato, she’d scored a major victory over J.J. by all appearances. A flirtatious grin edged the corners of her lips upward when Tony arrived seconds later, in all his muscled Italian glory. A towering hunk of olive-colored fine. Her voice bounced as she sang, “Ciao, Signore Donato.”

Show off, J.J. groused as she shifted in her chair, cocked her head to the side and shook it in disbelief at Gia’s shameless pandering. J.J. had sensed an attraction between the two. Her fears were confirmed by Tony’s first lie.

I love a good spy movie but I will admit that I had never read a spy thriller until I picked up The Seven Year Itch by S.D. Skye. It is the first book in the J.J. McCall series, and after reading it I knew I had to move on to Son Of A Itch. Son Of A Itch picks up where the first one stops so I will make it clear that this is not a standalone.

To be quite frank, J.J. is a badass!! While reading these books, a part of me couldn’t stop thinking about Angelina Jolie’s character, Salt. She is a strong heroine but has a serious thorn in her side in Lana (must read the first book to understand her character and why she is a thorn). The writing is meticulous. I am not well-versed in FBI speak but Skye has a writing style that while it is quite detailed it did not leave me feeling lost.

I am normally a romance/chick lit kinda gal, but I absolutely love reading these books by S.D. Skye. They took me on a different kind of journey and into a world I will probably never experience on my own. And, to me the mark of an excellent book is when it transports you to another world and allows your mind to make its own movie.

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of The Son Of A Itch in exchange for an honest review.

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S.D. Skye is a former FBI Russian Counterintelligence Program Intelligence Analyst and supported two major programs during her 12-year tenure at the Bureau. She has personally witnessed the blowback the Intelligence Community suffered due to the most significant compromises in U.S. history, including the arrests of former CIA Case Officer Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen. She spent 20+ years supporting military and intelligence missions in the U.S. Intelligence Community.

Skye, an award winning author, is a member of the Maryland Writer’s Association, Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She’s addicted to writing and chocolate—not necessarily in that order—and currently lives in the Washington D.C. area with her son. Skye is hard at work on several projects, including the next installment of this exciting series.




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  1. Kelly Walker says:

    Sounds good

  2. nicola mcvea says:


  3. nicola mcvea says:

    Hi, have you always wanted to be a writer and publish books?? Who is your favourite author/genre to read? Thanks, Nicola

  4. Lori Moore says:

    Awesome giveaway

  5. I love the title of the book. Definitely caught my attention!

  6. Sandra Stroh says:

    Thanks for the chance

  7. Wow I like the sound of this book.Also normally read erotic romance. I but I love a good thriller. Excited to read this one.

  8. Donna Reynolds says:

    Sounds good hod did you pick the title? Thank you for the ggreat giveaway.

  9. Ashleigh Hazelwood Gross says:

    Wow the authors career must have given lots of story ideas!!! How cool!!

  10. Elise-Maria Barton says:

    Hi S.D.! I’m so caught up in the excerpts for Son of a Itch but I’ve got to catch up with Seven first. I was sreading some of the great reviews left on Amazon and I just laughed hysterically when one reviewer wrote “… J. J. is Jack Ryan with a vagina. Men, may be defensive about this book because of the authenticity of J.J.’s character and her skill sets. She is not some male fantasy Lara Croft wannabe.” I love it!!! Thanks for introducing us to J.J.

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  11. jodi marinich says:

    i have to say this is the best title ever…lol

  12. Rita Wray says:

    Great review, thank you.

  13. Thank you for hosting

  14. Melanie Montgomery says:

    I like books that take place in D.C.

  15. Tiffany, Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review!! Sorry it took so long for me to post but I just finished my backflips at the review! *squee!* lol If any one has questions, I’m happy to answer.

    First a big shout hello to those who have commented so far — Nicola, Kelly, Lori, Heather, Sandra, Donna, Elise, Jodi, Rita W, Melanie, & Rita! Thank you all for stopping by and I wish you all good luck on your entries.

    I’ll answer questions in the next posts! 🙂

  16. @Nicola — I’ve been a writer since I was a kid. I’ve been keeping journals since I was 7 or 8. I really didn’t think I could be a published author. I dreamed about it but didn’t think I could do it. Wasn’t until I hit the big 4-0 that I got over my fear and started writing to be published…and I haven’t looked back since.

    I read books in almost any genre. But because of my background with the FBI and in the Intelligence Community, it’s really tough for me to read thrillers or spy thrillers because I find myself constantly rolling my eyes. LOL It h as to be very well written to keep my attention for the entire book…and not too far off the grid from reality. But I read everything from chick lit to non-fiction. From Harry Potter to Waiting to Exhale. To me, a good story is a good story.

  17. @Donna — One of the cool things that I love about J.J. that gives her a bit of an edge in this world of spies, smoke, and mirrors, is that she is a born human lie detector. When she hears a lie, she feels a sensation in her skin that is akin to an itch. So that’s where the “ITCH” comes from in the title. The first book is The Seven Year Itch (she discovered the “superpower” when she was 7). The current release is Son of a Itch. Upcoming are A No Good Itch (later this year), That Crazy Itch, and Life’s an Itch–all named for her “superpower.” The source of the power is very much based in reality but it does add an interesting twist to the stories.

  18. Janice Mouret says:

    I have not read this series yet but it really looks interesting

  19. Great Giveaway and the book sounds really interesting!!!

  20. Looks like an interesting book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. Melissa Jones says:

    Sounds very interesting! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  22. catslady says:

    Something new for me – sounds good and thanks for the giveaway too!

  23. I should start this series…sounds like my kind of book. Thanks for sharing the review!!!

  24. Hi Jessie, Catslady, Melissa, Amie, Cynthia, and Janice! Thank you all for stopping by! I hope you’ll give the series a shot. One thing I wanted to do with these books is write a really strong female who is kicking butt in the spy world. J.J. McCall is actually based on a real-life FBI Agent with whom I worked on and off during my career at the Bureau. She was a supervisor in charge of running Russian espionage investigations. And she impressed the heck out of anyone who met her–including ME!. As a matter of fact she’s a senior executive to this day. We don’t see a lot of the J.J. McCalls of the world in books or movies, so this series was my way of bringing her story to light.

    And while the spy world isn’t familiar to a lot of people, I tried really hard to make these books accessible and relatable to anyone–no matter where you come from or what you do. It’s got a mix of romance, a little comedy, mystery, suspense, and what I hope are some pretty darn thrilling endings.

  25. Thank you for this super generous giveaway! and a gift card as well to purchase more reads. Thanks!

  26. Sounds great.thanks for the giveaway

  27. I love the cover! This book sounds really good. I’m adding it to my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway.

  28. Sounds great! Thanks for the excerpt and review! TY for the giveaway too 🙂

  29. Laura Thomas says:

    I LOVE the title!! Sounds awesome :)))

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