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4.31  ·  Rating details ·  599 ratings  ·  139 reviews
In the volatile tinderbox of the Horn of Africa, Morgan Adler has made the paleoanthropological find of a lifetime. The discovery brings her to the attention of a warlord eager to claim both Morgan and the fossils, forcing her to make a desperate dash to the nearby US military base to beg for protection.

Master Sergeant Pax Blanchard has orders to intercept Dr. Adler before
Kindle Edition, 302 pages
Published February 14th 2017 by Janus Publishing
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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
“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 ch
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
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 ✨
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
Mandi Schreiner
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
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 excellent
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
Sam (AMNReader)
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Tinderbox is a military-slash-suspense romance set in Djibouti, but it largely revolves around a (fictional) US military base. It starts out really strong, and it definitely hits the ground running, so it sucked me in immediately. I thought it was gonna end up as a keeper, but it didn't turn out that way. Though I did end up enjoying it. The action, the setting, the pacing are undoubtedly its strong points. The writing is solid as well. That said, the characterization and the romance are shakier ...more
Carolyn Reilly
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Loved it!
Rachel Grant
Oct 02, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: wrote
So, this happened...

I'm so thrilled that all three Flashpoint books are Kirkus Reviews' Best Books!!

Tinderbox Named to Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017

2018 HOLT Medallion Winner

All 3 Flashpoint Books have starred reviews from Kirkus!
Toni Anderson
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic Romantic Suspense!
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
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
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
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
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 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
Pianka *call me PIU*
4.5 'His blonde, badass centerfold with a PhD. His foul-mouthed fairy. His woman.' STARS
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you have read any of my other reviews of Rachel's books, you will have gathered that I am something of a fan. So when I learned of a new series, I was excited. And obviously, I jumped at the opportunity to review.

I have a problem with this book though, and that is how to review it without sounding like I'm a gushy fangirl!

Where to start? Well, let's go with the characters. We usually get strong characters from this author, and this is no exception - but I really enjoyed Morgan's bite and conf
Virginia Lee Boylan
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book. The exotic location was so well depicted, I felt immersed in the story. I could feel the terror, the outrage, the attraction, the dedication to duty. As the tension ramped up, I turned pages as fast as I could and didn’t want to put the book down. If there’s a weakness, it’s Morgan’s resistance to things military and her willingness to take dangerous chances. The twist with the tracker was terrific, and the ending completely satisfying.
I just love this author and all of her book she pulls you in with excitement, thrills, action and suspense. This is romance as its finest with an author that never disappoints you with strong women who know how to hit the ground running and the hero’s that do their best to keep them safe. This is a wonderful start to a new series with a great plot and delightful characters that keep you turning the pages. She pulled me in from the first page until the last. I stayed up very late to listen as muc ...more
Kay Hudson
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, romance
Good suspense plot, steamy romance. Heroine is an archaeologist working in Djibouti, hero is an Army Special Forces Operator assigned to protect her. She's a general's daughter, he's enlisted. Both of them find their better judgement very difficult to follow. Meanwhile, lots of intrigue and mystery surrounding conflict in the very volatile area.

Rachel Grant's romantic suspense novels are always satisfying, and this one is no exception.
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Strong and smart heroine, same for the hero, the writing is great, I got so deep into the storyline that I finished it in a day (thanks to the iBooks app, that allows you to keep on reading during meetings at work 😂😂) 2019 is starting our great, I cannot wait to read the rest of the serie!
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