Thursday, February 16, 2023

Audiobook Review: Silent Evidence by Rachel Grant

Silent Evidence

Rachel Grant
Narrator: Nicol Zanzarella
Series: Evidence (Book 9)
Publication: Audible Studios (March 9, 2019)
Length: 11 hours and 24 minutes

Description: The man of her fantasies is finally hers. Sort of...

Two things haunt forensic anthropologist Hazel MacLeod: the bones of victims of genocide she examines for her work, and former SEAL Sean Logan's rejection. But within days of moving to her cousin's estate to take a much-needed break, she finds herself faced with both.

First, she's called in to examine a mass grave in Virginia; then, her politician cousin receives a threatening letter and insists Hazel needs around-the-clock protection - from none other than Sean Logan. To make matters worse, because the threat to her is classified, Hazel and Sean must pretend to be lovers to hide that he's her bodyguard.

Sean has spent years trying to avoid his boss' sexy cousin, but now he's guarding her 24-7 and even bringing her as his date to a romantic destination wedding. As the heat between them intensifies, Sean can't lose sight of the danger that brought them together. But when bullets start flying, new questions arise. Are the senator's political rivals really behind the threat, or is someone trying to silence Hazel from speaking for the dead?

My Thoughts: This romantic suspense title is the ninth in the Evidence series. Hazel MacLeod is a forensic anthropologist who is suffering from PTSD after working in Europe uncovering evidence of genocide. She is back in the States and living temporarily with her cousin who is a US Senator. 

When her cousin's wife discovers a bone dump in the bed of a man-made lake that has been drawn down for some dam repair, she calls in Hazel who agrees to take the new case despite her PTSD.

Unknown to her, her cousin has been receiving threats and one looks like it is aimed at Hazel. So her cousin assigns Sean Logan to be Hazel's bodyguard not knowing that Hazel has a major crush on him and bad memories from his rejection of her advances the last time they met. 

Sean his issues too. He has always lusted after Hazel but the fact that she's his boss's cousin and that he's always been working when they met has kept him from pursuing any sort of relationship. Add in that he's black and she's white just to complicate things further.

When the threat looks like it is going to last for a while, Sean needs to bring Hazel along to a wedding where he's best man and they need convince everyone in attendance that they have begun a new romance. Since those in attendance are either his close friends or her close friends and family, this need to lie and pretend puts a lot of pressure on both of them. 

This was an engaging story with lots of danger and some really spicy love scenes. I enjoyed it. And, even though I haven't read the whole series, I had no trouble catching on to the various characters and their relationships. It stood alone quite well for me.
I bought this one October 29, 2021. You can buy your copy here.

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