At Close Range by Laura Griffin (Tracers #11)
Releases: January 31, 2017
Reviewed by Mandi
I love, love, love this romantic suspense series from Laura Griffin. Each one is so well done with a suspense that really makes you guess and a cast of characters that are very well-developed.
In this one we get to learn Scott Black’s story. A former Navy SEAL, turned ballistics expert, he works for the famed Delphi Center, a leader in forensics experts. Scott is all man – quiet, stubborn, and becomes a big, sexy, pain in the butt for our heroine.
Dani Harper is a police detective and when there is a double homicide, her boss gives her the case as a lead. Excited yet a little nervous since this is only her fourth homicide case, she is determined to do a good job. She has two dead bodies in the woods – a man and a woman, both who work at the local university in the research department. Dani initially thinks this could be a crime of passion, as the man was shot in the groin (ouchie). Scott gets called in to examine the gun evidence. Scott is Dani’s brother’s best friend – and whenever he is around, Dani gets the nervous flutters in her stomach but she thinks he just looks at her like a kid sister. But she is wrong…and he really wants to jump her. But when a gun with Scott’s fingerprints is found near the scene of the murder, he becomes a suspect, and the sexy time adventures might have to be put on hold.
Laura Griffin excels at romantic suspense. She can write really creepy villains (although the creepiness is scaled back in this one). She always leaves the reader guessing as to who the suspect is. She writes detailed scenes involving forensic evidence and processing, yet it’s never dry or dull. The characters that walk the halls of the Delphi Center are fun and smart and engaging. Her characters span the police and FBI, and each one is well-developed and memorable.
While Scott and Dani run off to figure out these murders, the sexual tension is pretty hot between them. Scott is very alpha – he loves a hot kiss up against a car or to try to tell Dani how dangerous he is:
He caught her hand in an iron grip. “Danielle.”
“What?” Her response came out breathy and innocent – not like herself at all – but her heart was racing as she tried to project confidence she didn’t feel. She ignored the pain, as well as the clear signal that he wanted her to back off.
Because he didn’t really want that. She eased closer, brushing the tips of her breasts against him, and his grip on her wrist tightened
“This is a bad idea.” His low, dangerous voice sent a shiver through her. “Didn’t your brother warn you against me?”
“I’m warning you.”
Spoiler – his warning didn’t work.
Dani is all about him – but is also a little wary since Scott is involved with the investigation. The murder in this one isn’t as complex or crazy dangerous as in previous books but it’s still really well done. This world she has created is rich and fascinating.
I highly recommend this series. I love them all.
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