As some of you who know, Pamela Clare is one of my absolute favorite romance authors and for those of you who are part of her I-Team Facebook group know, Breaking Point is my favorite book by her. I first discovered Pamela Clare last year when I read Skin Deep an I-Team novella (Book 5.5 of the I-Team Series). I was so impressed with her writing and the characters that I went back and read the entire series (in its proper order) within the following sleepless week.
So what is it about Pamela Clare’s writing that has put her near the top of my favorite romance authors list? There are so many reasons. Pamela was herself an investigative journalist. She evidently uses those research skills in her fiction writing. But in her books, she does not necessarily give a passing glance to some important social issues, rather she expertly weaves the story and characters in a way that leaves the reader guessing as to who is responsible and what their motivations may be. Her research is thorough and the reader will find himself/herself learning about issues that the mainstream media, with its current obsession with all things pointless and celebrity related, chooses to ignore. But it is not only the social issue that she researches so thoroughly but also the characters and their backgrounds. The result is truly authentic characters who behave in ways consistent with their backgrounds and current contexts. She does not only present the good qualities that her heroes and heroines possess, but also the qualities that may make that character flawed. As her stories progress, the reader can truly see the relationship between the hero and heroine evolve to one of trust and love. Pamela takes pride in her work and this shows in the authenticity and realism of the story and characters. Reading her stories is a true pleasure. Of all of the books I own and have read, I re-read her stories more than any other among my romance genre collection. On the re-reads, one picks up on subtleties that were overlooked on the first reading. And if you like audiobooks, all of her audiobooks are narrated by Kaleo Griffith. His expert narration is an auditory delight. It is based on these reasons that I will automatically pre-order and purchase all books and audiobooks by Pamela Clare, be they romantic suspense or historical romance genre.
Of all of Pamela Clare’s books, my absolute favorite is Breaking Point, book 5 of the I-Team series. By far, I have re-read this book more than any other in my collection. I am drawn to the characters as they struggle to survive and attempt to understand the motivations behind the drug cartel responsible for Natalie’s kidnapping. Their captivity forces Zach and Natalie to trust each other beyond what would be otherwise expected of two people who first meet. Their experience while captive and during their escape and evasion from re-capture bring them closer together, beyond the simple sexual attraction they initially feel for each other. Zach and Natalie are challenged not only physically but psychologically as they deal with the internal scars of their individual pasts, Zach’s as a former US Navy SEAL and Natalie’s as a survivor from Hurricane Katrina. Through their respective work, Zach as a Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal and Natalie as an investigative journalist, we are given insight to the brutality, corruption and reach of drug cartels.
I am not easily brought to tears by a read, but Pamela’s masterful writing elicits tears and laughter from me at every re-read. It is a book that I highly recommend to all romantic suspense fans and therefore, I am so excited that from October 23 until October 30, Breaking Point is on sale.
While investigating border violence in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, Denver journalist Natalie Benoit is caught in a bloody ambush and taken captive. Alone in the hands of ruthless killers, she will need every ounce of courage she possesses to survive.
Betrayed by another operative, Deputy U.S. Marshal Zach McBride has endured a week of torture and interrogation at the hands of a bloodthirsty Mexican drug cartel. Ready to give his life if he must, he remains unbroken—until he hears the cries of an American woman.
Although Natalie is only a voice in the darkness of their shared prison, her plight brings renewed strength to Zach’s battered body. With her help, he overpowers their captors, and they flee through the desert toward the border, the attraction between them flaring hotter than the Sonoran sun.
But past loss and tragedy leave both of them reluctant to follow their hearts, even when the passion between them reaches its breaking point. Faced with feelings neither expected, they fight to stay ahead of the danger that hunts them as forces more powerful than they can imagine conspire to destroy them both…