Publisher: Gallery Books
Release Date: August 07, 2018
Genre: Adult Fiction / Romantic Suspense / Thriller / Mystery
Goodreads Average: 3.96 *as of 6/29/19*
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.
What it’s about: Defense attorney Brynn Holloran is great at what she does. A force to be reckoned with in the courtroom and good looking to boot. But when one of the killers she helped put behind bars escapes and starts up on a terrifying killing spree to get rid of the people that put him there, those are not things that will keep her from being killed. Her boss Reggie enlists the help of an extremely competent security company called Wolfe Security, and while Brynn isn’t happy about the guys following her around at all times, she doesn’t have a choice. However, as things get crazy for her in court and her real life, she starts getting attached to the head of her security detail, Erik. Will she be able to stay ahead of the killer, and possibly fall in love at the same time?
I wanted to put SOMETHING in my summary about the romance aspect to this book since the synopsis doesn’t talk about it at all. Reading the back of the book I never knew it was romantic suspense, which is something I think is important to note since not all people like that genre. For me, this was my second time reading a romantic suspense novel and I enjoyed it a hell of a lot more than the first time. I don’t like when romance overtakes a book, and luckily that did not happen at all in Desperate Girls. I found it to be the perfect blend of suspense, police procedural, courtroom drama, and romance.
Desperate Girls is book one in the Wolfe Security series, and I think it made for an excellent start. There is a ton of action throughout the entire novel, and there is a twist at the end that essentially came from nowhere and completely shocked me. It felt a tiny bit abrupt, but oftentimes twists are like that and I loved that it surprised me the way it did.
The only issue I had with this book is that I think there are just way too many viewpoints, and you don’t really get to know any of the characters except for Brynn and Erik. I don’t really like when an author has too many characters since they get hard for me to keep track of and feel too impersonal unless done the right way. It was nice to get the different viewpoints though, and I really hope at least a couple of them come back in the second book. I loved the tough as nails women in this novel, and it was very refreshing to read a book where you like and root for all of the female leads.
Song/s the book brought to mind: Bad Reputation by Kelly Clarkson
Final Thought: I really enjoy the way Griffin writes, and I can definitely tell this book isn’t her first rodeo. Desperate Girls made me laugh and brought tears to my eyes, plus made me blush at the racy sex scenes. If you don’t like sex in books, but still want to read this, it would be totally doable. There are really only 2, and they could easily be skimmed or skipped. In other words, this was the perfect romantic suspense book for me, and I can’t wait to read more from this author!
MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of this book via NetGalley, all opinions are my own.