Unlawful Contact by Pamela Clare
Series: I-Team #3
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: April 1st 2008
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Taken hostage by a convicted murderer while reporting at a prison, Sophie Alton has no idea that the man holding the gun to her head is the bad boy who was her first love in high school. Condemned to life without parole, Marc Hunter finds himself with no choice but to break out of prison after his younger sister disappears with her baby.
Though he regrets what he has to put Sophie through, he can’t let anything get in the way of his stopping the corrupt officials who are set on destroying what’s left of his family. But being near Sophie rekindles memories for both of them. As the passion between them heats up, so does the conspiracy to put both of them in their graves.
Sometimes I have this problem with reviewing. It usually happens when a book just blew me away or surpassed my expectations. When that happens I usually have a hard time reviewing it without sounding like a moron (see: Jo Goodman). That is the case with Unlawful Contact. I read it about a week ago and every time I tried to review it, the words just wouldn’t flow. That is super annoying.
I met Pamela Clare last year at RWA. She is the one of the nicest and funniest people I met on that trip. A friend that I was dragging around got dragged right up to Pamela’s table where she proceeded to make us laugh like loons. If I remember right, even her autograph to my friend was funny.
I picked up Extreme Exposure on a whim after it first came out. I haven’t looked back since. Though I didn’t like Hard Evidence as much as Extreme Exposure, Unlawful Contact more than made up for it. This book was amazing. Utterly and completely.
As an Investigative Reporter, Sophie Alton strongly believes in what she does. Through her years as a reporter, Sophie has had the opportunity to help a lot of people. Lately she has been trying to help a woman named Megan. A recovering drug addict, Megan is on parole and fighting to get her seven month old daughter back. Sophie has been following Megan’s story from the beginning and plans to be there when Megan is reunited with her daughter at last. Of course the unthinkable happens…Sophie arrives to find out that Megan has taken her baby and run. Determined to track her down, Sophie requests to see Megan’s brother who is in prison for murder.
When Marc Hunter finds out that Megan has run, he knows exactly why. Conceiving a plan that will either get him out of prison or get him killed, Marc lures Sophie to the prison with the promise of information about Megan. To Marc’s disbelief, Sophie doesn’t recognize him. After dreaming about her for years, he’s thrown a little bit off by that fact. That doesn’t stop him from doing what needs to be done. Taking Sophie at gunpoint, Marc escapes prison in a hail of bullets with Sophie at his side.
It doesn’t take long for Sophie to realize that Marc Hunter is the boy she only knew as ‘Hunt’. The boy that took her virginity all those years ago that she has never forgotten. Although her first instinct is to help Marc and Megan, they are both fugitives. It’s not until she begins uncovering the real reason that Megan on the run that she realizes she’s too far in to back out.
Unlawful Contact was an amazing book from cover to cover. Clare did such a great job of writing Marc’s desperation to find his sister. You could literally feel it coming off the pages. What started out as Marc determined to help Megan on his own turned into both him and Sophie racing to find Megan and her daughter before someone else does. The feelings between Marc and Sophie were both sweet and hot at the same time. You can’t help but root for these two and wonder at the same time how in the world Clare is going to give Marc his HEA. Rest assured, she most definitely did.
5 out of 5