"The new entry into the Tracer Series is filled with murder, terror and, of course, steamy romance."
Reviewed by Lynn Cunningham
Posted November 4, 2017
Thriller | Romance Suspense
Brooke Porter, an expert in collecting and analyzing crime
evidence with The Delphi Center, is called to a late night
murder. It is one of the worst that Brooke has ever seen. A
young woman was attacked and killed just as she was entering
her home. There is a lot of evidence to be collected and
analyzed but there is also a lot of blood. Brooke is the
best at what she does and almost immediately notices things
the police forensics people miss.
While she loves her job, she wants to be thorough as well as
quick so that she will not run into dreamy Detective Sean
Byrne. There is just something about that man that gets her
heart racing and her knees weak, which is not something that
she needs right now. After ending a relationship four months
ago, she is still gun shy. The fact that she avoids Sean at
every turn might be why she never sees the almost hungry
look on his face whenever he looks at her.
Luck is not on Brooke's side at this murder scene, though.
Before she can get everything she needs; Sean arrives on the
scene with his partner. They go through the house as well as
the victim's car looking for anything that might tell them
who practically beheaded this young woman. He sees Brooke
and makes a point to speak to her, but she manages to leave
while he is checking out the premises.
These two are constantly thrown together due to working on
this murder, which is perfectly fine with Sean, but Brooke
feels that she must deny her growing attraction to Sean. The
case heats up when another young woman is killed and it is
discovered that she has a connection to the first woman who
was so brutally slain. This investigation throws Sean and
Brooke together even more and it is becoming harder to deny
their passion for each other. Things get even more intense
when an unspeakable motive for these murders starts to make
its way to the surface. Soon, it looks as if Brooke,
herself, is also in danger. As their attraction becomes
impossible to deny, Sean will not see her hurt in any way,
but will he be all that she needs to stay safe from the evil
forces at work in these murders?
If you are a fan of Laura Griffin's Tracer
series, TOUCH OF RED is an excellent addition to this
collection. Ms. Griffin writes with just the right amount of
scariness, romance, and police procedural tactics. This
begins at the opening of the book and only continues to grow
as more information is discovered.
TOUCH OF RED is frightening, fascinating, and pushes human
passion right off the charts! Every page of this remarkable
story will elicit a reaction of some kind from the reader. I
went from being horrified and creeped out to frustrated and
impatient to truly mystified. Now, when those scenes between
Sean and Brooke finally happened, I can promise you that the
heat is there!
Laura Griffin knows the perfect way to draw in her readers
because once you start reading that first page, there is no
way that you can walk away from any book she writes until
you finish it. Ms. Griffin does not just write; she creates
a world that all of her readers can seamlessly slip into and
get lost for a few hours.
TOUCH OF RED is the ideal book to lose yourself in whenever
you are ready to experience emotions of all kinds. Enjoy!
New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin
“delivers the goods” (Publishers Weekly) again with
this gripping, “spellbinding” (Fresh Fiction)
thriller full of twists and turns—the twelfth in her
bestselling Tracers series.
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
With Griffin’s signature “fully fleshed characters, dry
humor, and tight plotting” (Publishers Weekly),
Touch of Red demonstrates why she is one of the most
acclaimed and popular authors of sexy thrillers today.
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