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Hard Evidence

(I-Team #2)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  9,490 ratings  ·  664 reviews
After the murder of a teenage girl, a mysterious man in a black leather jacket was seen lurking near the crime scene. Investigative reporter Tessa Novak has him in her sights as the culprit… That man was Julian Darcangelo, an undercover FBI agent working with the Denver police. He’s closing in on the trail of a human trafficker and killer. Tessa’s accusations could blow hi ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 328 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by Berkley Sensation (first published June 1st 2006)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4.5 Much Better than book one Stars

I enjoyed Hard Evidence so much more than I did book one. I loved Julian. He was just so damaged and sexy. He was the perfect combo of asshole and protective sweetheart. I also really liked Tessa. Although she did some things I thought ditzy and down right stupid she was relatable. Her pursuit of the bad guys made more sense. You could understand were she was coming from even if she did recklessly put her life at risk. Julian and Tessa were great together. The
 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
Jul 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any Romance Lover, Especially of Great and HOT Romantic Suspense
Recommended to Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* by: Dhestiny and Zosia



There has been a recent spate of 5-Star reviews of Pamela Clare’s I-Team series at Goodreads. As a result, an investigation was launched into the allegations of how amazing this series is.

My initial investigation into the engrossing and thought-provoking Extreme Exposure has made this investigator think that there is indeed some validity to these claims. In an attempt to obtain corroborative evidence and ensure a more thorough analysis, I jump
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
4 stars!


Continuing on with my re-read of this series! :D I adored the first book which I thought was pretty suspenseful, but I keep forgetting that with each new book in the series, the author takes the suspense up a notch so plot-wise this was even better than Extreme Exposure! And then there’s the fact that the author has created this irresistible, protective hero Julian that I couldn’t help but swoon over...

"I’m half Italian."
"Which half?" the words were out before Tessa could stop them. Was
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Hard Evidence is book 2 in the suspense filled I-Team series. This story focuses on one of the most horrific crimes imaginable – the buying and selling of human beings. It is something that I find so abhorrent, and how anyone can look into the face of an innocent child and think that it’s ok to force them into a life of prostitution or worse... is beyond my ability to comprehend. It takes a truly evil person to be capable of such atrocities, and I’ve no doubt that there’s a special place in hell
5 stars – Romantic Suspense

This is a very intelligent, well-crafted, intense, smokin’ hot, edge-of-your seat romantic suspense thriller!

Tessa Novak is an investigative reporter who embarks on a crusade of justice after personally witnessing a brutal drive-by shooting of a teenage girl at a convenient store. It’s not long before her investigation and naïve journalistic ideals put her in danger, from both the mafia crime syndicate behind the murder and the attraction she feels for sexy, cynical, h
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Hard Evidence was an excellent book. It quenched my thirst for good romantic suspense, that's not just about a hot hero and a cute, likable heroine scratching an itch while dodging bullets, and ultimately falling in love. No, there's nothing wrong with that. But it's great to read something that goes deeper and touches on issues that are real and meaningful in the world today while I get my high octane romance fix.

Julian is a man who has spent most of his life in the dark. He started out with a
Una novela completamente adictiva; esa mezcla de romance y thriller, junto a la fluida pluma de Pamela Clare, hace que casi sea imposible despegarse de sus páginas.

Esta segunda entrega me gustó más que la primera en cuanto a la trama policial, pero con lo que no logré enganchar nunca fue con sus personajes principales, o mejor dicho, con la relación de ellos. Por un lado tenemos a Tessa, una periodista de investigación, que si bien nació y vivió su infancia en la extrema pobreza y con un entorno
Mar 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Romantic Suspense fans
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Feb 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Opening Line: “Coffee was Tessa Novak’s heroin.”

Oh this was just so good, and once again I have to thank everyone who kept recommending this series to me, I’m just sorry now I waited so long to start it. And Pamela Clare thanks for writing yet another amazing book, it seems that you can do no wrong, as this was a superbly written, exciting, intelligent, intriguing, suspenseful and oh so sexy story. And holy hell with the heroes; these men of yours just keep getting yummier.

Hard evidence was unpu
En una palabra... ABURRIDO.

No hay nada emocionante en esta historia. Ni siquiera la parte que se supone debe tener intriga me resultó atrapante. Francamente no sé si seguir con la serie porque este libro fue malo no... lo que le sigue. Al menos para mí.


