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First Strike: The Erotic Prequel to Striking Distance (I-Team) Paperback – April 30, 2014
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I really like this heroine, Laura: a tall, cool blonde, a world-famous journalist, sure and brave, and a sexually confident woman. And the hero... this taste of Javier only makes me want more of him: brave and protective, a sexy Navy SEAL, and one hot Latin lover. I loved the voice of his character, the feel of him, caring and macho and also pretty damn sweet. I already love this sexy man. And that glimpse of possessiveness and dominating alpha male we see in the bedroom was way hot.
This is an erotic short story about a weekend of no-strings sex, some fun on the down-time, a way to relax and unwind and to connect with a stranger in a foreign country, but the sex leads to more for Laura and Javi, a much deeper connection in the making. It was sensual and erotic, but the author also made sure to include a sense of tenderness to it all. I really liked that about the story. It was more than sex, it felt more, and it makes me want to see this couple be together.
Since this is a prequel, it does end in a cliffhanger, one that left me feeling very anxious and worried for Laura. It was exciting and scary at the same time. A perfect set-up for what's to come in Striking Distance, which I think is going to be good, very good, and emotional, too.
First Strike is a terrific sensual novella written by romantic suspense writer Pamela Clare that puts the focus on two people fated to meet in Dubai for rest and relaxation: Javier Cobray, a USNavy Seal, and an investigative reporter, Laura Nilsson. What happens then is a steamy, sex-filled erotic interval, illegal in Dubai for ex-pat Americans, especially women.
Much more than sex takes place, as they reluctantly say their goodbyes at the end of three amazing days (and nights) together--and she goes back to her reporting beat, he returns to duty with the Teams.
But Javier can't get her out of his head . . .
Two months later, during a beer and brat barbeque downtime, Javier and his fellow Team members are horrified to witness Laura's live TV broadcasted kidnapping by al-Qaeda terrorists...
He never told anyone about that wonderful weekend...and he is shattered...
This is a cliffhanger for the upcoming Striking Distance, setting the stage for the next steps in a dangerous journey between terrorist's revenge and Javier and Laura's struggle to recover, to survive and to finally love without fear . . .
United Arab Emirates
July 14, 2009
First Strike is the novella prequel to Pamela Clare’s soon to be released Striking Distance, the sixth book in her incredibly popular I-Team series. Originally this was part of the Striking Distance prologue, but Javier and Laura’s first encounter was so passionate and so intense, in the interest of page count and mainstream publishing, it either had to be watered down, or it had to be cut.
Thankfully Ms. Clare is an author who, one way or another, tells her stories the way she wants them told. Because watering it down wasn't an option for her, she cut it from Striking Distance and has given us First Strike, the self published, no holds barred story of Javi and Laura’s lust-at-first-sight meeting in Dubai, and their wild, no strings attached, sex-filled weekend that follows. But rest assured – this is Pamela Clare we’re talking about, so the whole 'no strings' thing? Yeah… that doesn’t work out quite the way Javi and Laura had planned.
If you’ve read Pamela’s books, you know she can write some very hot scenes, but trust me on this – until you’ve read First Strike, you ain’t read nothin’ yet! Just sayin'... for those of us who enjoy our stories on the steamier side, this is another benefit of her self publishing it! But I can’t stress this enough – yes, this is an erotic short story, but it’s not smut. It’s romantic, poignant, sweet, and definitely sexy, and I’m so happy to get this up close and very, very personal look at Javi and Laura's first meeting.
You probably already get this, but just to make sure there are no surprises, I'll spell it out - since this is the prequel to their story, there's no HEA, yet. Also, if you've read the cover blurb for Striking Distance, you've probably figured out that things didn't go well for Laura after she and Javi parted ways in Dubai. What I'm telling you is that this novella ends in a cliffhanger, but not an unexpected one, and you won't have to wait long to find out what happens because Striking Distance is due out November 5th, 2013.
I can't tell you how happy I am that Pamela gave us this novella because we couldn't have gotten this part of the story any other way, and that would have been a huge loss for us readers. Not only is First Strike off the charts sexy, it’s still every bit Ms. Clare's brilliant style of storytelling, introducing us to characters who capture our hearts and stories that keep us coming back for more.
Many thanks to Pamela Clare for providing me with a copy of this novella in exchange for an honest review.
The I-Team reading order so far:
1. Extreme Exposure
1.5 Heaven Can't Wait - a novella found in the out of print anthology Catch of the Day and on ebook
2. Hard Evidence
3. Unlawful Contact
4. Naked Edge
5. Breaking Point
5.5. Skin Deep
5.9. First Strike
6. Striking Distance
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I had to drink a glass of cold water for that one. But it establishes the relationship between the main characters for the book, Striking Distance.