Author: Pamela Clare
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Buy link: Buy Breaking Point Here!
Rating: You Need to Read
Reviewer: Wendy Mitchell
While investigating border violence in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, Denver journalist Natalie Benoit is caught in a bloody ambush and taken captive. Alone in the hands of ruthless killers, she will need every ounce of courage she possesses to survive.
Betrayed by another operative, Deputy U.S. Marshal Zach McBride has endured a week of torture and interrogation at the hands of a bloodthirsty Mexican drug cartel. Ready to give his life if he must, he remains unbroken—until he hears the cries of an American woman.
Although Natalie is only a voice in the darkness of their shared prison, her plight brings renewed strength to Zach's battered body. With her help, he overpowers their captors, and they flee through the desert toward the border, the attraction between them flaring hotter than the Sonoran sun.
But past loss and tragedy leave both of them reluctant to follow their hearts, even when the passion between them reaches its breaking point. Faced with feelings neither expected, they fight to stay ahead of the danger that hunts them as forces more powerful than they can imagine conspire to destroy them both…
Natalie Benoit was trying to reconnect to life after losing her parents and fiancé in Hurricane Katrina. Starting a new life in Denver, she seemed to be moving on. Attending a conference in Mexico, her life is once again upended as she is taken hostage by the drug cartel, Los Zetas. US Deputy Marshall, Zach McBride knew his last days on this earth were drawing to an end. As a prisoner of the Los Zetas, he had endured days of agonizing torture and was ready for the pain to end. When he hears the soft creole accent of the newest prisoner he doesn’t have the heart to tell her there is no way out. Good thing, because Natalie does the impossible. Once they are free, they still have to make it across the desert to the US border. Even then they may not be completely safe.
Once again, Ms. Clare has given her readers another gripping page turner. Breaking Point continues the I-Team's string of excellent reads, and confirms Pamela Clare’s status as one of the reigning monarchs in the Romantic Suspense genre. The action is fast and graphic, and the story is compelling enough to make this a “one sitting” book. In addition to the trauma of being tortured and imprisoned by the Los Zetas, both characters are victims of PTSD from past traumas. Zach more so than Natalie, or at least Natalie has dealt with hers better. Zach has what I call “hero martyr syndrome”. Everything bad that happens is his fault, no matter the circumstance. Irritating, yes, but Natalie doesn’t tolerate it much. In fact she bust his chops on his way overdeveloped sense of responsibility. Luckily for the reader, Zach loses his ‘protect at all costs’ attitude in the bedroom and let’s his inner bad boy out to play. Natalie is terrific as the heroine of the story. At first, I was a tad put off by her incessant questioning of Zach’s every action, but then I reminded myself that she is a reporter and that’s what they do. By the end I really liked and admired her intelligence and chutzpah. She had a nice little streak of snark running through her as well. We also get to catch up with past characters in the I-Team series, which always makes me happy. I do like to keep in touch with my old friends. If you haven’t had the privilege of reading this series yet, (and why not?) don’t despair. This is a stand alone read, but I guarantee by the end you will need the rest of the series.