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.
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)
on Nov. 06, 2013 :
I just love Pamela Clare! She has done it again.
First Strike was a HOT.EROTIC.STEAMY.SEXY.SENSUAL read!
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)
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)