Extreme Exposure Mass Market Paperback – Aug 2 2005
|New from||Used from|
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.
"A Perfect 10 of a gem, Extreme Exposure has all the elements of great romance and is an entertaining summer [listen]." ---Romantic Times --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
About the Author
Pamela Clare, a former award-winning columnist and investigative reporter, is the author of many historical romance and contemporary romantic suspense novels, including the MacKinnon's Rangers trilogy, the Blakewell/Kenleigh Family trilogy, and the I-Team series. She lives in Colorado.
Kaleo Griffith, who has been called "powerful, with the presence of a young Timothy Dalton" by the Hollywood Reporter, has won multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards. He holds an MFA in acting from Rutgers University, and his film and television credits include Oliver Stone's Talk Radio, Law & Order, and All My Children. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
Inside This Book(Learn More)
Top Customer Reviews
One of the reasons I put this off for so long was that I just couldn't get into a politician as our hero. Yeah I made assumptions, because I couldn't believe that a stuffy, suited, paper pusher could be so, freakin hot! Or for that matter even slightly interesting, I mean at some point his character is going to have to do political stuff which is always so bor-ing, and yes Reece does hang out at the capital and pass bills and vote on stuff but he's also so much more. Okay I'm just going to say it; Reece Sheridan is the perfect man, a total keeper.
I'll admit I still cringed a bit when he was described as wearing a bow tie ...um no thanks but the Senator makes up for his fashion sense in so many other ways; like his extreme cooking skills, he's great with kids, he's also funny, has a six-pack, knows his wines, and drives a jeep (I wonder if it's a CJ or a YJ ?) He has a compassionate yet take charge nature and goes all alpha and growly in the bedroom, he's also good with his hands i.e. he has the ability build a cabin in the woods complete with a bed made from tree branches and then take you outside in the snow and have mountain lion sex with you !! Jeez Louise.
Okay where was I? I'm all befuddled now.Read more ›
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Pamela Clare wrote some of my all- time favorite historical romances. ("Carnal Gift", "Sweet Release", and "Ride the Fire", are one series. "Surrender" is the first in another series about 3 brothers... we're still waiting for the sequels.) One of the things I always loved most about Clare's writing is her hero characters. They are written to be strong, devoted, passionate, and willing to sacrifice everything for their women. The hero in "Extreme Exposure" is the same kind of man.
Reece is a Colorado state senator. He is intrigued by a daring female journalist who is known for going to the limit to get the truth for her articles. On a few occasions, Kara has interviewed Reese over the phone. The first time they meet in person, Reece knows he wants to have time to get to know her better. Kara is an overwhelmed single mom with a full time career and a bad history with men. She is determined not to get involved with a senator who seems too good to be true. Reece doesn't mind putting a lot of effort into changing her mind. He feels both she and her son, Connor, are worth it. He wants to be the man Kara needs, and the father figure Connor so yearns for.
Kara is investigating a cement company who has been poisoning the local environment. The billionaire company owner wants her out of the way. He threatens Kara with death if she continues to dig into his company's health department records. When she refuses to back off, her home is invaded and she is nearly murdered. Reece wants to know who is threatening her. Kara won't expose her sources. Reece has no choice but to begin an investigation of his own. Now both Reece and Kara are targets. They discover that by working as a team, they can find the answers they need. Kara is still reluctant about getting personally involved, but Reece will not give up on her. He'll risk his career and even his very life to save her.
The writing is so good in this tale, I was holding my breath at times. This story has so much more to it than a basic romance novel. The action scenes are intense. The romance is super steamy with ultra yummy love scenes. Reece is a dream hero. The plot thickens as you go, with surprises at the end.
I liked Kara's character as well, although not as much. She is strong, independent, determined, honest, and a devoted mom. My only problem with her was the length of time it took her to accept to Reece. About 3/4 of the way through the book, she is still pushing him away. It got to the point that I felt she didn't deserve Reece's undying affection. For weeks he gave her all of himself, she would only give him sex in return. Finally, at chapter 25 (over 275 pages into the book) her icy armor breaks away for good. From that point, she's extraordinarily dedicated to Reece, even risking her life to save him. I liked her more and more throughout the rest of the story.
Want to read the series? Here are the links for the next two books:
Unlawful Contact (Berkley Sensation) (Best of the series so far!)
