Series: Colorado High Country

Falling Hard by Pamela Clare

Falling Hard by Pamela ClareFalling Hard by Pamela Clare
Series: Colorado High Country, #3
Published by Amazon Digital Services, Amazon Publishing, Pamela Clare on February 21st 2017
Pages: 244
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A war widow alone…

Ellie Meeks promised her pilot husband that if anything happened to him, she would live her life to the fullest. Three years later, she is still alone, raising the twins he never met. She has no interest in dating or meeting men—until one snowy night when a stranger helps her get her sick kids safely home. That stranger turns out to be a former Army Ranger and a member of the elite Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue Team. He’s also tall, rugged… and irresistibly sexy.

All it takes is one kiss…

Jesse Moretti came to Colorado to get Iraq out of his head, using the adrenaline of extreme sports and high-risk mountain rescues to keep his mind off the past. But getting involved with Ellie might be the riskiest thing he’s ever done. It’s not just their explosive chemistry. There’s something about Ellie that gets inside him, opening him to feelings he’s tried hard to ignore.

When passion ignites…

Ellie feels alive in Jesse’s arms and happier than she ever thought she’d feel again. But their relationship comes at a price for him, and soon Ellie sees that she must help Jesse fight the demons of his past to protect the love of a lifetime—and save the heart of a hero.

What I really love about Pamela Clare’s Colorado High Country series is the ease of getting into the book and just how angst-free (or at least that’s kept to a minimum) it is. ‘Falling Hard’ is Jesse Moretti’s story, a war veteran who has a made a new life in Scarlet Springs as he licks his war wounds and deals with his PTSD. But no coincidence is too great when he finally finds out that his neighbour of 3 years is war widow Ellie Meeks, whose husband was a Hawk pilot whom he’d sort of known.

Clare’s new series isn’t suspense at all (her I-team series is one of the most outstanding suspense series for me), but I realised I do like her personal take on what contemporary romance should be. The small, fictional community of Scarlet Springs that Clare has based her books on means that characters from other books make constant reappearances and I enjoyed seeing Lexi, Hawke and the rest again.

There are clearly obstacles that both Jesse and Ellie need to get past – and one of them is the clearly the taboo of getting together with a fallen war vet’s partner – but they do. But Clare’s mature handling of both characters won me over from the very start: mistakes are made, yet apologies follow swiftly, with both Jesse and Ellie actually talking things out like the adults they are.

There aren’t exaggerated moments where conflict is created for the sake of creating one; no one flies into a temper for the sake of it and no one opposes a relationship simply because it added yet more difficulties for Jesse and Ellie to overcome. There are very hot, steamy scenes of course and a lot of children-centric conversations/scenes that I wasn’t able to relate to, but that didn’t matter in this case because Jesse’s and Ellie’s journey is a emotional, poignant one that would draw any reader in.


Slow Burn by Pamela Clare

Slow Burn by Pamela ClareSlow Burn Series: Colorado High Country #2
Published by Amazon Digital Services, Amazon Publishing, Pamela Clare on September 20th 2016
Pages: 241
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Victoria Woodley is done with men. Fresh off a dating nightmare, she flies from her home in Chicago to Scarlet Springs to take part in her best friend’s wedding. Who picks her up at the airport? Eric Hawke. Of course. She made a fool of herself over him last time she was here. He’s cocky, charming, and sexy as sin. But the fact that she’s attracted to him is all the proof she needs that he’s bad news. She would ignore him if she could. But he’s the best man, and she’s the maid of honor. She can’t just tell him to jump in a lake—especially not when her lips are locked with his.

Eric isn’t looking for a relationship. Between running the firehouse and volunteering for the county’s search and rescue team, he has enough on his plate. He doesn’t need to get tangled up with a woman from the big city, especially one whose idea of roughing it is going without designer coffee. Yet from the moment he looks into Victoria’s big brown eyes, the attraction he feels is too strong to deny. Faster than he can imagine, the spark of desire that has smoldered between them since the first day they met will flare into full-blown passion.

But can Eric convince Victoria to set aside her doubts and trust him with her heart before their time together runs out?

The country boy turned fire chief and the city girl have nothing in common, but their connection is undeniable and made deeper when their closest friends get married. But Pamela Clare thankfully makes this more than just a bridesmaid and best man hookup, as Victoria Woodley’s and Eric Hawke’s relationship progresses quickly beyond friendship through a series of events and activities that the bridal party cooks up for the week.

A huge part of ‘Slow Burn’ reads like an extended tourist brochure and I’m constantly caught out with envy over what these fictional characters do for fun—water-rafting, wake-boarding, climbing just to begin with—as part of the run up to Lexi’s and Austin’s wedding. Secondary characters flit in and out of these and the snippets we’re given of their lives made me eager for their own stories to be told. Above all, I was thrilled to see some of Clare’s I-team characters make their own cameos as they reminded me just how much I’ve missed them.

But with Victoria and Hawke, the angst is thankfully low and their devotion to each other evident as they ride through the swells and rapids of the backcountry and their own growing passion. Even with their issues—Hawke is perceived to be a bit of a playboy and Vic understandably wary of men after her last dating disaster—Clare does make a very good case for Vic and Hawke together, bringing their differences to a manageable scale with a sugary sweet epilogue that cements their HEA.

And if this hadn’t made me a hardcore fan of Colorado High Country series, I don’t know what else will.


Barely Breathing by Pamela Clare

Barely Breathing by Pamela ClareBarely Breathing by Pamela Clare
Series: Colorado High Country #1
Published by Pamela Clare on May 11th 2016
Pages: 272
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Lexi Jewell left Scarlet Springs twelve years ago, vowing never to return to the small Colorado mountain town where she grew up. Now, here she is-over thirty, out of a job and with little choice but to move back in with her eccentric father. Lexi knows it's just a matter of time before she runs into Austin Taylor, her first boyfriend and her first heartbreak. She's determined to show him she's over him-until he steps out of a pickup truck and back into her life, looking sexy as hell in his mountain ranger uniform. As far as Austin is concerned, Lexi can turn her snazzy little convertible around and drive back to Chicago. After all, she ripped his teenage heart to pieces and turned her back on the town he loves. But from the moment he sees her again, he can't get her out of his mind. Even her smile messes with his head. When an evening of conversation turns into something else, Lexi and Austin agree to be friends-with benefits. But as Lexi starts making plans to return to the big city, Austin realizes he'll lose her a second time unless he can show her that what she's searching for has been right here all along.

A hugely enjoyable start to a new contemporary, adventure series filled with incredible characters doing jobs I can only dream of doing but can’t ever achieve, a sweet second-chance story and very steamy sexy times that (thankfully) leave nothing to the imagination.

It’s definitely more light-hearted than the I-Team series, with less suspense and no federal-level conspiracies or high-level takedowns, but the breathtaking descriptions of country, the thrills of every climb and every heart-racing SAR session simply show Pamela Clare in her element with a story that’s right up her alley.