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Sweet Release: Kenleigh-Blakewell Family Saga, Book 1 (Volume 1) Paperback – February 1, 2013
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"A stunning debut novel that captures hearts and imaginations from page one, Sweet Release delivers a sensuous tale of lust, betrayal, redemption and freedom." ---RT Book Reviews --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
About the Author
USA Today best-selling author Pamela Clare began her writing career as an investigative journalist and eventually became the first woman editor of two different newspapers. Along the way, she won numerous state and national honors, including the National Journalism Award for Public Service and Colorado Society of Professional Journalist's Keeper of the Flame Lifetime Achievement Award. A single mother with two grown sons, she writes historical romance and contemporary romantic suspense.
Untamed (MacKinnon's Rangers series #2)
Defiant (MacKinnon's Rangers series #3)
Upon A Winter's Night (MacKinnon's Rangers series #3.5)
Sweet Release (Kenleigh-Blakewell Family Saga #1)
Carnal Gift (Kenleigh-Blakewell Family Saga #2)
Ride the Fire ( (Kenleigh-Blakewell Family Saga #3)
Her romantic suspense titles include:
I-Team Series --
Extreme Exposure (I-Team #1)
Heaven Can't Wait (I-Team #1.5)
Hard Evidence (I-Team #2)
Unlawful Contact (I-Team #3
Naked Edge (I-Team #4)
Breaking Point (I-Team #5)
Skin Deep (I-Team #5.5)
First Strike ( (I-Team #5.9)
Striking Distance ( (I-Team #6)
She lives in her home state of Colorado in the shadow of the beautiful Rocky Mountains.
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The chemistry and love between these two was extremely sexy but also really touching. Cassie and Alec's romance was full of passion, and the things they say and do for each other moved me emotionally. Their's was no easy road without obstacles but they endure, and protect, and love each other throughout the entire ordeal. I caught myself with tears in my eyes a couple of times for the heartbreak they go through and the faith they have in each other.
There were many characters in this book most of whom were great except of course for the villain, Geoffrey, and one of Cassie's bondswomen, Elly, who I couldn't stand. This is book 1 in the Blakewell/Kenleigh Family Trilogy, and I'm so looking forward to "Carnal Gift" next. Just a beautiful and heartfelt love story with a well thought out and engaging plot. I was extremely impressed with Ms. Clare's writing and would recommend this book to one and all =)
Both Cassie's and Alec's lives are threatened during the book, and I felt nervous for them, wanting their predicaments resolved. Cassie is a wonderful character - smart and resourceful, while doing the "man's work" of running the plantation. Alec is simply one of the best romantic heroes I've read in a long time. Strong, kind, incredibly masculine, and realistically written with an attitude towards women that was appropriate for the time. Similarly, I appreciated the way slavery was addressed in the book. It's not an issue that can or should be glossed over, and it would be unrealistic to expect every romance novel taking place in the slavery era to feature characters who are crusaders for freedom. Cassie's family owns slaves, and she justifies it by saying that she treats them well and that she protects them from worse treatment they may suffer outside of her protection. Alec challenges her on this, but he eventually realizes that his shipbuilding business makes him complicit in the slave trade.
There's no graceful segue here, but I have to mention the HOT sex scenes. There are only a few of them, but they are very erotic.
I will be reading more from Pamela Clare!
Nice story line that kept me riveted from cover to cover. Great character development for the hero and the heroin, nice sub characters who supported the plot perfectly. The villain as detestable as he should be with shallow and mean motive . The romance between the lead characters as intense as usual by Pamela Clare and the sex between them sizzling and hot.
What can I say?! Absolutely recommendable!
The novel is set in the early 1700's.
I thought the book was well written. The plot was very egaging and the characters where well developed.
I love historical novels. This one has a good plot and great historical detail. Although I did find it somewhat long, I didn't really consider it slow paced except for a few areas. It had contrived and predictable meetings and missunderstandings that novels in the romance genre tend to have. I also found the love scenes way too long and detailed.
Because of the "romance" flaws, I give it 4 stars instead of 5.