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“Scorched” is a fantastic romantic suspense read by the talented Laura Griffin. This is a story that starts with a bang and never loses its momentum even as it delves into the emotional and poignant conundrum faced by those impacted by military service. An all too familiar scenario for those whose family and friends serve our country, Kelsey Quinn has dealt with the terror of waiting endlessly for that fateful notification about a loved one who is on a mission. Her desperation compels her to give an ultimatum to Navy SEAL Gage Brewer with results that neither is happy with. Unfortunately, the irony is that her own job endangers her and she must struggle to stay alive even as she becomes more entangled in a threat to her country and Gage finds that he has to stop and take a hard look at his life and goals. I enjoyed the nonstop action and the rising intensity of the investigation as clues are gradually revealed even as my heartstrings were tugged by the description of the emotional and mental sacrifices unstintingly provided both by those who serve and those who give them a reason to come home again. There are great subplots between strong secondary characters as well that make me hopeful that there will be further stories about a certain tenacious FBI agent and another SEAL warrior. An intense and mesmerizing read that will captivate you even as it makes you relieved that this is fiction.

“Scorched” by Laura Griffin is part of the ‘Tracers’ series that centers around individuals who are part of the Delphi Center in Texas and use their formidable talents to sift through information and assist with investigations. Dr. Kelsey Quinn’s ability to examine skeletons and derive remarkable amounts of information from the bones propel her into a rapidly escalating peril that endangers her and those around her. Despite her emotional conflict with former lover and Navy SEAL Gage Brewer, she has no doubt that he will do his utmost to ensure her safety as they delve into an investigation that may jeopardize not only his career but also threatens her life and the lives of countless unsuspecting potential victims. A race against time to solve the mystery behind an unidentified skeleton is complicated by the struggle between two warriors in their own rights who strive to protect their vulnerable hearts even as they try to keep their country safe.

Book Blurb for Scorched

Kelsey Quinn set out to trace a murder victim. Now she may become one.

The dead don’t speak, but Kelsey knows their secrets. As a forensic anthropologist at the Delphi Center crime lab, Kelsey makes it her mission to identify bodies using no more than shards of bone, and her find at a remote Philippines dig hints at a sinister story. When Kelsey’s search for answers puts her at the scene of her exfiancé’s murder, only one man can help her. The same man who broke her heart just months before, and who is also a prime suspect. Faced with an ultimatum— Kelsey or his job—Gage Brewer did the only thing a Navy SEAL could . . . but that doesn’t mean he stopped wanting Kelsey. Now Kelsey is running for her life and Gage is her last line of defense. As the threats escalate, Kelsey realizes this conspiracy goes deeper and higher than they could have guessed. With the clock ticking down on a madman’s plot, the slightest misstep will have unthinkable consequences. . . .

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2012 5.00