‘I knew it’d take a damn sight longer for the horrors of the previous week to pale, but she was alive; we all were. If James Robert – JT – hadn’t been with us, none of us might have survived to tell any kind of version of the truth’
I squeaked, I eeeeked and I jumped for joy when I heard Steph Broadribb had written the follow up book to Deep Down Dead ( I loooved it….read my review HERE ) Steph Broadribb is a blogger and a now amazeballs author with the fab Orenda Books, who writes with an exciting style that just leaves me and many, many others wanting more.
Today I am delighted to bring you all my review of the sequel/Book 2 Deep Blue Trouble, with the kick-ass heroine Lori Anderson back with more action packed, page-turning moments.
Thank you to the wonderful Anne Cater for inviting me on the tour bus with Steph Broadribb. Please do read on for my rather enthusiastic review!!
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….
If I were to have a #girlcrush on anyone it would most definitely be Lori Anderson. In Deep Blue Trouble, Lori is back with her ‘don’t mess with me’ attitude and toting her tazer gun at anyone she suspects to be trouble.
Deep Blue Trouble picks up exactly where Deep Down Dead left off. Lori is now reunited with her daughter Dakota, but her mentor and Dakota’s father, JT, is behind bars. With a multiple murder charge hanging over him and a path to death row in his sights, Lori finds herself accepting a rather dubious deal from FBI agent Alex Monroe. Her payout…..JT’s freedom.
For those of you new to this series, Lori Anderson is a bounty hunter. She is good at what she does, but she is a bit of a lone wolf, so she can be quite a challenge for others.
Now this is the bit I love about these books. Unbelievably Steph Broadribb, herself, went off and trained to be a bounty hunter so that the accuracy of certain scenes in the book would be just that…accurate!! And boy does this shine through, as you blitz your way through this book.
The job that Lori has to accept is to bring in a lawbreaker named Gibson ‘The Fish’ Fletcher. Initially for Lori it seems a relatively straight-forward mission and with the release of JT as her pay-off, this is one job she cannot turn down. With great hesitancy she leaves her daughter in a summer camp for a few weeks and heads off on her quest.
Lori is soon aware that she is being followed. But by whom? Mindful of the fact that she is already in danger from the Miami mob, due to circumstances that arose in Deep Down Dead, Lori now suspects that there may be others…but why?
She engages the help of an old friend ‘Red’ in doing a little research for her and it’s not long before Lori grasps the full scale of the case she is after taking on. With JT’s life in danger every second longer he spends in prison, Lori has to face up to a few possibilities about their future and how vital it is for her to close off this case with speed.
The plot-line in Deep Blue Trouble is complex with many different characters involved, but Steph Broadribb manages to bring it all together with expert hands. Lori Anderson is up against it with the clock ticking and, as she soon discovers, things are about to get a hell of a lot more complicated.
Can Lori bring back ‘The Fish’ and claim her bounty? Who really is Alex Monroe? Can JT survive his prison time? So many questions…..
Deep Blue Trouble is a thrilling, exhilarating, pump-action no-hold-bars kick-ass read. In my review of Deep Down Dead I refer to the fact that the author is English, which is an astounding fact, as her understanding of the whole lifestyle, the dialect, the intricacies of the law is just exceptional. The research shines through and I think this is why this series appeals. There is an originality to the plot-line with a female protagonist that shows no fear and is basically bloody brilliant.
Lori Anderson is described as ‘the most fearless and memorable female character in crime fiction‘ and I think I would have to agree!! Her disregard for own safety and her drive to do anything for her daughter and JT, makes her such an intriguing character to follow.
Engrossing, riveting and, did I mention…. an adrenaline-fueled, heart-pumping, action-packed adventure.
Purchase Link ~ Deep Blue Trouble
Meet Steph Broadribb:
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 www.crimethrillergirl.com, where she interviews authors and reviews the latest releases.
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.
Her debut thriller, Deep Down Dead, was shortlisted for the Dead Good Reader Awards in two categories, and hit number one on the UK and AU kindle charts.
Deep Blue Trouble, book 2 in the series is OUT NOW
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