Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of DEEP BLUE TROUBLE by Steph Broadribb. The second book in the Lori Anderson series.
I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Anne Cater, Orenda Books and the wonderful Steph Broadribb who gifted me an early copy of DEEP BLUE TROUBLE. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.
To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;
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.
So, want to know what I thought?
Sweet. Baby. Jesus. If I wasn’t already in love with Lori Anderson – then I am even more so after this book!
When I think about fictional headstrong women, who take no crap from anybody and do everything they can to protect their families… I instantly think of Sarah Connor from The Terminator series. I am now pleased that I will be adding Lori to this list as well!
Steph has carried on the story in DEEP BLUE TROUBLE directly after the events in DEEP DOWN DEAD and Lori on the hunt for a man who can help free JT. A man currently spending time in prison for a crime he did not commit. Lori is on a race against time to find the missing fugitive and make the exchange for JT.
There is an added level of danger for Lori as it becomes apparant that another party is interested in Lori. An interest which at the end of the book, is left on a cliffhanger as we discover where the next installment will take us. I find myself conflicted for wanting a ‘happily ever after’ for Lori & JT – but also wanting to see what next can be thrown at them. A story which has consumed me like this will stay with me for a very long time.
Short, fast chapters keeps the pace of this book moving at a speed where we don’t lose the story – but insteads are there, in the action. Feeling all the emotions with Lori and trying to help her think of her next move. I truly believe that Steph is a wizard. She possesses the magic to craft a stunning narrative, whilst creating characters which a reader cannot help but invest in.
My only hope now is that Steph continues to write about Lori for at least the next 15+ books…..that would be excellent! 🙂
About Steph Broadribb;
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.
DEEP DOWN DEAD is her debut novel.
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