Pamela Clare's Historical Romance favorites:
Three Part Series:
Ride The Fire (Leisure Historical Romance) --One of my personal all- time favorite historicals!
First in Clare's second historical series:
Surrender (Leisure Historical Fiction)
The sequel, "Untamed" is scheduled for release in November 2008
If you enjoy romantic tales between protective men and modern women, try the "Bullet Catchers" series:
Kill Me Twice (The Bullet Catchers, Book 1)
Thrill Me to Death (The Bullet Catchers, Book 2)
Take Me Tonight (The Bullet Catchers, Book 3)
Kara McMillan is a dedicated investigative journalist, full-time single mom and a past heartbreak survivor. Through the well-meaning help of a good friend and coworker, she's back on the singles scene in Denver, Colorado, putting her dignity on the line once again in order to find a man. Not really wanting to be left dangling in the breeze like a worm on the hook, she's about ready to call it quits when in walks the sexiest man to ever walk the planet. That would be Senator Reece Sheridan, the consummate, the ultimate MAN. She's conducted phone interviews with him before, and he was instantly intrigued by her sexy voice. So it's no surprise when they hit it off. Thanks to her good friend abandoning her on the spot, she has to depend on the generous spirit of the senator to take her home. Poor Kara....I only wish it had been me! Readers are quickly wisked into their whirlwind relationship as Kara begins investigationg a local mining operation thanks to the tip of an anonymous source. What follows is the stuff made of political scandal legends: mystery, intrigue, murder and justice. No one can put a scandal of this magnitude to newspaper justice like Kara. She's literally a force to be reckoned with.
A gutsy journalist deserves nothing less than a hero like Reece Sheridan. I cannot say enough what a drool-worthy speciman of a man he is. What woman wouldn't want a smart, handsome, sexy dedicated lover like the senator? He falls for Kara and puts nothing less than one hundred and fifty percent of himself into their relationship. Plus, he's a politician in it literally for the good of the people! Can it get any better? Yes, it can!! He also happens to be a knight in shining armor, so read the book and see what I mean!
Clare has actually taken the time to write a detailed story with characters that carry us through it at the speed of light. We don't just get a minor reference to the political intrigue in this one. It's more than a backdrop, it's an integral part of the book. I don't think Kara or Reece would have been such deep characters without it. Three cheers, no ten cheers for Pamela Clare's EXTREME EXPOSURE! It's truly a book worthy of the exclusive keeper shelf.
The romance part of the story is to die for. As I said from the beginning of the book starting with the hot, sweaty conversation that Reece has with Kara to the last page, it is filled with sexual tension. Reece is such a powerful, loving, sexual hero. Not only is he a good lover he is also an excellent father to Kara's little son. This is the type of man any woman would want. There is a very humorous scene involving Kara's son and a certain toy. Numerous flaming hot scenes involving Kara and Reece showing their love and the lust. Just be prepared to have plenty of towels to wipe off the sweat and something cool handy. This book is that good.
Nowadays we have too many romance books that aren't even romance anymore. Extreme Exposure is the kind of old fashion straight romance that I feel we have been missing for a long time. Thank you Ms. Pamela Clare for writing romance the way it should be written.
Reece loved being a high school teacher. At the urging of his students, he became a State Senator to try to make a difference. Kara is a top investigative reporter for a Denver newspaper. She became pregnant five years earlier and is raising her son Connor as a single parent. The guy wanted nothing to do with the child. Kara's life revolves around her work and Connor who means more to her than anything. She has no time or interest in dating. One night Kara has a few too many drinks at a bar with a girlfriend. She meets Reece there. Her friend ditches her on purpose so that Kara will need a ride home, which Reece provides. Reece asks her out, and they start falling for each other. He is great with her son and respects her responsibilities and priorities.
A whistleblower calls Kara with a tip about illegal dumping of hazardous materials. Kara begins investigating and starts receiving death threats. Environmental inspections have been covered up.
It's a good story, but it was easy to put down. The characters are good people with values I admire. They are smart and win in the end which is nice. But something emotional was missing for me. I'm not sure what. I didn't have the feelings of surprise or delight which would take it to the next level. There were some good sex scenes.
