This sixth I-Team installment sees Clare at her very best, combining scorching desire with a gripping, often painful, exploration of healing and redemption. The plot’s mystery and suspense elements are exceptionally well researched and expertly plotted, but the real achievement lies in her beautifully crafted main couple. Her heroine’s ordeal is unspeakably painful, but her strength never wavers. The chemistry with her steadfast hero never lacks for sizzle, but the emotional bond they share allows them to go beyond the physical to a profound, unforgettable love.
Navy SEAL Javier Corbray can’t forget the passionate weekend he spent with reporter Laura Nilsson, known as the “Baghdad Babe,” but when he discovers her held as a captive in an Al Qaeda compound, his only desire is to give her back her freedom. Two years later, Laura is trying to reclaim her life and forget all that she left behind in Afghanistan when chance brings Javier back into her life. Javier is determined to do anything in his power to help Laura discover the truth of her abduction, including taking on the killer who still haunts her steps, but will the secrets of their intertwined pasts keep them from finding a future together? (BERKLEY SENSATION, Nov., 384 pp., $7.99)