Monday, November 6, 2017

Touch of Red by Laura Griffin

New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin “delivers the goods” (Publishers Weekly) again with this gripping, “spellbinding” (Fresh Fiction) thriller full of twists and turns—the twelfth in her bestselling Tracers series.

When crime scene investigator Brooke Porter arrives at the home of a murdered woman, the only thing more shocking than the carnage is the evidence that someone escaped the scene. But where is this witness now? A thorough search of the area yields more questions than answers, and before Brooke even packs up her evidence kit, she’s made it her goal to find the witness and get them out of harm’s way.

Homicide detective Sean Byrne has seen his share of bloody crime scenes, but this one is particularly disturbing, especially because Brooke Porter is smack in the middle of it. Sean has had his eye on the sexy CSI for months, and he’s determined to help her with her current case—even if it means putting his attraction on hold so he and Brooke can track down a murderer. But as the investigation—and their relationship—heats up, Sean realizes that keeping his work and his personal life separate is more complicated than he ever imagined; especially when the killer sets his sights on Brooke.

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Book 12
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/F Thriller Romance
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I really enjoyed this story. It was fast-paced, had a lot of moving pieces, but was resolved in such a way that made the story seem so organic.

Brooke is a CSI who loves what she does. She sometimes gets in over her head, but her instincts are great and she loves helping when she can. When a mystery presents itself, she throws herself into her work.

Then you have Sean. He seems almost quiet compared to the personality of Brooke. He is almost stoic during his job and despite his attraction to Brooke, he does try to rein it in. However, when he sees that she's overextending herself to help them solve a case, he steps in and tries to help her right back.

Even though there is some great chemistry between Brooke and Sean, I think what solidified it for me was their bonding over the case. It helped that they could come home and talk, even though sometimes that isn't what you need. For them, this is where they have the most in common. And especially when Brooke's ex is creepy, I loved that Sean went out of his way to make her feel like she wasn't crazy or strange.

These two were great together and I hope these continue, as I loved the thriller aspect and thought that the romance was very well written.

CSI Brooke Porter and Detective Sean Byrne are working the case of the murder of a local woman. Brooke believes her murder was witnessed by a child and she gets more involved in the case than she should. Meanwhile, Sean tries to get Brooke involved with him. But having recently come out of a bad relationship, she is hesitant to get romantically involved with Sean even though she feels the same attraction that he does.

I love reading stories that mix crime solving and romance and Touch of Red does it very well. Years of watching TV crime dramas means I like the detail we get about the clues that are found, how the CSI work is done, how the detectives do their work. I liked not knowing who the killer was and watching it unfold and working it out as the cops do.

The relationship between Brooke and Sean is not easy but their difficulties felt realistic and it was good to see a relationship involving two mature adults develop. They have great chemistry together and I was surprised by just how hot the steamy scenes were. Parts of Touch of Red are much more sexy than I was expecting and it is definitely a bonus.

Touch of Red is another excellent addition to the Tracers series. While this is book 12 in the series, each book can easily be read as a standalone novel and if this is a genre you like, they are well worth reading.

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Book 10
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Book 11
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Laura Griffin started her career in journalism before venturing into the world of romantic suspense. She is a two-time RITA Award winner (for the books Scorched and Whisper of Warning) as well as the recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award (for Untraceable). Laura currently lives in Austin, where she is working on her next book.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Touch of Red (Tracers #12) by Laura Griffin to read and review.

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