Review & Giveaway: At Close Range by Laura Griffin

Monday, January 30, 2017

 When her investigation brings them together, 
the sparks between them quickly get out of control.

A Tracers Novel 
Laura Griffin
Releasing Jan 31st, 2017
Pocket Books

New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin “delivers the goods” (Publishers Weekly) again with the eleventh title in the gritty, heart-pounding Tracers series.

When a lakeside tryst ends in a double murder, police detective Daniele Harper arrives on the scene determined to get answers. Clues are everywhere, but nothing adds up. Dani turns to the Delphi Center crime lab for help, but soon regrets it when her secret attraction to their chief firearms examiner threatens to distract her from the most important case of her career.

As a ballistics expert and former Navy SEAL, Scott Black knows firearms, and he knows he can help Dani unravel her case. Scott has managed to hide his interest in his best friend’s younger sister for years, but when her investigation brings them together, the sparks between them quickly get out of control. Scott resolves to keep his hands off Dani and his eyes on the goal—identifying a killer. But when that killer zeroes in on Dani, all bets are off. There isn’t a line Scott won’t cross to convince Dani to trust him so that he can help her take down a ruthless murderer who has her in his sights.

Dani watched him. Scott stood beside the car, his back to the victim as he skimmed his flashlight over the ground. The firearms expert was tall and broad-shouldered, with the super-ripped body of a former Navy SEAL. Instead of his usual tactical pants and combat boots, he wore jeans and a leather jacket tonight, so maybe he’d been out when he’d gotten the call. Dani knew from experience that his jacket had nothing to do with the weather and everything to do with the Sig Sauer he carried concealed at his hip.

Something glinted in the grass, and Scott crouched down to tag it with a numbered marker. Two minutes on the scene and already he’d discovered a piece of evidence. He stood and squared his shoulders, and Dani felt a pang deep inside her as he approached.

He stopped and towered over her, and for a moment they just stared at each other.

“Was the passenger door closed when you got here?” he asked.

“That’s right.”

“Where’s the girl?”

“No sign of her.” She nodded at the woods. “One of our officers is searching near the lake with Travis.”

He watched her for a moment with those cool blue eyes. His gaze shifted to the woods. “You need a K-9 team.”
She bristled. “I know.”
He strode over to his truck and opened the toolbox again. He took out a metal detector, which would help him locate shell casings or bullets, and maybe even the second victim if she was wearing jewelry or a belt.

Then again, the killer might have taken her somewhere else. Dani glanced back at the road and got a queasy feeling in her stomach. Where was she? She turned her attention to the lake, visible just beyond the trees. It was a scenic spot, usually--a tranquil little oasis for couples. But not tonight.

She glanced at Scott again, and he was watching her closely--so closely it made her wonder what he was thinking.

“You coming?” he asked.

She nodded at the body. “I’ll stay with him until the ME shows.”

Scott walked off, and Dani let her gaze follow him until he disappeared into the woods.

The medical examiner’s van rolled up, followed closely by Ric, and Dani’s stomach tightened as she thought of everything she didn’t like about this case. And it wasn’t even an hour old yet.

Ric walked over, his expression grim as he took in the scene. “The media has it.”

“That didn’t take long.”

“It was all over the scanner,” he told her. “I give us ten minutes, tops, before they roll in here with their cameras. We need to barricade the road.”


She turned toward the sound of Scott’s deep voice calling her from the woods. He was a tall silhouette at the edge of the trees, and from his tone Dani knew it was bad.

“What is it?” she yelled back.

“I found her.”

This is the first book I've ever read by Laura Griffin, and also the only book in the Tracers series that I've read. I actually had no idea that this one was part of a series when I first requested, so I was a little nervous about it when I released it was the 11th book in the series. I thought I may be a little lost or feel left out when it came to some of the character, but I am happy to say that wasn't the case at all. This was a true standalone.

At Close Range had the perfect amount of suspense mixed with some chemistry between the two MCs. I have to admit that Scott made me a bit nuts with his hot and cold attitude but he won me over in the end. I loved Dani's character. She was the perfect mix of tough and vulnerable.

There were a couple steamy scenes between the two of them but it didn't overwhelm the suspense. I would still say the mystery and suspense was the focal point of the story. I'm a big sucker for the whole forbidden romance trope, so I knew I had to read this one. Not only is Scott her brother's friend, but at one point he was actually a suspect in the case....if that doesn't scream "off limits" I'm not sure what does. lol!

I really enjoyed this one and will have to look for more by Laura Griffin in the future!

* I received an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. *

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author LAURA GRIFFIN started her career in journalism before venturing into the world of romantic suspense. She is a two-time RITA Award winner (for the books Scorched and Whisper of Warning) as well as the recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award (for Untraceable). Laura currently lives in Austin, where she is working on her next book.


  1. Thank you for reviewing At Close Range today! Brandy, Tasty Book Tours

    1. Thanks so much for having me on the tour! And thanks for stopping by <3

  2. I have enjoyed this series! I totally read them out of order but they are all good! I am totally with you-the romance between these 2 is a bit meh.

    1. This is actually the only one in the series that I've gotten a chance to read, but I think I am going to try and find the previous ones. I love a good suspense romance

  3. I would have been intimidated by the number of books in the series, too! I'm glad this one can be read as a standalone b/c it sounds really good. I love the "forbidden romance" trope, too :) Great review!!

    1. Kristin, every single book in the series is a MUST READ, I literally had to go buy some in digital since I lent my print copies to my grandpa! So worth a #bingeread

    2. Kristin- Thanks! Forbidden romances are the best! lol

      Tasty Book Tours - Yep, that settles it. I'm definitely going to have to go grab the others in the series. lol!


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