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Evidence #5

Covert Evidence

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Falling in love was never part of his mission…

With visions of professional glory, underwater archaeologist Cressida Porter embarks on a research trip deep into the heart of Eastern Turkey. Her dreams turn into nightmares when she becomes the unwitting courier for a terrorist network. Stranded and unable to speak the language, she turns to a handsome and enigmatic security specialist for help, even while fearing he may be behind a violent assault that leaves her vulnerable.

CIA Case Officer Ian Boyd’s mission is clear: follow the courier, identify the terrorist leader, and intercept the microchip before it falls into enemy hands. For Ian, cozying up to the alluring archaeologist to find out where her loyalties lie isn’t exactly hardship duty. But spending time with her proves dangerous when she awakens a longing for a life he can never have.

Attraction wars with distrust as Cressida and Ian are forced on the run. When violence erupts in the already unstable region, Cressida discovers everything she knows about Ian is false. With all secrets revealed, Cressida must decide if she can trust the spy with her life, while Ian faces his own impossible choice: Cressida or his mission.

300 pages, Kindle Edition

First published May 26, 2015

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Rachel Grant

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USA Today bestselling author 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 seventeenth century Spanish and Dutch fort on the island of Sint Maarten in the Netherlands Antilles.

She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and children and can be found on the web at www.Rachel-Grant.net.

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1,881 reviews414 followers
May 25, 2015
I received this book from Netgalley for my honest review.

Holy cow!!! This woman knows how to write!!!

I love, love, love this series! It’s exiting! It’ action-packed! It’s interesting! It’s intelligent! The MCs acts in a logical way!

Sometimes, though, I had to stop reading because I wanted to slap Ian, the hero! He was such an idiot! Sometimes only… other times he was an intelligent human being, but I still wanted to slap him for suspecting Cressida continuously!!!

The story is complicated and there’re many twists and turns to keep you intrigued, but what I loved the best is that in every situation the reasoning and how the characters were acting was how I would act in their shoes!

I could even understand Ian! And that’s incredible!

I loved Cressida too, even if I wanted to slap her too, but less than Ian! LOL

She didn’t ask, wanted or chose to be involved, but she didn’t just melt – she reacted as best as she could!

Incredibly, she was the strong one! You would think that Ian, being the super-spy, would have been more prepared to deal with everything, even emotions, but he was overwhelmed. He just couldn’t accept the fact that Cressida wasn’t a mole because he started having feelings for her! But, at the same time, it was perfectly understandable!

And that’s what makes this series excellent! Even if you don’t agree with something, you understand why and can accept the way the characters act! Simply wonderful!

I’ll be anxiously waiting for the next book! Great job and keep on, Ms. Grant!!!

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2,681 reviews1,016 followers
November 24, 2016
I've given this an A for narration and an A- for content at AudioGals, which is nearer 5 stars than 4.5.

In this action-packed romantic thriller, the fifth in Rachel Grant’s Evidence series, marine archaeologist Cressida Porter travels to South Eastern Turkey (near the borders with Syria, Iraq and Iran) in order to reconnoitre a possible excavation site as a subject for her thesis, only to end up on the run from a dangerous terrorist network with an American covert operative who may or may not be trustworthy. I should point out that although a number of characters from the previous books make cameo appearances in Covert Evidence, it’s not absolutely necessary to have listened to or read them to be able to understand and enjoy this story.

On her last night in Antalya before heading out to the prospective site, Cressida and a friend are enjoying a night out at a bar while waiting to meet with the guide and translator with whom she has arranged to travel. Completely out of the blue, Cressida’s ex-boyfriend Todd Ganem turns up and starts making a nuisance of himself, and their heated exchange ends with Cressida decking him in rather spectacular fashion. Some months earlier, Todd had stolen some extremely valuable Lidar (a kind of Radar, but which uses laser technology) equipment from the university and then dragged Cressida into it by claiming he stole it at her instigation. An enquiry exonerated her, but her reputation is still a little suspect in some quarters, and now all she wants to go is to regain the respect of her colleagues, move on and finish her PhD.

You can read the rest of this review at AudioGals.
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1,155 reviews316 followers
August 15, 2015
This really is the must read romantic suspense series for intelligent and sexy heroes and heroines!

Cressida is a grad student in the Middle East to research a prospective find of the century and Ian is a undercover CIA operative who has to retrieve a USB port that identifies terrorists and a money trail. Both have extreme trust issues that have to be solved as they work together to survive a double cross from within the CIA.

