FIRST STRIKE is a novella; the prologue that was cut from
the novel Striking Distance. Pamela Clare decided that the
prologue was too long to be included in that novel, and she
regretfully had to cut it. It contained some important
information about the characters, however; how they first
met and their wild weekend of no-strings sex. It also helped
explain why there was such a close tie between Laura and
Javier in Striking Distance. Luckily for us, Clare decided
that their first meeting was too good to not share with the
reader; and decided to expand it a bit and publish as a
prequel novella. The dedication for the book is absolutely
fantastic, and note-worthy.
This is a bittersweet read, as well as a special treat.
FIRST STRIKE is a delicious little story all on its own, and
as hot and smexy as any reader could want. When Javier and
Laura met at a bar in Dubai City, the attraction was
instantaneous. They impulsively decided to act on the
temptation, even though sex between unmarried people is
forbidden and would land them in prison if caught. They
spent the next three days hiding in the hotel room and also
some quality time in Dubai City sneaking around to be
together, and seeing the sights of the city. Not only did
the engage in hotter-than-hot sex; they made a real
connection. Javier and Laura got to know each other well as
individuals, especially when talking about their growing-up
There was also a bit here and there about the kinds of
stories Laura covers; and the degradation that women in the
Middle East suffer at the hands of the men in their culture.
Pamela Clare obviously has a vested interest in bringing the
plight of these long-suffering women to the public eye. The
descriptions of the oil-money rich Dubai City and its
various charms were enjoyable to read about. The sexual
attraction between Laura and Javier stood all on its own,
however. The sex was erotic, and off-the-chains hot. There
was a little domination and kinky sex; and the use of the
mirror was a nice touch. Laura was not like any woman Javier
had ever known before or been attracted to. He liked that
she was confident about herself and her body. She knew what
she wanted sexually and out of life.
FIRST STRIKE is a fantastic read, and is a must to read as
the segue into Striking Distance, the sixth novel in
Pamela Clare's wildly successful and incredible I-Team
standalone, but the slight cliffhanger at the end will
Romantic Suspense series. This novella can easily be read
the reader eager to push on to Striking Distance.
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
Warning: This story ends with a cliffhanger.