“Unexpected and intense from the get-go. With irresistible characters, a rare setting and an inventive, high-powered plot, it's a smartly crafted gem of a story." - USA Today
While working on the Horn of Africa, archaeologist Morgan Adler's work and life are threatened, forcing her to make a desperate dash to a nearby US military base to beg for protection. Green Beret Pax Blanchard has orders to intercept Dr. Adler before she reaches the base, and in so doing saves her life, but his responsibilities toward protecting the woman have only just begun.
Morgan and Pax are forced to work together in the scorching desert heat, but it is the fire that ignites between them that threatens to consume them both. He protects her by day, but can he keep his hands off her when the sun goes down? One thing is certain, his job is no longer a matter of following orders, and he will risk everything to keep her safe.
Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2017
2018 HOLT Medallion Winner
Set in the turbulent country of Djibouti, the first entry in Grant's Flashpoint series works better as suspense than romance. Dr. Morgan Adler, a paleoanthropologist, knows that her discovery of a Lucy-like fossilized human will significantly change what people know about the predecessors of the human species. What she doesn't know is that someone has attached a bomb to her car, planning to detonate it once she's in the secure compound of Camp Citron, the local military base. Fortunately she's saved by Pax Blanchard, head of a Special Forces team stationed in Djibouti. Together they discover that the fossils are just a piece of a bigger political puzzle and that the warlord involved is desperate to get his hands on Morgan. Grant's greatest strength is her ability to write gripping suspense with a wonderfully brisk pace, but the romance can be clunky. The scenes between Morgan and Pax are fine, but don't really help build the relationship and feel a bit episodic. However, readers preferring more political intrigue and great action in their romance will be willing to overlook that. (BookLife)
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Tinderbox is the first book in this fast paced series. A struggle in a foreign country, where water is rare to nonexistent and corruption reigns. This story moves forward wrapping the two main characters together as part of the solution, in a place where small victories make the only difference. Very intense, romance with steam. Excellent read.
All Rachel Grant’s books are winners. Five stars are not enough to rate her books.
Great start to a new series
Couldn't put this book down. I always enjoy this author's books, and this one certainly didn't disappoint. My attention was engaged from the beginning and never waned. I'll recommend this one to my friends.