Review: Touch of Red by Laura Griffin

Posted November 12, 2017 by Karen in Karen, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Touch of Red by Laura GriffinTouch of Red by laura Griffin
Series: Tracers, #12
Published by Pocket Books on October 31st 2017
ISBN: 1501162373
Pages: 368
Also in this series: Shadow Fall, Deep Dark, At Close Range
Also by this author: Shadow Fall, At the Edge, Edge of Surrender
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When crime scene investigator Brooke Porter arrives at the home of a murdered woman, the only thing more shocking than the carnage is the evidence that someone escaped the scene. But where is this witness now? A thorough search of the area yields more questions than answers, and before Brooke even packs up her evidence kit, she’s made it her goal to find the witness and get them out of harm’s way.

Homicide detective Sean Byrne has seen his share of bloody crime scenes, but this one is particularly disturbing, especially because Brooke Porter is smack in the middle of it. Sean has had his eye on the sexy CSI for months, and he’s determined to help her with her current case—even if it means putting his attraction on hold so he and Brooke can track down a murderer. But as the investigation—and their relationship—heats up, Sean realizes that keeping his work and his personal life separate is more complicated than he ever imagined; especially when the killer sets his sights on Brooke.

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Laura Griffin is a remarkable writer and I love everything she writes but her Tracers series remains my favorite. TOUCH IF RED is the twelfth book in the Tracers series and it is just as enthralling as the rest of the series. It has suspense and romance with characters that are easy to relate to, smart and vulnerable.

Brooke works for the Delphi Center as a Trace Evidences Examiner.  She has a reputation for being thorough because she has a knack for seeing small details other people miss.  Brooke is on a break from men after a few bad relationships. Her last boyfriend was controlling and possessive and is still unhappy she broke up with him.

Sean is a detective working on a murder case with Brooke.  He is an easy going, nice guy with a big ego. Sean and Brooke work well together and Sean has grown to trust Brooke’s opinion. They respect each other and there is also an underlying attraction growing between them.  I really liked Sean. He is tender, confident, patient and also protective.

While Sean and Brooke are trying to solve the murder we also learn their personal history.  Both of them love their jobs, are workaholics and don’t have time for relationships. Yet, they can’t seem to ignore the simmering attraction growing between them.  Sean and Brooke have incredible chemistry and I liked both of them.  This is an intriguing mystery with romance and passion; my favorite type of story.  I was never able to figure out who the murderer was until the very end.


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I love a contemporary romance loaded with banter and chemistry with a protective alpha male pursuing a feisty female. When I’m not reading I’m spending time with my family and fostering dogs. I've been reviewing for Cocktails and Books since April 2013.

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