Title: Extreme Exposure
Author: Pamela Clare
Series: I-Team #1
Genre: contemporary romance, mystery, suspense
Novels such as Carnal Gift and Sweet Release made Pamela Clare's rising star shine. Now, she turns her "impressive" talents to a novel of modern romance - and breathless intrigue...
It's been years since her child's father dumped her, and since then Kara McMillan has kept men at bay - although every day she aches more for a lover's touch. But to get that, the hard-boiled journalist must become vulnerable - a feeling she vowed never to have again.
With his dangerous good looks, charm, and power, Senator Reece Sheridan could have just about any woman he sets his piercing eyes on. But he's intrigued by only one. This Kara, this gutsy investigative reporter, has a sensuality that arouses him to no end. If she's a firebrand in print, he guesses, she must be just as fiery in bed...
But this is no fling. A sudden political scandal - and attempts on Kara's life - could very well drive them apart. Or maybe, just maybe, adversity could draw them into a bond even more intense than their steamy sexual embraces.
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Extreme Exposure by Pamela Clare
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
4 thrilling STARS
“I think you need someone in your life you can depend on, someone you can confide in when things go to hell at work, someone to massage your tired feet and your stiff shoulders, someone to bring you tea and cook a meal once in a while. Someone to be there for you.”
Completely random pick. Read a friend's review for another book in the I-Team series, got curious and now I'm hooked. Extreme Exposure is such a well written, plot heavy and thrilling story. I'm absolutely amazed.
What's it all about?
Kara McMillan has two priorities in life. Her son and her work. The single mother of a four year old is a hard worker. She tries everything to make Connor happy and feel loved while juggling a career as one of Denver's most prolific and hard-hitting investigative journalists. As for her personal needs...men have a history of leaving her, so Kara has developed a habit of depending on no one but herself.
That is until she meets Senator Reece Sheridan. A rather unusual politician. An idealist who got into the game because his students dared him to run for office. He can't be bought and is in it to serve the people with no ulterior motives.
Their first 'in person' meeting is quite sweet. Kara is out with a friend and gets a little drunk. Which leads to a rather hilarious sexually charged conversation and a little TMI on Kara's part. Of course there is some insta-lust, but it can be forgiven and no one falls head over heels before it is appropriate.
Actually, Kara is really attracted to Reece, but has no plans for a proper relationship. No matter how insistent and charming and caring and downright wonderful the man is. A loosing battle. ;D
“I don't mean to steal your feminist mojo, sweetheart, but what if I want to rescue you?”
However, the real fun fact is that the 'love story' is actually ONLY part of all that is happening in Extreme Exposure. For a big part of the story the romance takes a back seat. Kara's investigation into a major environmental scandal, including whistle-blowers, death threats and corrupt government officials is driving the story. And it is an intense, edge of your seat ride. Usually these kinds of story lines are just plot devices in romance reads, but here it is integral for the whole book.
I guess if you are looking for a read with the priority on romance, a well developed relationship and a lot of steam, this probably isn't the book for you. But if you want mystery and danger and a real plot to go with a sweet love story on the side, this is your kind of read.
The thing I love the most is that you really notice the Pamela Clare's background as an investigative journalist. Extreme Exposure is well researched, incredibly detailed and has a nice structure. I was hooked from the start and to be honest after reading so many romance books a change of pace and a real plot beside the obvious relationship was a breath of fresh air.
Can't wait to read the rest of the series.
Extreme Exposure is the first instalment in a the I-Team series and can be read as a standalone!