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Scorched (Tracers #6)

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Kelsey Quinn set out to trace a murder victim. Now she may become one.

The dead don't speak, but Kelsey knows their secrets. As a forensic anthropologist at the Delphi Center crime lab, Kelsey makes it her mission to identify bodies using no more than shards of bone, and her find at a remote Philippines dig hints at a sinister story. When Kelsey's search for answers puts h
Mass Market Paperback, 387 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Pocket Books (first published August 30th 2011)
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Blacky *Romance Addict*

I tried. I really did.

But this one was just BORING to me.

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I went back to it more times than I can remember, read a chapter, and gave up each time. For some reason it just didn't work for me, maybe it's the writing, maybe it's the story, or maybe it's just my brain in question *sigh*

Oh well.

After TWO MONTHS being in my currently reading shelf, I think it's time to put you to rest


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*ARC courtesy of Pocket Books via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

Scorched continues the amazing Tracer series by Laura Griffin and make us revisit the couple Kelsey and Gage who had their own short novella Unstoppable.

Kelsey has a great career at the Delphi Center as the bone expert and she often goes to dangerous places for excavation. Gage is a Navy SEAL which is a dangerous job and for two years their relationship was about the absences and reunions and sex but eight months ago, Kelsey and Gage broke up because Kelsey gave Gage a choice her or the teams an
~ Becs ~
4 stars taut, gripping suspense with a sexy hero, a sweet romance and a plot rife with danger and intrigue.

I do confess to mixed feelings embarking on this novel. On the one hand, having loved Kelsey and Gage’s story in the novella Unstoppable in the Deadly Promises anthology, I was just a little saddened that their Happy Ever After turned out to be just Happy For Now. It’s been shown slowly in the last few Tracers novels and I felt a sense of loss that their relationship had broken down. On the
Jan 16, 2016 Cheryl rated it liked it
I am a fan of this author's and this series. Yet, I feel like this is the first book where I did not enjoy it as much as I have come to expect from this series. Don't get me wrong as the characters are good and I did feel the chemistry but what I did not feel was the plot itself. This time it was really just the relationships between the two couples of Kelsey and Gage and Elizabeth and Vaughn that I enjoyed the most. Otherwise I was not as intrigued in the crime itself, the motive, or who the ki ...more
Carol Storm
Jan 23, 2015 Carol Storm rated it really liked it
I don't usually read romantic suspense, because I like stories where the heroine is soaking in a hot bath or wearing couture at a society event, not crawling through the mud with machine guns firing six inches from her ear, or tripping over rotted corpses in the lair of a serial killer.

All the same, though, I thought SCORCHED was a pretty good book. I liked how Kelsey the heroine was so smart about her work identifying dead people from their bones and teeth. And I liked how the Navy SEAL hero G
The sixth book in the Tracers series. Laura Griffin has yet to write a book that I don't like. Her stories are suspenseful, gripping and entertaining. One of my auto-buy authors. Scorching!
Jun 19, 2016 Dee rated it it was amazing
Two-haiku review:

FBI guy killed
She sees killers, runs and hides
Her ex, SEAL, protects

Very complex plot
Terrorists, crooked agents
Nonstop action tale
Mar 16, 2016 Anita rated it really liked it
Another great romantic-suspense book in a series of great books. I just don't know what else to say, but that Laura Griffin hasn't written a dud in the whole series. On top of that, this could easily be a standalone novel too, although it is wonderful to have the crew from Delphi show up. Just when you think you know where the plot is going, it takes a hard left turn and goes in a completely different direction.

Forensic Anthropologist Kelsey and SEAL Gage met and fell in love in Unstoppable, a n
Oct 25, 2012 Jess rated it really liked it
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: 4.5/5

Gage and Kelsey have been broken up for months and both are still nursing the wounds of that break up. They both cared deeply about each other, probably even loved at that point as well, but Gage’s job as a SEAL drove them apart. Kelsey gave Gage the worst ultimatum: her or his job. He lives and breathes his work, his entire life for so long has been wrapped up the SEALs, and that’s what he chose. Partly because it’s in his blood and par
Holy Cannoli Batman what a ride-a-minute, action-packed story Laura Griffin delivers in Scorched.

I loved it from the body bits to bomb bits to bioterrorism and terrorist bits. And let us not forget some ever-lovin’ smexy bits.

