First Strike

Rated 4.75/5 based on 4 reviews
When broadcast journalist Laura Nilsson and active-duty Navy SEAL Javier Corbray meet in a hotel bar in Dubai City, all they want is a no-strings-attached hookup. Neither of them has any idea how deeply this weekend of mind-blowing sex will impact their emotions—or where their passion will eventually lead. Warning: This novella ends with a cliffhanger. More
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Language: English
ISBN: 9780983875970
About Pamela Clare

USA Today best-selling author Pamela Clare began her writing career as a columnist and investigative reporter and eventually became the first woman editor-in-chief of two different newspapers. Along the way, she and her team won numerous state and national honors, including the National Journalism Award for Public Service and the Keeper of the Flame Lifetime Achievement Award. A single mother with two college-aged sons, she writes historical romance and contemporary romantic suspense within view of Colorado's beautiful Rocky Mountains.

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Review by: Jo-Anne Boyko on Nov. 08, 2013 :
Laura Nilsson is a news reporter who covers news in dangerous situations in countries very different from North America. Javier Corbray is a handsome special operations Navy SEAL on a weekend leave. First Strike is the erotic prequel to Striking Distance and tells us how Javier and Laura met. They were at a restaurant in Dubai when two men approached Laura and would not leave. Being a SEAL Javier felt had to help Laura by getting rid of the men. Javier and Laura end up having a drink and talking a bit. They decide to have sex - no strings attached. This was tricky for them because in Dubai there are laws that unmarried men and women cannot be alone together so they had to be very careful.

At the end of the weekend, they leave each other as agreed but both are thinking that they will find the other someday. Then there is the epilogue which is two months later and tells us something awful happens to Laura. Javier swears he will get back at the ones responsible. Definitely a cliff hanger ending.

I won this book in a giveaway from Blithely Bookish Blog.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sharon LaRoche on Nov. 06, 2013 :
I just love Pamela Clare! She has done it again.


In this prequel we fine out how Javier and Laura meet. They are both in Dubai. Laura is working as a reporter and Javier is on a short reprieve from being on duty as a Navy Seal. They meet under circumstances that leaves Laura all hot and bothered.

The two quickly settle on having a weekend of no-strings-attached, wild, crazy, passionate off the charts sex. And that is exactly what it is. Pamela Clare can certainly write some steamy sex scenes. :)

Things were bit tricky though. In Dubai there are rules/laws and Laura and Javier need to be discrete. They weren't able to be seen in public as a couple. They had to keep their hands and mouths to themselves which for them wasn't any easy task. This only intensifies their desire for each other. When they connect, be it against the wall, in the tub/shower or on the bed, things are explosive.

But as their weekend together is coming to an end both Javier and Laura are having feelings neither one are willing to admit too. They say their goodbyes and wish things could be different. Both secretly promising to reconnect.

The epilogue takes us two months later and something horrible happens to Laura. Javier vows revenge. And now I cannot wait to read Striking Distance! Only 5 more days!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lise Tissot on Nov. 02, 2013 :
Ce nouvel opus de Pamela Clare est en fait un prequel, une mise en bouche avant le tome 6, d'ores et déjà très attendu. Dans cette nouvelle érotique, on assiste à la première rencontre entre les personnages principaux du tome 6 : Javier et Laura.

Laura est une journaliste d'investigation, un grand reporter mondialement reconnue qui n'hésite pas à se frotter aux réalités de la guerre pour informer le grand public. Javier est un navy SEAL de retour d'Afghanistan.
Ils vont se croiser le temps d'un week-end aux Emirats Arabes Unis, à Dubaï. Et quel week-end ... Ils se rencontrent dans un des grands hôtels de la ville, il la reconnaît immédiatement, et bien qu'elle ne soit pas son type de femme, il s'enflamme pour elle en moins de deux. Elle ne le connaît pas, mais "l'alphatittude" absolue qu'il dégage, son charisme et son charme ravageur la font craquer tout de suite.

D'un commun accord, ils décident de s'offrir un week-end de passion, sans aucun engagement, aucune attache. Cette limitation dans le temps donne à leur relation une dimension d'urgence, d'intensité. En trois jours, ils vont vivre une folle passion qui va les conduire infiniment plus loin que ce qu'ils avaient prévu.

Puisqu'ils sont à Dubaï, ils vont devoir être particulièrement prudents : ne pas être vus ensemble dans certains lieux publics (encore moins entrer en même temps dans la même chambre), faire attention à tous leurs gestes, être très discrets, sous peine de se retrouver emprisonné et/ou fouetté en public. Cet élément apporte une tension supplémentaire, et offre en même temps quelques moments drôles qui font retomber la pression (et qui incluent un placard, un coup de téléphone et une grand-mère en guise de bonne excuse).

Au fil des heures qui passent, leur relation gagne en intensité, les scènes sont de plus en plus fortes. C'est une vraie belle romance érotique, avec un lien très passionné qui se créée entre Javier et Laura, alors même que le temps joue en leur défaveur. J'avoue que ça faisait longtemps que je n'avais pas lu une romance érotique aussi intense et sexy, avec une pointe d'émotion, alors je tire mon chapeau à Pamela Clare, qui a réussi à me faire chavirer.

L'auteur le dit elle-même dans un très chouette prologue, ne comptez pas sur un happy end à la fin de ce livre, puisque le livre se termine sur un cliffhanger ... qui m'a laissé l'estomac complètement noué. Il ne reste plus qu'à attendre la sortie du tome 6 pour connaître la suite !
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jan Gordon on Oct. 20, 2013 :
Pamela Clare is a traditionally published author, however she self-pubs some of her titles.

First Strike is a prequel to her next full-length novel which is due to be released on November 5th. Only 60+ pages, but every page is packed. It's a sensual, sexy, amazing story with a cliff-hanger that leaves me panting for Striking Distance (her next novel). The ending also brought tears to my eyes.

So many self-pubbed books are riddled with typos or continuity errors. I tried as hard as I could, but I couldn't find a single error.

Pamela, I knew it was going to be good and I wasn't disappointed. Five stars.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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