Fast paced action is always involved in Ms. Grants books as well paced plotting that always keeps you on the edge of your seat. The romance is well done and hot. The characters are always intelligent and you learn something interesting in archeology, history and/or politics in every book. May this series continue for many years to come!
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1,427 reviews
June 10, 2015
ARC Review, 4.5 stars

There have been some fantastic releases in the last month, this is one of my favorites. It’s no secret that I am a fan of Rachel Grant’s work. I love her complex stories, her technical expertise, and her scorchingly hot romance scenes. Covert Evidence highlights all of her strengths as a writer and is one of my favorites in the Evidence series to date.

Cressida has to work for everything she has. She has worked hard to earn the respect of her colleagues in her chosen field of archeology. However, because of her relationship with a jealous past boyfriend, she has neither. Her reputation is in shambles and her credibility is suspect. This is especially difficult for a woman who thrives on respect and acceptance. But she is determined to redeem herself with a new archeological discovery that has the potential to put her career on the map.

Ian is a career CIA agent. He lives and breathes his work. He knows how get information and cultivate sources. He is a master manipulator. Because of his chosen career, he accepts that there is little or no room for real relationships. This is his reality until he meet Cressida.

Of all the heroes in the series, Ian is the most extreme alpha. Because he is a former member of Delta Force, he has brains and braun. He is controlling and protective. His complete commitment to his work and mission makes him is a little socially awkward. He knows how to be other characters, but he doesn’t know how to be comfortable with himself. Genuine relationships are out of his wheelhouse. I love that vulnerability. I like how despite his lack of experience, he displays innocent,romantic gestures: “In the middle of this crazy, scary nightmare, Ian has gone off into the night to gather flowers….” Ian might have just surpassed Curt as my favorite hero because, whereas Curt is also an alpha, he is a little more sophisticated and socially savvy. Ian has a longer way to go in the relationship and I enjoyed his growing maturity.

Balancing the romance is a deliciously intricate mystery. I’ve come to love the field of archeology through the Evidence series. The search for long-forgotten and hidden tunnels is like a solving a complex puzzle. This one marries the fun of an Indian Jones adventure with the wit of a Sherlock Holmes story. The context weaves relevant current events with the search for an ancient aqueduct. Where else can you learn about the story of Roman waterways with the Kurdish fight for sovereignty? I love it.


Witty, sexy and adventurous, Rachel Grant has another winner with Covert Evidence. If you are a fan of the series or a fan of romantic suspense or a fan of a good story, you won’t want to miss this book!

The book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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780 reviews126 followers
December 31, 2015

Covert Evidence (Evidence #5) by Rachel Grant (Goodreads Author), is an action packed, romantic suspense story with lots of twists and turns that will keep the reader on the edge of their seat.

For Cressida what started out as a research trip to Turkey to gather info for her dissertation, turns into a nightmare. Colliding with the “target” of his mission, CIA operative, Ian Boyd, finds himself in deep trouble, his mission isn’t progressing as it should have, and his heart gets tangled in the mess as well.

The story centers around Cressida and Ian, with cameo appearances from many of the characters reader’s have met in earlier books in the Evidence series. Although the book can be read as a standalone, knowing how the supporting characters play in the plot, helps tie the “family and friends” concept to the story. In additional to the cameo appearances, there are many new supporting characters introduced, that help bring the geographical feel to the story. There is also a bit of a socio-political feel to the story, but it’s not the “ripped from the headlines” type.

The character development for Ian and Cressida is just enough for the reader to form an opinion of them, with both characters being strong willed, stubborn, and knowledgeable in their fields. The story has many twists and turns, from roles characters play to how the romance plays out.

I received a copy of the book from NetGalley on behalf of All Night Reads. As with the other books in the series I found this to be a very enjoyable read, and a good addition to the series. One of the things I enjoy about this series is the author’s actual knowledge of archaeology, and how she seamlessly weaves it in the story lines. For me it was a 4 star read. The expected publication date is May 26, 2015

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1,702 reviews4 followers
June 2, 2016
Well, I didn't see that one coming! Rachel Grant does it again. She's done it again and again and again in the Evidence series. I'm not going to say that this was my favorite of the series because I can say that about each one of the books as I read them. This is an all around great series! They are each stand alone, but the characters weave in and out of each one of the books. It helps to start at the beginning because of this, but it isn't essential.

Cressida is a grad student in archeology. She is in the Middle East for academic reasons, both personal and collegiate reasons. She's on a dig, but is taking time away from it to pursue initial research on her grant proposal for her PhD dissertation. The book opens at her "farewell" party where her collegues are gathered to send her off for a few weeks. Little does she know what the future holds for her. She barely leaves the bar before the adventure begins. Once it begins, her life will never be the same.