Both Gage and Kelsey are extremely strong and competent characters. Both the ultimate professionals and dedicated to their jobs...which can be a problem of major proportions if you‘re in or thinking of having a relationship. The bone doc and the Navy SEAL have such a past a
Mandi Schreiner
I really love this romantic suspense series by Laura Griffin. I think she does such a great job with not only the suspense part of the story (which usually has me holding my breath) but really well done character development as well. In her latest, she not only gives us a solid suspense story but the hero is a Navy SEAL.

Gage Brewer is a SEAL all the way down to his core. He loves it and lives for it. So when his girlfriend Kelsey gave him the ultimatum, leave the SEALs or leave me, he chose his
A Tasty Read Book Reviews
If you haven't started the Tracer Series by Laura Griffin, well all I can say is "WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?" Laura writes one of the BEST Romance Suspense Series on the Market and I HIGHLY recommend starting the series now, that way you will be ready for SCORCHED at the end of this month.

SCORCHED centers around Kelsey Quinn and Gage Brewer, who you would have met if you read UNSTOPPABLE, the novella where their relationship first began. I for one, was so psyched when I found out that SCORCHED wa
Oct 13, 2012 Sunny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: team-commando

This story is a tightly woven romantic suspense and arguably Laura Griffin's best in her Tracer's series.

Dr. Kelsey Quinn is a leading forensic anthropologist with the Delphi Center. She investigates deaths via the use of bones. Lt. Gage Brewer is a Navy SEAL and demolition expert. They used to be a couple (Unstoppable) but his long deployments and risky career kept them apart. Now a murder mystery and a terrorist threat brings them together. (Please use your very best "coming attractions" voic
May 17, 2016 Kjen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Strong Stars! Loved Kelsey and Gage's story. The action was non-stop, and there weren't many 'safe havens' for our main characters to work on their relationship, or lack thereof. However, Kelsey and Gage already had that bond...this was a second-chances sort of thing. I liked the fact that both parties were intelligent, thinking people, and the reasons they each had for being apart were real and viable. Great resolution of both the suspense and the romantic plots...On to the next Tracers!
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.5/5; 4 stars; B+

I was leery of this book because the short story with Kelsey and Gage was a wallbanger for me. It turned out ok though and Scorched is another solid romantic suspense addition to the series. I liked the loyalty and determination of the Gage character but was not impressed with him as relationship material. I think the earliest novels in this series were better.
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

Kelsey and Gage’s story started in the novella, Unstoppable, which took place in the Tracers’ timeline between Unspeakable and Unforgivable (Books 2 and 3, respectively). Unstoppable saw the introduction of Kelsey and Gage amidst a dig site that was taking place near an area in southern Texas where a few murders of young women had just occurred. Worried for her safety, Kelsey’s uncle, a commander of a Navy SEAL unit requested the help of Navy SEAL Gage Brewer to help keep
Oct 01, 2012 E. rated it it was amazing
“Scorched” by Laura Griffin is part of the ‘Tracers’ series that centers around individuals who are part of the Delphi Center in Texas and use their formidable talents to sift through information and assist with investigations. Dr. Kelsey Quinn’s ability to examine skeletons and derive remarkable amounts of information from the bones propel her into a rapidly escalating peril that endangers her and those around her. Despite her emotional conflict with former lover and Navy SEAL Gage Brewer, she ...more
Oct 29, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
3.5 stars

{This review was originally published on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.}

In Laura Griffin's Tracers series--like in the television series 24, which I enjoyed--practical considerations are unnecessary. In the Tracers world, domestic terrorists drive MINI Coopers, anthropologists defuse bombs and everyone is terribly attractive.

Scorched is the sixth book in the Tracers series, which follows employees of a top-notch private crime lab in Texas. The series has featured hackers, scientists, sketch
Nikki Brandyberry
Nov 27, 2012 Nikki Brandyberry rated it liked it
Laura Griffin in an excellent romantic suspense author who has always been able to pull me in with her incredible story telling and well wrote characters. I found Scorched to have two characters that I instantly liked but the story failed to entice me and I found myself bored quickly.

Kelsey and Gage have a tumultuous past together that ended with Kelsey running into the arms of another man when Gage left her behind for his Seal team. Though Gage loved her, the ultimatum she gave him left him no
Jul 21, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC for Scorched by Laura Griffin.

I have never read any of Griffin's previously published books, and I am glad I was introduced to this author through her soon-to-be published book, Scorched.

This book has a little bit of everything: mystery, police and forensic investigation, slight politics, corruption, and romance.

