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review 2017-07-13 16:09
Dead by Midnight by Pamela Clare
Dead By Midnight: An I-Team Christmas (I-Team After Hours) - Pamela Clare

Kara and Reece Sheridan, Sophie and Marc Hunter, and Kat and Gabe Rossiter find themselves attending different Christmas parties at the same hotel, alongside the employees of Denver Independent. But what starts as a pleasant night out among friends, soon turns into a nightmare when members of a Colombian drug cartel seize the hotel and take more than 300 people hostage.

Now, it’s up to those inside and those frantically trying to help them from the outside to keep one step ahead of the terrorists and make it out of the hotel alive.


I’m so glad this series went off with a bang instead of a splutter. This is what I expect from a I-Team story. A good dose of romance (multiple in this case), a heaping pile of action and suspense, with just the right amount of drama, danger, and angst.

It was lovely seeing the gang (more or less) together again. The relationships and friendships that have developed between the characters were always tangible and realistic, but the extremely dangerous situation in this story brought them even more to the fore. These people are not only friends, they’re family, and they’re willing to do anything in their power to keep their family from getting hurt.
It was especially heartwarming seeing the bond between Julian and Marc, knowing how it had grown throughout the books, until they finally acknowledged it in words not only in action and exchange of good-natured insults.

The action was gripping, intense, and edge-of-your-seat, the danger more than real, a few situations rather dire, making me think it was all over...But it ended as it was supposed to. With a happily ever after not only for each individual couple, but for their large family as well.

Loved it.

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review 2017-07-13 07:15
Seduction Game by Pamela Clare
Seduction Game - Pamela Clare

Holly Elise Bradshaw, a.k.a. Horny Holly, the entertainment journalist for the Denver Independent, isn’t what she seems. Her flamboyant, fashionista, sexy and carefree persona isn’t just who she really is, it’s also a cover...A cover that’s about to be blown wide open thanks to her hot and sexy neighbor who just happens to be a rogue CIA officer intent on kidnapping and interrogating her.

As soon as Nick Andris realizes just who Holly works for, he knows he’s been set up. Someone at the Agency is snipping off loose ends, and it looks like Nick is going to be the patsy. Unless, he gets Holly to forgive him, and help him clear his name while also keeping her alive.


I’ve come to expect great stories in this series. Wonderful characters, amazing romance, intense suspense...Unfortunately, this story seemed to be written by a completely different author.

It felt all over the place, erratic, and hurried. I felt like pieces of it were missing, scenes, maybe even entire chapters important for the overall story progress, and character and romance development as well.

We were at point A, then suddenly at point B with absolutely no recollection of how we got there. There was no or barely some semblance of “path” between the two points, two plot elements.
A good example is the first love scene between Holly and Nick. There was no (evident) progress in their acquaintance, no tension, nothing...They just took their clothes off and went for it.
I could say the same for their entire so-called romance. It just was. One moment they didn’t know each other, the next they were lovers, five minute later they were in love. But there was no reason why. Why was Nick in love with her? Was it because she was smart? Was it because she was beautiful? Was it because she used her wits to trick him in thinking her helpless? Was it because she withstood torture? Was it because she was good in bed?
And why was Holly in love with Nick? Especially after all he’s done to her. Yes, he was good-looking, good in bed, he protected her...
Their love materialized with a snap of the fingers without much motivation or reason behind it. And I didn’t believe one second of it. They had sex. Good sex. Hot sex. I just didn’t buy them being in love. And still don’t.

There was not much character development in the story either. Which explains the lack of romance, I suppose. The two of them just were. From beginning to end, there wasn’t much change in their characters, except for when Holly dropped her bimbo act. The only visible change was their love for each other—end character development.

I really couldn’t care less about these two, and I felt the whole secret identity Holly had going on was a bit too “easy”, perfectly crafted for the story itself and for the pairing with her hero, but that was it. I didn’t buy it and I didn’t believe it. It was just too perfect.

The saving grace for this book was the suspense. Well, the mystery of it. I was looking forward to the two uncovering who the real bad guy was, and his motive. That final scene in the warehouse (or wherever they were) was also good. Pity the gang arrived too late for them also to kick some butt.
Still, it was nice seeing the I-Team family together, working toward their common goal of protecting Holly, although I felt that the guy went a little overboard with their protective-big-brother act.

I didn’t really enjoy this one, although it had its brief moments.

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review 2017-07-12 06:37
Soul Deep by Pamela Clare
Soul Deep: An I-Team After Hours Novella (Volume 2) - Pamela Clare

When Janet Killeen slides off the icy road, and spends the night freezing in her car, the last person she wants to rescue her is Jack West, the asshole rancher who’d thrown her off his ranch the year before when she was protecting Laura Nilsson.