Ian, aka John, is at that bar. He's a covert operative for the CIA and his mission involves following a microchip that will expose a terrorist group's inner circle and how they are getting arms and money for their activities. Ian has to succeed at this mision, the ramifications of not doing so will affect the US. Ian long ago gave his life over to his country. He's been in the Middle East for twelve years, it's more home than the US at this point. He has given up a normal life and the hope of ever being able to build relationships. He's comfortable with his decision to dedicate his life to his country. This mission may change his mind. He's about to discover exactly what he's willing to do for his country. He will be tested at every level.

Once again, Rachel Grant delivers a story that is action packed, suspenseful, and grips the reader from beginning to end. You'll love these two characters in all their flawed glory. When there seems no way forward, the agents of Raptor find a way to aid one of their own. I've said before and I'll say it again, I love this series!!!
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2,245 reviews135 followers
May 15, 2015
This series has taken readers to all sorts of places with the most fascinating stories full of suspense and romance. This go round we’re in Turkey and its not long before we are shot out of the gate on another thrilling ride that involves a terrorist organization and good and bad CIA agents.

I have to say I think the CIA is the shadiest bunch of people – at least how they are portrayed in books and movies. Its rare they are shown in a good light. I often wonder why that is. Anyhow, when the main hero of the book is a CIA operative and their lives are all about lying and completing the mission at any cost the author sure has to work at making the reader like him. That was certainly the case with Ian Boyd who is a case officer with the CIA who has been undercover in the Middle East for many years. Ian cares about nothing but his missions. He is currently on one to find out the identity of a terrorist leader when everything goes FUBAR and he ends up on the run with a woman he doesn’t quite trust and treats like a mark even though he’s attracted to her.

Cressida Porter who we’ve met in previous books is an underwater archaeologist currently on a research trip in Turkey. Finished with her part she had plans to continue on by herself to gather information for her dissertation. Unknowingly the local she hired to her with translation got her mixed up in the middle of a terrorist cell that has so many traitors both foreign and domestic my head was spinning and I wasn’t the poor person trapped in a foreign country who can’t speak the language and on the run with a man she doesn’t know she can trust and if he has her best interests at heart even though he’s the sexiest man she’s ever laid eyes on.

The author writes about Turkey in such vivid detail its like a fascinating history lesson. Once I start one of Rachel’s books I cant seem to put it down until I’m finished. Another great addition to the series!!
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490 reviews35 followers
August 2, 2015
4.25 Stars. Another Excellent Evidence Read:) You just can't miss with an Evidence book by Rachel Grant! I have read them all and enjoyed them fully. Cressida and Ian are typical of her strong, passionate couples. I was swept away on their convoluted journey and the dangers they faced. This is romantic suspense at its best:)
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2,106 reviews148 followers
March 8, 2021
ARC provided by the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Archeology, Middle Eastern terrorists, the CIA - Secret Agent Man (SAM), and a Sweet Young Thing (SYT). This book is packed with intrigue, twisted plots and "how the hell did I get myself into this mess". This is a timely plot and will appeal to more that us romantic-suspense genre readers. I think the "guy" thriller genre will also enjoy it. I have thoroughly loved every Rachel Grant book I have read and she does not disappoint on this one. In fact, she kicks it to a whole different level. Characters from earlier in the series play a part in this book, but having read the previous books is not necessary to enjoying this one.

Cressida (SYT) is a grad student on a research project in Turkey. She has plans for her own project and takes a week to explore southeastern Turkey to firm up her research for her project. That area is not especially safe for SYT's, but Cressida has made contacts and feels that she should be okay. So much for that. Her contacts are part of a Kurdish terrorist cell and she is far from safe. Her research could also have a purpose beyond the academic.

Ian (SAM) is following a microdot with information several terrorist groups and governments would kill to have, and the US will kill to prevent them from getting. Cressida ends up in the middle because her translator, Hejan, is a courier and had passed the microchip to an unwitting Cressida. Ian makes contact with Cressida and saves her life and blows his mission because of it. Now, Ian must keep her safe and his heart intact. That is going to prove to be a very difficult mission, indeed.
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957 reviews36 followers
August 26, 2015
A must read, a must read, a must read! If you like romantic suspense and action this book, this series, is for you. I am reviewing this ARC from Net Galley and as soon as I finished this book (my second in this series) I purchased the ones I don't already have before leaving this review. (There is a special on this series, or the first 3 in a set on Amazon until June 8 for .99). I requested this one as soon as I saw it become available because I wanted to see if the author could write another as good as the last one I read and YES she can and did. A total 5 star book from every angle. This one is a good one to sink your teeth into. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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2,300 reviews723 followers
August 23, 2016
I enjoyed, but not as much as the previous book. I didn't like how their relationship played out. But a fun setting - review coming
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693 reviews13 followers
December 4, 2019
היי חברים וחברות,
אחרי כמה ספרים לא ממש מוצלחים, אמרתי שהגיע הזמן לחזור לסדרה המושלמת של רייצ'ל גרנט.

