Soul Deep (I-Team #6.5) by Pamela Clare

Posted in Advanced Reader Copy/ Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ Military/Paramilitary/ Mystery/Crime/ Netgalley/ Reviews 1st July 2015
Soul Deep (I-Team #6.5) by Pamela ClareSoul Deep by Pamela Clare
Series: I-Team #6.5
Published by Smashwords Edition on June 30th 2015
Pages: 120
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four-stars

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.

Jack West was the rancher who’d tossed Janet off his property months ago, and he was the last person she’d hoped to see against as she works hard to get her life back in order after a grievous injury protecting Laura Nilsson. But Jack isn’t all she’d initially imagined and despite the years between them, something else sparks to life there.

Soul Deep is more of a cowboy book than a romantic suspense one, and even if it’s a world away from what I’m familiar with, Pamela Clare writes with an unmistakable, heartfelt conviction that love isn’t a connection forged merely by people in their twenties or thirties. I can’t help but get the feeling that the blunt, honest emotions in this book are in part, inspired by the hard year of cancer treatment that Ms. Clare has undergone and for that, Soul Deep takes on a deeper resonance than many other books do, with a clarity of (mature) emotion that overflows out of the pages and into real life. Ms. Clare writes her personal experiences into her protagonists; just like her, Janet and Jack are survivors who, at their ages, can and will find happiness that is tinged bittersweet but is no less precious.

four-stars

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