Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Manview: Extreme Exposure (I-Team #1) by Pamela Clare

Welcome to another Manview. For those of you who are new to Manviews, these are reviews of romance novels specifically from a man's perspective, the reader today is my very own Steve. You can find previous Manviews here.

Extreme Exposure by Pamela Clare

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Extreme Exposure by Pamela Clare blurb

ManviewIn one or two sentences can you sum up your overall impression of this book and how you feel about it?

Great story-telling and a well-written book. I enjoyed the presentation of investigative journalism being of high integrity and when so, fraught with danger. I also loved tracking the journalism metric of ‘inches of newspaper column’ and the constant review of how worthy a story was (and therefore, how many column inches it received), and balancing act of fitting a story into available space.

What did you think of Reece and Kara?

About as perfect a couple as there is in romance. I often find the hero to be implausible or impossible to compete with being a ‘real’ man and not a made-up man, but Reece was everything I believe a romance hero should be. I actually wanted to be more like him! Kara struggled, but was successful balancing being a successful reporter, a mom and a woman fulfilling her own desires, but pulled it off well. I also loved when Kara was involved in sex and her mind off her work or being a mom, how she was able to indulge fully! I love this line from the book as thought by Kara: “But with Reece, all she had to do was be. He'd accepted her as she was from the night they'd met. Getting lost in him felt an awful lot like . . . finding herself.”

For me, both Reece and Kara have controversial professions in today's world. What did you think of Ms Clare's portrayal of Reece as a senator? Is he similar or different from today's politicians?

Ha! Reece had far too much integrity to be a US politician, but I did admire the presentation and hope that there are a few good ones like Reece! I liked that he was non-partisan, analytical and investigative in his research of issues, and did not follow big money. I also loved that everyone called Reece, “Senator,” and he had to keep reminded people he wanted to be treat as a normal person. I think the line, “Just call me Reece” was used about 50 times in the book!

What did you think of Ms Clare's portrayal of Kara as a journalist? Do you think she upheld her journalistic integrity?

Yes, I enjoyed the insights of what it meant to be an investigative journalist and how challenging that can be. Kara was always on the edge of conflict with Reece and how she treated him (as a partner and as a component of her investigation), being he was potentially part of her investigation. Neither Kara nor Reece allowed the attraction of the other to get in their way of doing the right thing. They often thought about it, recognized the potential for conflict, and stayed on the proper side of it.

Kara is a single mother in this story. How do you think being a single mother was handled here or was it not much of a focus?

I thought it was a huge part of the story and and added another dimension of conflict. It also provided an avenue for Reece to win Kara over. Reece was such a top-notch guy, he naturally fell into the role of being a father figure to Kara’s son and that helped open Kara to the idea of a more permanent relationship with Reece.

This is your first book by Pamela Clare. What did you think of her writing?

She is an outstanding writer. And she provided hope that more investigative journalists have that type of integrity and use fact-based, proven research, instead of just chasing the most sensationalist stories and gossip.

Did anything in this book / story stand out to you?

Yes. The difficulties of being an investigative journalist opened my eyes to the challenges of the profession. The force of deadlines, competitive pressures of being the first to break a story, yet doing so with facts and completing a thorough investigation based on facts is difficult enough. But when you are cracking open corrupt corporations and politicians who are willing to kill you to silence you, it is obviously even more challenging!

Do you think you'd like to read the other books in the series portraying other journalists on Kara's team?

Yes, very much so. And as I understand it, the series involves a variety of different journalists, so will be interesting to find out the character of each one and how they differ while breaking the story and finding true love!

What are you going to read next?

I believe I am going to read my first book on cyborgs.

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  1. WOW another great review I have read this one years ago and loved it then I am sadly behind in the series one day I need to catch up on them :)

    Have Fun


    1. I'm behind on this series too and I saw a few days ago a new book in the series just came out.

  2. I enjoyed your review very much. I haven't read this author before so you gave me something to think about.

    1. This is a good series. Great suspense, well thought out characters and very sexy.