Desperate Girls
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.

Desperate Girls Details

TitleDesperate Girls
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 7th, 2018
PublisherGallery Books
ISBN-139781501162411
Rating
GenreRomance, Romantic Suspense, Suspense, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Desperate Girls Review

  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    I desperately wanted to like this book much more than I did!Brynn Holloran is a defense attorney who is forced to seek protection from a private security firm after a murderer she helped put behind bars appears to begin a killing spree targeting those who were involved in his capture and imprisonment. Brynn is good at her job but due to being so dedicated to her work, her personal life is negatively affected and makes it hard for her to be in a relationship. Erik is a former secret service agent I desperately wanted to like this book much more than I did!Brynn Holloran is a defense attorney who is forced to seek protection from a private security firm after a murderer she helped put behind bars appears to begin a killing spree targeting those who were involved in his capture and imprisonment. Brynn is good at her job but due to being so dedicated to her work, her personal life is negatively affected and makes it hard for her to be in a relationship. Erik is a former secret service agent who is now assigned to protect Brynn and keep her safe. He is good at his job and leads a team in keeping her and her co-counsel safe. While keeping her safe, he begins to feel an attraction to her. He plays things by the book and is told by Brynn he comes off as a "robot"Although I did enjoy this book, I didn't love it. I would have enjoyed this book more had it been just one thing - either a romance or a police procedural book. This book blended both genres and again, I did enjoy this book, but I hoped for more. This book is told through various points of view- Brynn's, Erik's and a police detective who is trying to solve the murder of a judge at the beginning of the case. Although, the reader is given several POV's I didn't feel as if I got to know any of the characters well enough to really care about them and if they would get together or solve the crime. I would have loved more character development in this book. I saw this book as having so much potential but left me feeling underwhelmed. I wanted more feeling, more emotion, more personality from each of the characters.There is a twist at the end. The twist does seem to come out of left field, but then again, so many twists do. I really didn't mind the twist. Having said that, the book seemed to focus more on the attraction and the relationship than it did on the police procedures/investigation that by the time the twist came, it lacked some of its impact. Thank you to Gallery, Threshold, Pocket books and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.Read more of my reviews at www.openbookpost.com
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Desperate Girls by Laura Griffin is the first book in the romantic suspense Wolfe Security series. The book is told from multiple points of view with the main Brynn who’s boss has insisted on protection, Erik one of the security team and then detectives working on tracking the killer.The book begins with a judge coming home to prepare for a date that evening by putting some food in the oven and then going off to shower and dress. As she comes back to finish preparing dinner she notices glass on Desperate Girls by Laura Griffin is the first book in the romantic suspense Wolfe Security series. The book is told from multiple points of view with the main Brynn who’s boss has insisted on protection, Erik one of the security team and then detectives working on tracking the killer.The book begins with a judge coming home to prepare for a date that evening by putting some food in the oven and then going off to shower and dress. As she comes back to finish preparing dinner she notices glass on the floor and suddenly an intruder is there.After that opening we find that the judge was murdered and that she had once been Brynn Holloran’s boss when she had worked for the prosecution side of the law. Now in a private practice Brynn has moved over to the defense and has a big case coming up but her boss has insisted on hiring security to look over her as it seems a killer that Brynn had helped put behind bars has escaped and is out for revenge.Desperate Girls is a typical romantic suspense with the hero being called in to protect the damsel in distress and the pair growing a huge sexual attraction to one another. I would say the romance and suspense seemed well enough but I loved that in this one we got a side of legal thriller in the mix with Brynn being an attorney although some may not like the courtroom drama I’m always a fan.When finished with this one I had a rather odd complaint in I’m not even sure why it was given the title it was seeing that it was centered around Brynn and her needing security but oh well, I guess we need to stick girl in the title of most thrillers these days. I'd give this opener 3.5 stars though and would be interested in seeing how the next book goes as it seems by the series title it will contain the security team protecting some else but I wondered if it will continue to contain the courtroom side.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Jenny
    January 1, 1970
    Have you ever gone to the grocery store and not sure of what you want for dinner? You grab a cart and go up and down the aisles looking for something that hits you and say "now this looks good, I think I'll try it!" After what seems like an eternity, suddenly something that you've never had before catches your eye and you eagerly go home now excited for dinner.Unfortunately, the reality of the meal isn't quite what you hoped for but it still turns out to be ok and you keep eating. Desperate Girl Have you ever gone to the grocery store and not sure of what you want for dinner? You grab a cart and go up and down the aisles looking for something that hits you and say "now this looks good, I think I'll try it!" After what seems like an eternity, suddenly something that you've never had before catches your eye and you eagerly go home now excited for dinner.Unfortunately, the reality of the meal isn't quite what you hoped for but it still turns out to be ok and you keep eating. Desperate Girls by Laura Griffin was that meal for me. The cover and book description gave me the thought that this was going to be a super spicy thriller. But what I got was something milder and not sure what flavor wanted to dominate more, the legal aspect, the case from the past or the relationship drama between the two main characters, Brynn and Erik.The book kept me interested enough to keep reading and finish it but not love it. This "spicy-lite" book will leave you full but not completely satisfied.I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley. #netgalley #desperategirls
