Book & Author Details:
TinderBox (Flashpoint #1) by Rachel Grant
Published by: Janus Publishing
Publication date: 14th February 2017
Genres: Romance, Suspense
In the volatile tinderbox of the Horn of Africa, Morgan Adler has made the paleoanthropological find of a lifetime. The discovery brings her to the attention of a warlord eager to claim both Morgan and the fossils, forcing her to make a desperate dash to the nearby US military base to beg for protection.
Master Sergeant Pax Blanchard has orders to intercept Dr. Adler before she reaches the base, and in so doing saves her life. After a harrowing afternoon he safely delivers her to his commanders, only to find his responsibilities toward protecting the obstinate archaeologist have only just begun.
Morgan and Pax are forced to work together in the Djiboutian desert heat, but it is the fire that ignites between them that threatens to combust them both. For the Green Beret, involvement with the woman he must protect is a threat to his career, while for the archaeologist, the soldier is everything she never wanted but somehow can’t resist. When Morgan uncovers a mystery surrounding Djibouti’s most scarce and vital resource, the danger to her reaches the flashpoint. For Pax, protecting her is no longer a matter of following orders, and he’ll risk everything to bring her back alive.
If you have read any of my other reviews of Rachel’s books, you will have gathered that I am something of a fan. So when I learned of a new series, I was excited. And obviously, I jumped at the opportunity to review.
I have a problem with this book though, and that is how to review it without sounding like I’m a gushy fangirl!
Where to start? Well, let’s go with the characters. We usually get strong characters from this author, and this is no exception – but I really enjoyed Morgan’s bite and confidence, and the fact that she was capable of saving herself – definitely no damsel in distress. But the chemistry between Morgan and Pax was scorching. And all the more fun to read, given how he tried to fight it.
Rachel can always be relied upon to deliver a novel which combines a decent suspense element with a good, solid shot in the arm of romance. The only thing that stopped me from devouring this in one sitting is the body’s pesky need for sleep. All else was put on hold.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader copy of this book.
Four-time Golden Heart® finalist Rachel Grant worked for over a decade as a professional archaeologist and mines her experiences for storylines and settings, which are as diverse as excavating a cemetery underneath an historic art museum in San Francisco, survey and excavation of many prehistoric Native American sites in the Pacific Northwest, researching an historic concrete house in Virginia, and mapping a seventeenth century Spanish and Dutch fort on the island of Sint Maarten in the Netherlands Antilles.
She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and children and can be found on the web at www.Rachel-Grant.net.