I love Laura Griffin’s romantic suspense books. Maybe a little light on the romance, but she writes creepy suspense and crime so well. I never get bored with crime scene details or detective work. Her books are fast paced and full of intrigue.
In Desperate Girls, we have a high-powered defense attorney, Brynn, who is looking to get a young adult off of murder charges – a murder she truly believes he did not commit. She has to travel with her co-worker Ross to Dallas, to attend the trial. Shortly before the trial starts, she gets devastating news. A mentor of hers and someone she considered a friend, a judge is murdered in her own home. And then she gets chilling news….a man named James Corby, who is serving a life sentence for raping and murdering several woman has escaped from prison. The judge murdered – was the judge on his case. And at that time, Brynn worked as a prosecutor and helped get Corbyn convicted. Did Corbyn murder the judge? Could Brynn be next? Her boss takes no chances and hires the best of the best in security – Wolfe Security.
An entire team of bodyguards swarm down to Brynn and her coworkers to keep her safe in Dallas – and Brynn thinks it’s all ridiculous. This is where she lost a little bit of appeal to me. I ended up really liking her, but we had a rocky start. She gets so upset that she has to have bodyguards with her 24/7, and she lashes out and pushes back and acts a little immature in my opinion. They are trained to the best of their ability to keep out of her way, but of course, she can’t be running willy-nilly over Dallas, with this big possible threat out there. But after a while she settles down for me. I admired her confidence and self-esteem. I admired her take no-nonsense attitude. She is tough and smart and takes her job very seriously. But for the first few chapters she was a little much.
Anyway – our hero. The super muscled, big, former military, former secret service Erik. Oh Erik. So intense. Talk about taking your job seriously. Erik, along with his entire crew were so bad ass, and professional – I had a lot of fun reading about Erik and the entire firm. The author always writes well done crime, but she also did her homework with security. The detail she includes makes the bodyguard profession in this book seamless and fascinating.
The crime itself isn’t quite as creepy as in some of her other books. We never actually hear directly from the bad guy. He is in the shadows causing havoc. The romance is a slow burn, which I appreciated since Brynn is in so much danger.
I can’t wait for another one in this series – this one is fun.