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  • Selene
    January 1, 1970
    Genre: Romantic suspense Setting: TexasPOV/s: Third-person, multipleHEA? (view spoiler)[Yes! (hide spoiler)]Angst level: 3/5This story is told primarily from three angles: an attorney handling the most important case of her career, a bodyguard who’s attracted to his client, and detectives carefully combing through evidence in order to find a killer who escaped custody. Each POV contributed a different aspect to the story without seeming too similar in voice and the action scenes were much apprec Genre: Romantic suspense Setting: TexasPOV/s: Third-person, multipleHEA? (view spoiler)[Yes! (hide spoiler)]Angst level: 3/5This story is told primarily from three angles: an attorney handling the most important case of her career, a bodyguard who’s attracted to his client, and detectives carefully combing through evidence in order to find a killer who escaped custody. Each POV contributed a different aspect to the story without seeming too similar in voice and the action scenes were much appreciated! The first four pages of this story really grabbed me! But then the story headed into lackluster territory and only a few areas really kept my attention until the end. The courtroom drama was so-so and I felt indifferent towards the characters. They were just okay, but mostly meh. This was more of a plot-driven story versus character-driven so I never felt like the characters were truly fleshed out, despite the length of this book. The epilogue was a nice wrap up, though. ► Overall, this book nicely balanced romance with the crime fiction bits, was light on the legal terminology, and lightly held my interest. The characters were entertaining to a point but I wasn’t swept away by them, sadly. Would still recommend this book to romantic suspense readers even though it didn’t quite work for me. (view spoiler)[The small twist tossed in at the end involving Ross was highly convenient and I had trouble buying into it. (hide spoiler)]*NetGalley ARC kindly provided by Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books in exchange for an honest review.
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  • WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.First chair in a big case for her career, Brynn is under a lot of stress. When a serial killer she helped put away escapes from prison and murders the lead attorney that prosecuted his case with Brynn, she not only has her career but life to worry about.Erik was an active Marine, Secret Service agent, but is currently working in the personal security private sec I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.First chair in a big case for her career, Brynn is under a lot of stress. When a serial killer she helped put away escapes from prison and murders the lead attorney that prosecuted his case with Brynn, she not only has her career but life to worry about.Erik was an active Marine, Secret Service agent, but is currently working in the personal security private sector. He is built and used to high intense and dangerous situations, but not emotional and personal developments.Brynn and Erik have let work dictate their lives but danger is about to reveal to them what they have been missing.First in the new Wolfe Security series (there is a small character tie-in from the author's Tracer series) Griffin immediately drops the reader into murder and mystery. This tense start had me on edge, which the author was able to maintain to pretty much the ending.Our heroine Brynn is a complete workaholic who is stubborn, brusque, and demanding. We get to see heroes, who are usually labeled "alpha", with these traits all the time, so it was refreshing to see a woman with such a forceful personality. However, Brynn veered, especially in the beginning, to oblivious, too stupid to live territory with her insisting she wasn't really in danger and therefore actively working to put her in more danger. Her demands and attitude got a bit repetitive in this regard and hurt her character rather than make her seem tough and smart.The hero's calm, cool, and collective attitude made him seem smart and capable and when he would lose his grip a little in regards to his attraction to Brynn, it added some great steam to the story. His cool façade did mask his characterization a bit; we don't really get to know him until the later part of the book.There is a large cast of characters that the author did a great job introducing but she failed to have them conversationally interacting. This would have been a great way to see and get to know the hero more; friendships are great showcases for personalities. The lack of conversation, in favor of courtroom scenes, gave this more of a dry feel.With the lack of more emotional aspects, the book makes up for it in the murder mystery tone. The tension, wondering, and danger will keep your nerves taunt; the author excelled on the technical, realistic feel of security and the creepy factor of a serial killer on the loose. I would have liked a pov from the villain to add more depth, there was kind of an info dump that provided what felt like a pointless red-herring, and while surprising a last second drama that felt more tagged on than enriching.The chemistry and romance is weaker but you'll want to sign up for the thriller aspects and tension. The author's writing has charisma and the series set-up will have me checking out the next in the series.
