I enjoyed this nice little romance about a modern-day marriage of convenience that turns into something more. The hero was an ass sometimes as he pushI enjoyed this nice little romance about a modern-day marriage of convenience that turns into something more. The hero was an ass sometimes as he pushed the heroine away too much but he does give a very sweet gesture at the end to show her how much he cares. ...more
Breaking Point was an exciting story with a good romance. Natalie Benoit is a reporter on the same I-team (Investigative reporting team) as the previoBreaking Point was an exciting story with a good romance. Natalie Benoit is a reporter on the same I-team (Investigative reporting team) as the previous heroines in this series. She travels to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico for a journalist convention, where she is kidnapped from a bus full of reporters, some of whom are killed in front of her. She is taken to a compound where she is locked in a cell next to the man who will change her life – Zach McBride, an undercover U.S. Marshall. Zach was betrayed by one of his contacts to the Zetas, a violent Mexican drug cartel. They think he stole a shipment of cocaine so they are torturing him to try to get him to tell the location. However, Zach is a former Navy SEAL and he is able to withstand the pain without giving up information. When he hears Natalie in the cell next door to him, he knows they need to escape soon or they will both be dead.
After some rather ingenuous work on Natalie’s part and some skill from Zach, they are able to elude their captors and make their way across the desert to the United States. During this harrowing trek, they get to know each other a little better. Natalie is able to share her experiences from living in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. She was attacked by a murderer and almost died then lost both her parents and fiancée in a car crash. She spent the following six years frozen emotionally but finally is ready to live again after meeting Zach and facing death head on. Zach has his own demons, he lost four of his friends during a fire flight in Afghanistan and has never really gotten over his survivor’s guilt. Zack and Natalie have an instant bond even during these intense conditions, the passion and chemistry flares hot between them. They make it to safety with the help of other U.S. Marshals and Marc and Gabriel, but then they have to deal with the aftermath. Zack does not feel like he can give Natalie what she deserves, which is a normal man who will give her the white picket fence and kids. Can she convince him to face his demons and give them a chance despite his job dangers? And will they be able to unravel the mysteries behind her kidnapping in time to keep Natalie safe?
Breaking Point was such an exciting thrill ride! I found the setting and storyline very interesting because there really is a battle going on at the Mexican-U.S. border right now (watch Border Patrol to see how hard these U.S. Marshals work!). The danger Natalie and Zach were in seemed so real, I was biting my nails! Zack was a great hero, he was a tough former Navy SEAL who was able to withstand torture but keep it together enough to help Natalie and him escape when she works hard to create a diversion (yeah for heroines who help save themselves!). He was also a very good, honorable man who treated Natalie with respect and won my heart with the way he called her “angel”. He wasn’t a perfect man, he had his own demons from being in a war zone, battling PTSD and his guilt over his friends’ death when he lived. Natalie was a brave heroine who never gave up even when things seemed pretty grim. She kept her head and helped them escape. She also showed her intelligence by letting Zack lead their escape using his survival and military expertise, not being TSTL like so many heroines who try to act like Rambo and almost die.
I highly recommend Breaking Point if you enjoy action-filled romantic suspense with great characters. Once again Pamela Clare has created a story with an honorable but tough alpha hero and an intelligent and nice heroine. I love how she manages to make the story realistic but still really romantic. The ending made me cry again, more because it was touching and sweet (and not the heart breaking sobs I had at the end of Naked Edge). ...more
I enjoyed this one more than Into the Crossfire but I had a few issues with it. I liked the suspense part and the side stories actually added to my enI enjoyed this one more than Into the Crossfire but I had a few issues with it. I liked the suspense part and the side stories actually added to my enjoyment instead of annoying me (like they have in some of her other books). I liked the leads despite the similarity to her other characters. By now we know LMR loves artistic (well she was a translator this time) gentle females, the hero will be a super military man who falls into love/obsession at first sight of the gorgeous heroine, condoms aren't necessary since she is on birth control to "regulate" based on sickness (ummm I guess they missed health class), the hero will have a blue steeler (seriously, LMR's editor needs to ban this word from her) and the heroine will need saved by the hero using his super military skills. I am okay with that, I even like that (except for the blue steeler and "yeah I get to go bare back"). I do think LMR needs to make an effort to stop repeating the same thing over and over because it starts to seem...lazy. I really enjoyed the story and I liked that the heroine was smart and learned how to overcome great difficulties. It did seem like she went from pretty messed up to having a miraculous recovery but maybe Dan has super healing semen because she got better real quick after their first wild nookie night. One other small quibble was I felt like I was reading an advertisement for the Marines, because Dan loved being a Marine and his Marine buddies were so helpful and his whole life was about being the best Marine he could be since they made his life so great. I was looking for the recruitment number I was supposed to call so I could be just as cool. Just kidding, but it was a bit over the top.
So overall - I liked this one and enjoyed reading it. The suspense part was good but the romance needed more attention in the second half of the book which left me a little unsatisfied. ...more
Into the Crossfire was good but not great. It seemed almost like a watered-down, not-quite-as-good-as version of Midnight Man, Midnight Angel and DangInto the Crossfire was good but not great. It seemed almost like a watered-down, not-quite-as-good-as version of Midnight Man, Midnight Angel and Dangerous Passion. I didn’t connect with the main characters as much as I normally do in her books. I think the main problem was the background suspense story took over too much of the book and put the romance in the background sometimes. I was also uncomfortable with the very sad storyline of the heroine’s father dying slowly from cancer, it was such a heavy issue for a book like this.
There were parts I really did like. It was action packed and some parts of the story were really good. But then I would have to deal with the side stories mixed in between it. I also did not love the overall villain she chose, it was just too easy in this day and age and hit way too close to home considering world events.
Sam was a slighter gentler version of her uber alpha military heroes. He falls completely for Nicole at first sight and has trouble even functioning at first in front of her because he wants her so much. I did like his relationship with his brothers, it was nice to see their comradery and friendship with each other – plus I think we get their stories next and I am looking forward to them. Nicole was the typical gorgeous, gentle selfless LMR heroine but I like the fact that she ran her own business. She thought of Sam as “the lowlife” before they met, which was pretty funny actually, because she had only seen him dirty and unkempt at first due to his job. Her life was taken over by her father’s disease, actually sometimes the story was taken over by it which is why I am not sure it should have been so prominent. But when she meets Sam she finds happiness in her life despite the sadness, which was really nice to see. She appreciates the loyal and protective man that Sam is, while Sam pretty much worships the ground she walks upon (almost to a disturbing level – this dude would so be a stalker if he wasn’t the hero).
The romance, when it was onscreen, was very fast paced but it was nice. Of course Sam gets a “blue steeler” all the time when he even glances at Nicole, so naturally there is some hot loving going on. The timeline in the book is very short, only a few days for them to fall in love and deal with the bad guys. It was a bit too short, it seemed like only two days to me. But if I just go with the flow, their scenes together were nice.
One thing I thought was hilarious and I am pretty sure I never saw in a romance novel before. LMR actually included this in the book, Sam’s brother Harry is talking to him and Sam thinks: “He waved the air in front of him as if someone had just let rip a massive fart.” Yes folks, I just saw the words massive fart in a romance novel after reading them for 16 years. I am not sure this is a good milestone.
So overall, a good LMR book if you are looking for a fix of her writing. I think I will like this book even better the next time I read it, mostly because I will just skip the “villain” parts and read the romance. If you are looking to try her out for the first time, I would recommend Midnight Man or Dangerous Passion instead of starting with this one. Midnight Angel and Port of Paradise are also very high on my list. ...more