“FBI agent Elizabeth LeBlanc is still caught in the aftermath of her last big case when she runs into the one man from her past who is sure to rock her equilibrium even more. Navy SEAL Derek Vaughn is back home from a harrowing rescue mission in which he found evidence of a secret terror cell on US soil. Elizabeth knows he’ll do anything to unravel the plot—including seducing her for information. And despite the risks involved, she’s tempted to let him. Together with the forensics experts at the Delphi Center, Derek and Elizabeth are closing in on the truth, but it may not be fast enough to avert a devastating attack…”
-Synopsis from Goodreads
Another thrilling Tracers book! We met Elizabeth LeBlanc and Derek Vaughn in Scorched where they were minor characters in another Kelsey Quinn and Gage Brewer story. Both were memorable characters (Elizabeth as a newbie FBI agent and Derek as a serious SEAL with a lighthearted side) and I wasn’t at all surprised to see them get their own story!
The case that Elizabeth is investigating pertains to Derek’s most recent SEAL mission, so it makes sense that the FBI would travel out to San Diego to talk with him and his team about what happened. Elizabeth and Derek haven’t seen each other in almost a year, but they have both been secretly thinking about each other nonstop.
As a devoted SEAL, Derek wants to help find the terrorist who is at-large, supposedly already in the U.S. Most of the FBI thinks it’s because he wants revenge for what happened on their mission, but Elizabeth doesn’t agree with that.
Derek just so happens to be very skilled at tracking people, and is able to aid in their tracking down the terrorist in ways that the FBI wouldn’t have been able to do. While she could tell him they have it under control, and move the investigation along at a snail’s pace, none of them has that luxury as they firmly believe a terrorist attack is imminent and the city of Houston is the target.
The only problem is, they can’t figure out just what that attack will entail, or where specifically, and they also can’t confirm who is involved. What Derek thinks doesn’t always gel with what the FBI believes because they need proof, and the only real proof he can give is his expertise as a SEAL. Understandably then, he gets incredibly frustrated with the FBI, including Elizabeth, for not moving quickly enough.
As you can imagine this was a very suspenseful and action-packed story! As ever, it was extremely detailed and thorough and fascinating to follow from beginning to end. The ending was satisfying for both characters, too, which I always like to see. Add in a few cameos from your favorite Delphi Center crew and it makes for the perfect addition to the Tracers series.
Goodreads rating: Five stars