זהו ספר חמישי בין 8 ספרים מושלמים!!
השמיני אומנם חדש וטרם קראתי אותו, אבל עם ההיכרות שלי עם רייצ'ל,- הוא מושלם.

אני מאוד אוהבת את הכתיבה של רייצ'ל, היא הראשונה (והיחידה בינתיים) שכותבת בגוף שלישי ואני נהנת.
והדמויות.. אוח הדמויות, מושלמים אחת אחד!!
הגברים שלה חזקים ומדהימים,
ואילו הבנות, חכמות, מוצלחות וחזקות- שלמות!!

אז בואו אספר לכם על הספר הזה, הספר הזה מספר על קרסידה פוטר, היא חוקרת תת ימית, שמתמחה בארצות המזרח.

הסיפור שלנו מתחיל בטורקיה.
היא וחברה שלה ישבו בבר,
שם הם פגשו את הפרופסור שלה שהגיע עם האקס שלה.. המפגש עם האקס לא עובר בהצלחה

“If he’s upset you punched Todd, I might be able to convince him not to tank your grant.”“Well, in that case, give him a blowjob, and tell him I suggested it.” Suzanne winked at her. “The things I do for friendship.”

מהצד השני של הסיפור יש את איאן.
הוא סוכן חשאי של CIA, מרגל(??) ויש לו משימה,
לעקוב אחרי דבר מאוד חשוב..

ודרכיהם נפגשות.

No. Men. She clearly had crap taste in that area, so the fact that she thought he was good-looking must mean he was a thief or a liar or had connections to anti-American activists in Jordan. Or, if she was twice blessed, all three.

והסוכן נכנס לפעולה

A nice guy would ask if he could see her again. John was a nice guy, but Ian, not so much. And right now, Ian was calling the shots, because Ian was the one with a job to do.

לאיאן נהיה קשה לשחק את התפקיד..

This is a job. She is a job. Forget the other crap and do your fucking job.

וזה תמיד חמודי *-*

הוא מנסה להגן עליה... כי יש לנו הרבה "בומים" בדרך..

Shit. He set her on her feet and pulled his gun. Of all the dumbass things to do. He’d gotten fucking distracted, and now their “safe”house was on fire.

והם מתחילים לעבוד ביחד.

“I’ll unlock the car with the remote the moment we open the door. The driver’s door is closer. Dive in and crawl across to the passenger seat. I’ll follow and provide cover fire if need be.”He did not just use the words “cover fire”in a sentence. She just stared at him, her mind caught on that one phrase and unable to move forward. He stroked her cheek. “You’ll do fine, Cress. I believe in you.”Then he kissed her, a quick hard kiss that broke her mental paralysis.

התחילה להתפתח בינהם מערכת יחסים ממש מקסימה

she called him John, which bothered him. She’d been kissing John while Ian kissed Cressida. He didn’t want her as part of the job. He wanted her.

לא שיש עתיד למערכת יחסים הזו..

“This is what I do, Cress.” The way he said it triggered a tide of emotion. The last thing she needed was to start thinking there could be more here than sex. More than comfort between two people who’d been through something together.

הם... לומדים להסתדר.. בערך... קשה למשהי שאף פעם לא התעסקה בפעילות מבצעית להבין את כל העיניין של הסוכן החשאי

“I hit on you on the flight and at dinner for the job. The kiss in the elevator was also on Company time. But the rest has been because I’m a man and find you attractive. So shoot me.”
“I intend to.”

אבל היא מקבלת החלטה נכונה..

Get some sleep, Cress. Every hour after this one could be worse than the ones that came before.”“Well, aren’t you a little ball of sunshine?”

ועדיין, היא לא בוטחת בו ב100%

She was tempted to leave a note with her papers, but what would she say? Help, I’ve been abducted by a spy who is trying to protect me, and everything he’s done to help me has only put him in worse danger. He might not be the bad guy. But I’m not sure. So only save me if you can do so without harming him. Leaving a note proved impossible.

