REVIEW: Naked Edge (I-Team, Book 4) by Pamela Clare

Monday, March 22, 2010 2:41
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Book CoverSandy M’s review of Naked Edge (I-Team, Book 4) by Pamela Clare
Romantic Suspense published by Berkley 2 Mar 10

Until now I had only read Ms. Clare’s historicals, and I absolutely love them. Her MacKinnon’s Rangers books are all favorites, but now her I-Team sits right there on the shelf with those Rangers. Naked Edge is the first book I’ve read in her I-Team series and I am very sorry that’s so.

Kat is half Native American and, raised by her grandmother, she embraces the culture’s spiritual beliefs, living those beliefs unapologetically.  She is a reporter with the Denver Independent’s Investigative Team, very good at what she does. Estranged from her family because they see only the white in Kat, it’s her grandmother who has shaped her life, along with her would-be grandfather, the man who took her to heart, gave some of herself back to her while she searches for the rest.

Now, Gabe is another story. He’s the polar opposite of Kat. He blames himself for a past tragedy in his life and has sworn to never let a woman get to him ever again. When he makes it with a woman, she knows upfront he’s there only for the sex, she’ll be getting nothing more from him. He’s also an adrenaline junkie, rock climbing god, extreme skier, you name it he does it. You would expect him to turn away from Kat when he learns she wants a husband and a family, not a one-night stand or anything akin to that.  Gabe is as surprised at himself as the reader is when he can’t get Kat out of his mind, wants to be with her despite knowing how she feels.

After their initial introduction, which is an oh-my-god moment and not because Gabe is tender and gentle with Kat, they are thrown together when strange happenings occur on tribal land and eventually lead them to investigate murder, desecration of burial lands, along with plundering and looting the ancient graves. They eventually become targets themselves when they get too close to the truth, and the mystery they’re enmeshed in only gets better as it goes along.

I have a feeling that some readers may not like Gabe in the beginning, but I found his dichotomous nature interesting and very telling. He’s so gentle with Kat at times, his amazement at her beauty and strength is compelling, and in the next breath he’s standing by his vow to give nothing more to her than a quick lay. But with Ms. Clare’s writing, I found him sexy as hell when he pins Kat to an elevator wall, when he growls in her ear what he wants to do to her, and so many other things. You felt his need for her, his want of her just as he does, but he just doesn’t get what it is that’s driving him yet.  He does stick to his guns so long, though, you begin to wonder if he will change, but when he does, his sacrifice is huge, and I didn’t see it coming. The man brought tears to my eyes when we both realized how much he truly loves Kat.

In true Pamela Clare style, the love scenes are as hot and sizzling as can be, including what I call her signature scene that you never find between any other heroes and heroines out there. She has them in her historicals and I am glad to find them in her suspense books. The Native American backdrop she’s incorporated into the story is rich in history and deep in belief, and you have to appreciate the research taken to write such a story.

I now have to locate my copies of the three previous books in this series. Honestly, I have no idea why I shelved them instead of reading them the moment I had them in hand. Who knows what the hell I was thinking at the time. Apparently I wasn’t thinking very clearly at all.

SandyMGrade: A+

Summary:

What do you do when desire drives you to the very brink?

The day Navajo journalist Katherine James met Gabriel Rossiter, the earth literally moved beneath her feet. Nearly killed in a rockslide while hiking, she found her life in the tall park ranger’s hands. Although she can’t forget him she thinks she’ll never see him again. She is crushed when she recognizes her rescuer among the law enforcement officers raiding a sweat lodge ceremony one night, throwing her and her friends off Mesa Butte, land they consider sacred.

Gabe long ago swore he would never again lose himself to a woman not even one with long dark hair and big eyes that seem to see right through him. But from the moment he first sees Kat, the attraction he feels is undeniable. Appalled by what he has been ordered to do, he’s determined to get to the bottom of recent events at Mesa Butte and to keep Kat safe.

But asking questions can be dangerous almost as dangerous as risking one’s heart. And soon Kat and Gabe’s passion for the truth and each other makes them targets for those who would do anything, even kill, to keep Native Americans off their sacred land.

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