What’s it about?
Lori Anderson is as tough as they come, managing to keep her career as a fearless Florida bounty hunter separate from her role as single mother to nine-year-old Dakota, who suffers from leukaemia. But when the hospital bills start to rack up, she has no choice but to take her daughter along on a job that will make her a fast buck. And that’s when things start to go wrong. The fugitive she’s assigned to haul back to court is none other than JT, Lori’s former mentor – the man who taught her everything she knows … the man who also knows the secrets of her murky past.
Not only is JT fighting a child exploitation racket operating out of one of Florida’s biggest theme parks, Winter Wonderland, a place where ‘bad things never happen’, but he’s also mixed up with the powerful Miami Mob. With two fearsome foes on their tails, just three days to get JT back to Florida, and her daughter to protect, Lori has her work cut out for her. When they’re ambushed at a gas station, the stakes go from high to stratospheric, and things become personal.
About 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 http://www.crimethrillergirl.com
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.
There was an immediate and impending sense of doom right from the start. You just know and feel, without too many words but just from the setting, that things are going to get dangerous and out of control.
Lori, married name Jennifer Lorelli Ford, is a bounty hunter. How cool is that, especially if you know that the author also got her training as a bounty hunter? Lori’s past was troubled; she was married to an abusive husband and later on she had to dance to make a living, but now she’s on the mend. The only thing she needs is money to pay for her daughter’s hospital bills, hence the current bounty hunter gig she’s taken on. An easy job, simply picking someone up who skipped bail and delivering him withing 3 days to the court. Complication number one: she doesn’t have a babysit and needs to take her daughter of 9 years old with her. Complication number two: she knows the guy she’s picking up really well because he taught her the trade. I’m not sure which of these two premises it would be but one of them at least was guaranteed to cause trouble :-).
JT was Lori’s mentor and she lived by his rules:
Rule nr. 1 : Never trust no one
Rule nr. 2 : Stay objective, focus on the job, don’t form close bonds
Rule nr. 3 : Limit your risks
Rule nr. 4 : Don’t make assumptions
Rule nr. 5 : Know your surroundings
Rule nr. 6 : Always have a plan
Rule nr. 7 : Focus on the facts
Rule nr. 8 : Force only as necessity, never for punishment
But when she broke one of his rules it ended their time together quite abruptly. She never wanted to see him again. She won’t have a choice now though if she wants that money.
She tells her daughter Dakota she can come with for just this once, claiming it’ll be an ‘adventure’. That it certainly was. Once she steps foot out of her car the pace is relentless and action-packed. She’s lucky she’s one tough lady who knows how to throw a punch but she just stepped into a situation she doesn’t know anything about. Before you know it they have to make an escape and run in order to save their asses. From whom? It seems JT’s location was sold out to more than one party.
The pace of this book was frantic, the writing very visual, the chemistry between Lori and JT simmering. The time that Lori was the apprentice of JT is long gone and she now matches JT completely which makes her a very strong heroine, which can only be applauded in a book like this.
There are quite a few violent scenes and the ending was certainly volatile too. I loved the setting though.. the moment I saw where they were headed I knew it was going to be impressive and a fight on life and death.
This book should definitely be made into a movie. Although Tom Cruises stature doesn’t really correspond to the big and bulky JT, this would certainly be a perfect fit for him.
If you don’t mind plenty of violence and chases and you love to read an action-packed plotline, then this is a (5-star) cracking read for you!
I received a free copy of this book from the author and OrendaBooks in exchange for my honest opinion.
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