Y porque me gustó algo la personalidad de Tessa
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Jan 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Romantic Suspense fans
Recommended to Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) by: Rhonda

View my review at Under the Covers

There's this love/hate relationship with me and Ms. Clare’s heroines. Sometimes, I'm green with envy because they have to deal with the most amazing guys. Sometimes, I'm mad because they can be soooo persistent and driven in their work that they forget that their safety is in danger. There are times when they cause more trouble than solve problems. But at the same time, I admire their courage and strength. Whatever the case may be, the reason wh
Beanbag Love
Oct 09, 2009 rated it liked it
This started out okay, but by the third or fourth chapter it was clear the heroine was TSTL and every reason I hate journalists as main protagonists. She got in the way of everything, refusing to listen and jeopardizing all the people the investigation was hoping to save in the end. And somehow her mantra of 'I'm a journalist, I have a responsibility to tell the truth! I'm trying to save people by outing your entire investigation on the front page!" is not only accepted, but admired by character ...more
Ever read a book and felt like you just wanted to turn around and start it all over again?!! This is definitely one of those books: I didn't JUST want to read the "good passages" again ... I wanted the whole darn experience of discovering Julian and Tessa's love affair all over again. Unfortunately, that's never possible, but maybe if I can tuck it away for a good long time and resist picking it up, it will definitely be one that I'll savor yet again!

It's always hard for me to write my 5+++ sta
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
me ha encantado. Tema duro, personajes con un pasado duro, buena trama y buen romance . Julián es..... fkfjfakfafl JULIAN y Tessa valiente valiente

Relectura y 5* otra vez. Me encanta.
Julián Darcangelo me matas, ME MA-TAS
Sep 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Is it my imagination or do the heroes in Pamela Clare’s novels just get hotter and hotter with each subsequent book? If so, I can’t wait to get to Unlawful Contact.

Hard Evidence was a fun book to read. Interesting choice of words since the subject matter was anything but fun. Hard Evidence is the story of an investigative reporter and the world of human trafficking. Tessa Novak is a tenacious reporter, often following leads that lead her into harm’s way. She witnesses a murder and sees a dark st
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All romantic suspense fans.
Shelves: mine, 4-stars, gr2017
"I'm half Italian."
"Which half?" The words were out before Tessa could stop them.
Was she flirting with him? She never flirted with men.
His lips curved in a slow, sexy smile that made her heart trip. "From the waist down."

Investigative reporter Tessa Novak has come a long way from her childhood. She works hard and believes in getting the truth to the public. When she witnesses a drive-by shooting nothing is more important to her than bringing the bad guys to light, getting justice for the poor

Mar 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing, awesome, fantastic, phenomenal book. I absolutely loved it!

I have been wanting to read a Pamela Clare suspense book for some time and I'm glad I finally took the plunge.

The story was extremely good and kept me interested from page one. The ending was so heart wrenching in a happy way that I had tears of joy.

I loved both Julian and Tessa, they were both great characters. The sexual tension in the first half of the book is very high and when they finally hit the sheets SSSSSSSSSSS
Julie (jjmachshev)
Jan 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009-reads
Well. Yet another author for my 'must buy' list thanks to all my buds on Pamela Clare blew me away with this tightly plotted romantic suspense novel that will get your pulse rate moving in more ways than one.

Investigative reporter Tessa has always fought for the underdog. And when she sees a young teen blown away literally before her eyes, she decides to do what she does best...investigate. Before long she's hip deep in danger and lust with undercover agent Julian. But when Julian
5++ Stars - It has been awhile since I read this book, but loving the talent of its author and following her recent updates, I wanted to add my thoughts.

Another great story by Pamela Clare with the perfect balance of romance and suspense. I would give this a 10 if the ratings went that high! This book captured me, held me and wouldn't let go until the last page was read. And yes, I know I'm being redundant when I say that Pamela Clare has an amazing talent that when added to her intelligence, he
Second read 5/28/12

Tessa worked my last nerve a bit this time through. I mean how many time did Julian have to tell her that Alexi was a sadistic SOB that took pleasure in the torturing of girls???? I mean come on WAKE UP cupcake!

But push all that aside and this is an amazing story written by a truly gifted story teller!

First Read 2/19/10-2/22/10

Pamela Clare has managed to out do herself with the second book in the I-Team series!

I can certainly see where everyone gets their love for Julian. I
Relentless, successful reporter covering the Denver police beat.

Wide-eyed, oblivious, self-absorbed innocent.

That could work if the two fall in love through the excitement of a fast-paced, action-packed plot.

