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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,326 ratings  ·  256 reviews
While working on the Horn of Africa, archaeologist Morgan Adler's work and life are threatened, forcing her to make a desperate dash to a nearby US military base to beg for protection. Green Beret Pax Blanchard has orders to intercept Dr. Adler before she reaches the base, and in so doing saves her life, but his responsibilities toward protecting the woman have only just b ...more
Kindle Edition, 302 pages
Published February 14th 2017 by Janus Publishing
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Madison Warner Fairbanks
Tinderbox by Rachel Grant

Smart, suspenseful and well written. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of this trilogy.
Archeological and anthropology terms I had to look until I realized the author would explain or define in the next few paragraphs or pages. And some new to me Military issues, habits and equipment.

The heroine was brought up under the strict military parenting and is strong and independent because of it. She doesn’t let obstacles get in her way. I really liked her spirit. And th
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rachel Grant’s Evidence series is a must read for me; smart, intelligent and smokin’ hot romance. When I found out she is starting a new series, I did a happy dance and then was so excited to find out I would be getting an early copy. TINDERBOX (Flashpoint Series, #1) by Rachel Grant is everything I expect in a Romantic suspense and more!

Dr. Morgan Adler is an archeologist working under contract to the Djibouti government in the Horn of Africa. As she works to clear the way for a new railroad, s
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Strong but real characters. Loved both of them. I loved how they fought against the inevitable. The passion felt real and the live scenes were hot. The storyline was riveting, a mystery until the end. It was great that the heroine could defend herself a wolf in sheep's clothing so to speak. Great read! Great author! ...more
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
ARC Review. 4.5 stars.

This book reminds me of good, really good, tequila.  Good tequila has an essence, taste smooth, goes down easily, and gives you a nice little jolt.  This book is easy.  It is easy to love the story, the characters, and the drama.  But it is not a simple story and very few people can pull off a romantic suspense featuring a dry Djibouti desert, a filthy mouthed fairy, a soldier’s soldier, and an archeological find of the century, like Rachel Grant.  

The storyline is filled
“There’s a fine line between evil and desperation. One easily leads to the other."

Holy hell was this fascinating, entertaining, hot at times, and plain absorbing. I didn't really take notes to write a review but want to alert anyone looking for a rom suspense that's high on the suspense, this is an absolute go to.

Quickly, our heroine is an archaeologist sent to Djibouti to survey land that wants to be developed by both China and U.S. There is a butt load of politics involved with secondary
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love Rachel Grant's Evidence series, so when she contacted me offering the ARC of this new series I was thrilled and jumped right on it! :)

And, I'm happy, happy, happy to say that I was not disappointed!

The story is suspensful, full of action, but also allarming because of the possible cross references with real life political situation in those countries.

Morgan, the heroine is endearing because she's aware of her physical appleal to men: she's like a Play Boy centerfold - and she's not above
Anne ✨ Finds Joy
Romantic-suspense is not a genre I've read from before so I had no idea what to expect. Well, I'm happy to report that I could not put this book down, listening straight through, fully engaged. I know books like this can run the risk of being a bit sensationalist, cliche, and with strong sexual content, but I REALLY ENJOYED THIS BOOK! And I'm giving it 4 stars(content) and 4.5 stars (narration)!

It's refreshing to escape into a book not for its deep meaning/literary value but rather for its pure
I've given this an A for narration and an A- at AudioGals, which I suppose technically is nearer to 5 stars than to 4.5 - so I've rounded up..

I discovered Rachel Grant’s romantic suspense novels less than a year ago, and have been hooked ever since. I’ve read and listened to several of the titles in her Evidence series, all of them tightly-plotted thrillers interwoven with a nicely steamy romance featuring intelligent, sassy heroines and gorgeous, alpha-male heroes. The author makes excellen
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm a really big fan of Rachel Grant's Evidence series - she does a nice job of balancing suspense and romance with really fun characters. In Tinderbox she starts a new suspense series with a military and adventure emphasis. According to the author's note in this book, her husband is an archaeologist and has worked in Dijibouti, in the horn of Africa so she carries that knowledge to her books (although events and other places are obviously fiction).

The first thing that comes to mind when I think
Sam (AMNReader)
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sam (AMNReader) by: Caz
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Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If your want a story that will make you think, "this could soooo happen", this book is for you. If you want a story that teaches you something new, and will make you use the dictionary function on your Kindle, this book is for you. If you want a hot, suspenseful story with a H/h you grow to root for, this book is definitely for you. A mindless checkout is not in store for anyone who reads this book. Don't get me wrong, I love a good mindless checkout and read them often. This isn't that book. I ...more
Carolyn Reilly
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Loved it!
Toni Anderson
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic Romantic Suspense!
Oct 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
2.5 stars. The first half of the book was showing 4 star promise but the second half of the book came in more like a 2 star, so I averaged it to a 2.5 rating. I liked Pax and also really liked where he fell in the military hierarchy (it was so nice to read that he could only do X or Y because otherwise it went to his superiors; some realism about what a soldier can decide to do for himself was so refreshing!). The plot was interesting, and actually sucked me in more than I thought it initially w ...more
Kaity B
Oct 21, 2020 rated it liked it
3-3.5 stars
Dilushani Jayalath
I went into the book expecting a slow romance with your typical adventure on the side but I was nicely surprised with the book. The army aspect with a touch of archaeology truly pulled me into the story. Sizzling romance and fast moving plot. What more can I ask?
Now dying to read the rest of our special ops soldiers. Specially Bastian’s story.
Dilushani Jayalath
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
ARC kindly provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Actual rating = 4.3 stars

I went into the book expecting a slow romance with your typical adventure on the side but I was nicely surprised with the book. The army aspect with a touch of archaeology truly pulled me into the story. Sizzling romance and fast moving plot. What more can I ask?
Now dying to read the rest of our special ops soldiers. Specially Bastian’s story.
Dolly Sickles
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reading Rachel Grant’s books is like being in the middle of an Indiana Jones movie. Only, in her stories Indy is a heroine, and Miriam is a soldier. Since Grant, herself, is an archaeologist, her plots always include badass science—but they also weave in exotic settings and sexy suspense. And in this new Flashpoint series, she incorporates even more of a healthy dose of adventure.

