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review 2019-06-11 03:27
Flashpoint series (first book)
Tinderbox - Rachel Grant

Tinderbox is the first book in this fast paced series.  A struggle in a foreign country, where water is rare to nonexistent and corruption reigns. This story moves forward wrapping the two main characters together as part of the solution, in a place where small victories make the only difference. Very intense, romance with steam. Excellent read. 

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review 2019-04-14 00:58
Concrete Evidence by Rachel Grant - My Thoughts
Concrete Evidence - Rachel Grant

Just far too much male gaze in this one.  The hero is a leering idiot, there's a huge plot point concerning the threat of gang rape, and it just all feels distasteful.  At this point, I'm ready to think that Rachel Grant is a pen name for a man who writes pot-boilers.

Really not my speed, sadly.  I have no idea how it rates 4+ stars on Goodreads. 

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review 2019-03-05 02:39
Archaeology, warlords, and chemistry
Tinderbox - Rachel Grant

“There’s a fine line between evil and desperation. One easily leads to the other."


Holy hell was this fascinating, entertaining, hot at times, and plain absorbing. I didn't really take notes to write a review but want to alert anyone looking for a rom suspense that's high on the suspense, this is an absolute go to. 


Quickly, our heroine is an archaeologist sent to Djibouti to survey land that wants to be developed by both China and U.S. There is a butt load of politics involved with secondary characters trying to maneuver to place them or their country in power. It is, as the title suggests, a tinderbox situation. Morgan meets a Special Forces soldier who she ends up having mad chemistry with and they battle it along with the elements of the country. 


I have to be honest, the romance was a pretty far second to the overall suspense, political, anthropology, and people of Djibouti setting the author magnificently created. Morgan and Pax had chemistry but his stop and go, feet dragging on not wanting to be together came off even more slow paced in comparison to the suspense of shady country dealings, double agents, and people fighting for survival. I also thought the issues Morgan had with her Dad were, eh; made her come off still kind of childish and wrapped very easily up to make her whole issues even more, eh.


Loved this line about the hero: She’d pulled back her blonde hair in a neat French braid, the kind his little sister made him learn how to do when she was eight because she couldn’t braid behind her head herself.


He learned to French braid his little sisters hair! You know how I thirst for building blocks of characters, this was a majorly sweet one that gives a great insight into the hero.


There really was no end to fascinating and intriguing tidbits in this story:  She picked up a triangular rock and jogged back to his side to press it in his hand. She wrapped his fingers around the warm stone. “You’re holding in your hand a tool that was made by either Homo ergaster or Homo habilis around one-point-five-million years ago.”


I spent hours at the computer intermittently looking up new anthropological finds and the current situation in Djibouti. Personally, I felt like the author did an amazing job giving us enough solid facts weaved in with some plausible fiction, without technically overloading or stunting with "look at all the research I did!" facts, to create one heck of an interesting story. 


Like I said, the romance was more three stars for me as I liked the couple's banter but they got pretty lusty right away (thoughts more than actions in beginning). I'm also nerdy enough though, that the author's fascinating inclusion of threads, facts, and plausible sounding anthropology, archaeology, world geography, military, and political talk, the main couple could have been anyone. 


She caught his smug grin. She rolled her eyes and hoped he didn’t notice her heart was still in overdrive. “Not a bad bit of rescuing,” she said as nonchalantly as she could muster.

He laughed. “Sometimes I even amaze myself.” It was her turn to laugh. A guy who could quote Han Solo might just be her catnip.


This was my catnip. If looking for some really interesting, intriguing, heartbreaking, make you feel incredibly lucky where you were born, action, and some sexy time romantic suspense, you will really want to read this. I'm delighted there are more books to discover in this series.

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review 2016-02-03 10:24
Review: Cold Evidence (Evidence #6) by Rachel Grant
Cold Evidence (Evidence Series Book 6) - Rachel Grant

Action from the “get go”, smart heroine, yummy hero, hot sex scenes, and a killer on the loose. What more could you ask for in the new romantic suspense, Cold Evidence, by Rachel Grant?

Undine Gray is a Nautical archaeologist working for the Underwater Archaeology Branch (UAB) at the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) in Washington D.C. Her father is the renowned Marine biologist, Stefan Gray. He has his own research institute and Undine grew up there. She was an expert at a very young age on Marine Biology but due to her lifestyle, she was very lonely. That all changed when Luke Sevick arrived. Luke was living his dream being on scholarship at The Institute. Due to some unfortunate miscues, Luke is forced to leave The Institute and Undine behind.

Fast forward 12 years later. Undine is working on a deep dive to investigate a submarine that went missing during the Cuban Missile Crisis. A number of things go wrong and Undine becomes the only survivor or her crew. She has to make an emergency ascent without time to decompress. Luke, former SEAL and now a Marine biologist and assigned to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Commissioned Officer Corps, is in the area and observes the disaster but also sees a diver in trouble. Pulling Undine from the water and staying with her in the hyperbolic chamber, he realizes he still holds a grudge but can’t help the attraction he feels.

