Friday, September 20, 2019

Pat's Review: Hard Asset

Hard Asset by Pamela Clare
Publisher: Pamela Clare (August 27, 2019)
Series: Cobra Elite, 2
Genre: Romantic Suspense

A perilous mission…

Shanti Lahiri’s tragic family history inspired her to fight for justice. Now a prosecutor with the International Criminal Court, she doesn’t have time for dating or relationships. When an investigation takes her to the Rohingya refugee camps in her father’s homeland of Bangladesh, the last thing she wants is an armed security team following her everywhere and frightening her already traumatized witnesses. But others who’ve tried to investigate these crimes have gone missing, and Shanti doesn’t want to be the next one to disappear. Despite her misgivings, she has no choice but to accept their protection. And, no, the fact that the team’s leader is lethally sexy has nothing to do with her decision.

An undeniable attraction…

Connor O’Neal left the Unit—Delta Force—after a decade of war, scarred both inside and out. Now an operative with Cobra International Security, he’s been tasked with protecting Shanti in one of the most dangerous parts of the world. He can handle anything the bad guys throw at him, but nothing prepares him for the instant attraction he feels to Shanti. From the first moment he sees her, he wants her. Too bad, because clients are strictly off-limits, and he’s a man who follows the rules—most of the time. Besides, he can’t afford any distractions when Shanti’s life is on the line.

A merciless enemy…

But something about Shanti breaks through Connor’s defenses, forcing him to confront his demons. As their mutual desire transforms into reckless passion, Shanti discovers evidence crucial to putting a mastermind of genocide behind bars. Connor knows her life is in immediate danger, but his plan to get her out of the country comes crashing down when a traitor strikes, leaving the two of them stranded in the jungles of Myanmar. Now on the run from a ruthless killer and his army, Connor and Shanti are fighting for survival—and a chance at the love of a lifetime.

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Pat's Review:

This is the second in the Cobra Elite Series and it’s an edge of your seat, roller coaster ride! We meet Connor O’Neal, former Delta Force and now part of Cobra Security, commander of this operation. The subject is Shanti Lahiri, an attorney working for the International Criminal Court. She is traveling to Bangladesh to get information and proof of genocide being perpetrated by one of the generals. Shanti’s father is Hindu and her Mom is American, and she was raised in the US. The International Court fears for her safety, and Cobra Security is known for it’s excellent work, so they sign on.

Shanti fights back on the security, weapons, and constant monitoring, but after being shot at in a helicopter just surveying the camp, she knows she’s in danger. She also fears her reaction to Connor, he’s being very professional, but she can’t keep her eyes and thoughts from going unprofessional. Connor, after spending years in the service and seeing his teammates marriages fail, he wants to keep it cool, but Shanti’s amazing courage and heart get past his walls. Things are starting to sizzle. A big break in the investigation and they are hurrying Shanti out of the country, and the roller coaster starts. I was holding my breath at times, reading the same paragraph over a couple times to make sure what I was reading was correct, and held on for the ride. Exciting is too tame a word!

I always enjoying reading Ms. Clare’s romantic suspense because the female characters are always strong and believable. The romance starts slowly, but quickly becomes sensual and oh so sexy. Of course there are more Cobra team members, and I hope more stories for each of them.


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Source: eARC

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Thanks for the review, Pat! 


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