Searing Need

Searing Need

by Tracey Devlyn

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To escape a brutal killer, a brilliant researcher teams up with a tortured soldier who poses an even greater threat . . . to her heart.

Her sister might be the law and her brothers the brawn, but Riley Kingston is definitely the brains of the family. She's a talented botanist well on her way to a PhD—so why does she feel like a failure? Fired from a dream project in Costa Rica, Riley's stuck back in her hometown. Cataloguing plants on Steele land keeps her busy, but it's far from compelling work. Until she discovers a fascinating new specimen. One with a body made for pleasure . . . and eyes filled with a pain she longs to understand.

Delta Force operator Coen Monroe doesn't want to be studied. Not even by the sexy scientist whose inquisitive glances stir up desires he isn't ready to handle. He came to Steele Ridge to be alone, to battle his nightmares and the memories triggering them. But Riley's gentle seduction is as relentless as her curiosity. She soothes his wounded soul . . . and fires up his defensive instincts. But when her research sparks a deadly conspiracy, Coen is exactly what she needs.

When Riley is targeted by a sociopath bent on silencing her forever, Coen will do anything to protect her. But can he save the woman he loves without losing himself in the process?

If you would like to read the entire Steele Ridge series in chronological order, following is the correct order.
  • The Beginning - The Steeles
  • Going Hard - The Steeles
  • Living Fast - The Steeles
  • Loving Deep - The Steeles
  • Breaking Free - The Steeles
  • Roaming Wild - The Steeles
  • Stripping Bare - The Steeles
  • Enduring Love - The Steeles
  • Craving Heat - The Kingstons
  • Tasting Fire - The Kingstons
  • Searing Need - The Kingstons
  • Vowing Love - The Steeles
  • Striking Edge - The Kingstons
  • Burning Ache - The Kingstons

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161921784
Publisher: Steele Ridge, LLC
Publication date: 11/09/2018
Series: Steele Ridge , #10
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 32,653
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Tracey Devlyn is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and historical romantic suspense, historical mysteries, and mainstream thrillers.

An Illinois native, Tracey spends her evenings harassing her once-in-a-lifetime husband and her weekends torturing her characters.?

