Sunday, May 22, 2016

Very Short Thoughts: Striking Distance

Striking Distance

by Pamela Clare
Book 6 of I-Team series

~ Goodreads ~

Rating:  4.5 Stars

Her past is a secret—even to her.
Discovering it will be the most dangerous move of her life.

TV reporter Laura Nilsson, known as the "Baghdad Babe," spent eighteen months in an Al Qaeda compound after being kidnapped live on the air. Two years later, she's still wondering why.

No rescue mission in Javier Corbray's fourteen years as a Navy SEAL affected him the way Laura's rescue did. No woman has stirred his protective instincts the way she has. And he wants her more than he's ever wanted anyone.

As Laura and Javier's passion ignites, so does Laura's need to discover the mystery of her past. Especially when she learns that her abduction was not random—and that she's still a target for a killer with an impenetrable motive. Now Javier will have to rely on his skills to keep the woman he loves from being struck down before she dares uncover the truth.

Another great one from Pamela Clare with plenty of intriguing, suspenseful action. As per usual, great character insight, story progression, and a sizzling romance to wrap up the entire package. Javier and Laura present an awesome couple and we get to see much of previous characters from the rest of the series.

I hadn't been in the mood to write a review when I first finished reading this book in 2013, a little over two years ago.  And to be honest, I don't how much I remember to be able to add onto this review and make that previous paragraph not look so lonely.  But I DID just finish listening to the audio book, narrated by the awesome Kaleo Griffith, who seems able to make every male hero of Pamela's I-Team series sound oh-so-sexy, and realized that I liked this book a whole lot more than when I'd simply read the book.

And thus, the rating had gotten changed, though I can't recall what the original rating had been.

Anyway, mainly what I remember about this Striking Distance is that, no different than the previous installments of I-Team, it is jam-packed with ongoing suspense and thrill.  We get a nice bodyguard device to top it off.

Javier and Laura make an excellent couple, both as friends and as lovers.

And that's really all I remember.

On a side note:  Pamela wrote a novella about these two, which she had explained prior to its publication, was supposed to be the prologue for Striking Distance.  But her scenario ended up getting longer and longer and the next thing she knew, she had more material than would fit in a prologue.

And thus I-Team #5.9: First Strike was born.  This novella details the short duration of time when Javier first met Laura in Dubai City and had a steamy, sexy, secret love affair.  Although as is with any Pamela Clare work (or any romance genre story, period), the two also shared so much more than just a few days of passion.

First Strike is a lovely novella to jump start readers into the following full-length novel, Striking Distance.

This review was originally posted at Goodreads in November 2013.

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