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First Strike (I-Team #5.9)

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  1,975 Ratings  ·  268 Reviews
Warning: This story ends with a cliffhanger.

Just a weekend…

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 abo
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Published October 22nd 2013 by Pamela Clare (first published October 18th 2013)
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

5 Super Sexy Stars!

Dubai City, Dubai
United Arab Emirates
July 14, 2009

First Strike is the novella prequel to Pamela Clare’s soon to be released Striking Distance, the sixth book in her incredibly popular I-Team series. Originally this was part of the Striking Distance prologue, but Javier and Laura’s first encounter was so passionate and so intense, in the interest of page count and mainstream publishing, it either had to be watered down, or it had to be cut.

Thankfully Ms. Clare is an author who,
Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter
4 lickable stars.****Review posted October 24, 2013

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First Strike is the prequel to Striking Distance and tells the story how Javier met Laura at a restaurant in Dubai City in 2009. When two unappealing men are getting in Laura’s space, Javier feels the need to intervene. Javier and Laura end up having a drink and a rather interesting conversation. Laura is a very self-assured and open-minded woman and doesn’t beat around the bush…

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You can imagine what happens next. Javier follows Laura to her ho
5 Mouth-Watering Stars!

Pamela Clare’s First Strike is a superbly written, scorching hot, erotic prequel to her soon to be released Striking Distance. The story introduces readers to Laura Nilsson, a broadcast journalist and the mouth-watering Javier Corbray, an active-duty Navy SEAL and the weekend they spend together.

Dubai city is not the place to be having a casual fling as unmarried sex is illegal in this city. But their blazing chemistry can’t be denied and both Laura and Javier are more t
Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover and KA Addict ❤️
May 25, 2015 Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover and KA Addict ❤️ rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!!!! But read the whole I-TEAM Series first!!!!
Recommended to Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover and KA Addict ❤️ by: Kellie G.
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In the mood for a Military Romance since it's Memorial Day, so I've decided to revisit Javi and Laura.

5+ Amazing Prequel Erotic Stars!!!

WOW!!! What an amazing start to Javier and Laura's book Striking Distance, I cannot imagine reading it without this prequel!! I for one can't wait for more of Javier (Javi) and Laura!!!!

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Javier and Laura meet in Dubai City and have an erotic weekend of what is supposed to be a weekend of "A sex only, no strings hookup"...Well it was, but do you really t
♡Karlyn P♡
4 1/2 stars. First Strike was a GREAT sexy romance novella set in Dubai. This is the prequel to Striking Distance, and is set a few years earlier. It tells the story of how TV news reporter Laura Nilsson and the very discreet Navy SEAL Javier Corbray first met. What starts off as a no strings attached romance quickly gets complicated. And it ends with a shocking bang that will make you want to jump right into the next book!! (Darn, I still have to wait another two weeks!!) This is a must read fo ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
With this being such a short story, it's not necessary to write an expansive review. Instead, I will just give a few quick thoughts.

I am glad I read Striking Distance first because this novella feels more like a backstory that I was happy to get after the fact. If you read this first, you'll still be okay. You'll just want to dive right into the full-length follow up on Javier and Laura.

I will be honest and I say I not a big erotica fan at all (I can only count maybe two authors I read in that g
Jul 06, 2016 Jonetta rated it really liked it
Navy SEAL Javier Cobray is on his way home from Afghanistan by way of Dubai when he sees investigative TV reporter Laura Nilsson having dinner at the same restaurant. She's affectionately called Baghdad Babe by those familiar with her reporting from the Middle East. Circumstances have them connect over a meal and before they know it, they've spent the next three days and nights together.

This is a prequel for the next story in the series. It's actually more of a prologue to whet your appetite fo
5 stars – Erotic/Contemporary Romance Prequel

Yowza! I’m an avid Pamela Clare fangirl and her I-Team series is one of the very best in romantic suspense. So what do I think about her venture into writing an “erotic” story? Oh hell yeah!

This is a prequel to Striking Distance detailing the steamy, forbidden weekend Javier and Laura share together. I’m glad I read this first, and now I’m counting down the days until Striking Distance is released.

I also hope Ms. Clare writes more erotic romances in
Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾

This novella just reminded me exactly why I love Pamela Clare's writing. This is one of my favorite Romantic Suspense series, and this novella is not to be missed.

The perfect quick appetizer before the main course.

Now jumping straight into Striking Distance!

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Beanbag Love
Oct 08, 2013 Beanbag Love rated it it was amazing
This is a novella prequel to Pamela Clare's next installment of the I-Team series, "Striking Distance". This story is erotica (sans anal for those who are squeamish) and has a lot of well-written sex, but it's impressively effective as a romantic prelude as well. The chemistry between the leads is quite good and it actually works really well -- and believably -- for "insta-love". While neither admits to having fallen that hard, they both clearly get that something more profound than raucous, no- ...more
Nov 09, 2013 Auntee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys an erotic short story--get ready to be hooked on the whole I-Team series
Woo-wee! Can Pamela Clare pack an erotic punch or what? This is how you do it--writing a short erotic story seems effortless in the hands of this master.

This is the erotic prequel to Clare's 6th I-Team book (Striking Distance), and she sets the stage on how the two leads in that book (the Lara Logan-esque beautiful blonde TV Journalist Laura Nilsson (28) and Latino hunk/Navy SEAL Javier Corbray (34)) meet. Neither Laura or Javier want any romantic commitments (why don't I believe that?) but neit
Opening Line: “Javier Corbray walked into the ICON Bar in the Radisson Blu Hotel, his gaze travelling over the dim interior taking it all in at once -the upscale décor, the busy wait staff, the near-to-capacity crowd of expats enjoying Happy Hour. It wasn’t his scene.”

