DEEP BLUE TROUBLE by Steph Broadribb

deep-blue-trouble.jpgLori Anderson is a bounty hunter and a single mother. In the first book, Deep Down Dead, Lori had to capture her former mentor and lover, JP, who she hasn’t seen in ten years and who is accused of assault, and she had to rescue her 9-year-old daughter Dakota from the bad people who wanted to frame JP. Lori managed to save Dakota, but now JP is facing the death row for murders he didn’t commit. To save him, Lori makes a deal with a FBI agent to find Gibson Fletcher, a thief and murderer who escaped from prison. If Lori manages to capture him, JP will be set free.

While Lori flies between Florida and California looking for her fugitive, she also has to deal with the Mafia who is after her for the disappearance of one of their own, her husband Tommy, who Lori killed ten years before and for which JP took the fault. The clock is ticking and Lori has to face many obstacles to get the happy ending she dreams of.

I have to admit that I enjoyed this book more than the first one. For me, the first one was more an introduction to the characters and their story, although there is a high amount of tension and twists, while in this one I was already familiar with Lori, JP, and Dakota, but the story is more fast-paced and captivating.

While the first book completely focuses on Lori’s story, I loved that in this one you also get a glimpse inside JP’s character. Not much, just a few chapters, but enough to make me like this character more.

The plot is thrilling, full of action, and full of suspense. The characters are engaging and well-drawn, but at the center of the story there is Lori, a strong, determined, and independent woman who doesn’t let any man walk over her. She always gets herself in trouble, sometimes she makes bad decisions, and she is flawed and I couldn’t help but like her. Everything Lori does is for the safety and happiness of her daughter Dakota and I liked how the author portrayed her not only as a bounty hunter but focused also on her role as a mother.

This series is a complete page-turner and I can’t wait to read more.

DEEP BLUE TROUBLE is out on January 5th in the UK.

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