Hard Evidence is the second book in Pamela Clare's I - Team series and what a continuation this one was! Tessa Novak is a top reporter for the Denver Independent. With her good looks and her honeyed southern accent and sharp intellect she is one woman that goes above and beyond to get her story. But the horrible reality of murder becomes much more than a headline when Tessa stops at a convenient store for coffee, and a teenage girl is gunned down in cold blood before her very eyes. Haunted by what she witnessed she wants to use her status as a reporter to be a voice for the young girl and to help catch her murderers. Little does she know just how much danger she is in now over that one cup of coffee, but Special Agent Julian Darcangelo knows all to well the people that are now gunning for the beautiful witness. Julian has been tracking the ring of human traffickers, rapists, and murderers that are responsible for the teenage girl's death for over 3 years. And he knows that they will not leave loose ends untied especially when this particular witness is a very popular news reporter. Tessa Novak is in a world of danger and Julian vows to do everything in his power to keep her from sharing the same fate or far worse at the hands of the vicious criminals. However Julian will have to convince Tessa that he isn't the bad guy because after seeing him at the crime scene she thinks he's the killer.
Julian never counted on was the way that the sexy reporter would get underneath his skin and in his blood from the very start. With her sharp mind and her sexy body he finds himself having a very hard time keeping his professional distance. Tessa is intrigued and ignited by the drop dead gorgeous secret agent but both of them have pasts that haunt them as well. Can they both find a way too put their inner demons to rest and could the other's love be the thing that could save them both or will a killers bullet cut both of their lives short before they get the chance to find out.
This was a wonderful joyride from start to finish I devoured this one and let me tell you it is one HOT read. Sexy and gritty and yet one of the most tender stories I have every read this one is going on my keeper shelf along with the first one in the series and I know it's one I'll be re reading in the future. Get this one even if you're not a fan of contemporaries! I'm not either as most of you that know me know but this series is above and beyond the norm you will NOT be sorry. I cannot wait for the third in the series coming in 2008! Pamela Clare is one of the best out there check this out and see why.
Investigative reporter Tessa Novak witnesses the murder of a teenage girl-and believes Julian Darcangelo committed the crime. But Julian is actually an undercover FBI agent on the trail of a human trafficker and killer. And now Tessa's report has brought them closer than either one of them could have imagined-and put both of their lives in danger.