Sunday, March 28, 2010
Naked Edge Had Me On The Edge Of My Seat!
I just finished reading Naked Edge by Pamela Clare and all I can think of to say is WOW!
This book is the perfect example of why I love reading a romantic suspense novel. Even now as I sit and write this review one day after finishing the book, just thinking about the ending is giving me goose bumps. As the suspense built towards a chilling conclusion, I couldn’t have stopped reading even if I’d wanted to I was that invested in the story (good thing it was a Saturday afternoon and not 1:00am on the morning of a workday!). As for romance, well let me just say that Ms. Clare delivers it in spades - Naked Edge is megawatt hot!
What happens when opposite attract? Gabe Rossiter and Katherine “Kat” James are about to find out.
Let me start my stating that I liked Gabe. He’s a love’em and leave’em type of guy and he makes no excuses or apologies for who he is or how he treats women. He wants one thing from a woman and he makes sure she understands what that is right from the start…S-E-X. He’s not relationship material; to him sex is just chemistry; an itch to be scratched before he’s on to the next conquest. Although it takes a while, we do discover that Gabe was terribly hurt by a past relationship and it’s the reason he’s closed himself off emotionally from women for the past 3 years. He may be a Park Ranger by day to pay the bills, but he finds solace in being an adrenaline junkie; he’s into extreme sports and is nicknamed the “rock-jock”. He scales cliffs with no harness or safety gear; taking great pleasure in risking his life with every climb.
Until he meets Katherine James…she’s about to rock is world.
Kat James is half Native American, raised by her grandmother on the reservation with all the core values and traditions of the Indian people. She may be an investigate reporter working for the prestigious I-Team at a Denver newspaper, but when it comes to men, she is a complete innocent. She’s never had a relationship or been kissed by a man. She’s searching for her other half; a soul mate and she has no intention of having premarital sex until she finds the man she plans to marry and have lots of kids with.
Gabe Rossiter is the last man Kat should be attracted to; they are total polar opposites. But fate has a funny way of intervening.
During their very first meeting Gabe saves Kat’s life after she is injured in a hiking accident and three months later, destiny brings Gabe to her rescue once again when a traditional Indian sweat lodge ceremony is interrupted and Kat is manhandled by other law enforcement officials on the scene.
When a story Kat is working on involving the looting of artifacts on ancient Indian burial grounds puts her life in jeopardy again, she turns to Gabe for help. As they work together to uncover the truth, the sexual attraction between them palpable even though both spell out early on what their expectations are (he wants sex, she’s not putting out until she’s married). I wasn’t too sure how Kat’s naiveté would play out as her relationship progressed with Gabe and although he desperately wants her, he also respects her beliefs enough to restrain himself to a certain extent. Let me just state for the record that there are lots of hot and steamy scenes that don’t involve actual sex.
The nonstop action at the end of this book reveals Gabe true character; it’s heart-wrenching and almost brought tears to my eyes. Is the love of a good woman enough to bring a man back to the land of the living and restore him to the hero he’s always been?
Read Naked Edge and you be the judge. You will not be disappointed!