Title: Seduction Game
Author: Pamela Clare
Series: I-Team #7
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CIA officer Nick Andris wants revenge. His last mission failed after a Georgian arms smuggler killed his lover. He’s been tailing a woman for three weeks hoping she will lead him to his target. But there’s a problem with the intel. Holly Elise Bradshaw is nothing more than an entertainment writer with a love for sex and designer clothes. Clearly someone at Langley made a mistake . . .
When Holly finds herself in trouble, the only weapons at her disposal are her brains and her body. But they won’t be enough to handle the man who’s following her. He’s going to turn her world upside-down.
Holly Bradshaw has been a secondary character of the series since book one. To be honest, I’ve never even remotely thought of her as anything but the I-Team’s flighty, shallow, blonde friend.
Boy, was I wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.
What frustrates me most of the time with romantic suspense is that there seems to be just two types of female characters. One is the utterly badass and is devoid of anything typically feminine. This type of female heroine usually hates shopping, hate female talk, shoes — or anything remotely construed as feminine. The other type seems to be the damsel in distress, which is the exact opposite of the first type. Weak, indecisive and just annoying because she has to be rescued all the time and seems to have the penchant for landing herself in trouble.
Holly was the perfect balance of both. I loved that she was a girly-girl who loved shoes and shopping and still be badass in a way that’s not cliché. I loved that Ms. Clare didn’t strip away the feminine aspects of her character but made that into one of her strengths. I really loved how Holly’s character had come full circle in this book.
And Nick was just perfection. I loved how his character grew in the book. He started off wanting revenge for the death of his lover only to find out that things aren’t what they seemed. Like most people who see Holly, Nick wrote her off at first but when he realized just how amazing Holly is and how deep his feelings for her had grown, things really heat up between them.
And when I say heat up, I mean, HEAT UP because daamn, the chemistry between these two is smokin’. But more than that, there were so many feels between these Nick and Holly especially during some of the book’s most pivotal scenes.
The action and suspense part was also well done. It wasn’t too big that the characters got swallowed up in it and it’s not too small that it felt insignificant. It was just right. It was perfect for me since I want a lot of romance in my romantic-suspense.
Pamela Clare definitely hit this one right out of the park. Action packed with great character development and chemistry.