Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Shadow Fall by Laura Griffin

Title: Shadow Fall
Author: Laura Griffin
My Rating: A

Genre: Romantic Suspense 
Series: Tracers #9
Main Characters: Tara and Liam
Release Date: September 2015
Publisher: Pocket
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
In the ninth romantic suspense novel in the New York Timesbestselling Tracers series, author Laura Griffin brings back her elite cadre of forensic experts as they hunt down the most brutal serial killer yet.

Special Agent Tara Rushing arrives at a grisly murder scene and quickly discovers she’s got a serial killer on her hands. The killer is meticulous, making sure to wipe up even the smallest traces of evidence…but the Delphi Center experts are on the case.

The local sheriff has a suspect all picked out—ex-Marine and current security expert Liam Wolfe. Despite all her digging, Tara knows very little about Liam when she shows up at his sprawling Texas compound, which serves as headquarters for Wolfe Securities, and she’s surprised by her intense physical reaction to him.

As she and Liam grow closer, Tara finds herself depending on his skills and expertise to help her track a killer. But when another body turns up, Tara must decide if she can trust the man who’s quickly stealing her heart.

My Review:
I do love the way that Laura Griffin weaves her romantic suspense. This is only the second book of hers that I've read, but I really, really enjoyed it.

This book finds FBI agent, Tara, in East Texas investigating the murder of a female political hopeful. It quickly becomes apparent that there's more going on than just her murder...this is one in a string of serial murders of women. Prime on the suspect list is Liam. He owns an elite security firm and he has ties to the murdered woman...and all the clues are pointing to him on the other murders, too. 

There's a lot going on in the story line. Tara had just finished up with a brutal child trafficking ring when she was tasked to handle this investigation. She's worn out...physically and mentally and not sure if she's up to the task of handling the small town good ole boys network AND track down this killer. Add to that...she's very drawn to Liam...which can't happen since he's caught up in this investigation, too.

Some of my favorite things about this book...
*I loved the insight into Liam's compound and acting as part of a security detail or a bodyguard. "Watching" him work and explaining his reasons for how they do things was completely fascinating. I loved those parts of the book. 
*I really enjoyed the fact this investigation being headed up by two women...Tara and M.J....although I will say I would have liked a bit more of an explanation about the why's of that. Tara literally never got to go home after the  raid ended and MJ isn't field experienced. They definitely don't seem like good choices, no matter how the FBI wanted to present itself to the media.
*It was interesting to view the dynamics of this small town and how they dealt with the big dogs coming in from the city...both law enforcement personnel and the media. I just really enjoyed.
*Liam...talk about a stoic, sexy, alpha. I loved that he really watched everything and took it all in. Because it's so hard to read him, when he does let some emotion flow through his mask, it's powerful. I just wish there had been a bit more of the book from his POV.
*I really enjoyed the hints of possibly more between Jeremy and MJ. I liked their chemistry on the page. 
*Both MJ and Tara feel a bit overwhelmed with the job they've been tasked with, but they still do a great job and stay on top of everything. 

There was great action, great description, great scenery, great suspense, and really riveting romance. The book was incredibly well-balanced and obviously incredibly well-researched. I loved every moment of reading it. 
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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