הם הופכים למין זוג לא רישמי ממש חמודי

He set the bottle down, then pulled a gun from his backpack and checked the load. Satisfied with his inspection, he held it out to her. She hesitated. It was the gun she’d used to kill Sabal. “I want it by your hand whenever we aren’t riding,” he said. She took the weapon. “It’s so sweet the way you keep giving me guns. Most men start with flowers.” He smiled.

לשניהם יש סודות, וכשהסוד שלו מתגלה.. הוא חוטף אותה.. ואילו כשהסוד שלה מתגלה.. הוא מתעצבן..
דוגרי, לא פייר.

Don’t you get it? They know. That’s why you were chosen to be the mule. You were about to embark upon an expedition deep into Eastern Anatolia to find the most valuable tunnel since…fuck. I don’t know…ever. And you tell me this now? Me. The only person in the entire country who is helping you.”

ההתחלה של המערכת יחסים בינהם די עצובה

He was developing feelings for her—which was flat out forbidden in his world—while in Cressida’s world, Ian was just another mistake on a long list of them.

ואיאן המתוקי שלנו ניסה לעשות את המקסימום

“You were picking wildflowers?” He nodded. “I can’t wine and dine you, but I could at least get you flowers.”

כי הוא התחיל לפתח רגשות

“I’m used to being alone. It’s how I’ve always been. Now, my world has exploded. I’ve been burned. Yet all I want is you. I don’t want to be alone when I can be with you.”

ופה יוצאת לה הקנאה..

“I know exactly what Todd is.”“Todros. Call him Todros.” She drew in a sharp breath. “You’re jealous?” He planted himself before her. “Of course I’m jealous. He had all of you. Including your heart. Because of Todros, you couldn’t trust me. You didn’t tell me about the pendant. I’d happily shoot the motherfucker in the balls.” She shrugged. “Get in line.”

ועם כל הקשיים, הבחור שלנו פה מבין מהר מאוד מה נכון ומה לא.

He’d lived by one simple rule as a covert operative: the mission above all else. He couldn’t change the rule, so it was time to change the mission.

לקרסידה יש ביש מזל עם גברים, והיא בטוחה שזה גם כן כישלון.. אפילו איאן המושלמי

She found his habit of stopping just short of telling her he cared irritating. But then, did it matter that he cared? He planned to continue on in the Middle East. There was no place for her in his life.

כי יש בו משהו מקסים

“I like watching you sleep.” The statement was so bald. So open. She had to believe it. “You’re here to watch me sleep? That’s a little creepy.” Not really, though. Not after what they’d been through. “When you’re asleep, you aren’t glaring at me. You aren’t sad. You aren’t angry. You’re just beautiful. When you’re sleeping, I’m not fucking up and pissing you off.”

אז כן, סיפרתי את מה שקרה במערכת יחסים בינהם, אבל זה ספר מתח עם סיפור מצויין, ככה שאת העלילה עצמה לא שיתפתי *-*

ספר מושלמי, ממליצה בחום.
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108 reviews
February 5, 2023
See I'm always happy after a Grant read. This is one my favourite from the series. Wow. Whoever first thought romantic suspense was a thing, I'd kiss their feet. I LOVE RACHEL GRANT. I will devour all her books. I'm almost done with this series and I'm so excited to start the next ❤️❤️
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528 reviews36 followers
January 25, 2016
4.5 Stars!!

I'm now to the point if I see a book with Ms Grant's named attached, I will buy it. I just bought a novella called Midnight Sun and I respect her writing so much that I bought a series she rated very highly on Goodreads!!

What I liked: Ms Grant doesn't take a chapter or two to get you hooked. In Covert Evidence, the action starts right away and it does not let up. I don't start reading a Rachel Grant book too late at night or I wouldn't sleep.

When reading a romantic suspense novel, I expect conflict, tension, attraction, miscues between the main couple and a bit of mystery to go along with the suspense. Covert Evidence includes all those attributes and more. More, you say, how can there be more? The writing is tight and clean; and you don't get distracted by plot holes or editing mistakes.

The other thing you can tell by her writing is she has done her homework. By no means do I know a lot about archaeology but if something catches my attention in a novel, I might get on the internet to learn more. Several times I've checked different areas of archaeology mentioned in The Evidence Series on-line and the info there just added a bit to what Ms Grant was already writing about in her book. I also love the settings for her books as I love history. She includes a bit of history with the setting so as a reader, I feel involved and can picture what she's talking about.

