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Concrete Evidence

(Evidence #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  2,741 ratings  ·  296 reviews
A year ago she lost everything. Now she wants revenge…

Accused of stealing artifacts from a five hundred year-old shipwreck, underwater archaeologist Erica Kesling is determined to clear her name. She’s concealed her past and taken a job certain to give her access to the buyer of the missing antiquities. She's finally closing in on her goal, when she's distracted by a sexy,
Kindle Edition, 323 pages
Published April 16th 2013 by Rachel Grant (first published April 14th 2013)
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Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
What a wonderful, wonderful book!!!
I started reading it because i love RS and I was expecting a usual RS. But!!! Oh, was I wrong!!!
This book is fantastic!!!

I loved the story, the characters, the intrigue!!! E-V-E-R-I-T-H-I-N-G!!!

Erica was a real life woman, struggling with many real problems. She's tough, but in a real way - she's not a wonder-woman!

Lee is great too. He predents to be something he's not in a very realistic way - he makes mistakes everybody would make in his shoes!

I loved thier
There are books that grab you and then books that GRAB you.


Series: Yep

Sexy times: Yea. Some good steam.

Plan on reading more by the author: I do, I do!

Synopsis: Damn, there's a lot going on here and I'm not sure I'll do it the justice it deserves. But that's never stopped me before. Erica has some shady sh!t from her past that is breathing down her neck in the form of super creepy mean and/or cheesy men. She's determined to right things even if it means sacrificing her freedom.

Enter Lee. Inte
Manda Collins
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A first rate romantic suspense debut that combines pulse pounding action with...pulse pounding romance! Erica and Lee are great together, and I especially liked the depth that Erica's background in archaeology added to the story. Can't say too much about Lee because I don't want to risk spoilers, but suffice it to say he's whipsmart and way sexy. I'd say this would work best for readers of Roxanne St. Claire (in her romantic suspense days) and Elisabeth Naughton.

In the interest of full disclosur
Whew! That was a very solid 4 stars. Which is to say, I really liked this book, but did have some reservations.
Firstly, the good.
Well-written and lots of action and suspense, so I was definitely invested in the outcome. Characterisations were good and the mystery had me guessing to the end. Excellent plot!
I loved the afterword where the author explained elements of the story and how they related to actual events, events I remember quite well. The looting of artefacts, missing billions- it was al
I love reading romantic suspense. And when done right and it hits all my buttons, I go to my happy place with a huge smile on my face.

Concrete Evidence is top-notch romantic suspense. It had everything I crave and love about the genre. Betrayal, deception, a great detailed non-stop action story and lots of sexy flirting and sexual tension.

Erica and Lee based on their incorrect perception and knowledge about each other know their relationship is trouble but they so can’t help the attraction they
The first book in the Evidence series by Rachel Grant. Lee Scott is undercover as an intern to find out who is stealing artifacts. Erica Kesling is his number one suspect. Erica once took a job that destroyed her reputation and now she is attempting to rebuild her career. But her past has come back to haunt her.

This book ended up surprising me. I really liked it. I did have issues with a few minor things such as a few borderline TSTL moments on the part of the heroine. But it was an easy read t
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
4.5. Rachel Grant writes smart romantic suspense books. Her stories are complex with lots of twists and turns. I really enjoy her characters and especially loved these two. Their banter is engaging and highly entertaining. The story develops in an interesting manner, although I think the ending could be flushed out a little more. Small critique to a fantastic read. How soon can I expect a book 3?
***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***

Erica Kesling has almost remade and redeemed herself. A year ago she lost everything—her money and her reputation. There’s nothing to be done about the money, but she can restore her reputation. And she will, as soon as the stolen artifacts go on display and she can whip out the photographs she’s taken a year ago on a treasure-hunter’s ship.

Clean and simple.

