I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Hard Target by Pamela Clare
Series: Cobra Elite #1
Published by Independently Published on April 25, 2019
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Derek Tower has spent his life at war, first as a Green Beret and then as the owner of a private black-ops company, Cobra International Security. When a high-ranking US senator asks Cobra to protect his daughter, a midwife volunteering in Afghanistan, Derek’s gut tells him to turn the senator down. The last thing he wants to do is babysit an aid worker. But Jenna isn’t just another assignment. She’s also the younger sister of his best friend, the man who died taking bullets meant for him. There’s no way Derek can refuse.
Jenna Hamilton doesn’t need a bodyguard, especially not one hired by her intrusive and controlling father. She knew the risks when she signed on to work in rural Afghanistan, and the hospital already has armed security. She also doesn’t need the distraction of a big, brooding operative skulking about, even if he is her late brother’s best friend—and sexy as hell. As far as she’s concerned, he can pack up his Humvee and drive into the sunset. And, no, nothing her hormones have to say about him will change her mind.
From the moment his boots hit the ground in Afghanistan, Derek does his best to win Jenna over, posing as her brother so the two of them can spend time alone. Except that what he feels for her is anything but brotherly. Stolen moments lead to secret kisses—and an undeniable sexual attraction that shakes them both to the core. But events have been set into motion that they cannot escape. When a ruthless warlord sets his sights on Jenna, Derek will do whatever it takes to keep her safe, even if it costs him his heart—or his life.
Jenna Hamilton is a midwife volunteering in Afghanistan. For Jenny, teaching midwifery to Afghan women is so rewarding and fulfilling in a place where women don’t have any rights and where many women don’t survive during childbirth. Jenny’s father, Senator Hamilton is adamant his daughter come back home and will do anything in his power to ensure she does what he wants. Senator Hamilton hires Derek Tower, co-owner of a private black ops company, Cobra International Security. Derek is a former Green Beret and owes his life to Jenna’s brother, who took bullets meant for him. So, he feels obligated to help Jenna come home safely. But when a warlord sets his sights on Jenna, Derek will do everything in his power to keep Jenna safe. Will Derek and Jenna make it out of Afghanistan alive?
I found Hard Target such an emotional story to read at times especially since three-quarters of the book takes place in Afghanistan and seeing how women were treated by men. It is so hard to imagine how these women have suffered especially through pregnancies where often the mother or unborn baby never make it full term because of treatable complications and a lack of general prenatal healthcare. Pamela Clare really did her research and this shows in her author notes where she takes the time to let her readers know the research she has put into writing this story.
Pamela Clare easily pulls you into each scene of this story with her writing with such detailed scenes that make you feel as if you are right in the thick of the story feeling everything the characters feel. I was immersed right from the beginning and could not put this book down at all. I fell in love with Derek, who did not believe in relationships or love for that matter. Jenna is so passionate about what she is doing in Afghanistan to help women in need and with the background between Jenna and Derek I can see why they are the perfect couple for each other.
Hard Target is gripping and emotional. Pamela Clare has created such amazing, heartwarming characters along with some super sexy members of the Cobra team and I am so looking forward to reading their stories next. If you are a fan of romantic suspense, then you definitely do not want to miss this one. Five stars all the way!