Hard Asset

Hard Asset

by Pamela Clare

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A perilous mission...

Shanti Lahiri's tragic family history inspired her to fight for justice. Now a prosecutor with the International Criminal Court, she doesn't have time for dating or relationships. When an investigation takes her to the Rohingya refugee camps in her father's homeland of Bangladesh, the last thing she wants is an armed security team following her everywhere and frightening her already traumatized witnesses. But others who've tried to investigate these crimes have gone missing, and Shanti doesn't want to be the next one to disappear. Despite her misgivings, she has no choice but to accept their protection. And, no, the fact that the team's leader is lethally sexy has nothing to do with her decision.

An undeniable attraction...

Connor O'Neal left the Unit—Delta Force—after a decade of war, scarred both inside and out. Now an operative with Cobra International Security, he's been tasked with protecting Shanti in one of the most dangerous parts of the world. He can handle anything the bad guys throw at him, but nothing prepares him for the instant attraction he feels to Shanti. From the first moment he sees her, he wants her. Too bad, because clients are strictly off-limits, and he's a man who follows the rules—most of the time. Besides, he can't afford any distractions when Shanti's life is on the line.

A merciless enemy...

But something about Shanti breaks through Connor's defenses, forcing him to confront his demons. As their mutual desire transforms into reckless passion, Shanti discovers evidence crucial to putting a mastermind of genocide behind bars. Connor knows her life is in immediate danger, but his plan to get her out of the country comes crashing down when a traitor strikes, leaving the two of them stranded in the jungles of Myanmar. Now on the run from a ruthless killer and his army, Connor and Shanti are fighting for survival—and a chance at the love of a lifetime.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161374825
Publisher: Pamela Clare
Publication date: 08/27/2019
Series: Cobra Elite , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 9,655
File size: 549 KB

About the Author

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. In 2011, Clare was awarded the Keeper of the Flame Lifetime Achievement Award for her body of work. A single mother with two sons, she writes historical and contemporary romance and romantic suspense at the foot of the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Visit her website and join her mailing list at www.pamelaclare.com.

