Monday, May 13, 2019

Pat's Review: Hard Target

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Hard Target by Pamela Clare
Publisher: Pamela Clare (April 25th, 2019)
Series: Cobra Elite, 1
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Derek Tower has spent his life at war, first as a Green Beret and then as the owner of a private black-ops company, Cobra International Security. When a high-ranking US senator asks Cobra to protect his daughter, a midwife volunteering in Afghanistan, Derek’s gut tells him to turn the senator down. The last thing he wants to do is babysit an aid worker. But Jenna isn’t just another assignment. She’s also the younger sister of his best friend, the man who died taking bullets meant for him. There’s no way Derek can refuse.

Jenna Hamilton doesn’t need a bodyguard, especially not one hired by her intrusive and controlling father. She knew the risks when she signed on to work in rural Afghanistan, and the hospital already has armed security. She also doesn’t need the distraction of a big, brooding operative skulking about, even if he is her late brother’s best friend—and sexy as hell. As far as she’s concerned, he can pack up his Humvee and drive into the sunset. And, no, nothing her hormones have to say about him will change her mind.

From the moment his boots hit the ground in Afghanistan, Derek does his best to win Jenna over, posing as her brother so the two of them can spend time alone. Except that what he feels for her is anything but brotherly. Stolen moments lead to secret kisses—and an undeniable sexual attraction that shakes them both to the core. But events have been set into motion that they cannot escape. When a ruthless warlord sets his sights on Jenna, Derek will do whatever it takes to keep her safe, even if it costs him his heart—or his life. 

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Pat's Review:

This first in a new romantic suspense series is a must read. The series is a spin off from her award winning I-Team series, and I couldn’t wait to read it.

Fast action, wonderful characters -- both old and new, suspense, and a very romantic love story had me reading long past my bedtime!

Derek Tower and his co-owner of Cobra security are professionals. Both Derek and Javier Cobray are seasoned special ops agents and their company provides operatives for government and private companies. Derek is approached by a senator, well known to Derek, asking for his help to bring his daughter Jenna home from her volunteer work in Afghanistan. She is a midwife providing services to Afghan women and training future midwives. Kidnapping is not out of the equation. Senator Hamilton is on the Armed Services Committee, but more importantly he is the father of Derek’s best friend, who was killed in a firefight protecting Derek. Derek has never trusted Hamilton, totally refuses to kidnap her, but is willing to provide security for her, and bring her home when she’s ready.

The portrayal of life for a woman/girl in Afghanistan is heartbreaking. A colleague of Jenna’s remarks that “It is better to be a goat in Afghanistan then a woman.” Derek poses as Jenna’s half brother to be able to get close to her, and he won’t leave until she does, or he gets her somewhere safe. The atmosphere changes quickly, and becomes more dangerous by the minute. Her dependence on Derek changes from her protector to her lover and that poses a risk to them both.

It’s hard to know the good guys from the bad guys, but the suspense holds to the end. The epilogue is funny and sweet, and for I-Team fans it is a definite win.

I am very excited to have a new series to devour and stay up late reading!


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Source: Bought

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Thanks for the review, Pat! 


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