I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Desperate Girls (Wolfe Security #1) by Laura Griffin
Published by Gallery Books on August 7, 2018
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Defense attorney Brynn Holloran is right at home among cops, criminals, and tough-as-nails prosecutors. With her sharp wit and pointed words, she has a tendency to intimidate, and she likes it that way. She’s a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom, but in her personal life, she’s a mess.
When a vicious murderer she once helped prosecute resurfaces and starts a killing spree to wipeout those who put him behind bars, one thing becomes clear: Brynn needs to run for her life.
With no help from the police, Brynn is forced to take matters into her own hands, turning to a private security firm for protection. But when Brynn defies advice and gets involved in the investigation, even the former Secret Service agent assigned to protect her may not be able to keep her safe. With every new clue she discovers, Brynn is pulled back into the vortex of a disturbing case from her past.
As the clock ticks down on a manhunt, Brynn’s desperate search for the truth unearths long-buried secrets and reignites a killer’s fury.
Brynn Holloran is a tough as nails defense attorney working on the biggest case of her career when a serial killer she once helped put away escapes from prison and begins targeting all those who have wronged him. With the death of Jen Ballard, a local judge, mentor and friend Brynn’s boss, Reggie Gunn, hires Wolfe Security, one of the top personal security firms in the country as hired protection for his dedicated team. Brynn does not like the idea of a personal bodyguard, but she has no choice in the matter.
Erik Morgan is heading the team hired to protect Brynn and her co-council. Erik is a marine and former secret service Agent. He does not let distractions get in the way of his job performance. He holds himself to a higher standard and level of professionalism and takes his job in security very seriously, but Brynn is slowly chipping away at all of his defenses. Tasked with protecting Brynn is becoming a lot harder than he anticipated. Erik finds himself attracted to the pretty lawyer and a distraction like this could mean life or death. With a killer on the loose, Erik needs to keep his personal feelings out of the equation in order to keep Brynn safe.
With a budding romance on the horizon, will Erik’s defenses be compromised enough for a dangerous killer to get too close to Brynn?
Desperate Girls is the first book in the Wolfe Security series and so far, the series is off to a great start. I often times find stories in the Romantic Suspense genre to be either too much suspense with not enough romance or vice versa. I am happy to say the suspense and romance elements are done in equal measure and they are both done quite well. I really love the courtroom drama/legal aspect of the storyline too. However, it is not the focal point of the story. The suspense really keeps you guessing and there is a twist that was quite unexpected. I found myself glued to the story and never felt like any part was rushed. Laura Griffin really knows how to write a slow burn story that kept me engaged throughout and flipping the pages needing to find out what happens next.
I really loved the Brynn as a heroine. She is very put together and a beast in the courtroom, but her personal life is the direct opposite and in shambles. Her last relationship ended because of her dedication to her job and the long hours she put in to her workload often at the cost of her relationship. So, it was interesting to see how a budding relationship with Erik would turn out. Erik is the ultimate alpha hero. He is dedicated to his job, capable, and knowledgeable. He doesn’t let anything stand in his way of getting the job done. I can see his dilemma with wanting Brynn knowing it can cause a distraction and as much as he tries to fight the feelings he has for her, he can’t help acting out on them. Other members of the Wolfe Security team we get to meet such as Jeremy, Hayes and Skylar are an added addition and although we don’t know much about them now, I, for one, can’t wait until their future stories are told.
Desperate Girls is a slow burn suspense that builds in momentum ending in a shocking twist I never saw coming. Laura Griffin’s writing style kept me glued to the pages as I craved to know what comes next. The suspense really kept me guessing up until the very end. Very well done start to a new series! I can not wait for more!