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  • Chris C - A Midlife Wife
    January 1, 1970
    Luv Laura Griffin and Wolfe Sec... so good. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~One of the reasons Laura Griffin tops my list of romantic suspense writers is because she writes about crime, cop drama, and suspenseful situations that increase the emotional aspect of the story. Then she sweetens the pot by teaming up federal agents or former military who always adds a sweaty aspect because the men are just so damn hot.After all, many women love the whole protection aspect, if it is written well, simply for the swoo Luv Laura Griffin and Wolfe Sec... so good. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~One of the reasons Laura Griffin tops my list of romantic suspense writers is because she writes about crime, cop drama, and suspenseful situations that increase the emotional aspect of the story. Then she sweetens the pot by teaming up federal agents or former military who always adds a sweaty aspect because the men are just so damn hot.After all, many women love the whole protection aspect, if it is written well, simply for the swoon factor. There is just no way to resist that romantic and sexy pull. And trust me when I say, Laura Griffin knows how to write it well.Desperate Girls is loaded with tension, heightened anticipation, stressful situations, and on the off-the-chart romance that made it a fabulous story, which quickly became very difficult to put down. The author added numerous twists to the story, along with the fast pace thrills and chills, that even gave a romantic suspense reader like me a few pauses.This action-packed story is definitely one that you need to read if you are a lover of hot men, hot situations, and hot thrills. Another fabulous series including Wolfe Security and I am sooooo happy about that!* copy received for review considerationFull Review - http://amidlifewife.com/desperate-gir...
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  • Mindy Lou's Book Review
    January 1, 1970
    Desperate Girls is a romantic suspense novel that starts out a little slow but steadily climbs to a heart pounding, edge of your seat experience! I was very much engrossed into this story and these incredibly strong characters.There are multiple storylines going on that all lead back to Brynn. Her defense of a teenager against a murder charge, while being heavily guarded against an escaped convict who she helped convict. This man is on a revenge rampage and going after everyone who helped put hi Desperate Girls is a romantic suspense novel that starts out a little slow but steadily climbs to a heart pounding, edge of your seat experience! I was very much engrossed into this story and these incredibly strong characters.There are multiple storylines going on that all lead back to Brynn. Her defense of a teenager against a murder charge, while being heavily guarded against an escaped convict who she helped convict. This man is on a revenge rampage and going after everyone who helped put him away. With this threat against Brynn, her boss hires a security firm to keep her safe as she goes to trial on her current case. This introduces us to Erik. Erik is the lead bodyguard helping to protect Brynn as well as trying to help track down the escaped convict and eliminate the threat. Erik is very big on rules for the sake of protection but Brynn is shattering his control every step of the way. Laura Griffin is fast becoming one of my favorite Romantic Suspense authors. While some of her books are heavier on the suspense and less romance than I prefer, I've learned that she's a very compelling writer and I've loved everything I have read by her so far. I look forward to more from this author. ARC provided by NetGalley.
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  • Sheyla ✎
    January 1, 1970
    Huge thanks to Gallery, NetGalley and Laura Griffin for providing me with a complimentary copy of Desperate Girls in exchange for an honest review.Talk about excited about reading Desperate Girls. I love all the books by Laura Griffin and I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. Even better, Desperate Girls is the first book in the Wolfe Security series (Yay! more swoony alpha guys to look forward to). Not that I didn't miss the Tracer series' characters and I'm selfishly hoping for more bo Huge thanks to Gallery, NetGalley and Laura Griffin for providing me with a complimentary copy of Desperate Girls in exchange for an honest review.Talk about excited about reading Desperate Girls. I love all the books by Laura Griffin and I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. Even better, Desperate Girls is the first book in the Wolfe Security series (Yay! more swoony alpha guys to look forward to). Not that I didn't miss the Tracer series' characters and I'm selfishly hoping for more books in that world.Desperate Girls begins with the murder of a prominent judge. This murder is linked to a known murderer and rapist who recently escaped from prison. The judge used to be a prosecutor and she was the one responsible for putting him behind bars.Brynn Holloran is a defense attorney. She's ruthless in court and she's always prepared for whatever happens there. Her next case is extremely important to her. She believes the accused is actually innocent. She wants to do anything in her power to make sure he's a free man. When the news of the judge's death gets to her, she's shell-shocked. Brynn used to be a prosecutor and she worked for the demised judge.Brynn's boss is convinced her life is in danger. He doesn't want Brynn or Ross, another lawyer in the firm, to be the next victims. He hires Wolfe Security to prevent any damage.Erick is an ex-secret service agent. He now works for Wolfe Security. His job is to protect Brynn. It does bother him that he's attracted to her but he can't let himself get distracted by it or she could suffer the consequences.Romantic Suspenses, when done well, are a pleasure to read. Laura Griffin knows the exact combination of action and romance to inject into her books to make it work. She made Brynn a strong heroine. Although in the beginning, Brynn was not pleased with her security entourage and a couple of times she rebelled against it. Not very smart on her part. However, once she knew the threat was real, she followed their lead without questions.Eric knew his job. He was a man of a few words but no one could say he was not the take charge kind of guy. He was secure in his ability to protect her and defend her from any threat. He tried to avoid falling for her but sometimes the heart wants what the heart wants.Desperate Girls is written in three different points of views. Brynn and Erick have one. So does the female police officer investigating the case. There is one character crossover from the Tracers series and a couple of interesting male cops too. The twist at the end was unexpected but welcomed.Cliffhanger: No4/5 Fangs MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
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  • Sherri Thacker
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first book by Laura Griffin. It grabbed me from the first page and I read it pretty quick. I didn’t love the book but I liked it ok. Would I recommend it? Yes, I would. There was a twist at the very end that I didn’t see coming but then the book ended and that was that. I was given this book from the publisher through NetGalley for my honest review.
