Shadow Fall is the ninth book in Laura Griffin’s Tracer series. A romantic suspense series involving FBI Agents. Each works as a standalone, in fact I jumped in with Beyond Limits, the eighth book in the series. Today I thought I would share one of my favorite scenes from Shadow Fall and why I enjoyed it. On September 25th I will share my review with you.
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.
The set-up: Shadow Fall features Agent Tara Rushing as she investigates a serial killer who is escalating. Her path crosses with those of Liam Wolf, an ex-Marine who owns a security company. Tara works very hard to present a confident, independent persona in a profession dominated by men. She cannot waiver, particularly as a female FBI agent with thoughts of advancement. Tara believes leaning on anyone or showing emotions is a sign of weakness.
One of my Favorite Scenes: In Chapter 12 Tara has a near death situation. There are bullets, darkness, blood and mud involved. Tara barely escapes with her life. She is muddy, bleeding and quite frankly badly shaken. Without thinking she drives to Liam’s and when he opens the door she falls into his arms. In the next second she is pulling herself together and asking for the bathroom. She is struggling, trying to handle things like
a man an agent would. Cleaning up her own blood even as she visibly shakes. Despite the need to fall apart she confidently relays in details what happened before she submits to being cradled in Liam’s arms.
Why it was one of my favorites: Whether or not Tara realizes it her action spoke volumes. Despite how badly shaken Tara was she still held it together and conveyed in detail what happened. I loved seeing this strong woman allow Liam to hold her and acknowledging at least to herself that it’s okay to lean on someone. That combination of strength, acceptance, and growth added depth to the story. It also allowed us to see the softer side of Liam, as his worry for her was clear even as the Marine in him wanted to hunt someone down.