Title: At Close Range (Tracers #11)
Author: Laura Griffin
Synopsis from Goodreads:
When a lakeside tryst ends in a double murder, police detective Daniele Harper arrives on the scene determined to get answers. Clues are everywhere, but nothing adds up. Dani turns to the Delphi Center crime lab for help, but soon regrets it when her secret attraction to their chief firearms examiner threatens to distract her from the most important case of her career.
As a ballistics expert and former Navy SEAL, Scott Black knows firearms, and he knows he can help Dani unravel her case. Scott has managed to hide his interest in his best friend’s younger sister for years, but when her investigation brings them together, the sparks between them quickly get out of control. Scott resolves to keep his hands off Dani and his eyes on the goal—identifying a killer. But when that killer zeroes in on Dani, all bets are off. There isn’t a line Scott won’t cross to convince Dani to trust him so that he can help her take down a ruthless murderer who has her in his sights.
I'll be the first to admit that I've had issues branching out into the "romantic-suspense" genre, mainly because I dislike books that have ridiculous insta-love plots. This book was not one of them. I was sucked into the relationship between Daniele and Scott mainly because of its slow build. Griffin did not rush anything in this book, and that's what made me like it so much. Not only was the relationship aspect of this book great, the suspense and unraveling of the murders presented to us in the beginning was flawless and had me grappling to get to the end to figure out exactly what happened.
Although this is the eleventh book in the series, I didn't have any problems reading this book out of order from the others ones. I might just have to go back and read this series from the first book anyway.
DISCLAIMER: I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions herein are of my own and are not swayed by any outside factors.