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  • Tanja ~ KT Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Some things in life are just so easy, and picking up a Laura Griffin book is one of those things. I never doubt if her books are gonna be a good read. I just buy the book, but I’ve got to say, Desperate Girls felt a little different from her previous works, and guess what? I really, really, extra super liked it!A bit more heat, a fantastically plotted storyline, a chemistry that burned up the pages, and an unexpected twist that left me stunned. All the things I expect from Laura Griffin: smart c Some things in life are just so easy, and picking up a Laura Griffin book is one of those things. I never doubt if her books are gonna be a good read. I just buy the book, but I’ve got to say, Desperate Girls felt a little different from her previous works, and guess what? I really, really, extra super liked it!A bit more heat, a fantastically plotted storyline, a chemistry that burned up the pages, and an unexpected twist that left me stunned. All the things I expect from Laura Griffin: smart capable women, a case that engulfs the reader, and an ending that completely satisfied me–– all with an added kick. Check out the blurb below with all the details, but take my advice and add this to your list of August must-read releases. ~Tanja Follow us on KT Book ReviewsTwitterFacebookPinteresttumblrYouTubeBook BabblersInstagram
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  • Saly
    January 1, 1970
    I love Laura's books! She does suspense so well, there was never a dull moment in the book when I felt bored and she made the romance work too, plus she introduces so many new interesting characters whose books I want to read. Review soon..ARC provided by publisher through Edelweiss.
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  • Dísir
    January 1, 1970
    ‘Desperate Girls’ isn’t a title I’d immediately associated with the blurb of the story and it became quite clear from the onset that the story is so much more than the rather irrelevant-sounding title. As a sort-of offshoot of Laura Griffin’s Tracers series, I was eager nonetheless to take a closer look into Liam Wolfe’s Security company staffed by supersized heroes and the different kind of romantic suspense revolving around security that Griffin was going to write.The stoic bodyguard who event ‘Desperate Girls’ isn’t a title I’d immediately associated with the blurb of the story and it became quite clear from the onset that the story is so much more than the rather irrelevant-sounding title. As a sort-of offshoot of Laura Griffin’s Tracers series, I was eager nonetheless to take a closer look into Liam Wolfe’s Security company staffed by supersized heroes and the different kind of romantic suspense revolving around security that Griffin was going to write.The stoic bodyguard who eventually falls for his principal when they are paired up—typically reluctantly on the latter’s part—as a threat escalates isn’t a new idea, but Griffin’s take on it is a unique, intriguing one, going further than the usual bodyguard-type romance. The standout as always, is Griffin’s writing, her ability to juggle so many elements at once while revealing the intricate details about the security business that simply go beyond shadowing a principal. The complexity of the police case, the red-herrings, solid protagonists and the well-researched and fantastic writing made ‘Desperate Girls’ an entertaining read, even though my rather shallow way of measuring this had partially to do with the amount of sleep I had the past few nights at night as I got lost in Griffin’s writing.My only gripes were the few TSTL moments early on, the courtroom drama that proved a bit of a lull (I was more caught up in the danger of a psychopathic, escaped convict and the slow, amping up of the action) and the final plot-twist feeling like a last-gasp attempt at drama that proved to be downers for me. I did feel that characterisation suffered a little under the hyper-focus on the court case and the overall suspense but these however, weighed against how much I enjoyed the developing action nonetheless, probably seem somewhat churlish to include. Still, the pulse-pounding moments, all leading up to the action-movie-type ending (complete with the exotic location) seemed to be over too soon, leaving me eager for the next book in this promising series and its fresh, new cast of characters.*ARC by the publisher via Netgalley
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  • Pamela(AllHoney)
    January 1, 1970
    After the death of a fellow lawyer, Brynn Holloran and another lawyer are assigned a security team to keep them safe. Brynn feels it is unnecessary to hire security and doesn't think there is a threat. Erik Morgan is the man in charge of her safety. The man believed to have killed the lawyer, James Corby, has recently escaped from prison.Brynn was in many ways just what you would expect from a lawyer. Annoying and know-it-all. So yes, I did not bond with her at first. She eventually mellowed eno After the death of a fellow lawyer, Brynn Holloran and another lawyer are assigned a security team to keep them safe. Brynn feels it is unnecessary to hire security and doesn't think there is a threat. Erik Morgan is the man in charge of her safety. The man believed to have killed the lawyer, James Corby, has recently escaped from prison.Brynn was in many ways just what you would expect from a lawyer. Annoying and know-it-all. So yes, I did not bond with her at first. She eventually mellowed enough for me to like her. But Erik was not the type to be cowed by Brynn's strong personality. In fact, I think he may have felt challenged and was definitely up for the challenge.I have read several of Laura Griffin's works and found that I quite like her style of writing. She doesn't add a lot of filler and keeps the story moving until the end. I don't find them to be too cookie-cutter either. There are a few things I expect and receive from her books. Such as a good blend of romance and suspense.I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest and fair review.