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Searing Need 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
3 1/2 STARS! Danger abounds as we head back to Steele Ridge! With the third book in the Kingston family spin-off, we get cousin Riley's story. We get a nice glimpse into what's up with the beloved Steele family as we delve into the extended family a bit more, which is always fun. Riley is the studious Kingston, and she's a bit down on herself right now and looking for something to pass her time. A manly military man hanging out on Steele land just might fit the bill! I'm torn on this story. I loved seeing the Kingstons and the Steele's again very much and the aspect of the story that involved them was a joy to read, but the rest came across very stilted. We started out getting the low down on Riley and Coen and then all of a sudden people we had never seen or heard of before were taking over a scene. I wanted more groundwork before being thrust blindly into secondary locations. The intrigue was rushed, and the happily ever after was left up in the air a bit. Overall, I enjoyed getting the next story and parts of the book were interesting, but it wasn't one of my favorites in the series. Botanist Riley Kingston is left feeling like a failure when a research mission in Costa Rica that she spent several years on is abruptly ended and she finds herself back home in Steele Ridge. Britt is keeping her busy cataloging plants on Steele land, but she's hoping something more exciting comes around soon. She might be regretting that wish before she knows it when danger comes knocking! Delta Force operator Coen Monroe is thankful the opportunity to become one with nature again on Steele land as he works hard to come down from the nightmarish aftermath of a mission gone wrong. He's in the throes of the worst time of his life, and he's not really in the mood for a snarky researcher setting her sights on why he's hanging around, but the more time he's around Riley, the more he starts to feel a connection with her. When her past comes back to haunt her, he's the first in line to make sure she's kept safe ... and left hoping for a happily ever after in the end!
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Searing Need by Tracey Devlyn Steele Ridge: The Kingstons #3 Curiosity and book smarts do not necessarily give Riley Kingston the intelligence to see a dangerous situation and leave it alone. Hear a scream – run to it – and then not run away when a scary man appears. See poachers – confront them instead of sending for help. Be told there might be a threat and pooh-pooh it as unlikely and be upset with the male testosterone that is roused in males of her family. That said, Riley IS able to think on her feet and is no shrinking violet. Coen and Riley get off to a rocky start as he tries to deal with a bad case of PTSD. They do grow close as they get to know one another, deal with the mystery of a package sent to her from her last research job in Ecuador, thwart a few bad guys and come to terms with how to move forward in the future. What I liked: * Riley’s personality and family * Coen’s unflinching ability to do what needs to be done even when suffering * The relationship between Riley and Coen that develops through the story * The Kingston-Steele family support network * The thwarting of the bad guys * The fact that there are more stories to be told that I get to read. What I did not like: * The bad guys – but then I was meant not to like them ;) * The HFN instead of HEA ending that left me wondering if… Thank you to the author for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4-5 Stars
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Reily and Coen's story was a lot of fun to read. The way they met was...unique, to say the least (;-)) and it set the tone nicely for the rest of the story. Searing Need is a solid blend of romance and suspense, with two main characters who are each haunted by their pasts. Coen has retreated into the woods to attempt to get away from his (so far, it isn't going particularly well) and Reily is essentially trying to pretend hers didn't happen. Neither of them is looking terribly far into their futures, either, because DENIAL. And --a relationship? Definitely not on either of their radars. (Honestly--for Coen? It probably shouldn't be. But of course fate has other ideas...) I loved Reily's curiosity--it was such a vital part of her personality, and managed to turn her kind-of-stalking of Coen into more of a scientific observation ("like Jane Goodall watching the chimps" as her sister Maggie says) and somehow more endearing than creepy. She also gets major points for an awesome use of romantic suspense fiction inside a romantic suspense story :) Though I really liked the two of them as a couple, there were a few parts of the story that seemed to be resolved almost too easily. Coen's PTSD-inspired nightmares, for example, went away almost like magic. Also, the villain(s) of the story were pretty obvious early would have been a little harder if we hadn't seen from the POV of one of them right after we met him, but even without that he wasn't hiding it very well. The ending had more of a happy-for-now feeling to it than an HEA--Reily and Coen will be spending time on different continents for the near future, which probably means we won't see much of them in future series books, which is a bit of a bummer. I have high hopes for them to pull through in the end, though--even if we don't get to see it on the page. Still, there was a lot to enjoy in this book. One of my favorite things about this series (and the one it's a spin-off of) is the relationships between the Kingstons and their cousins the Steeles. Watching them all interact--their banter and their closeness--is just fabulous. (The back-and-forth between Riley and Britt about how she got her nickname "the Kingston Menance" was LOL.) Even if you haven't read all of the other books (confession: I've only read about half of them so far--though they're all on my TBR) it's still a lot of fun :) Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Riley Kingston is feeling defeated after her failure in Coasta Rica. Now she's back home and working at the Steeles' wild life research center. While surveying the area she sees Coen Monroe. He wants to be alone to deal with his emotional issues caused by the death of his team. I loved how Riley and Coen formed a connection. They are both dealing with emotional issues. Their chemistry is powerful. When Riley becomes a killer's target, Coen becomes her protector. I liked that he was there for her even as he suffered with PTSD. It was amazing how her presence soothed his soul. Coming back to Steele Ridge and see familiar characters is exciting. The story is filled with suspense as well as romance. Tracey Devlyn kept me on the edge of my seat. Just be aware that there are some descriptions of violence that might be upsetting. I received a copy of this book which I voluntarily read and reviewed. My comments are my honest opinion.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
4.25 stars--SEARING NEED by Tracey Devlyn is the third instalment in the multi-authored STEELE RIDGE: THE KINGSTONS romantic suspense series-a spin off from the authors’ STEELE RIDGE series. This is ethnobotanist Riley Kingston, and Delta Force operator Coen Monroe’s story line. SEARING NEED can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous instalment or original series is revealed where necessary. NOTE: SEARING NEED contains scenes of graphic violence and torture, and may not be suitable for more sensitive readers. Told from several third person perspectives including Riley and Coen, SEARING NEED follows the building romance and relationship between is ethnobotanist Riley Kingston, and Delta Force operator Coen Monroe. Riley Kingston’s life spiralled out of control when she was abruptly sent home in the middle of a Costa Rican research project. When her cousin Britt Steele offered her a job ‘cataloguing’ the local vegetation on the family-owned Steele-Shepherd Wildlife Research Center, our heroine never expected to run into a naked man, apparently squatting on the family land. Enter Delta Force operator Coen Monroe, and the man with whom Riley will fall in love. What ensues is the building but combative relationship between Riley and Coen, and the potential fall-out as Coen struggles with severe PTSD, and Riley’s past is threatening any chance for a happily ever after. Three months earlier Delta Force operator Coen Monroe witnessed horrific atrocities on his last mission to South America, a mission where he lost everything including his peace of mind. Unable to move forward Coen was offered some alone time by friend and fellow soldier Reed Steele, at the Steele-Shepherd Wildlife Research Center, time Coen spent struggling with memories of the past. Running into Coen Monroe found our heroine more than intrigued about the who, how and why of Coen’s past but Riley Kingston never expected to fall in love with the damaged and broken Coen Monroe, love that will be tested when Riley’s past seeks something Riley doesn’t have. The relationship between Riley and Coen is slow to develop as Coen struggles with social interactions as he battles the demons that control his life. Riley is determined to help the man with whom she is falling in love but sometimes the demons are too hard to control. The $ex scenes are intimate and passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. There is a large ensemble cast of colorful secondary and supporting characters including Britt Steele and Randi Shepherd; Reid Steele; Gage Barber; Riley’s sister and local sheriff Maggie, and their brothers, Cash, and Shep aka Harris Kingston. We are introduced to Riley’s former co-workers Nick Landry, Dr. Hathaway, and Camilla; as well as Coen’s commanders General Delarosa and Colonel Walsh. The world building focuses on the post traumatic stress of soldiers returning from war: their inability to let go of the horrendous atrocities witnessed, and the torture inflicted as prisoners of war. A heart breaking disorder with little to no cure, PTSD is central to Coen’s relationship with Riley, as our heroine struggles to accept the probability that Coen may be damaged for the rest of his life. SEARING NEED is a raw, real and gritty story line of one soldier’s battle to get on with his life, and one woman’s endeavour to save the man that she loves. The premise is thought provoking and strong
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!