Striking Distance, book six of Pamela Clare's I-Team series is released on 5 Nov 2013, having the erotic prequel, First Strike available is rather an illicit thrill. In her introduction, Clare notes that the erotic focus in this novella steps beyond what she usually writes in her books, but it serves her characters and readers well.
In Dubai, where dress, public affection or contretemps can land you in prison, television's sexy wartime frontline reporter Laura Nilsson and Navy SEAL Javier Corbray meet at dinner and spend a weekend having sex. But it's just for the weekend as neither of them want or can have any emotional ties. Or that's what they think.
Clare provides us with a glimpse at a very sophisticated setting that has some scary requisites for behavior. By the end of the novella the reader wants to know more about Laura and Javier and luckily, with the novella's cliffhanger ending, Clare provides a free glimpse of what's next for them in Striking Distance, through the prologue published on her website.
If you haven't read any of the I-Team novels before, you won't be lost by reading First Strike as this could be a stand alone entry, but it really serves as an introduction to Striking Distance. I'd recommend that you take the next two weeks to read all the books in the series as they are that good - Extreme Exposure, Hard Evidence, Unlawful Contact, Naked Edge, Breaking Point, Skin Deep.
Once again a friend recommended this series to me and as someone who at one time had more reporters in her contact list than anyone else, I loved it. Each story focuses on a member of the I-Team, or investigative team, at one of Denver's daily newspapers. These books are filled with suspense, romance, and intrigue. The newsroom setting is realistic as are the stories they cover. Clare does not shy from controversy or from shining the light on difficult subjects. Five thumbs up and counting the days till 5 November!
From the Publisher
I-Team series book 5.9
First Strike by Pamela Clare
This is a 17,400-word novella, the sensual prequel to Striking Distance (I-Team 6). It ends with a cliffhanger.
Just a weekend…
Laura Nilsson knows what she wants: a successful career as a broadcast journalist—and a little fun between the sheets now and again. What she doesn’t want is marriage or kids. When a ripped and sexy stranger intervenes to stop a couple of drunks from harassing her in a hotel bar in Dubai City, all she can think about is spending the rest of the weekend with him—in her bed. There’s just one little problem. Unmarried sex is illegal in Dubai.
… of no-strings sex …
Navy SEAL Javier “Cobra” Corbray is on his way home from a rough deployment in Afghanistan when he finds himself having dinner with “the Baghdad Babe.” What she wants from him—sex with no strings—could land them both in prison. Still, he’s more than happy to oblige her. She’s confident and sexually assertive, and he’s secure enough to lie back and let her make the first strike. But, as she’s about to find out, he’s more than her match.
… or the beginning of something more?
Yet, neither Laura nor Javier has any idea what lies ahead—or how this weekend of mind-blowing sex will impact their emotions. Will they act on their new-found feelings in time, or will they let something special slip away… perhaps forever?