CAUTION VAGUE SPOILER:
I did not like the heroine doing something stupid for the sake of the plot. The bad guy said if you don't come to me I will do something bad. So she goes. She knew he wanted to kill her. Now he could kill her plus do the bad thing. And her son would be motherless. I had trouble getting past that. However, I did admire Kara's actions to survive danger more than once. That was well done.
Story length: 335 pages. Swearing language: strong, including religious swear words. Sexual language: strong. Number of sex scenes: 7. Estimated number of sex scene pages: 14. Setting: current day Denver, Colorado. Copyright: 2005. Genre: romantic mystery suspense thriller.
Sadly, none of these things happened. Instead Kara gets plastered (the author calls it tipsy but whatever) and has the worst case of verbal diarrhea I've ever seen. She actually asks him if women taste like tuna.
And this just kind of irritated me. Because she's telling her best friend how hot it is for a guy to go down on her then kiss her on the mouth so she can taste herself. Then she asks him if women taste like tuna. I read this part to my husband out loud, and he had the same response I did. If that's your biggest turn on, then you already know women don't taste like tuna, you moron. The author is just trying to be provacative for the sake of it and it makes no sense in the story or even by itself.
I just didn't buy that a hardass reporter would do something so completely unprofessional and that a senator, who was not drunk, would actually participate in a public conversation about oral sex. Make him anything but a Senator. A millionaire playboy, a captain of industry, any other profession where it would make sense for her as a reporter to have heard of him and spoken on the phone once, but not a Senator.
And it's not the only instance of forced sexuality in the book. I'm not a prude. But the scene with Kara's young son producing a purple vibrator in front of Reece while he was picking her up for their first date just felt so heavy handed, banal, and unnecessary. If this were supposed to be a romantic comedy, I'd probably not really blink an eye. But it isn't. And how many instances of sex themed embarassment do you really need to put your heroine through?
The fact that they literally started over during the date, with introductions and a handshake. So juvenile. Then he feeds her dessert. It's just so over the top. I couldn't deal with it.
Thankfully, the actual mystery picks up soon after and that's the only interesting part of the book. It's a well-constructed plot and I really appreciated the amount of detail that went into it. It really made the book seem like a mystery with some sex, rather than sex with a dash of mystery. The mystery is clearly the most important aspect of this novel. Which is great.
The portrayal of their relationship almost ruined the whole book for me. There are too many instances where the author tries to make Reece too likeable and it doesn't really make sense or seem realistic. For example he always refers to their encounters as 'making love.' I'm sorry. No. Doing it doggy style in the woods while pretending to be mountain lions is NOT making love. No guy would ever refer to it that way. Is it hot? Totally. Did you make love? No freaking way.
I could understand if in the course of a strictly sexual relationship he eventually developed some actual feelings for her, but right from the get-go this guy is all about the 'making love' and the 'special' relationship they have. They never made love. They did it in the woods, he tied her to the bed and used a vibrator on her, he bent her over his desk in his office for a quickie, but at no time did this couple ever 'make love' and it just irritates me when he refers to it that way. At one point in the novel his inner monologue reveals that he doesn't really know when he fell in love with her. He lists three possibilities, two of which are times they did something sexual. Go figure.
Oddly enough, I still would have read this and probably liked it MORE if the author had either had Reece only interested sex and begrudgingly developed feelings for Kara as he got to know her better OR they just never had sex at all and had a collaborative relationship while solving the mystery that eventually turned into mutual affection.
But the way it's written he comes off as desperate, clingy, and able to fall in love based on one great BJ. Or, as he suspects, maybe it was the first time she had an orgasm. Cue eye roll. Oh and he tells everyone that he's nailing her. And I mean everyone. Way to be discreet, Senator.
The bottom line for this book is, I don't know this author. It's my understanding that she also writes historical romance novels. I find that really, really intriguing because the 'romance' in this novel sucks. Maybe I'll read one of her historicals just to compare.
If I hadn't known that about her my judgment of Extreme Exposure would have been this: Pamela Clare seems like an excellent writer with a nose for crime and inside knowledge of the life of an investigative reporter. She just doesn't know how to write about relationships. Pick up the book because even though the romance is terrible, the mystery is still really good.
I'll read a few more in this series out of curiosity but I will try to adjust my expectations. I'm still amazed this woman writes actual romances, supposedly.