But it is Jack who rescues her, offering his home for the week, hoping to make up for his brusque manner the last time he met the beautiful FBI agent and soon Janet stirs more than Jack’s protective and nurturing instincts...


What a perfect little story this was. It made me smile, it made me laugh, it made me happy.

I loved the MCs were an older couple, because let’s face it, older people are in love, too, feel attraction, and have sex. And Jack and Janet were such a lovely couple to read about. Both adult, mature, in tune with their feelings, nature and disposition. They actually communicated, and they were equals.

Their romance might’ve been rather quick, their feelings instantaneous, but as Jack said, at that age, there’s no point beating around the bush. It was quick, but their maturity and age helped with the realism of it, if I might use that word.
They knew their own minds and their characters, they knew what they were looking for, they knew what they needed, and when they actually found it, they embraced it. Individually, they were strong characters that slowly turned into a power couple. And their courtship was romantic, sweet, sexy, and, yeah, very hot.

The suspense was interesting, maybe not really serving to propel the story and/or the romance forward, but provided a nice little mystery.
The last part of the story was a bit sappy, true, but it brought a stupid grin on my face, so I’m happy.

The entire story brought a stupid grin to my face. I’ve loved Jack West since he appeared in his son’s book and I’m glad he found his second happily ever after, and they were absolutely adorable together...And that last surprise. Yeah, I’m grinning again.

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review 2017-07-10 06:26
Striking Distance by Pamela Clare
Striking Distance - Pamela Clare

Javier “Cobra” Corbray and the world watched Laura Nilsson being kidnapped on live TV. Two days later, the terrorist who kidnapped her told the world she was dead, and Javier swore vengeance.

Eighteen months later, he finally gets his chance. Leading a SEAL Team on a raid to a terrorist compound, he can’t wait to get his hands on the bastard who killed Laura. Then, a tall figure breaks away from the gaggle of “wives” in burkas, claiming to be an American...Underneath the burka is Laura Nilsson. Alive.

Two years later, Laura is finally feeling like herself again, but after the terrorist who tortured her for almost two years, calls a fatwa on her head at his trial, the old fear is back. Fleeing back to Denver, amid the FBI’s doubts her life is truly in danger, Laura comes face to face with yet another ghost from her past, Javier Corbray.


I don’t know how to explain it, but I feel slightly disappointed by this story. It wasn’t bad, far from it, but unlike what the blurb or the prequel or the prologue “promised”, the final result didn’t really reach the mark.
It was emotional, yet, despite rather similar experiences by both heroines, Megan’s book packed a bigger punch. It was also suspenseful, yet didn’t bring the intensity of the previous books in this series.

After the heart-rate-elevating prologue everything sort of slowed down, the suspense lost its strength and momentum, and the romance ended up being rather lukewarm.
The intimate scenes were still hot, as per usual, but I didn’t exactly feel the connection between Javier and Laura. They had more steam and chemistry in the prequel than in their full-length novel, which is to be expected after what Laura has been through, but even once that hurdle was behind them, they never really sizzled in an emotional kind of way.
I didn’t feel their romance was organic, it seemed the love came out of left field. It felt more like Laura was simply clinging to that last good memory before her ordeal and built up a fantasy, while Javier looked more like he respected her strength and valor instead of really having true feelings for her.
Or maybe it’s just me.

I really expected something more from this story. I wanted an emotional draining journey, not just for the characters, but for me as a reader as well. I wanted a more nail-biting suspense, instead of this rather weak revenge-fueled plot. Because when everything came to light, the villain, the motive, etc. it felt very anti-climatic.

What really got my blood flowing was the prologue, and what got my tears flowing was Laura’s final decision about the secret she’s kept so long.

The rest of it was merely “meh”, something definitely missing.

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review 2017-07-09 06:26
First Strike by Pamela Clare
First Strike - Pamela Clare

Laura Nilsson and Javier Corbray meet in a Dubai restaurant, and spend the next three nights together. But what’s started as a no-string-no-future affair quickly changes, and each makes a personal resolution to seek out the other next time they’re stateside...But fate has other plans.


This was short, hot, and sexy, but, knowing what will happen in the epilogue and the next book in this series, incredibly bittersweet.

Two people determined to simply share their bodies for a short period of time end up with this strange connection to one another, and wanting more, much more.
The sex scenes were hot, the scenes where they acted like tourists in Dubai sweet, that last kiss on the beach, and their last night together intense with that promise of something more, with a promise of a possible future.

Then the epilogue strikes, and although you know about the next book, the kidnapping scene is scary, and that last scene of grief in the shower, the promise of retribution chilling.

I can’t wait to read about what happens next and about why things happened the way they did.

Also, it was a nice surprise meeting Nate West before he met Megan.

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