Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Review: Striking Distance by Pamela Clare

Striking Distance 
by Pamela Clare
Series:  I-Team #6
Pub. Date:  Nov. 5, 2013
Publisher:  Berkley
Pages:  385
Format:  eBook
Source:  Purchased

My Rating:  
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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.

Pamela Clare is the queen of romantic suspense. I forgot how much I love this series, and I have been hoarding this book for a while, saving it for a reading slump. Luckily I started reading it at home, because I was a watering pot before I even finished the prologue. I recommend that you read First Strike before starting Striking Distance, as it gives the short story of how Laura and Javier met over a weekend in Dubai. I think knowing their origins gave more depth to the story and made it all the more emotional knowing what Laura went through.

Our heroine, Laura Nilsson, was an investigative reporter covering dangerous human interest stories in the Middle East. During a live news report, she is kidnapped by a group of Al Qaeda, which is followed by 18 months of hell for Laura. Laura was a strong female character whose courage and perseverance were inspiring.

Our hero, Javier, a Navy SEAL, is devastated when he sees Laura's abduction live on the air, and later learns that Al Nassar said he killed her. Javier has vowed to take down Al Nassar, even though his commanders don't know his connection to Laura. That vow was how Javier came to be on the team that infiltrated Al Nassar's camp to capture the terrorist leader, and discovered that Laura was alive. Javier's rescue of Laura triggers a series of events that eventually bring them back together, even though they are not the same people who spent that amazing first weekend in Dubai. Javier is the typical hero that we have seen in the I-Team novels - strong, capable and protective of their women. I loved Javier and the way he helped Laura get over the things that happened to her in captivity.

I recommend this book to anyone who loves a steamy romance with a good dose of danger and suspense. Keep your tissues handy, because this one is a tearjerker. 

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