Okay, about Covert Evidence....the main characters, Cressida Porter and Ian Boyd make a great pairing. Ian is a CIA case officer trying to follow a courier to the head of a dangerous group in the Middle East. Unknown to Cressida, she has been duped into becoming the courier. When I say duped, I don't intend to insinuate she's not smart. The opposite is more the case. But she does have some issues and Ian plays on those to get what he wants. And there's the tension, conflict and attraction all working together.

Another aspect I like about this series is I can never count on figuring out the twists the author includes. I think I have it but I only get a few pieces and not the whole story until the very end!

What I didn't like: I found Cressida to be a bit more needy than the previous heroines in the earlier books. Actually that made Covert Evidence seem more real as each heroine isn't a cardboard cut out but a character in their own right. So basically, there's nothing to not like.

I highly recommend Covert Evidence to all romantic suspense fans but start at the beginning of the series with Concrete Evidence.
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1,189 reviews46 followers
November 13, 2021
No imaginaba yo que esto de la arqueología diera para tanta acción y aventura. Cressida Porter, que solo quiere hacer un descubrimiento fabuloso para su doctorado, acabará metida en medio de una intriga con terroristas, la CIA, los kurdos, el ejército turco, etc. Esto la pone en el punto de mira del atractivo pero implacable Ian Boyd, agente de la CIA. Aquí se mezclan muy bien el argumento de suspense con el romance. Disfruto mucho esta serie Evidence. Pero reconozco que acabo cansadísima de tanta huida, hasta el punto de que acabo perdiendo el interés en algún capítulo.
Reseña algo más extensa, en mi blog.
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741 reviews2 followers
May 31, 2015
Rachel Grant’s “Evidence Series” continues to enthrall the readers with its intensity, excitement and power play of politics across continents.

Book five of the series, “Covert Evidence” takes the unsuspecting underwater archeologist Cressida Porter into a world of danger, terrorism and death that has her running for her life. And covert CIA operative is hot on her trail, as she becomes the suspect of carrying evidence that may prove disastrous to a lot of super rich people in various countries.

A simple planned and scouting trip turns into a dangerous game of hide and seek as Cressida tries to comprehend the situation she has been thrown into unwittingly. With Ian guarding her and saving her life one too many times, she has the daunting task of keeping her wits as she decides if Ian Boyd can be trusted.

All Ian Boyd had to do was secure the target and the evidence that Cressida was supposedly carrying. He never anticipated the flare of attraction or the desire to protect Cressida at the cost of his mission. And love definitely was not part of his mission. And yet love and trust becomes an expensive weapon that takes him to the edge of death. With betrayal coming in from the inside, Ian has his job cut out, with his career on the line and the Cressida’s life in his hands.

“Covert Evidence” is my favorite in the series so far. I loved Ian with his quiet demeanor yet pulsing with energy and fire. He had so many layers of emotions that were peeled at every turn on the run. Rachel did a great job with his character; I couldn’t help falling in love with him, and the same with Cressida. Her courage, her tenacity and her trust in Ian gives her an aura of strength. Loyalty to her friends and her willingness to fight for her love and friendship makes her even more alluring and brave. And the chemistry and teamwork between Ian and Cressida is sizzling and plain hot.

Received an ARC from All Night Reads via NetGalley for an honest review.
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December 9, 2019
Rachel Grant’s COVERT EVIDENCE story starts with great momentum involving her readers immediately in the action as events unfold. Her female protagonist, Cressida Porter, an underwater archaeologist is working in Eastern Anatolia, Turkey. Cressida’s back story shares details of her quest to follow up on a promising lead to find an ancient site in southeastern Turkey. Grant gives readers insight to Cressida’s work as an underwater archaeologist and the part her discoveries play in her thrilling story.

Readers meet Grant’s male protagonists, Ian Boyd, a CIA Case Officer in Turkey seeking to catch a courier carrying a micro-chip detailing funding resources for terrorist groups seeking to undermine the US and their allies. Grant brings Cressida and Ian together when Ian learns Cressida is the courier he is looking for. Cressida and Ian race across Turkey as authorities begin to pursue them as traitors to the US. Cressida’s knowledge of a long-lost ancient site and the data on the computer chip seem to be why she is being sought by Turkish authorities and the CIA.