I’m so glad I read this sexy little prequel before starting Striking Distance. A big thank you to Pamela Clare for not just leaving this extended prologue on the editing room floor but sharing 60 fantastic pages with us readers ins
First Strike is a prequel for the upcoming novel Striking Distance by Pamela Clare. I'm not fond of cliffhangers but I knew going in that this has one. So I wasn't bothered by it because I knew that Striking Distance would be here soon. So, Javier Corbray, a Navy SEAL, is vacationing in Dubai City, when he sees "Baghdad Babe" Laura Nilsson, a TV reporter. The chemistry is hot between the two and it isn't long before the two hook up.

Pamela Clare informs us that this was intended to be a prologue
Nov 25, 2014 Mo rated it liked it
Short book, short review. Fairly hot read. Liked both characters.

Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
Perfect prequel to Striking Distance.

Yeah, that's the review.

5 Stars is not enough

Javier Corbray is a SEAL in Dubai for a few days to play tourist before he heads home to the South Bronx after a rough deployment. Laura Nilsson is a television news correspondent, and is known of her fearless and honest approach to reporting. When Laura is seated at a table near him it took Javier a moment to realize who she was; the Bagdad Babe - that is what the guys in his platoon called her. Laura wasn’t hard on the eyes, but Javier preferred women with dark hair and cu
Oct 29, 2013 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
Story rating ~ 5 Stars
Hero Rating ~ 5 Stars
Heroine rating ~ 5 Stars
Romance Rating ~ 4 Stars
Heat Level ~ 4.5 Stars
Ending ~ 5 Stars and to be continued
Overall ~ 5 Stars

LOVED IT!!! Does Pamela Clare ever disappoint her fans? I think NOT!!

This short prologue did everything it was supposed to do. It grabbed me right away and kept me interested and panting through the whole read. LOVED Laura and Javier, they were SCORCHING together and their chemistry SIZZLED off of the pages. These two joined each ot
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

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My original review:

5 Super Sexy Stars!

Dubai City, Dubai
United Arab Emirates
July 14, 2009

First Strike is the novella prequel to Pamela Clare’s soon to be released Striking Distance, the sixth book in her incredibly popular I-Team series. Originally this was part of the Striking Di
Julieanne Reeves
Sep 17, 2013 Julieanne Reeves rated it it was amazing
Where to begin... By itself FIRST STRIKE is a hot, romantically erotic short story set in Dubai, a city of contrasts where modern amenities meet old-world law. Javier and Laura meet by chance, and agree to spend the weekend together, even though a single man and woman are not allowed to be alone together, much less shack up. But each sees something in the other that makes them willing to take a risk, with the clear understanding that neither wants a relationship and that at the end of the weeken ...more
Wonderful short story, I can't wait to finish their story with Striking Distance!
Oct 21, 2013 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Deliciously hot!
Lady Heather
Dec 04, 2013 Lady Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Contemporary romance, erotica, luvvers of Pamela Clare's I-Team novels
WOW! What an amazing teaser to Striking Distance!!

Favorite Quote:

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Anne OK
Nov 08, 2013 Anne OK rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-reads
In the prequel to "Striking Distance," Pamela Clare introduces us to Javier and Laura with the story of how they met and exactly how hot the fire burned between the two almost immediately. It's almost a bittersweet taste of what is to come in their full story.

As always, readers won't be disappointed because Pamela Clare is always on point with well-written and hypnotizing material.
Nov 06, 2013 ♥Sharon♥ rated it it was amazing
I just love Pamela Clare! She has done it again.


In this prequel we fine out how Javier and Laura meet. They are both in Dubai. Laura is working as a reporter and Javier is on a short reprieve from being on duty as a Navy Seal. They meet under circumstances that leaves Laura all hot and bothered.

The two quickly settle on having a weekend of no-strings-attached, wild, crazy, passionate off the charts sex. And that is exactly what it is. Pamel
Lovely super hot prequel. This is the prologue to Striking Distance and you really should read it first. I really felt a sense of tension when they were breaking the law to hook up in Dubai.
Oct 20, 2013 Holly rated it it was amazing
I have been a Pamela Clare fan for quite some time - but there is a special place in my heart for the I-Team!! Every one is better than the last and I'm not sure how since they are all SPECTACULAR!!

That said, even though this book was a mere 70 some pages, HOLY CRAP was it HOT!!

This is simply the prequel to Striking Distance, which comes out in a couple of weeks(THANK GOD!), but it's so steamy you may need some assistance when you finish it, if you know what I mean! *wink*

This book is all about
Nov 05, 2013 Saunders rated it it was amazing
When I was a child my favourite author was Enid Blyton. I got lost in her stories and could clearly visualize her characters. I would scour the shelves of the libraries for a story that I hadn't read and would pounce on it, go home and switch off, immersed in the book. My Mother would give out to me constantly growling that she had spoken to me so many times - the book was so good I didn't hear her.

Now just incase you think that I am comparing Pamela Clare with Enid Blyton - I'm not but as an ad
Oct 23, 2013 ✿Alyssa✿ rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
This review was posted at My Secret Romance

To sum it up: Just a weekend…

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
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USA Today best-selling author Pamela Clare began her writing career as a columnist and investigative reporter and eventually became the first woman editor-in-chief of two different newspapers. Along the way, she and her team won numerous state and national honors, including the First Amendment Award and the National Journalism Award for Public Service. In 2011, she was honored by the Colorado Pro ...more
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Other Books in the Series

I-Team (8 books)
  • Extreme Exposure (I-Team, #1)
  • Hard Evidence (I-Team, #2)
  • Unlawful Contact (I-Team, #3)
  • Naked Edge (I-Team, #4)
  • Breaking Point (I-Team, #5)
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