In Tinderbox, we meet Dr. Morgan Adler and Master Sergeant Pax Blanchard. Morgan’s work on a dig in the Djibutian des
Rachel Grant’s stories—academically-inclined with scorching hot romance and suspense— simply satisfy the geek lurking in me, to be honest. The talk of paleoanthropology, archaeology and every geek thing out there gets my juices going and ‘Tinderbox’ made me lap it all up, wide-eyed. All of it. Including the detailed explanations of the volatile geopolitics of the Horn of Africa and the warring interests of the US, China and the surrounding African states that came through the characters’ dialogu ...more
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’m a huge fan of Rachel Grant’s work and have read everything she has put out. So when I learnt she was starting a new romantic suspense series, Flashpoint, I jumped at the chance to get an early look at the first book in the series, TINDERBOX. And what a look it was! TINDERBOX exemplifies Ms. Grant’s superlative skill in blending science (in this case, archaeology) with pulse-pounding action, spine-tingling suspense, and scorching hot romance to deliver a tale that is incredibly educational, r ...more
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love to read a book where I learn new things and Rachel Grant always adds to my vocabulary while writing fantastic romantic suspense. This book is no exception and is a winner!

We meet Dr. Morgan Adler as she is running to Camp Citron, the military base in Djibouti to save the fossils she has found from her dig. If she can just make it two more miles she'll be home free and hopefully get the protection of the US government.

Pax Blanchard, Master Sergeant US Army SF and his partner Cal Callahan
Lubnaa (Romance Library)
Note: Content warning in spoiler tag at the end of review.

From the hot setting of Djibouti 🌡 to the scorching chemistry and dirty talk 🔥 between Pax and Morgan, Tinderbox really lives up to its title 🥵 Dr. Morgan Adler is an archeologist who's been hired to work on a historic site in Djibouti. But when her life is threatened, she runs to a nearby US military base for protection with the help of Pax Blanchard, a Green Beret.

The last series that had me so tight in its grip was Anne Stuart's Ice se
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This was amazing! What could be better than a sexy Green Beret and a kick butt archeologist fighting to not only survive Djibouti but also ensure the people are not taken advantage of but money hungry governments.

Morgan has found a 3.5 million year old skeleton in the horn of Africa. An African warlord apparently wants her dead to shut her up. When she runs to the US base since the embassy has been shut down to protect her find, Pax, the green beret on guard duty saves her despite her best
Elizabeth (Liz)
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My thoughts:

This is one of the freshest and most original books I’ve read in a long time!!

The writing is technically and creatively stellar. The storytelling ability is outstanding.

Africa, the location, is NOT just wallpaper. It comes alive, in ways both good and bad.

The detail included in every aspect of this story makes me GIDDY!! It ensures that the plot, location, and characters are real and full and well-rounded.

One of the major focuses of the book, as you can tell from the synopsis, is
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was ok. Not bad, not good, ok. It was very USA military oriented and I had a problem with that because I don't know much about military let alone USA military and all those acronyms I had no idea the meaning of took away from my enjoyment in the story. Also, I realize this is fiction by an American author so it's to be expected the book would present USA side favourable but the constant "USA is all good, China all bad" was ridiculos. The book also dragged in the middle for me. It did p ...more
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Wow, what a fantastic read. I enjoyed every minute of it.
It had the right amount of suspense and romance.
One exciting thrill after another…

Tinderbox marks the thrilling debut of Rachel Grant’s military romantic suspense Flashpoint series with an emphasis on adventure in dangerous locales. Rachel’s books are original, fast-paced, educational and highly entertaining all while dealing with serious issues. The tale is gripping from the onset and I was kept on the edge-of-my seat throughout with barely enough time to gather my wits and breathe before another deadly peril ensued.

I have enjoyed this serie
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of Rachel Grant and was thrilled when I saw that she had a new series! With a start like this, I can't wait to see what the rest of the series has in store!

"You saved you, Morgan. I just arrived in time to mop up."

I just loved Morgan. She is brilliant, tough, independent, strong and capable yet vulnerable and hoping for her father's approval. Pax's whole life is the Green Berets... until he meets Morgan. The characters were well developed with so much depth. The plot was engagin
I've been reading a lot of military thrillers lately, and this one came up way heavy on the romance and moderately light on the military thriller aspect. While I love romance, this just didn't have the tension and suspense it needed. The characters were so back and forth and turning on emotional dimes with their feelings - then you had the whole African military problems going on. Nothing really got the attention it needed to develop fully. It was entertaining and Greg Tremblay was great in the ...more
Pianka *call me PIU*
4.5 'His blonde, badass centerfold with a PhD. His foul-mouthed fairy. His woman.' STARS ...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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