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Hard Asset 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
DarGee More than 1 year ago
There was a lot to process in this story, and it had an emotional pain that made me want to turn away. It was needed, to understand Shanti, and her drive. To understand Connor and his internal conflict, with how he saw himself, and how he really was. To see Shanti through Connor’s eyes, and Conner through Shanti’s eyes, the world and the conflicts that shaped them needed to be understood. While parts were wrenching to read, they set the heart of our characters. They gave the backdrop for the reasons for Shanti and Connor to be who they were. It let them find love and comfort in the cruel world that exists. It told us that the reasons for fighting the fight is so much richer and meaningful when you have the person you love by your side
Marlene976 More than 1 year ago
Pamela Cl.are knows how to write strong, smart, resilient women characters that are able to save themselves! Sure, it is always nice to have a little help and in this book Shanti and Connor help each other as they fight to sruvive. It is a fast paced, action packed story sprinkled romance and heat. A few surprise moments and a great twist at the end.
rvingmillers More than 1 year ago
Awesome, love every book Pamela Clare writes
Renata More than 1 year ago
Hard Asset (Book number 2 in the Cobra Elite series) Book Premise: Shanti Lahiri, a prosecutor with the International Criminal Court, is tasked with visiting Rohingya refugee camps and finding the truth about allegations of ethnic cleansing, genocidal rape, and vicious killing of civilians against General Thant Naing. Two British journalists, also investigating Naing, were recently abducted from one of the camps and taken across the border into Myanmar, where they were accused of spying and thrown in jail. ICC want to hire Cobra International Security (a private military company which runs security and carries out a range of covert operations on behalf of the United States) to provide security for Shanti. Shanti needs to collect witness statements and is afraid that if she arrives with an armed escort, no one will want to talk to her. After all, the women she's trying to interview were molested by military men, who killed their families. She has no choice however and agrees to a team of selected Cobra agents to travel with her to Bangladesh and watch after her safety. Connor O’Neal, former US Army Special Forces agent, and current operative of Cobra International Security, is appointed as head of Shanti’s security. Instant attraction. Reader’s Review: The book started out good, the introduction to both Shanti and Connor was artfully done providing enough information about the characters without dragging into too much detail. Once Shanti and her security team landed in Bangladesh, however, things started moving slower. The first 1/3 of the book reminded me a lot of Striking Distance (Pamela Clare’s 6th book in the I-team series) in the sense that it contained accounts of violence against women and children. Bear in mind it was not TOO graphic, but it was emotional and heartbreaking, and all in all a heavy read. Due to this it took me 2 days to get through to 35% in the book. I also didn’t like very much the instant lust between Shanti and Connor. I realize that when people are out of their comfort zones and in stressful situations emotions are felt stronger and can appear suddenly, but I do prefer a more gradual build of chemistry and lust between the main characters. With that said, once you get through the first third of the book the action starts and it’s a rollercoaster ride! The rest of the book was more reminiscent of Breaking Point (book 5 in the I-team series and one of my favorites) and I absolutely loved it! I didn’t go to bed until 2:30 am as I just couldn’t put the book down. I loved everything about it, the fast pace, the plot changes and surprises you didn’t see coming, the edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting action, and the intricately woven romance that gave the reader a “breather” in between heart-stopping action. All in all it started slow and heavy but it turned into an action packed fun ride that I thoroughly enjoyed! I like that Pamela Clare is back into the romantic suspense genre (not that I don’t love her contemporary romance novels as well ) and I can’t wait for her next book in the series! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book sent to me via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
This is book 2 in the Cobra Elite series and it features Connor and Shanti. This book has it all! Hot military men, action, adventure, suspense, romance with sizzling steam and an amazing HEA. This is the kind of 5-Star story that really sticks with you when you finish the last page. There were breath-holding moments. Moments when your heart broke and after that, moments that mended your broken heart. Humanity’s worst and then a beautiful romance. The story was an amazing roller coaster ride! Fantastic characters that I can’t wait to spend more time with. Brilliant writing!
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
4.25 stars--HARD ASSET is the second instalment in Pamela Clare’s contemporary, adult COBRA ELITE romantic, military suspense series focusing on the men and women who work for the Black Ops Company known as Cobra International Security. This is former Delta Force Army soldier Connor O’Neal, and prosecutor with the International Criminal Court (ICC) Shanti Lahiri’s story line. HARD ASSET can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary. COBRA ELITE is a spin-off from the author’s I-Team Series. NOTE: Due to the story line content and detailed references to genocide and murder, there may be some triggers for more sensitive readers. Told from dual third person perspectives (Shanti and Connor) HARD ASSET follows the Cobra Team as they are assigned to escort and protect ICC attorney Shanti Lahiri as she travels to Myanmar in an effort to gather information about the warlord responsible for the Rohingya massacre and genocide. But a betrayal will find Shanti and Connor on the run in the Mayanmar jungle, miles from civilization and the safety of the Cobra Team. What ensues is the building relationship and romance between Shanti and Connor as they traverse a minefield of danger and death, and the potential fall-out as Connor believes himself unworthy of love and a happily ever after. Shanti Lahiri is desperate to take down the man responsible for destroying so many lives, desperate enough to place herself at risk as well as the man with whom she is falling in love. Connor O’Neal knows that his primary concern is to protect Shanti Lahiri but trapped in the Maynmar jungle means survival at all cost. The relationship between Shanti and Connor is one of immediate attraction but Connor knows better than to get involved with a client. On the move in an effort to stay one step ahead of the man in charge, Shanti and Connor find themselves pulled together towards their own happily ever after. The $ex scenes are passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text but I have to question $ex in a dangerous, dirty and precarious environment, $ex that could ultimately get themselves killed. There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including most of Connor’s Cobra Elite Security Team: Derek Tower, Malik Jones, Dylan Cruz, Elizabeth Shield, Quinn McManus, Doc Sullivan, Thor Isaksen, and Lev Segal; Shanti’s boss Bram Meijer, and UN project manager Pauline Montreux. The requisite evil has many faces. HARD ASSET is a story of war and genocide; power and control; betrayal, vengeance, danger, friendship and love. Pamela Clare pulls her story from the nightly news and dramatic headlines in an effort to show the brutality that is life for those who are trying to survive against the odds. The premise is powerful and thought provoking; the romance is captivating; the characters are strong and energetic. HARD ASSET is an information, heart breaking and detailed story line that is sure to bring your attention to the ongoing atrocities and the Rohingya massacre.
Smokysal More than 1 year ago
Two extremes come together to make an intriguing story. Set in Myanmar, one of the most dangerous places in the world. Full of inhumane brutality and mass genocide. Amid this horror two people find themselves trying to survive the dangers surrounding them. While the enemy closes in their sexual attraction steams up. Pamela brings it all with the second Cobra Elite Novel. Sizzling sex, suspense, surviving the jungle, gunmen, crashes and dangers everywhere. Also you are presented with a vivid picture of the atrocities done to these innocent people.
PatriciaWhite More than 1 year ago
Hard Asset by Pamela Clare is the second book in the Cobra Elite series. This book will appeal to anyone who loves Military Romance. Shanti Lahiri is a prosecutor for International Criminal Court sent to investigate war crimes in Bangladesh. Her fathers home country. Conner O’Neal is leading the Cobra Team sent to protect Shanti. You can tell by the subject of this book that Ms. Clare was a investigating reporter. As soon as you start reading this book you know something crazy is going to happen. Midway into the book the action starts and didn’t stop until almost the end. A couple from two different worlds come together to find love. I love all the I team book and look forward to what comes next.
MBurton More than 1 year ago
I'm seriously loving this new series by Pamela Clare. There were so many good things in Connor and Shanti's story. They're an opposites attract couple, one's a fighter and the other's a peace-seeker. Hard Asset gives you a good look at both sides of the coin. There was no right or wrong, just different ways to work together to accomplish true unity. Things get extremely dangerous when Shanti's efforts to bring down a very, bad man strands her in the middle of a jungle with just Connor to save her from an army of bad men. For a peace loving woman, Shanti was every bit the fighter to stay alive. Their time in the jungle gives her a good look at why men like Connor are necessary. It also showed Connor that he isn't just a soldier. This story was incredibly detailed in a way that fascinated me as I followed their journey through the jungle. Shanti is a better woman than me. I don't think I could have handled half of what she experienced. However, I sure would love to try it with Connor!