Unfortunately there’s a complication. In the form of a 25-year-old, slacker of an intern n
Carey Baldwin
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had the opportunity to read an advanced copy. Absolutely fantastic. Smart, sexy and why yes...thrilling! Read my full review and my interview with Rachel Grant at
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had an immediate connection with Lee Scott because my husband's name is Scott Lee. :)

I love Rachel Grant, and this romantic suspense was really good! There was so much in this book that it's one of those that I know I can't do justice in my review. Erica Kesling was accused of stealing artifacts from a five-hundred-year-old-shipwreck.

Lee Scott is an English major at Columbia, a new intern only he's not really; instead, he is the "lead conspirator in an international artifact smuggling scheme"
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Estas han sido las 323 páginas más largas de mi vida.
Cuando me topo con una historia que no me gusta casi siempre intento decir que no es para mí, o que me ha aburrido o que ha habido algo que no me ha gustado, pero esta vez me es imposible decir eso porque la historia es mala. Simplemente mala. No tiene ni pies ni cabeza, ni sentido ni finalidad más que la de rellenar páginas en blanco para alargar algo que en 20 se hubiese solucionado.

Voy a poner ejemp
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my 3rd Rachel Grant book that I have read. I love that her books seem so real to me. When I say this, I mean they follow similar real world events and each book has history event in them. Add on top of that a serious suspense thriller with some romance and danger and you have my number.

Erica has been trying to get her life on track for over a year. She has had to start over from scratch after her mother ruined her credit by stealing her identity, she has had to switch schools and graduat
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is my first Rachel Grant book and she is a very intelligent author. I look forward to reading more of her books. I wish her a very long prolific career as she has the master mix for romantic-suspense - romance, hot sex, mystery, suspense and a touch of humor. Great stuff.

The book starts with a 60 year old murder that overshadows the characters, and they don't even know anything about it. How this connects to present day events, or doesn't is not a spoiler I'm going to give up. I will only s
Bea  Charmed
Both leads, Lee and Erica, drove me batty. They were liars and manipulators. They had sort of good reasons and mostly good intentions, but they had a serious failure to communicate and lots of trust issues. The trust issues and the lies were forgiven too easily, more groveling was needed, especially by the hero, Lee. Still, there was heat between them and they were mostly likable. The mysteries were well done, lots of red herring and twisty. I liked it and will start the next book. (I own the fi ...more
Mar 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
DNF @ 10 %

It was hard to understand the characters' motivations. Lee Scott, the slacker-intern-that-isn't yo yo's between his dumb clueless persona and then says something well informed. Not to forget, it's a little too convenient for him to access classified files. AND he flirts and hits on a potential suspect.

Sep 25, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 Grant's romantic suspense starts off promising, but the abundance of logic-free plot contrivances and a heroine whose actions earn her the TSTL label make for a less than engaging read. Good writing though; if this author can get some adequate story-development editing, she might be worth reading in the future.
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-suspense
Good romantic suspense. Look forward to Ms. Grant's next bk. Thanks to Carey Baldwin for this rec.
*I gave this an A- for the story (the 5-star rating is for the story) and a C for the narration at AudioGals*

If you love to immerse yourself in highly detailed and original suspense romances, then I highly recommend Concrete Evidence. Rachel Grant scores a hit with her debut novel by culling from her experience as an archeologist and crafting a first-class suspense story with an interesting amount of romantic tension. While the narration is really just an average performance that more closely re
Trish R.
Jul 07, 2016 rated it liked it
OK, but wordy..

I have admit it took a loooong time to get to what happened in the Prologue, at 60% or so but nothing was really said, a sentence or two. There was a lot, lot, lot of talk about the Menanichoch Indians and Thermo-Con. This was only a little interesting so I did found myself skimming to get out of the semi-boring stuff.

I did like Lee and Erica but the secrets she kept from him and vise-versa. It was so angsty and I had found myself wishing they would just TALK, which they didn’t do
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Yes
Recommended to Mona by: Carey Baldwin
Concrete Evidence....Fast paced, real page turner, romantic suspense....
Just loved Erica and Lee...

Erica Kesling is an archeologist but is being accused of stolen Mexican artifacts, she is the prime suspect, and must clear her name...If it wasn't for her ex-boss Jake Novak she wouldn't be in this position....He ruined her...cost her every thing...Now she is out for a little revenge...who can she trust?

