Series: Colorado High Country

Tempting Fate by Pamela Clare

Posted August 15, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 4 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Tempting Fate by Pamela ClareTempting Fate by Pamela Clare
Series: Colorado High Country #4
Published by Self Published on June 29, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 268
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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A woman with no roots…

Naomi fled the cult-like nightmare of her childhood and learned to rely on one person—herself. Her resourcefulness keeps her alive during a catastrophe in the mountains, but it’s no help at all when it comes to Chaska Belcourt, the sexy EMT who saves her life. Raised to feel shame about her body and sex, she is putty in Chaska’s hands as he strips away her armor, exposing the vulnerable woman beneath, awakening desires in her that she’d been taught to ignore.

A kiss that changes everything…

Chaska Belcourt grew up on the reservation, the son of a hereditary Sun Dance chief. He left all of that behind for a new life in Colorado as an engineer with an aerospace firm and a member of the elite Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue Team. He doesn’t share his sister’s belief that he was led by fate to find Naomi. But from the first moment their lips touch, he can’t get enough of her.

A love that transforms…

As the passion between them turns to something more, Chaska is forced to admit that his sister is right. There’s no other way to explain the depth of his feelings for Naomi—or the fact that he and his people might hold the key to unraveling the mysteries of her past. But she will have to learn to trust again before the two of them can find the answers she needs—and claim this once-in-a-lifetime love.

 

 
Naomi Archer is vacationing in the Colorado mountains near Scarlett Springs when she is confronted by some very bad people. She is ultimately discovered and rescued by Chaska and Winona Belcourt who take her in while she recovers. Naomi gets to see the best of the community during her time with them and is exposed to the Lakota heritage, which may be her own.

 
I loved everything, and I mean everything, about this story. Naomi captured my heart and Chaska my mind, body and soul. Her story was heartbreaking and her initial encounter with Chaska truly felt destined. Their developing relationship was just wonderful as he also led her to the Native American culture she’d always wanted to embrace. You’ll have to read the story to learn why as I don’t want to ruin the experience. Chaska isn’t perfect but he’s pretty close, especially in his sensitivity to Naomi, other women and his search & rescue team. Yes, he’s gorgeous, talented and sexy but it’s his inner beauty that makes him special.

 
So often Native American history and heritage is wrapped inside an aura of mysticism and otherworldly impressions. Not so in this story where culture and practices are steeped in traditions and philosophies that are in tandem with the environment and history. It has such an air of authenticity that I knew the author had been exposed to the culture more than just through casual research, which was indeed the truth (see the author’s notes at the end). It was quite the education, one that I won’t forget.

 
This story is outstanding story and has a bit of mystery and suspense to go along with the romance and history. The strong sense of community was pervasive throughout the book, not only in Scarlet Springs but in the Lakota tribe, so much so that it was almost like they were separate characters. It is a powerful story on so many levels, one that will stay with me. I love this series but I especially loved this story.

About Pamela Clare

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 First Amendment Award and the National Journalism Award for Public Service. This year, she was honored by the Colorado Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists with their Keeper of the Flame Lifetime Achievement Award for her work. A single mother with two college-aged sons, she writes historical romance and contemporary romantic suspense within view of Colorado’s beautiful Rocky Mountains. She is a two-time RITA finalist (Surrender, Defiant) and a three-time Daphne du Maurier finalist (I-Team series). She loves history, having studied archaeology in college, and has traveled extensively, living for almost three years in Denmark, which feels like home to her. She attributes her love of historical romance with the years she spent visiting ruins and castles in Europe.


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Posted April 12, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

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Posted March 21, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

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Posted July 8, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

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