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review 2017-07-17 21:32
Slow pace
The Guardian: A Standalone Romance Novel... The Guardian: A Standalone Romance Novel - Pamela Ann

The story started out with a good pace and what I thought would be an interesting and fun storyline, then it went off the rails. There is cheating in this tale and I know that some find it offensive. While I don't agree with cheating - ever - I can read about it and it has nothing to do with my rating on this one. What did affect my rating was the agonizingly slow pace and the constant back and forth and miscommunication between Jared and Gisele. It became tedious and after awhile it was no surprise when they were on the outs once again. The book is quite long and eventually, I just didn't care if this couple worked it out or not. There were also several extraneous circumstances - I say extraneous because they were just dropped without resolution or explanation. I did finish the book, mainly because I can't start a book and not finish, but this one was way too easy to set aside and finishing began to feel like a chore about halfway through.

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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 2017-07-11 01:47
Vampires Gone Wild
Vampires Gone Wild (Supernatural Underground) - Amanda Arista, Kim Falconer, Pamela Palmer,Kerrelyn Sparks

V is for VampWoman 2*
Pam wants to try and help fight the Malcontents. In the past, she has been afraid and cowardly. 
Now she wants to change that. Mikhail has secretly admired Pam from afar (but thought she was vain/selfish, etc). 
I used to really like this series. But as it has gone on (and on), I've just lost interest. This series was one of the first paranormals I read, so it will always have a special place in my heart. There are other series that I've liked more. I found myself not really caring. 

A Forever Love 3* 
Elizabeth meet Lucas and they dated. Always seeing him at night, waking up in the morning and he would be gone. Then he just disappears. Fast forward 2 years. She has dated, but no one (of course!!!!) can compare to Lucas. There are people disappearing randomly in the DC area. Elizabeth becomes one of them. 
This was interesting with the alternative DC that parallels the real one. It turns out, this was made for vampires and the magic is failing. This has lead to the vampires who where there being trapped there; when the magic failed, which included Lucas. This is also why random people are disappearing. Not much of the plot is spent elaborating on this. What the fuck is up with that ending?! I deducted for that ending. 

First Dates Are Hell 3.5*
Could tell this one was part of a series (I've read book 1 and decided to not read the other 2). There was definitely a history between Val (Valiance) and Violet. Val meets Esme while buying sheets. It turns out Esme is fae and most people don't see her/overlook her. She doesn't know she is fae and handled it well. Interesting first date, well paced, lots of action. 

Blood and Water 3*
This started out very interesting. Interesting concept- mermen/mermaids, but need blood to be able to walk on land. Takes place in San Francisco, right before the earthquake in 1906. Decent build-up and pacing, but I would have liked more information (Stellan is very interested in the Golden Gate Bridge). It started out well, but I thought it was rushed and thus fizzled at the end.

 

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