Gotta love the start of a Blogging Year with some #OrendaBook time and I’m delighted to be taking part in the BlogTour for Deep Blue Trouble by Steph Broadribb. Huge thanks to Anne over at randomthingsthroughmyletterbox for inviting me onto the tour and to the author and Orenda Books for an ARC of the book.
Before I share my thoughts here’s what the blurb says:
Single-mother Florida bounty hunter Lori Anderson’s got an ocean of trouble on her hands. Her daughter Dakota is safe, but her cancer is threatening a comeback, and Lori needs JT—Dakota’s daddy and the man who taught Lori everything—alive and kicking. Problem is, he’s behind bars and heading for death row. Desperate to save him, Lori does a deal, taking on off-the-books job from shady FBI agent Alex Monroe. Bring back on-the-run felon, Gibson “The Fish” Fletcher, and JT walks free. Following Fletcher from Florida to California, Lori teams up with local bounty hunter Dez McGregor and his team. But Dez works very differently to Lori, and the tension between them threatens to put the whole job in danger. With Monroe pressuring Lori for results, the clock ticking on JT’s life, and nothing about the Fletcher case adding up, Lori’s hitting walls at every turn. But this is one job she’s got to get right, or she’ll lose everything.
I’d like to kick off my review by drooling over the cover of this book, please! I mean just look at it; those images, those colours, how can you resist? And believe me, the content is just as irresistible as the cover!
I only recently read Deep Down Dead (the first in the series) so I was pretty up to speed on the backstory as to why Lori Anderson finds herself taking on this job. However, the author gives just enough recap for those who have either not read the first book or read it a while ago. I really like it when authors do this, when you read so many books it is easy to lose track of where you are in a series so the flashbacks certainly help!
Anyways, Lori is back and she has a bit of a dilemma: in order to protect JT she has to agree to take on a job that she knows is going to be just a little tricky, to say the least! Not only this, given what happened in the last book, she knows she has no option but to leave her nine-year-old daughter, Dakota, behind in Camp. Can Lori bring in her bounty and is this the case that is going to break her?
And #DoubleBoom Lori Anderson is back and she is bigger, badder and better! If I liked her before I positively love her this time around! This whole idea of a female bounty hunter as the protagonist is dynamite and Steph Broadribb has created a kick-ass, feisty lead in Lori Anderson. She is one hell of a tough cookie but with a heart of gold underneath that hard exterior. I’d want her fighting my corner any day of the week.I want to find something about her that I don’t like but I can’t! She takes no sh*t from anyone; her daughter is her number one priority and she is head over heels in love with JT even if she keeps denying it to herself! The relationship between them is so hot that the sparks fly off the pages – not in the bodice-ripping steamy novel kind of way but in the tense, fast-paced thriller read kind of way! In this book, despite their separation, their relationship does take a step forward but both of them are feeling a need to back off to protect each other and themselves. I cannot wait for the next book in the series to see what happens next.
Of course, as well as Lori and JT there is a whole cast of characters who deserve a mention. One of my favourite characters is Red, PI and one of Lori’s oldest friends and confidantes. I have a picture of him in my head of this chilled out older man who appears so laid back he is horizontal, but with a mind as sharp as a tack and always on the lookout for his Miss Lori!
This time round Lori finds herself tied to Special Agent Monroe, in her bid to save JT from a death sentence. She doesn’t particularly feel comfortable around him and throughout the book, we can sense her unease at feeling forced to take on this job. I really enjoyed the relationship between these two and while he might not be the most trustworthy of her contacts that there is plenty of mileage in this relationship I think!
Another favourite of mine was Dez McGregor, the Californian Bounty Hunter who gets Lori’s hackles rising from the outset but well worth the digging to find out what lies behind his attitude!
Steph Broadribb certainly provided me with the sense of place I am always looking for in my books! I’ve been to Florida but never California yet Steph managed to pick me up and set me down right in situ and I could feel that warm sunshine seep into my bones as I read, which was just great as I read it when the temperatures were sitting at minus 8 in Glasgow!
The plot is fast-paced and energetic; it doesn’t let up; nail-biting and explosive; once again I was so engrossed that the last 2 hours reading was done without taking a break, not even to powder my nose even though I was desperate! Once you start this then make a space on your comfy reading spot for the rest of the day as you are going nowhere! Quick firing narrative rattles around your brain and pins you to your seat until you are finished. This is a fresh, original and absolute kick-ass series that would go down a storm on-screen. Do not miss this!
Deep Blue Trouble is available to purchase from:
About the author:
Steph Broadribb was born in Birmingham and grew up in Buckinghamshire. Most of her working life has been spent between the UK and USA. As her alter ego – Crime Thriller Girl – she indulges her love of all things crime fiction by blogging at http://www.crimethrillergirl.com
Steph is an alumni of the MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) at City University London, and she trained as a bounty hunter in California. She lives in Buckinghamshire surrounded by horses, cows and chickens.
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