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Seduction Game by Pamela Clare

Seduction Game - Pamela Clare

Holly Elise Bradshaw, a.k.a. Horny Holly, the entertainment journalist for the Denver Independent, isn’t what she seems. Her flamboyant, fashionista, sexy and carefree persona isn’t just who she really is, it’s also a cover...A cover that’s about to be blown wide open thanks to her hot and sexy neighbor who just happens to be a rogue CIA officer intent on kidnapping and interrogating her.

As soon as Nick Andris realizes just who Holly works for, he knows he’s been set up. Someone at the Agency is snipping off loose ends, and it looks like Nick is going to be the patsy. Unless, he gets Holly to forgive him, and help him clear his name while also keeping her alive.


I’ve come to expect great stories in this series. Wonderful characters, amazing romance, intense suspense...Unfortunately, this story seemed to be written by a completely different author.

It felt all over the place, erratic, and hurried. I felt like pieces of it were missing, scenes, maybe even entire chapters important for the overall story progress, and character and romance development as well.

We were at point A, then suddenly at point B with absolutely no recollection of how we got there. There was no or barely some semblance of “path” between the two points, two plot elements.
A good example is the first love scene between Holly and Nick. There was no (evident) progress in their acquaintance, no tension, nothing...They just took their clothes off and went for it.
I could say the same for their entire so-called romance. It just was. One moment they didn’t know each other, the next they were lovers, five minute later they were in love. But there was no reason why. Why was Nick in love with her? Was it because she was smart? Was it because she was beautiful? Was it because she used her wits to trick him in thinking her helpless? Was it because she withstood torture? Was it because she was good in bed?
And why was Holly in love with Nick? Especially after all he’s done to her. Yes, he was good-looking, good in bed, he protected her...
Their love materialized with a snap of the fingers without much motivation or reason behind it. And I didn’t believe one second of it. They had sex. Good sex. Hot sex. I just didn’t buy them being in love. And still don’t.

There was not much character development in the story either. Which explains the lack of romance, I suppose. The two of them just were. From beginning to end, there wasn’t much change in their characters, except for when Holly dropped her bimbo act. The only visible change was their love for each other—end character development.

I really couldn’t care less about these two, and I felt the whole secret identity Holly had going on was a bit too “easy”, perfectly crafted for the story itself and for the pairing with her hero, but that was it. I didn’t buy it and I didn’t believe it. It was just too perfect.

The saving grace for this book was the suspense. Well, the mystery of it. I was looking forward to the two uncovering who the real bad guy was, and his motive. That final scene in the warehouse (or wherever they were) was also good. Pity the gang arrived too late for them also to kick some butt.
Still, it was nice seeing the I-Team family together, working toward their common goal of protecting Holly, although I felt that the guy went a little overboard with their protective-big-brother act.

I didn’t really enjoy this one, although it had its brief moments.