Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Recent Reads

I'm fortunate that even though I'm mired in a horrendous reading slump, I think I've read four or five books this month compared with the normal twelve or 15 - in fact I'm even in Very Serious Danger of making AngieW's Wall of Shame, the books I have managed to read so far have been Very Good Ones.
Such is the case with this one

Hard Evidence by Pamela Clare

It's no secret how much I adore her historicals. In fact Ride the Fire cracked my all time top 10 list and was my favourite book of 2005. I read her first Romantic Suspence and while I liked it, it didn't quite grab me the way her historicals do. So I wasn't sure what I would think of this one.
From the back cover blurb:
After the murder of a teenage girl, a mysterious man in a black leather jacket was seen lurking near the crime scene. Investigative reporter Tessa Novak has him in her sights as the culprit...

That man was Julian Darcangelo, an undercover FBI agent working with the Denver Police. He's closing in on the trail of a human trafficker and killer. Tessa's accusations could blow his cover, and he wants her off the investigation.

But just as Tessa has made Julian a target of interest, she is now a target of the killer. And as they are forced to trust each other, their physical attraction escalates as intensely as the threat from a ruthless murderer who wants to see both of them dead...

So what is so appealing about this one? Number one would have to be the hero Julian Darcangelo. Wow - is he a great hero! A former FBI agent, he's now working on a contract basis trying to track down and find a sociopathic Russian mobster who deals in human trafficking. Julian had screwed up a few years earlier while on the trail of the same villian and has been suffering guilt because of it ever since. He tries to remain in the background but is spotted by the heroine Tessa Novak. Having come from a fractured and disfunctional background, he's still pretty rough around the edges, and deep inside he longs for a normal family but doesn't think he will ever get one. He makes one really really good hero.
And I also really liked Tessa Novak as the heroine. She too has come from a background of poverty and disfunction and really made something of herself as a top investigative reporter. She was standing right next to the young girl who was gunned down and feels a great deal of anguish that she wasn't able to do more. As a result she tries even harder to find out what really happened. She did one thing near the end that some readers might consider a TSTL kind of action, but I didn't see it that way. It was a dumb thing to do yes, but even as Tessa did it, she knew that it was and admitted it. To me a TSTL heroine is one who keeps making the same kind of stupid move over and over without even realizing what an idiot she is. For me, Ms. Clare has made me feel the devastation Tessa feels, the need to do something, anything, even if it involves doing something that might not be the brightest of ideas.
And the chemistry between Julian and Tessa! Wowzers is it hot! A recent review gave this a warm rating and I have to admit, that had me scratching my head as this has some very well written smokin' hot sex scenes.
And while I often buy books based on covers alone, in this case I would have bought the book because it was written by Pamela Clare, but even if it wasn't, I would have bought it on the cover alone. This cover is HAWT!
It's a rare author who can write books I love in such opposite genres but Pamela Clare is definetely one of them!

Grade: 4 1/2 out of 5

ETA - It's now November and *shaking head sadly* I do indeed have to be put up on AngieW's wall of shame.

'til later


Mailyn said...

Confused. Why are you in the wall of shame? What's the wall of shame? LOL.

Kristie (J) said...

LOL - it's a challenge for readers who sign up to read a TBR book from a particular genre each month. October's was a paranormal or fantasy book - didn't have to be romance. And I didn't read a book from my TBR pile that fit into that category and dang it all - I have a bunch of them too. It's kind of like a fun way to dig into the TBR piles so many of us have. Then she links at the end of the month to everyone who met the challenge. The wall of shame is for those of us who didn't meet the challenge :)
Looks like this month is an ebook or print book that was originally an ebook.

nath said...

shhhh, Kristie, don't mention the wall of fame... by the way, did Angie compilated the results yet? maybe it is not too late! (I'm hopeful too, cos I'm on that list as well).

I'm glad you enjoy the book so much tho :D

Marg said...

Squish on over, I need to climb up on that wall!!

Not sure what I am going to read this month!

ames said...

Just wanted to let you know, I've started watching Last of the Mohicans. I don't know how far I am into it though. I really like the music-so I'll soon start looking for Ride the Fire. :P

I'm still in a reading slump too. But we gotta pick it up-Christmas is coming and we'll be getting an influx of books, you can count on it. LOL

Mailyn said...

LOL I get it. Man that sucks but the whole of blogland seems to be plagued by a reading slump.

Well, except for Natty. She's like in super reading mode. Damn it! LOL.

Kristie (J) said...

Mailyn: I know!! What's going on here? How can you catch something over the internet? But it sure seems as if a whole bunch of us have it!!

Ames: Cool! And how are you liking it so far?? And isn't the soundtrack gorgeous? I ordered it on CD and it came in a few days ago.

Marg: I think there are a whole bunch of us on it this time :( The only consolation is that I'm not the only one.

Nath: Wouldn't Poison Study fit into October's challenge? I think it would fit into either one of the two. I think you are one of the few who actually made it!

nath said...

Kristie, it's like I don't even remember the theme of the challenge is anymore... I wasn't sure if fantasy could count as paranormal... even so, I have to go post my entry... I've actually read No Rest for the Wicked for the challenge, so if Angie didn't compile the results yet, I might enter that one :P

kyahgirl said...

I haven't read anything by Pamela Clare yet. Maybe I'll start with this one. Love those naughty cops.
I'm reading Linda Howards Mr. Perfect right now and really enjoying that too :-)

Lori said...

LOL - I saw it was paranormal for Oct and skipped it this month *g*. But I'm totally in for November!

I haven't read Pamela Clare yet, but I keep hearing great things about her. I must pick up her books!

Kristie (J) said...

Nath: I don't think it's too late yet. A lot of people are late letting her know.

Kyahgirl: It's a good one to start with!! And I LOVE Mr. Perfect. One of my favourite Howard books.

Lori: The great thing is she writes fabulous historicals if that's your thing and this RS was fabulous too.

CindyS said...

Woohoo!! It's in my TBR pile - hopefully I'll get more reading done this month.