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Hard Target by Pamela Clare
Series: Cobra Elite #1
Published by Self-Published on April 25, 2019
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Derek Tower has spent his life at war, first as a Green Beret and then as the owner of a private black-ops company, Cobra International Security. When a high-ranking US senator asks Cobra to protect his daughter, a midwife volunteering in Afghanistan, Derek’s gut tells him to turn the senator down. The last thing he wants to do is babysit an aid worker. But Jenna isn’t just another assignment. She’s also the younger sister of his best friend, the man who died taking bullets meant for him. There’s no way Derek can refuse.
Jenna Hamilton doesn’t need a bodyguard, especially not one hired by her intrusive and controlling father. She knew the risks when she signed on to work in rural Afghanistan, and the hospital already has armed security. She also doesn’t need the distraction of a big, brooding operative skulking about, even if he is her late brother’s best friend—and sexy as hell. As far as she’s concerned, he can pack up his Humvee and drive into the sunset. And, no, nothing her hormones have to say about him will change her mind.
From the moment his boots hit the ground in Afghanistan, Derek does his best to win Jenna over, posing as her brother so the two of them can spend time alone. Except that what he feels for her is anything but brotherly. Stolen moments lead to secret kisses—and an undeniable sexual attraction that shakes them both to the core. But events have been set into motion that they cannot escape. When a ruthless warlord sets his sights on Jenna, Derek will do whatever it takes to keep her safe, even if it costs him his heart—or his life.
I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve ever read from Pamela Clare. She’s a knowledgeable author who writes amazing romantic suspense. Hard Target is the first in a related series to the I-team. It looks like the new Cobra Elite series will be about former special forces operatives who now work private security and government operations.
These guys are away a lot on business. They also often have issues from their military service, seeing things no one should see. Some of those things happen in this story. Derek and Jenna are good people. They work hard, put care of others before themselves. Jenna’s brother served with Derek and saved his life, so they have known each other awhile but not closely.
Sadly, Jenna has a controlling A-hole for a father, a politician. Also, unfortunately, she is not as knowledgeable about the political and cultural environment of Afghanistan where she is working. She causes some serious issues which could easily get herself and / or others killed. Luckily, Derek is both smart, well-trained and well-informed.
In a war torn country, with lots of danger, and plenty of people to help and protect, somehow that just ups the sexy attraction in a forbidden sort of romance. Derek is posing as her brother, to be able to speak with her privately. If anyone learns the truth, it will be another big problem. The energy of this fast-paced, sexy danger is electric!
I’d willingly read everything by this author. I’m sure I will continue with this series. It was great to see many of the I-team folks briefly as well. Holly and Nick were a little more present than others since they are part of Cobra Elite, also.
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