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  • Brandie
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars. Took me a little bit to get into it, but ended up really enjoying it.
  • D.B. Reynolds
    January 1, 1970
    As I was reading this book, it struck me as Laura Griffin light. It's a good book, don't get me wrong. It has all of Griffin's terrific character building, a lovely romance, and an unexpected twist. But it doesn't get into the depths of the investigation the way Griffin usually does. There's only one reference to the Delphi Center, and that's a profiler who appears briefly, although significantly. This is mostly a romance, since we know the threat early on. A killer is out to exact revenge on th As I was reading this book, it struck me as Laura Griffin light. It's a good book, don't get me wrong. It has all of Griffin's terrific character building, a lovely romance, and an unexpected twist. But it doesn't get into the depths of the investigation the way Griffin usually does. There's only one reference to the Delphi Center, and that's a profiler who appears briefly, although significantly. This is mostly a romance, since we know the threat early on. A killer is out to exact revenge on the prosecutors, the judge, and pretty much anyone else he thinks contributed to his conviction in a series of murders. Brynn Holloran is a lawyer who was part of the prosecution. Her boss hires a top security firm to provide bodyguards for her legal team who are in the middle of an important trial, and so can't simply go into hiding. I didn't like Brynn much. She's almost completely self-absorbed. Although as the book goes on, we understand her more and she becomes somewhat more likable. Her lead bodyguard, on the other hand, was a great character. He's a gorgeous hunk of man named Erik Morgan. He comes across as a by-the-book, nothing-rattles-him, kind of guy, which is why I was a little disappointed when he almost immediately breaks one of his own cardinal rules by getting involved with his client, Brynn. The two of them fall in lust really fast and act on it. It seemed out of character for Erik. But that doesn't take away from the overall story. This is still a suspenseful and very good read. Griffin's writing is always excellent. If you enjoy action/suspense romance, you'll definitely want to check out all her books, many of which are in the Favorites folder on my Kindle. Her next book is always on my "buy" list.
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    An anti social loner with an ax to grind hell bent on revenge is on the loose having escaped a max security prison and he's determined to go down in flames fighting to clear his name and harm those who did him wrong.This was a quick read with a might punch!Oh, for god's sake this can't be oh but it's and Jen Ballard , Michael McGowan, and anyone else who had a connection to this case are in harm's way.Defense Attorney Brynn Holleran knows this is all too real and hires Erik (Secret Service Agent An anti social loner with an ax to grind hell bent on revenge is on the loose having escaped a max security prison and he's determined to go down in flames fighting to clear his name and harm those who did him wrong.This was a quick read with a might punch!Oh, for god's sake this can't be oh but it's and Jen Ballard , Michael McGowan, and anyone else who had a connection to this case are in harm's way.Defense Attorney Brynn Holleran knows this is all too real and hires Erik (Secret Service Agent) for protection. James Corby is on a killing spree and must be stopped at all costs but will Erik be able to stop this madness from erupting into an inferno?Every clue leads to one disturbing case from her past and one she wishes she could forget.Injuries and deaths are mounting and we need closure fast.Could this be a frame job? Could evidence have been planted?Well, the unsolved rape and murder will be significant to more than one person involved with the latter worried about disbarrment.Enough said, run out and read this one. It's worth the investment.Thank you to Laura Griffin, the publisher, NetGalley, and Aldiko for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.Loved it!
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  • RachelW (BamaGal)
    January 1, 1970
    Dnf. I like Griffin, a lot...love the ‘Tracers’ series. I just couldn’t get into this one, though. Will still read the second book when it comes out.
  • Danielle Gypsy Soul
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a huge Laura Griffin fan and while I enjoyed this book it didn't quite live up to some of her other books which are on my favorite's list. This book was a bit lighter on the investigation aspect and a bit heavier on the romance (which I normally would like more) but I wasn't a huge fan of the heroine. The reader knows who the villain is from the beginning as he is an escaped convict who is killing anyone involved in him receiving his guilty verdict. Brynn is an attorney who worked for the le I'm a huge Laura Griffin fan and while I enjoyed this book it didn't quite live up to some of her other books which are on my favorite's list. This book was a bit lighter on the investigation aspect and a bit heavier on the romance (which I normally would like more) but I wasn't a huge fan of the heroine. The reader knows who the villain is from the beginning as he is an escaped convict who is killing anyone involved in him receiving his guilty verdict. Brynn is an attorney who worked for the lead prosecutor before she made the switch to being a defense attorney. She is currently in the middle of a huge case and can't just go into hiding so her boss hires one of the top security firms to provide bodyguards for her and her co-worker. Brynn is a hard character to like as she is quite self-absorbed and refuses to believe that she is really in danger for the first part of the book. While she isn't quite TSTL she is aggravating. We do eventually get a bit more on her background and while I never really loved her I did at least get to the point where I understood her a bit more and didn't dislike her. The other MC is Erik Morgan who is the lead bodyguard for Brynn. While I really loved his character I was a bit disappointed at how quickly he through his rule of not getting involved with a client out the window. It didn't really ring true for me and I thought it went against what I believed his character would do. The two fall in lust pretty quickly and act on quickly as well. While I didn't feel like this took to much away from the book I would have liked a slower burn and a bit more angst for Erik in breaking this rule. This book still has plenty of suspense and an interesting twist at the end that some may not see coming. When I'm looking for a good suspense book with plenty of action and a romance I turn to Laura Griffin and this one lives up to that as well.A copy of this book was provided to me by Net Galley and the publisher with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book and my comments here are my honest opinion.
