Monday, August 10, 2015

Review: Soul Deep (I-Team #6) by Pamela Clare

Book coverSoul Deep (i-Team #6.5)) by Pamela Clare
Purchase link: Amazon

My rating: star star star star

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Rancher Jack West knows what it means to love a woman with all his heart and to lose her far too soon. A widower for seven long years, he thinks love and romance are a part of his past. He devotes himself to his grown son and his family, the horses they raise, and the land that has been theirs for three generations. He doesn’t know that life has a surprise in store for him in the form of Janet Killeen, the lovely FBI agent he threw off his land last winter.

The bullet that left Janet Killeen seriously wounded also tore a hole through her life. All she wants is a little peace and quiet in the mountains, a chance to feel like herself again. That chance comes to an abrupt end when she goes off the road in a snowstorm and winds up stranded alone in a ditch. The last person on earth she wants to see is that arrogant jerk Jack West, no matter how handsome he is. But from the moment Jack finds her and offers her his hand, she realizes there’s far more to this gruff cowboy than she had imagined.

But trouble is brewing at Cimarron Ranch. A deranged man with an inscrutable motive is moving in for the kill, threatening to end Jack and Janet’s romance before they can claim a love that is … Soul Deep.

I am a huge fan of Pamela Clare's I-Team series because she is one of the few romantic suspense authors who can balance the suspense and the romance well so it doesn't seem weird if there is a romantic interlude while bad guys are chasing the couple, they are running for their lives and bullets are flying everywhere. This book is no exception.

This book is a little different because both hero and heroine are in the older age group, Jack is 63 and Janet is 45. While protagonists of that age is not something I would normally read, I thoroughly enjoyed the story because Ms Clare managed to bring them to life and not let their age get in the way while also not dismissing it. I liked what she did to acknowledge the age of her protagonists in the way she told their story.

Janet is an FBI agent who was injured and only recently recovered, about to be assigned to a new role in the FBI. She decides to take a small vacation to celebrate the end of her rehab only to be caught in a snow storm and rescued by Jack. Janet is wounded, hurting and unsure of herself. It is with Jack's gentle and considerate care she finds herself again and rediscovers parts of herself she thought she had lost. I enjoyed looking at Janet beyond the FBI agent while there were moments when those traits did come through. It was great to see her heal, blossom and enjoy being a woman again.

Jack is a wonderful hero and gorgeous for an older guy. He's kept fit through working on his ranch and all the outdoor work that he does. He's also an incredibly tender and caring man, a far cry from the gruff and rather rude man Janet met earlier upon their first encounter. Janet learns there is more to the man than her first impressions and discovers someone who is strong, willing to let her stand on her own feet but also there to support her and there for her to lean on when necessary.

This is a beautiful love story set on in the midst of a snow storm in the Colorado Rockies. It is heartwarming and touching, with a little bit of suspense thrown in when someone threatens the animals on the ranch.

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The other books in the series:

Book 5.9 - First Strike
(Not available in Kindle format, only as a used paperback)

About the author

authorUSA 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 Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists with their Keeper of the Flame Lifetime Achievement Award for her work. A single mother with two grown sons and two cats, she writes historical romance and contemporary romantic suspense within view of Colorado’s beautiful Rocky Mountains. She is a two-time RITA finalist (Surrender, Defiant) and a three-time Daphne du Maurier finalist (I-Team series). She loves history, having studied archaeology in college, and has traveled extensively, living for almost three years in Denmark, which feels like home to her. She attributes her love of historical romance with the years she spent visiting ruins and castles in Europe.

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  1. I love this series too - I can't wait for the next one to come out this fall.

    1. Same. I saw the cover for the next one and it's gorgeous.