Wednesday, March 19, 2014

SUNNY: ARC BOOK REVIEW "Withholding Evidence" by Rachel Grant

Some secrets are worth dying for…

Military historian Trina Sorensen has a nearly impossible task before her: get recalcitrant but tempting former Navy SEAL Keith Hatcher to reveal what happened during a top secret Somalia op five years ago. Recent history isn’t usually her forte, but the navy wants an historian’s perspective and has given her the high security clearance to get the job done.

Keith isn't just refusing to tell Trina about the op, he's protecting a national secret that could destroy the lives of those he cares about the most. But not wanting to talk about a covert mission doesn’t mean he isn’t interested in spending time with the sexy historian, and the first time they kiss it’s explosive. 

When the past comes pounding on Keith’s door, he’ll do anything to keep Trina safe… Anything, that is, except tell her the secret that could get them both killed.


I love the topics Rachel Grant writes about. As a history student, I love her references to history (yes, even military history) and archeology.  She does a wonderful job making the study of history relevant.  

Trina Sorensen is a military historian looking to analyze the activities of several special forces missions. Keith Hatcher is a retired Chief Petty Officer and sniper.  He was involved in a super secret operation that resulted in a action that could still lead to an international crisis. He is not spilling any secrets no matter how he is tempted by this researcher.  

Rachel Grant has a knack for writing intelligent and sassy female characters.  They may not be kick-ass, but they are whip-smart and assertive.  Pit them against hunky alpha males and watch the sparks fly.  For example, in their very first encounter, Trina shows up at Keith's house to conduct an interview with the reluctant officer.  Keith wants to shock Trina away: 

"Doll-face, it's Sunday morning.  The only thing I must do today is jack off." She crossed her arms. "Fine.  I can wait.  It'll be what, one, maybe two minutes?"    

The story is complex and believable - a nod to the author's storytelling.  It doesn't read much like a novella.  It develops nicely.  There is plenty of action in and out of the bedroom.  I enjoyed the cultural references to anti-government websites and terrorists threats.  I might have requested a tad more character development, but that is a personal preference. 

I would read anything that Rachel Grant writes.  Her writing is smart, sassy, sexy, and oh, so addictive.  Withholding Evidence is a how a romantic suspense is suppose to be written. 

Thank you to the author and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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