About 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…
Oh Lori, how I love thee. I wrote a few weeks ago about Steph Broadribb’s novel Deep Down Dead and her wonderful protagonist bounty hunter, Lori Anderson. Deep Blue Trouble picks up where Deep Down Dead finished and we are thrown straight into the action. Lori makes a deal with a dodgy FBI Agent to secure her former mentor and lover, JT’s release from prison. She has to bring in a fugitive who has escaped from hospital, but, she is being followed and she has to work with a man who seemingly dislikes women and won’t listen to what she says.
Deep Blue Trouble is full of all of the things I loved about Deep Down Dead; heaps of action, heart, thrills and yet, there is still so much more. Steph Broadribb has improved on what was already a pretty wonderful narrative, this book is tighter and as we know the back story of Lori and JT is, in some ways, a more enjoyable read. If Deep Down Dead was a delicious starter then Deep Blue Trouble is your all time favourite main course.
This book sees a different side to Lori, she is desperate and that makes her reckless – she makes silly decisions, trusts people that she shouldn’t and finds herself in situations that could easily have been avoided. I feel that this is part of a learning-curve for Lori who is fiercely independent, a single mother who chooses to work alone when bounty-hunting. Her desire to create a family for Dakota and to have JT in her life upends all that she believes and all that she has relied on for the past 10 years. The action and search for Gibson Fletcher almost takes second place to Lori’s growth and development in this book.
I can’t wait to see where Steph Broadribb takes Lori next – I have become fully invested in her and her life and I’m counting down the days until the next installment.
About The Author
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 http://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.
I am thrilled to be one of today’s stops for the Blog Tour for Deep Blue Trouble many thanks to Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books and Anne Cater for a copy of the book in return for an honest review. You can find both Steph Broadribb and Orenda Books on Twitter at @crimethrillgirl and @OrendaBooks respectively. Deep Blue Trouble is out now in both ebook and paperback and can be bought here. Make sure you check out the other stops on the tour, details are beneath!