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  • Cassie
    January 1, 1970
    First I want to thank netgalley and the author for for an advanced copy of the book for my kindle. I could t connect with the main character Brynn. The book starts with the murder of a judge who happened to be brynns former boss. Brynns current boss hires a security team to protect the lawyers while the killer is loose. Of course this book has the sexual tension between Erik her security guard and brynn. I feel like this story line has already played out before . I’m getting bored with the same First I want to thank netgalley and the author for for an advanced copy of the book for my kindle. I could t connect with the main character Brynn. The book starts with the murder of a judge who happened to be brynns former boss. Brynns current boss hires a security team to protect the lawyers while the killer is loose. Of course this book has the sexual tension between Erik her security guard and brynn. I feel like this story line has already played out before . I’m getting bored with the same story line. Killer loose girl needs protection walks in handsome man to protect her she sleeps with him killer caught . I give this book three stars generously .
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    In Desperate Girls, Laura Griffin has crafted a thrilling page-turner that expertly balances the tension of a manhunt for an escaped convict on a revenge quest with the sizzling attraction between a sharp, ambitious attorney and her new bodyguard. Each development will leave you breathless ... right up to the twist you won’t see coming!
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  • Chanel Cleeton
    January 1, 1970
    A heart-pounding novel filled with twists and turns that kept me reading into the early hours of the morning. Desperate Girls is another winner from Laura Griffin!
  • Anita
    January 1, 1970
    Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.New Series by one of my favorite authors. This should be great!
  • Grace
    January 1, 1970
    This is book one of the author's new series, featuring the Wolfe Security team (hence the series title). Told in the third person, our two main characters meet under less than ideal circumstances.Brynn Holloran is a lawyer, about to begin a high-profile case. Unfortunately for her and her co-workers, they are now believed to be targets of a serial killer seeking revenge for reasons unknown. Enter Erik Morgan, one of the members of the Wolfe Security team, who are hired to protect Brynn, and her This is book one of the author's new series, featuring the Wolfe Security team (hence the series title). Told in the third person, our two main characters meet under less than ideal circumstances.Brynn Holloran is a lawyer, about to begin a high-profile case. Unfortunately for her and her co-workers, they are now believed to be targets of a serial killer seeking revenge for reasons unknown. Enter Erik Morgan, one of the members of the Wolfe Security team, who are hired to protect Brynn, and her co-worker Ross, as they begin their new trial.This story itself shifts back and forth from Brynn's current court case, to the growing threats as the casualty count increases involving people who worked with Brynn on this serial killer's case. As the story-lines switched, I had mixed feeling about the heroine. What I like about her:I love a heroine that is smart and hard working. Brynn is both of those things and is why her firm is in demand. Despite everything happening around her, she tries to keep focused on her case, and believing in her client's innocence, makes helping him a priority. What I didn't like about her:At times, this dedication was also a negative, as she took some risks that weren't necessary. I'm not sure if she didn't think the threats to her life weren't credible, or she felt untouchable, but she definitely didn't make things easy for Erik and his team. Despite my likes and dislikes, Brynn is best described as a strong heroine. She doesn't hole up and cower to the threats building around her. She fights to do her job and not let fear rule her, which is admirableLike Brynn, Erik is also dedicated to protecting his client, in this case, her. And that similar mindset is likely a part of their attraction to one another. Add their close quarters 24/7 and the intense situations surrounding them, the sparks seemed inevitable.Having read several books in the author's Tracers series, I'm familiar with her use of in depth technical details, adding authenticity to a fictional story, along with the element of romance woven within the story-line. This story is no different on the technical side and I thought the story was well thought out and unpredictable. As for the romance element, I thought this was one of the author's better story-lines. With the main couple forced to interact daily, the building sexual tension fit well with the overall plot, instead of being an afterthought.For romantic suspense lovers, this is a well-plotted book with a good level of mystery to keep you engaged. Along with some heat between the main characters, desperate to rid themselves of the daily tension, this is a great beginning to a new series.*An ARC was received for an honest review.For more reviews, visit
