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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

BREAKING POINT gets a starred review from PW!

I was hoping for good news — any kind of good news today. My prayers were heard and delicious excitement was delivered to my e-mail Inbox in the form of a starred review for Breaking Point from Publisher’s Weekly.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with PW, the publication doesn’t review very many romances. Of the books the editors choose to review — books of all kinds, not just romance — those found to have special merit are given a star. So one star from Publisher’s Weekly beats five stars from pretty much everywhere else.

And what did PW have to say? I thought you’d never ask!

Pamela Clare. Berkley Sensation, $7.99 ISBN 978-0-425-24051-9

Clare’s fifth I-Team novel (after Naked Edge) sizzles with constant adventure and romance. U.S. Marshal Zach McBride is the unwilling guest of Mexican drug lords when he meets another prisoner, American journalist Natalie Benoit. The two join forces to escape and make their way across the treacherous Mexican desert toward the U.S. border. Their romance and mutual attraction develop as they share their unhappy life stories and dodge their enemies in one harrowing encounter after another. Natalie's initial fragility is juxtaposed against Zach’s stalwart nature as he helps unearth her hidden strengths and she encourages him to listen to his heart. Complex characterizations and a fast-paced plot filled with sensual romance and mystery make this a highly enjoyable read for newcomers and series fans alike. (May)

This is the first time PW has reviewed one of my I-Team books, though they’ve done reviews of both Surrender and Untamed. Untamed also got a starred review, while Surrender merely received a very positive review.

I’ve also heard that RT Book Reviews gave Breaking Point four stars. Here’s what their reviewer wrote:

“Clare consistently delivers! Breaking Point is packed with gut-wrenching tension, tragedy, romance and passion. The characters are riveting and the story of Mexican drug lords, journalists fighting for the truth and marshals seeking justice is timely and effective.”

This is a step up from Naked Edge, which got a measly three stars from RT.

I just wanted to share the great news with you. It certainly made my day!

14 comments:

Congrats on the Review...can NOT wait for May 3rd....sigh...Jed Hill looks to be in need of a shower...can I help?

Jane said...

Congrats on the starred review, Pamela.

Di P said...

Fantastic news Pamela. It's terrific to hear that your hard work and effort is paying off. I imagine as a writer waiting until Breaking Point is release is a nervous time, but these reviews should give you lots of confidence that it will be a great success.

Lisa said...

Congratulations Pamela! Can't wait for this book. Time flies for everything except book releases! :)

Hi, Chele — Thank you so much! I was really thrilled because they've never reviewed the I-Team books before.

I think Jed does need a shower in that photo. You could always ask...

Hi, Jane — Thank you so very much! :-)


Hi, Di P — Thank you! Yes, indeed, it is! I have been feeling increasing anxiety as we get closer to the release date, but a starred review from PW means a lot. :-)

I certainly have high hopes for this book.

Hi, Lisa — Yes, that is SO true. It's true for book releases and babies. Time never moves more slowly than the last month of a pregnancy. :-)

Lori said...

Congrats! Can't wait to lick...err.... read it!

Congratulations!!! Well done Pamela!!! It sounds tough getting reviewed by PW and yet you have 3 books reviewed by them! Excellent! :o)

Congrats, Pamela! I'm sure Breaking Point will do just as well as Naked Edge. I can't wait.

Brande said...

Congrats Pam!!!! Breaking Point is on the top of my wish list for May! And I simply can't wait!!

Mary G said...

Congrats! Well deserved recognition.

Kristi said...

Pam-May!!! YAY! yes, i am behind the crowd answering this one -- forgive me. CONGRATULATIONS BABY! Let me say that this book rocks! It truly deserves all of the praise because it delivers from start to finish. Zach and Natalie were one of my favorite stories. You just keep getting better, Gangsta! Like a fine-ass wine!
Love you dollface! Xoxoxox

Lucy said...

Told ya it was great!!! Congrats on the excellent reviews. I always tell people to read the PW reviews--they tend to be unbiased.

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