Readers are at Cressida’s side, learning what she is thinking and feeling when facing betrayal and manipulation of people close to her. Ian joins forces with Cressida to find and stop the terrorist group. Grant introduces support character’s backstories and their role in her story as the story progresses. The author weaves a story of espionage, intrigue, politics, and suspense around Cressida and Ian’s global travels. Grant’s COVERT EVIDENCE shows the importance of trust, loyalty, and friendship that are at the center of her fast moving story with a well-defined characters and breath taking plot. The author’s romantic suspense story is a must read earning a thumbs up.
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686 reviews5 followers
October 5, 2021
OMG Could not put this book down. Loved it. Rachel packs everything into her books. Action, suspense and romance. Love how the gang is all included.
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1,665 reviews171 followers
January 10, 2016
Cressida Porter is desperate for validation, both personally and professionally, and it's her glaring insecurities that has put her in a perfect position to be used as an unwitting courier in a much larger terrorist plot and in the crosshairs of Ian Boyd, a CIA case officer whose job is to intercept the microchip that Cress is carrying. There's distrust all around and the lies they've told each other start Ian and Cress on the wrong foot for quite a while.

The mystery here is a twisty, winding road of political intrigue and archaeology in the volatile middle-east and while it does become a little bogged down at times, I certainly appreciate Rachel Grant's effort in bringing the larger context of the current conflict into the book even as Ian's and Cress's story play out in the foreground.

There's a hint of character growth, especially on Cress's part which I can appreciate even more - I found her distasteful at first - but her own admission of her myopic views of selfish academic glory showed at least, some measure of self-awareness and self-worth. The same goes for Ian really, who has to learn about operating in a non-solitary way for the first time ever. Even if I don't take to them as much as I did with Alec and Isabel, Covert Evidence is a solid read just for the subject matter and the unrelenting action.

*ARC given by Netgalley
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1,298 reviews17 followers
May 27, 2015
Covert Evidence was Fantastic, and exciting book as all of Rachel Grant's books are in the Evidence Series:
Cressida Porter was trying to obtain information for her underground archeological project in the middle of Eastern Turkey, while she awaits the man who will help her with translations...her old boyfriend shows up...That's starts trouble, but someone comes to her rescue...the man who she's waiting for...Only someone is holding her back to stop the fight..She turns around and he's gone..The excitement has just begun.

John Baker comes to the aid of the beautiful Cressida, but can't let her know who he really is..he had his reasons. One job only, and report back to the CIA..When things get out of hand he has to play a part...

The minute Cressida finds out the truth about John she's out of there, but things don't look good for either one of them. What they need to do is rely on each other.
Both of them are hiding things from each other. They have to work together...

Heart Pumping, Action, you'll love it..It takes you on a ride of excitement that is fun, sexy, maybe lust...The attraction between John and Cressida is really well you'll have to buy the book to see...

Talk about getting really exciting...the Evidence Series is one series truly grabbed me.

I received this Book from NetGalley.
3,192 reviews11 followers
June 13, 2015
Exotic places, memorable characters, riveting action and suspenseful danger are all trademarks of Rachel Grant’s Evidence Series. Covert Evidence, book 5, excels in all of these areas. Academia and political intrigue, with events that could be easily in today’s news head up this archeological thriller. I do so enjoy that the Indiana Jones of Rachel Grant’s books are intelligent, and determined. In Cressida Porter’s case, as CA operative, Ian, points out “a squeaky-clean innocent grad student with poor taste in men.” He will find first hand that her taste in men improve, though she nearly loses her life in doing so. The CIA are the good guys which I was glad to see.

This is an excellent romantic suspense with the emphasis on the action and suspense. Each book of this series begin with a tipping point in the main character’s life, though each is different. This may be my favorite beginning because from when the first punch is thrown, I was hooked. I like to refer to these books as romance for the intelligent reader. Again, I can highly recommend Covert Evidence and all of the books in Rachel Grant’s Evidence Series.

Copy provided by the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.
1,112 reviews7 followers
May 21, 2015
This book is the fifth in a series. While it can be read as a standalone, it certainly makes more sense of you have read the other books in the series. The whole series is great, so you might as well start from the beginning. The series is a blend of archeology and suspense. Cressida is an underwater archeologist working on her dissertation. She has a theory which has her looking for undiscovered tunnels in terrorist controlled countries. She believes herself safe until she discovers the translator she hired has placed her in grave danger. Ian is a covert operative who believes Cressida is knowingly working with the terrorists. He happens to save her from an attack then ingratiates himself into her life and trip while lying about his identity. In the end, the two discover they need each other's help to survive and possibly thwart further terrorist actions. Unfortunately, they both have secrets, and Ian's is a big one. When all the lies blow up in their faces, it will take everything they have plus the help of Cressida's friends at Raptor to get them out alive.