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  • Gloria Bernal
    January 1, 1970
    Release date: August 7, 2018Genre: Romantic SuspenseLocale: TexasARC provided by NetGalley3.5 stars ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2First off I have no clue why this was titled Desperate Girls. If you did or do, enlighten me. It doesn’t do a thing for this novel either. This is the first in a series about Wolf Security, a private company that employs ex-military forces, ex-secret service, you get it, high-testosterone males with tactical defensive experience. The team provides intensive security, incorporating current t Release date: August 7, 2018Genre: Romantic SuspenseLocale: TexasARC provided by NetGalley3.5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2First off I have no clue why this was titled Desperate Girls. If you did or do, enlighten me. It doesn’t do a thing for this novel either. This is the first in a series about Wolf Security, a private company that employs ex-military forces, ex-secret service, you get it, high-testosterone males with tactical defensive experience. The team provides intensive security, incorporating current technology, firearms and muscle to any client that can pay for their costly services. Read the publishers description for details.The opening scene was dynamic, a female judge slain in her own home while she prepares for a date, her first in a long while. This had so much potential, I thought Oh Boy! and couldn’t wait to cozy up in my bed and get into this, as I do my best (uninterrupted) reading before sleep. Alas, it left me underwhelmed. More romance than suspenseful thriller. I was nodding off sooner than usual, been there, done that. Took me awhile to even like the main character, beautiful but bossy defense attorney Brynn, though her hunky bodyguard Erik was indeed interesting. She made his job difficult, in more ways than one. More back story would’ve helped. The author just gives us glimpses into that. There were several supporting characters that I just didn’t feel like I got to know, and I really wanted to but found the character development lacking. I was interested enough to keep reading, but I didn’t love it. I would have liked it better as either a police procedural or a romance, but the merge of the two here didn’t flow well for me. The surprise twist at the end felt contrived as the character involved wasn’t fleshed out well enough for this reader to find it credible. I realize I’m in the minority here as it has good ratings, I just thought it could’ve been more intense, and I don’t mean in the bedroom, that base was aptly covered ;)Just because it lacked for me doesn’t mean I won’t recommend it for you fans of romantic suspense, especially if you like pages of sizzling attraction and graphic sexual scenes. Go for it. Thanks to publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review.
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  • Cindy ~ SnS Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    A new series kicks off with a manhunt for an escaped vicious murderer turned vigilante killer who is on the quest for revenge against those in the legal world who he feels did him wrong. Fans of the Tracer series will remember Liam Wolfe and his wife Tara from Shadow Fall. Liam runs Wolfe Security and this new series will be about the men and women that work for him and the clients they are tasked with protecting. Clients – Defense attorney Brynn Holloran and her co-counsel Ross Foley. They were A new series kicks off with a manhunt for an escaped vicious murderer turned vigilante killer who is on the quest for revenge against those in the legal world who he feels did him wrong. Fans of the Tracer series will remember Liam Wolfe and his wife Tara from Shadow Fall. Liam runs Wolfe Security and this new series will be about the men and women that work for him and the clients they are tasked with protecting. Clients – Defense attorney Brynn Holloran and her co-counsel Ross Foley. They were part of the prosecution team team that put James Corby away. Now people that were part of convicting him are being murdered and Brynn and Ross know they are on his list.. Their boss wanting to take no chances hires Wolfe Security to protect them. Wolfe Security – Erik Morgan is tasked with running the security detail for Brynn and Ross. He is a former marine who then become a secret service agent that resigned after an op went bad. That mistake from the past makes him even more dedicated to protecting the clients. Along with Erik we meet the rest of the team that make up Wolfe security who I assume will be getting future stories. There are multiple plots going on at the same time. The hunt for Corby which involves a task force of cops and US Marshals. The current trial Brynn is head defense lawyer for trying to prove her client innocent all while being protected by Wolfe Security. I have to say that it took me a while to warm up to Brynn – she was not the most likable character at the start of the book. She is a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom but outside of it she was a bit of a pushy witch. With a great cast of secondary characters and a surprising twist at the end this was an enjoyable read and start to a new series. Look forward to more.
