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Covert Evidence

(Evidence #5)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  844 ratings  ·  95 reviews
“With a believable plot, an exotic setting, a smart heroine and a sexy hero – Rachel Grant’s Covert Evidence is the definition of fabulous Romantic Suspense.” – New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Toni Anderson

Falling in love was never part of his mission…

With visions of professional glory, underwater archaeologist Cressida Porter embarks on a research trip deep
Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Published May 26th 2015 by Janus Publishing
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Rachel Grant Hi Meredith, thanks for asking! All books in the Evidence Series stand alone and can be read in any order, however book 7 (Poison Evidence) does conta…moreHi Meredith, thanks for asking! All books in the Evidence Series stand alone and can be read in any order, however book 7 (Poison Evidence) does contain some spoilers for books 5 (Covert Evidence) and 6 (Cold Evidence).(less)

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May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
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 th
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 no
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 o
Paris        (kerbytejas)
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-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
Bette Stanek
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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. S
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
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:) ...more
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 d
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Aug 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: rom-suspense
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 ...more
Dolly Sandor
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 e
May 09, 2020 marked it as tbr-already-own
included with "Dangerous to Love" romance collection. ...more
Alima Livzletlivz
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
John W.
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 s ...more
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 r
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 wit ...more
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 transla ...more
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 resc
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
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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 th
Linda Quick
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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 fas
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 w
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book had everything I love in a romantic suspense: intrigue, adventure, betrayal, romance. The best part was the really hot spy and nerd. A really excellent read. Will definitely recommend this book. ARC was provided by NetGalley for an honest review.
Zarith dol
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
love the book. the series is getting better as it goes. full review coming
Jan Mcclung-short
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
More Evidence

This book is just as great as the other books in the series. Excellent characters and well developed dialogue letting your audience meet them.
May 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Didn't enjoy this book. It felt a bit flat to me as compared to previous books. ...more
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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 Nort

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Evidence (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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“If he intended to check his emotions at the door, she’d check out altogether.” 2 likes
“Shit! Cressida! Move!” The words were barely out of his mouth when he leapt forward and down, jumping six steps and rolling when he hit the bottom, catching her and tucking her against him. Above them, metal popped and the boulder slammed down, resealing the hole.” 2 likes
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