The characters in this book are solid. They each have distinct voices and distinct personalities. They are also flawed, which I appreciate, because no character is perf
Jun 29, 2016 Bigd_041555 rated it really liked it
Not a bad read, but predictable with this series. Two main female characters, one a rookie FBI Agent and one we met previously - Dr. Kelsey Quinn from the Delphi Center.

Kelsey witnesses and murder and is seen by the villains - so the chase is on. This book covers a lot of territory - from Texas to California. Once the story line is settled somewhat, we find out the real reason why the murder that Kelsey witnessed occurred. A terrorist plot to spread the deadly anthrax in a big venue.

2 thumbs up
Anna Schno
This book was a RITA Award winner and I expected much. It's my second try with conciously choosing a book from the winner lists of the RITA awards. And the second time is telling me that just like the first try - it's not working for me.
Scroched is a romantic suspense novel with more "suspense" than romance.It's part of a series but can be read as a stand alone book as there is no storyline underlying each book, but that it's Seals and political settings.
In this book a bio weapon threat is throw
Jan 19, 2014 Pattianne marked it as to-read

Kelsey Quinn set out to trace a murder victim. Now she may become one.

The dead don't speak, but Kelsey knows their secrets. As a forensic anthropologist at the Delphi Center crime lab, Kelsey makes it her mission to identify bodies using no more than shards of bone, and her find at a remote Philippines dig hints at a sinister story. When Kelsey's search for answers puts her at the scene of her exfiance's murder, only one man can help her. The same man who broke her heart just
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
Book bought for the flight tomorrow.

Edit: review to come.

Edit: Or not. I can't write a review on this one, because most of this book has leaked out of my memory. I rated it high for a romance novel though, most have had enough intrigue and action scenes. *shrugs*
Mar 15, 2016 Judy rated it it was amazing
This is another great installment in the Tracers series. While all of the stories in this series are linked to the state-of-the-art Delphi Center, a premiere crime investigation lab in Texas, the plot of this story takes us away from that area to the western part of the United States. Forensic anthropologist, Kelsey Quinn, is on the run after witnessing the brutal murder of her ex-fiancé, Blake Reid, an FBI agent. An ex-boyfriend, Navy SEAL Gage Brewer, has been accused of the crime. Together, t ...more
Clay Stafford
Is the relationship over? You know it’s not. But they don’t know it yet. Love in the midst of an international mystery, what could get your heart beating faster?
This should give you something to read for the next few days. Get in touch with these authors, learn about them, check out their other series, and buy their books. And tell them you would like to see them at this year’s Killer Nashville.

Until next time, read like someone is burning the books!

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Jack A. Linn
Apr 24, 2014 Jack A. Linn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Great Deal

I've been reading big name authors of mystery/thrillers for years, and now with Kindle Daily Deals I'm occasionally finding some not so famous authors who deserve to be read. Laura Griffin fits the bill.

When I saw Scorched listed as a mystery/romance, I had visions of Brad Thor meets Nora Roberts . . . and that's pretty close to the truth. Griffin is a fine writer and tells a good story. Unlike many aspiring new mystery writers, she does a good job of keeping things somewhat reasona
Aug 26, 2014 Sdeets rated it really liked it
I have read each book in this series in order and have loved them all. I have been wondering about Kelsey and Gage since I read the last book. Kelsey loves Gage, Gage loves being a Seal. But Gage has to figure out if he loves being a Seal more than he love Kelsey. He's a great protector and Kelsey definitely needs protecting. As usual, the story was complex and intriguing. I always love trying to figure out the who-done-it in Ms. Griffin's stories. Very interesting and keeps you going until the ...more
CD {Boulder Blvd}
I debated about 4 or 5 star rating, but when I looked back over some of my other four star reviews, this was a stand out and I gave it 5 stars. Romantic Suspense is my favorite genre and Laura Griffin definitely delivers. This one is heavy on the suspense and plot and lighter on the relationship. That's not to say that Laura doesn't deliver on the H and the h. She does. Gage is right up there with the best alpha heroes protecting the woman they care about and Kelsey is a great heroine. She's sma ...more
Sinead Onekawa
Jul 22, 2014 Sinead Onekawa rated it it was amazing
This will have to be my favoutite out of all the books in the Tracers series. Don't get me wrong I like all of them. There is just something about Gage and Kelsey. Totally adore this couple and the action packed drama they delievered in this incredible story. I'm sad that it ends but glad they have their HEA. I did't want to finish the book. I wanted to read it at a snails pace but got so impatient. Love, love Laura Griffin. Such an amazing author.
Looking forward to the next new Tracers book :-)
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