But actually, both descriptions are of the same character, Tessa, an investigative reporter without a clue about vice in her city, despite supposedly being an experienced reporter assigned to the police beat. After witnessing a drive by, she stubbornly tries to find out who is responsible,
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Y otra saga a la que me engancho y ya van... El segundo libro de la serie iTeam escrita por Pamela Clare toca un tema duro: la trata de mujeres, y me ha recordado en algunos momentos a la saga Mercenarios de Lori Foster, cuyos dos primeros libros recomiendo encarecidamente.

Aunque repite en exceso el esquema del primer libro, la trama está mejor desarrollada y la relación de la pareja protagonista es explosiva, aunque echo en falta el sentido del humor de Kara y Reece. Las amigas son quienes pone
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I'm searching the words to express how much I love this book...

Seriously, I deleted so many beginning of sentence I wrote for it. This book is one that is special to my heart. It would be useless to try to pretend a lot of it doesn't have to do with the hero. If I wrote what's been on my mind since I began to read again this novel, my review would be like this : I love Julian Darcangelo. I love Julian Darcangelo. I love Julian Darcangelo. I love Julian Darcangelo ;p
Okay, I'll try to not sound l
May 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Romantic Suspense Fans
Recommended to Kathrynn by: Auntee
Re-Read August 25, 2013:

This book is still one of my favorites. I loved reading about Tessa and Julian (Dark Angel). Julian was fast loosing his soul to the darkness of his work. Years of blending in with the horrific would of sex trafficking, his horrible childhood that ultimately led him to his career...darkness.

Tessa was his light. How she got thru his defenses. Her gentleness and strength helped guide him back to the light.

Still my favorite couple! Nicely written. I love how Pamela weaves a
4.5 Stars

So this is my second novel by Pamela clare. And so far Im so thrilled that i had finally got down to this series.

You must wonder why i gave this book a 4.5 star? Well,I got into the story so much that i felt sort of personal with the heroine here.

To point out the good and the bad of the story (IMO) i will say what worked for me and not.

- For starters, let me just say that Pamela`s writing is in one word incredible. She morphs from creative,to lush, to gut wrenching all at the same ti
♥  Sam ♥ ~S2~Im made of awesomness
Feb 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to ♥ Sam ♥ ~S2~Im made of awesomness by: Elena R a.k.a Lunies R and Rhonda

HARD EVIDENCE – the second in the I-Team series. What can I say * pauses to wipe drool from chin* - where was I? Oh, that’s right I was going to start describing how hot this book was. I couldn’t put this sucker down! I was pulled into the whirlpool that is I-Team.

So, Tessa Novak is a cop reporter for the I-Team which in lamens terms is the Denver Independent newspaper. Tessa ends up being at the wrong place at the wrong time and becomes eye witness to a murder of a young girl. While being quest
Jul 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tessa Novak is an I-Team reporter with Denver Independence covering the cop desk. On her way home from work, she stops at a convenience store and becomes a witness to a murder of a young girl, moments after she pleaded for help. Tessa is determined to use her position to help find and expose the girls killer, even if it runs afoul of police efforts. Julian Decarangelo is an undercover federal agent who has been working the territory that involved the murdered young girl.

It doesn't take long for

I am just loving these books! Definitely makes my top 5 favorite series!

These stories are a perfect combination of suspense and romance. We all know how I love my romance books, but this is done just right. Not too much, not too little. Great storyline too with the human trafficking. I just wish all the kids in the world could be saved from that. It's a sad but true reality.

Julian aka Dark Angel, how appropriate. He is yummy! I really enjoyed Tessa's character. S
Lady Heather
Aug 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pamela Clare fans, contemporay romance, suspense-thriller
First read March 8-11, 2011

What can I say...Loved it!
Was on the edge of my seat at the end! Julian and Tessa are amazing and their amazing together(once they get through all their layers).
Can't wait to read book in the I-Team series!

Second read July 15-16, 2013

LOVED, LOVED this book the second time around!

What can I say... Julian is PERFECT!
.. and Tessa is one of my favorite female characters in the whole I-Team series (right up there with Kara).

I loved the writing, characters, and story even mo
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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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“I’m half Italian.”

“Which half?” the words were out before Tessa could stop them. Was she flirting with him? She never flirted with men.
His lips curved in a slow, sexy smile that made her heart trip. “From the waist down.”
“Her gaze met his, her blue eyes filled with confusion and terror – and love. If Julian hadn’t already been in love with her, that would have done it.” 44 likes
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