Striking Distance, I-TEAM series #6by Pamela Clare
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Publication Date 11/5/13
Synopsis:Her past is a secret—even to her.
Discovering it will be the most dangerous move of her life.
TV reporter Laura Nilsson, known as the "Baghdad Babe," spent eighteen months in an Al Qaeda compound after being kidnapped live on the air. Two years later, she's still wondering why.
No rescue mission in Javier Corbray's fourteen years as a Navy SEAL affected him the way Laura's rescue did. No woman has stirred his protective instincts the way she has. And he wants her more than he's ever wanted anyone.
As Laura and Javier's passion ignites, so does Laura's need to discover the mystery of her past. Especially when she learns that her abduction was not random—and that she's still a target for a killer with an impenetrable motive. Now Javier will have to rely on his skills to keep the woman he loves from being struck down before she dares uncover the truth.
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Striking Distance is a story of heartbreak and love. Its about connections that last years and even then never fade. Its about loyalty, respect and a dedication few know much about.
Laura Nilsson is a T.V reporter who goes above and beyond for the still enlisted soldiers and the veterans who are home. She's the military's "Baghdad Babe," and at the point in her life were things are going well, but as they say things are never good for so long. While airing a story, Laura is ambushed and taken hostage and all the U.S people know is that those who took her... claim they have killed her. She spent eighteen months trapped in an Al Qaeda compound, and its taken a toll on her, but the soldiers she has worked hard for through her stories won't let her go that easily— even if its to only kill the one who took and killed her. Especially Javier Corbray. Laura is strong, brave, and a survivor even though she doesn't feel that way about herself. But there are people in her life now, who refuse to let her close in on herself.
Javier Corbray is a Navy SEAL on a mission to get revenge on the one who took and killed Laura. He never expected the surprise he and his team get when they find out she is very much alive. He has walked away twice now, and fate is about to give him another chance. Our heroine is in danger, and Javier's an Alpha to the core, his new mission... keep his "bella" safe. This will test his will like nothing before because he wants her more than ever.
He's honor-bound to do so, and although he hasn't shared in her horrors, he understands the trauma and he's prepared to do all he can to bring out the woman he once knew.
The connection between Javier and Laura is explosive and instant and its all too consuming for Javier. What is a welcome difference with this book, is that the hero isn't too Alpha male to hide from his feelings about the woman he wants, but that's where the not hiding stops. He's pushed all of his brothers in arms away, and they aren't keen on letting that happen for too long.
Every page is an action packed, emotional roller coaster ride that leaves you drained - mind, body and soul. The emotion flows through the pages to give the reader a real sense of what is happening to the hero and heroine. It pulls you in and makes you feel things that you never thought you would experience in that capacity; stark terror, guilt, heartbreak, love and passion so fierce it could burn through pages if the author let it.