By Laura Griffin
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.
I can’t say too much about TOUCH OF RED because I didn’t take a lot of notes while I was reading it. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s not a good thing either, because it means there wasn’t a great deal about the book that I considered noteworthy, good or bad.
I thought the case was very interesting; it was my favorite part of the story and I really enjoyed reading about it. I liked Sean, but at the same time, nothing about him stood out to me. I liked Brooke, but she also annoyed me. She’s intelligent and very devoted to her job, but at times she made decisions that left me thinking she was too stupid to live. Under the guise of helping, she would put herself in situations that had a high chance of not ending well for her. This was a woman who needed saving from herself.
TOUCH OF RED is told in dual POVs, but also in the POV of at least one other character. It is part of a series, but it can be read as a stand-alone, and it does come with a happy ending for Sean and Brooke.
Touch of Red (Tracers # 12)
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