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    A superb start to a thrilling new series!

    I’m a huge fan of Rachel Grant’s work and have read everything she has put out. So when I learnt she was starting a new romantic suspense series, Flashpoint, I jumped at the chance to get an early look at the first book in the series, TINDERBOX. And what a look it was! TINDERBOX exemplifies Ms. Grant’s superlative skill in blending science (in this case, archaeology) with pulse-pounding action, spine-tingling suspense, and scorching hot romance to deliver a tale that is incredibly educational, realistic, and engrossing. There is nothing particularly novel about a U.S. Special Operations Forces soldier falling for the civilian under his/her charge in hostile territory, but Ms. Grant makes TINDERBOX stand out from the myriad military romantic suspense titles out there by tapping into the underexplored powder keg that is the Horn of Africa, drawing on firsthand experience of archaeology to make the reader practically taste the sunbaked dirt of Djibouti and the secrets it hides, and crafting two realistic, flawed characters readers can be genuinely invested in. Hero Master Sergeant Pax Blanchard is the kind of man you want to take home to meet your parents: career Army SF, quietly competent, and 100% alpha badass who doesn’t tip over into autocratic overly much. Once bitten, twice shy and very mindful of his military career, he’s extremely reluctant to give in to his scorching attraction to Morgan Adler, Ph.D., which makes his willingness to throw it all away to rescue the woman loves all the more heartwarming. Kickass, competent women who play in male-dominated environments are staples in Ms. Grant’s work, and Morgan is no exception. Though I found her petulant, petty, and immature at times--which made her harder to like from the outset than Pax-- those same traits are what made her so real (what woman hasn’t done something we regret when our pride’s hurt?) and her redemption after her fall from grace that much more satisfying. TINDERBOX reads like an intelligent, action-packed, summer blockbuster film that takes you to the edge from the opening sequence and keeps you there until the final, heart-pounding climax. Rachel Grant is not an author to be missed, and her new Flashpoint series is the perfect way for new readers to get acquainted with her stellar work without the intimidation of the 7-book backlist of her also superb Evidence series. I can’t wait to read more stories featuring the SF A-Team!
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    An exciting, suspenseful, romantic story

    The 'tinderbox' of Djibouti in the hot desert of the Horn of Africa is the setting for this extremely compelling new book by Rachel Grant. The first chapter introduces us to Morgan, an archaeologist who is trying to reach an American base for protection. She is intercepted by Pax, a Green Beret, who saves her from a bomb planted in her vehicle. The action continues almost non stop from there. Morgan is a smart, self reliant, funny woman, while Pax is also a strong, sympathetic character. Both of them have flaws, and there are obstacles to the passionate relationship that develops between them. Nevertheless, the reader hopes they'll overcome their problems together. Ms Grant has provided: a believable plot; vivid descriptions of the country and the geopolitical setting; well - drawn, complex characters; and natural dialogue. If there were any grammatical errors, I was too caught up in the story to notice! Highly recommended for readers who enjoy romantic suspense or adventure! I received an ARC in return for my promise to post an honest review.

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