by Laura Griffin
Series: Tracers #9
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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.
Shadow Fall by Laura Griffin is the ninth book in her Tracers romantic suspense series. All of the books in the series will work as a standalone and offer up a compelling mystery and a sexy side dish of romance. Violently murdered women, a sexy ex-Marine and a FBI agent leading her first case made Shadow Fall a page-turner.
Special Agent Tara Rushing is sent to a grisly murder scene not far from where she grew up. The locals are not happy to see her and Tara is not sure why she was called in, but when remains and a fresh body turn up, she quickly realizes she has a serial killer on her hands. Liam Wolfe heads up Wolf Securities a private security company. The bodies are discovered on his land making him the locals’ prime suspect but Tara is not convinced Liam is their man.
Griffin created strong characters who know their job and do it well. Tara is fearless, but Griffin takes time to expose her vulnerable side. Tara exudes confidence, but just like the rest of us, this kick-ass woman has fears and concerns. Sometimes she even needs a hug. Now if I were Tara I would want those hugs from the confident and sexy Liam Wolfe. Even his name screams yummy and danger all at the same time.
Tara and Liam had chemistry from the onset and we see them dance around it. Smoldering looks, heated thoughts and electricity crackling between them had me engaged. I loved the build up from the toe curling kisses to the knowledge that these two are going to tangle the sheets. It is only a matter of when. Griffin delivers with just enough details to heat the pages. We see a little something develop between Tara’s partner and Liam’s second but it was not fully explored.
Secondary characters from forensic specialists, local law enforcement and FBI agents made the tale suspenseful while creating depth to the town and characters. I loved all the forensics details as well as the profiling. A few red herrings, and witness interviews leads us to the killer but not before a climatic heart stopping conclusion. Griffin wrapped up both the case and the romance leaving me satisfied.
Shadow Fall is the perfect read for fans of romantic suspense. The murder mystery takes center stage with the romance weaved throughout.
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