That’s a very brief overview of the story with the exception of several attempts to prevent Undine diving on the wreck of the USS Wrasse.  
What I liked: Cold Evidence is the 6th book in Ms Grant’s Evidence series. I love romantic suspense especially when it’s done correctly. Well, correctly would be based on the reader’s expectations and when it comes to romantic suspense, I have high expectations.

I have a pretty standard routine. I usually am in bed by 10:30 at the latest but two nights in a row I stayed up reading Cold Evidence. I couldn’t find a good spot to stop. The action does not end until the very last page. Then there’s the attraction and angst between Undine and Luke. Not only the attraction but the tension in the exchanges between them. That’s another good point, the conversations between Undine and Luke are extremely well written. The by play, while full of tension and innuendos, flows easily and in some cases had me chuckling at the quick repartee between them.

And the sex…..yeah, hot. Let me just say, Undine and Luke appreciate each other’s attributes and while not wanting to get emotionally involved, aren’t afraid to indulge themselves in their desires.

I also enjoyed catching up with the previous heroines in the Evidence series. Each female lead is connected in some way to the core group. The heroines are smart, snarky in some cases, funny, and very confident in themselves.

The suspense in Cold Evidence is what kept me up at night. Ms Grant is not afraid to give answers early in the book but from that point on, you can’t figure out where the mystery and suspense is going. Believe me, while I did figure out the most obvious clues, she kept surprising me with each little reveal. There are very few authors who can fool me completely but Ms Grant is one of them. And that’s why I keep waiting for each release to gobble it up.

What I didn’t like: It might be my age or it just could be the demand by other readers today, but I do enjoy my romantic suspense with a bit less sex. Yes, I said that. I thrive on the suspense and tension part more than the sex scenes but that is just my preference.

For full disclosure….I was recently picked to be on Ms Grant’s early review team. I was provided an eARC to read and review with an honest opinion, which I just gave you. I wouldn’t have volunteered for the team if I didn’t enjoy her books and in addition, have no problem voicing my likes and dislikes.

One last thing about Ms Grant’s writing. Her research shows through each book like a beacon. I’ve learned more about archeology and marine archeology than I could say. While the basis for Cold Evidence is fiction, you can see the time spent in research to make the book as factual as possible in all other aspects.

(As usual, while Cold Evidence could be read as a standalone, why not start at the beginning with Concrete Evidence?)

Highly Recommend!!!!!

Source: www.justtalkingbooks.com/blog/early-review-cold-evidence-evidence-6-by-rachel-grant-releases-222016
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review 2015-05-27 12:39
Release Day Review: Covert Evidence (Evidence #5) by Rachel Grant
Covert Evidence (Evidence Series Book 5) - Rachel Grant

I'm now to the point if I see a book with Ms Grant's named attached, I will buy it. I just bought a novella called Midnight Sun and I respect her writing so much that I bought a series she rated very highly on Goodreads!!

What I liked: Ms Grant doesn't take a chapter or two to get you hooked. In Covert Evidence, the action starts right away and it does not let up. I don't start reading a Rachel Grant book too late at night or I wouldn't sleep.

When reading a romantic suspense novel, I expect conflict, tension, attraction, miscues between the main couple and a bit of mystery to go along with the suspense. Covert Evidence includes all those attributes and more. More, you say, how can there be more? The writing is tight and clean; and you don't get distracted by plot holes or editing mistakes. 

The other thing you can tell by her writing is she has done her homework. By no means do I know a lot about archaeology but if something catches my attention in a novel, I might get on the internet to learn more. Several times I've checked different areas of archaeology mentioned in The Evidence Series on-line and the info there just added a bit to what Ms Grant was already writing about in her book. I also love the settings for her books as I love history. She includes a bit of history with the setting so as a reader, I feel involved and can picture what she's talking about.

Okay, about Covert Evidence....the main characters, Cressida Porter and Ian Boyd make a great pairing. Ian is a CIA case officer trying to follow a courier to the head of a dangerous group in the Middle East. Unknown to Cressida, she has been duped into becoming the courier. When I say duped, I don't intend to insinuate she's not smart. The opposite is more the case. But she does have some issues and Ian plays on those to get what he wants. And there's the tension, conflict and attraction all working together.

Another aspect I like about this series is I can never count on figuring out the twists the author includes. I think I have it but I only get a few pieces and not the whole story until the very end!

What I didn't like: I found Cressida to be a bit more needy than the previous heroines in the earlier books. Actually that made Covert Evidence seem more real as each heroine isn't a cardboard cut out but a character in there own right. So basically, there's nothing to not like.

I highly recommend Covert Evidence to all romantic suspense fans but start at the beginning of the series with Concrete Evidence.

Source: www.justtalkingbooks.com/blog/release-day-review-covert-evidence-evidence-5-by-rachel-grant
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