As was the case with all the other books in this series, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I was very excited to be given an advance copy for review from Net Galley.
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2,133 reviews67 followers
March 24, 2020
A case of mistaken identities and a suspenseful cat and mouse game set against the vivid backdrop and turmoil of the Middle East, Covert Evidence packs a wallop for another great entry on my keeper shelf! I am never disappointed when I pick up a book by Grant and here is why-she delivers consistently well-thought out storylines, lots of detail to location, people, food, etc.

Cress and Ian are normal, everyday characters- completely relatable in their hopes, fears and desires. The action and rescue scenes were top notch-whether it was Ian saving Cress from a mugging gone wild, Sean and the Raptor crew dropping in to help rescue the duo in a Kurdish camp, or trying to survive an airplane jump in the bay. However, the very best part..I feel like I'm literally in the book! I catch myself holding my breath in anticipation and flipping the pages quickly to see what happens next. Also, Grant's female leads are definitely not damsels in distress. They are smart, witty, sarcastic, take charge women! I mean, besides Elisabeth Naughton's books, how many archeologist heroines do you really read about?

If you love romantic suspense or are looking for a new author, I highly recommend the Evidence Series! You will not be disappointed!
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1,458 reviews11 followers
May 29, 2015
OK, so let me say this right off. You don't necessarily need to have read the previous books to dive right in to this one, but I recommend that you do. Why? Well. a) because you're just missing out otherwise and b) because there are some characters in here who feature in the previous books, and it will aid your understanding of the relationships and companies referred to in this book.

So. What do you look for in a good book? A strong heroine? A sexy alpha male? A tense, thrilling storyline? Well. You're in luck, because this novel has all 3. In abundance.

I simply love this series of books. Nothing is sacrificed for anything else. So you get a fab story, with interesting and engaging characters, and sexy times.

And I think, apart from Body of Evidence, this is my favourite book in the series so far. I found the action involving, with a real sense of threat and tension. I loved the characters and the development of their connection with each other. This is definitely a book which I would recommend to you.

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review
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193 reviews39 followers
August 27, 2015
This review originally appeared on Heroes and Heartbreakers:
Covert Evidence by Rachel Grant. Rachel Grant is my new measuring stick for romantic suspense. Her heroes and heroines are incredibly well-matched in intelligence, honor, quirkiness, vulnerabilities, and character. It’s so refreshing to have that level playing field. Her training as a scientist (archaeologist) is evident throughout her plots, and the scientific details peppered throughout makes the stories so smart. Covert Evidence is the fifth book in her Evidence series, but (thankfully) the characters from past Evidence books aren’t woven throughout this newest installation. We’re big travelers at my house, so I enjoyed living vicariously through Cressida and Ian’s adventure through Eastern Turkey.
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1,213 reviews18 followers
August 1, 2015
I loved this book - it grabbed me from the very first page. An archeology student working on her PhD is thrown into the middle of a terrorist plot. She thinks she is simply meeting with a translator while in the middle east working on her research project. Unfortunately, the translator had a different idea. A CIA operative, Ian, tries to learn her secrets while preserving his mission. While he is attracted to Cressida, she can never be more than part of his mission.

This is an intelligent and fast paced book that readers of romantic suspense will love. I have added Rachel Grant to my must read authors' list.

Thank you to Netgalley for providing a complementary ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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1,640 reviews55 followers
July 12, 2016
To sum it up I adored this book. It had a terrific story set with modern day issues, an amazaballs suspense & a hot terrific H/h. I loved the unique storyline and all the secondary characters. The mystery and intrigue will have you staying up reading well into the night. I'm a romance/heat girl at heart and this had it but the story itself was so good instead of the Romance, sexiness being first for me, the story was. This was my first time reading this author and it will not be my last. She has a wonderful way of pulling you into the story, this book would make a great movie!! Rachel Weisz as Cressida and Chris Hemsworth or Chris Pratt as Ian....yum!!! Recommend reading this book.
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614 reviews
May 15, 2015
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

I think that I have loved everything Rachel Grant has ever written and I'm always waiting (impatiently) for her next book to come out. This book is certainly no different. I love that we keep adding great characters to the ensemble cast with each book. Ian is stubborn but redeemable and Cressida is just the person to "save" him. If you have enjoyed Rachel Grant's other books, you will love this one. Even if you just enjoy a good work of romantic suspense, you should read this book.
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June 9, 2015
Rachel Grant sets her books in the most interesting settings. I have learn so much from her stories and that's outside of the characters' interactions! I find myself looking up places, organizations and facts with most of her books. But most of all, I love the stories she has to tell. The romance within the tale flows easily and naturally with the drama and suspense of the book's theme. She is a must-read for me. I don't think she can write a bad book!
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