Hard Target by @Pamela_Clare #MilitarySuspense #BookReview

A life debt…

Derek Tower has spent his life at war, first as a Green Beret and then as the owner of a private military 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.

An inescapable attraction…

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.

A merciless enemy…

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.


USA Today best-selling author Pamela Clare began her writing career as a columnist and investigative reporter and eventually became the first woman editor-in-chief of two different newspapers. Along the way, she and her team won numerous state and national honors, including the National Journalism Award for Public Service and the Keeper of the Flame Lifetime Achievement Award. A single mother with two college-aged sons, she writes historical romance and contemporary romantic suspense within view of Colorado’s beautiful Rocky Mountains.

My Review

A cultural eye-opener!

When Derek Tower is commissioned to run a mission for a US Senator who wants his independant daughter brought home from Afghanistan, his first instinct is to say no. But Jenna isn’t a spoiled woman in search of excitement in a far-off land- she’s the sister of Derek’s best friend, who died because of him.

He has no choice.

Jenna is determined to help the Afghan women as a midwife in the war-torn country. She knows full well the danger, but the need is greater than her fear. She certainly doesn’t need her father’s henchman following her around, even if he is sexy. But when danger arrives, Jenna is grateful she’s not alone.

Though it could cost her heart.

This book exposes the plight of many Afghanistan women sold into lives of slavery, often by their own families. The author obviously did a lot of research and brought to life the taste and smells of a culture very different to the western world.

The story starts out slow, but builds to a good action-suspense page-turner though the sex scenes felt out of place to me.

I give Hard Target 4 lovely kisses!


  1. D.L. Finn, Author says:

    Thanks for the review, Jacquie:) it sounds like a unique and insightful read. Have a great weekend and week!

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    1. Hi Denise,
      Sorry for the late reply, we’re on the road 😊
      It’s important for stories like this to be told. We need to have compassion for cultures we don’t understand and I think Pamela’s book helps.
      Have a nice weekend!


  2. I really do like the sound of this book, Jacquie. The setting and circumstances are most intriguing.

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    1. I think you’d enjoy this one, Robbie.

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  3. Staci Troilo says:

    Sounds like a timely story. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Agreed. We don’t understand

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      1. Sorry, I’m on my phone, lol. We don’t understand therefore we make judgements that aren’t always accurate.


  4. Fab review, Jacquie! This definitely sounds like a thought-provoking read.

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    1. It is, Jennifer. Aide workers don’t get nearly enough praise for what they do.

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  5. Beware Of The Reader says:

    I love it when authors open our eyes and choose to highlight other cultures of the woman’s condition Jacquie!

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    1. Exactly! We don’t realize ( I’m not going to say lucky, though that’s how I feel) we are to have the freedom to choose our paths.


  6. carhicks says:

    I really like the sound of this one Jacqui. So important to take time to learn what is going on in the world and to do it while enjoying a bit of romance makes it easier to read about. This book sounds like one I would really enjoy. Great share.

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    1. I agree, Carla. Pamela is a fantastic author. She did a great deal of research for this story.

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