As Lee Scott starts working at Talon & Drake mainly undercover, he starts playing as a dum
2.5 stars

This could have been an interesting and suspenseful story but it got caught into its own plot lines to the point of boring the reader. The fact that the heroine, who could have been interesting and likeable, turn into your customary TSTL heroine made things worse. Instead of sympathising with her many plights, as well as the fact that she was betrayed and abandoned by her mother, being left alone and disillusioned at a very young age, the reader ends up being irritated at her total lack
Cindy ~
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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This is how you write a debut book. The authors’ knowledge of archaeology, historic art and Native American sites was evident through the book. The story which starts off in 1952 is like one large jigsaw puzzle that takes the course of the book to piece together before finally seeing the whole picture.

Erica Kesling didn’t have an easy childhood after her father died. Her credit ruined and blackballed from being able to use her degree in underwater archaeologist she now works for a
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Intelligent and Imaginative

I was captured by the equally balanced truths and imaginative fiction in this very entertaining story. It is full of dangers, conspiracy, intrigue and of course a love affair that begins with deceit, but ends with a HEA.

The characters are very well developed and believing. I fell in love with Lee along with Erica. It is a wonderful who-dun-it all the way to the end, when everything is revealed. I have a new respect for the romantic mystery genre, and this fabulous aut
Rachel Amphlett
Aug 17, 2015 rated it liked it
I hadn't read anything by Rachel Grant before, so I decided to begin with this book, 'Concrete Evidence', because the premise appealed to me.

Right from the start, I knew this was going to be a book I'd enjoy - there's just the right amount of intrigue, suspense, action, and romance chucked in to ensure a quick read, and certainly one that I'd recommend.

I'll definitely be reading more by this author.
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
My first venture with this author and not my last. Well researched before writing, based on facts for the most part and stuff I remember from days gone by. Archeology always piques my interest, and this book was no exception. Big business, native run casinos, Aztec sunken treasures, FBI, and the drug cartels always make for an interesting read. The main characters are likeable and detestable depending!

I give this novel 2 thumbs up and 4.5 stars (there is a couple of TSTL moments).
Jun 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Two-haiku review:

She's been in trouble
Now has job, sexy intern
Fears past will catch up

She's TSTL
I just don't get her thinking
It spoiled book for me
Shannon Dyer
Mar 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Round up to 3.5 stars. Review published at at AAR.
Thom Swennes
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: free-e-book
A 1952 murder lies buried deeply and quietly in the past. So deeply and quietly that no one ever knew it was committed. Regina (Gina) Guerrero was the twenty-three-year-old wife of a soldier that was deployed in Korea. She wasn’t good as a wife, a good mother nor choosing the right lover to fill her lonely days and warm her bed during long cold nights. Her aficionado of choice loses his cool during an argument, hits Gina hard, killing her. She disappears along with her infant son, Ricky. This is ...more
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, e-books
Life is a circle encompassing the past, present, and future; all moments in time are connected influencing the life one lives. This book began with a step back in time, 1952 was a tragic year for the Guerrero family. A tragedy with secrets once revealed later in the book will explosively shatter changing the lives of many. Archaeologist Erica Kesling was saddled with an inept new intern Lee Scott who seemed to exacerbate her endlessly. Facing a short timeframe to complete the environmental asses ...more
Bette Stanek
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I haven't given out a 5-star rating in I don't even know how long. I have no hesitation in giving one to Concrete Evidence by Rachel Grant. This is the first book I've read of hers, and the first book in the Evidence series. It certainly starts the series off with all the right elements for a blockbuster, fantastic romantic suspense series. This is one of those stories that sucks you in on page one and doesn't let you go until the end.

Erica Kesling is about to get her break. She's about to be a
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Rachel Grant worked for over a decade as a professional archaeologist and mines her experiences for storylines and settings, which are as diverse as excavating a cemetery underneath an historic art museum in San Francisco, survey and excavation of many prehistoric Native American sites in the Pacific Northwest, researching an historic concrete house in Virginia, and mapping a sev

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