TBR Day. Extreme Exposure / Pamela Clare. 2005


I actually remember where and when I bought this book. I was in Pittsburgh with my sister in May 2009 attending Quilt Market, the quilting industry's trade show. There was a book store near our hotel and while I had, up to that point, read books 2 and 3 in Pamela Clare's I-Team series, I had never read the first one. So I snapped it up, intending to read it right away. OK, so that plan didn't work so well. But since this is PNR/RS month, it was clearly time to read Kara and Reece's story.

Kara McMillan works as an investigative reporter for a Denver newspaper. Clare writes what she knows here, as a former reporter herself. The inside look at journalism in this book, and the whole series, is interesting and Clare manages to incorporate the details without going overboard. Anyhow, as the book opens Kara meets State Senator Reece Sheridan at a bar that she goes to with a friend one evening after work. Despite the influence of too many margaritas, Kara makes quite an impression on Reece and he drops her off at home intending to see her again. Kara, who is also a single mom, isn't so sure she's ready to get involved with anyone.

The next day she gets a tip about a plant committing serious environmental violations. As she begins to investigate, it's clear she's stirring up a hornet's nest. Someone is intent on making sure Kara stops her investigation.

As Kara's investigation goes further, so does her relationship with Reece. I think there's a very nice balance here between the suspense and the romance. Because of Reece's role in the state senate, it turns out that he has ties to Kara's investigation. Ultimately, her life and Reece's are put in jeopardy the closer she gets to the truth.

As is typical with the books that follow, Clare put a ton of action into this book. I literally didn't want to put it down until I was finished. It was fun to meet the characters who show up here and there in the books that come after. Now I think I want to go back and re-read Hard Evidence and (my favorite) Unlawful Contact. I thoroughly enjoyed this and I'm so glad Clare is writing more in the series. The next one is due in May 2013.

Comments

  1. Sounds like an exciting story! I don't read RS but I should--they're contemporary romances with lots of danger and thrills!

    One of the aspects of this TBR challenge that I'm enjoying is hearing how everyone acquired their book selection. I like how your story this month revolves around both quilting and books! Yay!

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    1. Have you read Clare's historicals? She puts lots of danger and thrills in those too. And thanks, I thought it was fun, too, that this book in particular was purchased at a quilting event :)

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  2. Phyl, Extreme Exposure is the book that got me hooked on this series by Pamela Clare. I remember loving Reece! I wasn't crazy about Hard Evidence, but loved Unlawful Contact. I think it was the 4th book that broke the spell for me (can't remember the name?). Anyway, I need to get back to Clare.

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    1. I remember that quite a few people didn't like the 4th book. I'd have to look the title up. I've enjoyed them all to varying degrees. Enough that I've stuck with the series. The last one was very intense, which I liked very much.

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  3. I enjoy this series too, some books more than others but would certainly recommend it.

    I had to laugh when you mentioned how you bought it, intending to read it right away. I do that all the time! Which is why I have such a big tbr pile. lol

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    1. Isn't that the way? I have to read this NOW! Oh wait... life, or some other book, gets in the way. I hate that. Thanks, Leslie.

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