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.
What I liked: I already read Ms Grant’s Evidence series so when I saw she was starting another, I was thrilled. Tinderbox starts off with an action-packed scene and only gets better from there.
I love well written characters and Ms Grant is becoming an expert. Dr. Morgan Adler is one of my favorites so far. She feisty, headstrong, and humorous with a bit, okay, in some instances, a lot of sarcasm. She also has a few demons in her background especially dealing with her overbearing father, an Army general. Her relationship with her Dad has formed Morgan into a strong, independent woman following her dreams regardless of his approval.
Enter alpha Green Beret Master Sergeant Pax Blanchard (wait until you read the explanation of his name). Pax is part of a special operations unit assigned to the Navy outpost in Djibouti. It’s a hot spot area surrounded by lawless, corrupt countries. Due to threats against Morgan, Pax is assigned as her security while she finishes up her mapping of an area where train tracks might be laid.
Morgan makes several finds while surveying the two areas where the train might go. A New World archaeologist, Morgan doesn’t expect to end up working as a paleoanthropologist or a geologist but both areas throw her whole project in disarray. Someone is trying to stop her work by killing her but she doesn’t know which discovery is driving the assassination attempts. While fighting for her life, she’s also dealing with a red-hot attraction to Pax. He’s just as attracted but ordered to avoid consummating a sexual relationship.
I especially enjoy how Ms Grant not only researches and develops her background but her characters and the parts they play. I learned a lot about the countries involved in Tinderbox. Her descriptions and explanations are top notch and from what I could tell, spot on. Her characters are believable and captivating. The story flows smoothly and I was caught up in all the action/reaction.
While we have an idea of who the “bad guy(s)” is, Ms Grant changes events and revelations up enough to keep you on your toes.
What I didn’t like: Tinderbox is a romantic suspense novel with the emphasis on romance. The attraction between the leads, Morgan and Pax is immediate which threw me off a bit. But attraction does happen that way sometimes. My personal taste runs to a little less romance but Tinderbox kept me engaged through the whole storyline.
A good deal in my book as the cost of the e-book is $4.99 at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Can’t wait for the next in the series!
Highly Recommend especially for romantic suspense readers.