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  • Up All Night With Books
    January 1, 1970
    5 Amazing StarsReview by Amy Late Night ReviewerUp All Night w/ Books BlogI am officially in love with this new series by Laura Griffin. Desperate Girls is the first book in the series and I am completely invested in these characters already!Brynn is a defense attorney who used to play for the opposite side. When a convict from one of her previous cases escapes from prison, he is suspected of going after all the people who helped put him there years earlier. In order to remain safe, her boss hir 5 Amazing StarsReview by Amy Late Night ReviewerUp All Night w/ Books BlogI am officially in love with this new series by Laura Griffin. Desperate Girls is the first book in the series and I am completely invested in these characters already!Brynn is a defense attorney who used to play for the opposite side. When a convict from one of her previous cases escapes from prison, he is suspected of going after all the people who helped put him there years earlier. In order to remain safe, her boss hires bodyguards for her and her partner, and that’s where things get really exciting.Wolfe Security comes on the scene and things heat up, in the court room, on the streets, and between the sheets. Danger ensues, people die, and Brynn is still trying to keep her eye on the ball for her current client who is on the line for murder. The last thing she needs is some annoying bodyguards impeding her ability to do things the way she has always done them.I was completely intrigued form the very beginning of the book. It started with a bang and kept up the momentum until the very end. This definitely qualifies as an addicting read. I could not put it down. I am absolutely dying to get my hands on the second book of this series. What a well written, fast moving bullet train thriller. Everything you would expect from a suspenseful story, plus the heat of a fiery romance. What more could you ask for?**ARC provide by author for honest review**
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  • Shelley
    January 1, 1970
    Full disclosure: I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. That said, as I complain about in almost EVERY review I do, I wish the ratings were 1-10. if they allowed I'd rate this a 9 0f 10. But a book has to be truly amazing for me to rate a 5 of 5. This book is quite close though! Brynn is a tough as nails, successful defense attorney who is in the process of heading to Dallas to defend a client. While she was still a prosecuting attorney, she helped a prosecutor to put a serial killer behind ba Full disclosure: I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. That said, as I complain about in almost EVERY review I do, I wish the ratings were 1-10. if they allowed I'd rate this a 9 0f 10. But a book has to be truly amazing for me to rate a 5 of 5. This book is quite close though! Brynn is a tough as nails, successful defense attorney who is in the process of heading to Dallas to defend a client. While she was still a prosecuting attorney, she helped a prosecutor to put a serial killer behind bars. Just before she leaves for Dallas she hears that the Prosecutor she'd worked with on that case, who is now a judge, was murdered. The next day she hears the senior detective on the case is also dead. Then she finds out the serial killer has escaped from jail and is on a killing spree, going after those he blames for putting him in jail. Brynn's boss hires a security firm to guard Brynn and her associate, Ross. And of course, the lead security agent is a hunk. (This is where I struggle, as I'm not as interested in romances as I am thrillers...)I don't want to spoil the story, so that's as far as I'll go. One thing I must admit, I'm not at all clear why the book is titled "Desperate Girls"?
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  • Alina
    January 1, 1970
    The description of the book caught my attention, and the story itself didn't disappoint.A convicted rapist/murderer escapes from the jail and now on the road for a very bloody revenge. Defense attorney Brynn Holloran is on his list. As US marshals keep counting and collecting new victims, Brynn realizes that she is a danger. However, the case she is working on is also a high priority and demands her full attention. While private Wolfe Security is trying to keep Brynn safe, they also discover the The description of the book caught my attention, and the story itself didn't disappoint.A convicted rapist/murderer escapes from the jail and now on the road for a very bloody revenge. Defense attorney Brynn Holloran is on his list. As US marshals keep counting and collecting new victims, Brynn realizes that she is a danger. However, the case she is working on is also a high priority and demands her full attention. While private Wolfe Security is trying to keep Brynn safe, they also discover the discrepancies with her old case. Unfortunately, newly discovered details are only a theory... until Brynn runs into an old college friend in a hall of the courthouse. One small irrelevant comment from her catches Brynn's attention, and after a quick look into her old files, Brynn realizes that there are two murders on a loose... and both are very very close to her.Desperate Girls by Laura Griffin is a gripping thriller/romance novel that keeps the reader glued to its pages. I really enjoyed the story, events moved fast and each chapter had something new to discover. It's a super quick read. As I understood, this is Wolfe Security first novel, and I am looking forward to reading about their new cases. I loved the characters and would like to see them progress in the future novels. Thank you Laura Griffin and NetGalley for a wonderful journey thru this remarkable novel.
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  • Macayla Fryc
    January 1, 1970
    Aside from a poorly chosen, not apparently relevant title, Desperate Girls qualifies as that refreshing, not-too-heavy, page-turning break all avid readers desperately need every now and again. The laywer-being-hunted-down-by-an-escaped-convict-that-warrants-the-need-for-bodyguards plot was worth it for the entertainment value, and props for making my heart anxiously pound at least once. I'm not a plotline rehasher type of reviewer, but I am pretty critical on books when they're a waste of my Aside from a poorly chosen, not apparently relevant title, Desperate Girls qualifies as that refreshing, not-too-heavy, page-turning break all avid readers desperately need every now and again. The laywer-being-hunted-down-by-an-escaped-convict-that-warrants-the-need-for-bodyguards plot was worth it for the entertainment value, and props for making my heart anxiously pound at least once. I'm not a plotline rehasher type of reviewer, but I am pretty critical on books when they're a waste of my time. This "lighthearted" thriller though, despite it's occasional cheese by way of macho man and headstrong heroine character development, made the cut off, and I'm glad it did. Received an ARC giveaway.
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  • Kailey C
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this one! It combined suspense & romance, two of my favorite genres! Brynn was very likable but relatable as the main character - and the chemistry between her & Erik was smoking hot. I enjoyed the storyline- it was more focused on the romantic relationship brewing between 2 main characters than I thought it would be, but I didn't mind it. I wouldn't consider this a thriller, there were some moments of suspense but I still enjoyed it. This was a fun, easy read that I would I really liked this one! It combined suspense & romance, two of my favorite genres! Brynn was very likable but relatable as the main character - and the chemistry between her & Erik was smoking hot. I enjoyed the storyline- it was more focused on the romantic relationship brewing between 2 main characters than I thought it would be, but I didn't mind it. I wouldn't consider this a thriller, there were some moments of suspense but I still enjoyed it. This was a fun, easy read that I would definitely recommend.
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