Review: Desperate Girls (Wolfe Security #1) by Laura Griffin

I should just re-name my blog ‘Laura Griffin Fan Girl Website’. After finishing the Tracers series I promised myself I would move on to something else, but I just couldn’t say goodbye to some of the characters from Griffin’s books yet! In the Tracers series books, we meet a few of the Wolfe Security characters and I thought it would be fun to read a bit more about them in this short series. Currently it’s only two books, but I hope we get a couple of more!

The Wolfe Security books can be read out of order—-I actually read the second one first by mistake and had no trouble doing that. I should also note that you don’t need to read the Tracer books to read this series. We just happen to cross paths with some of the characters in other books in the Tracers series but all of Griffin’s books can be read as standalone books.

I really liked the idea of a bodyguard romance. It’s something I never really thought about before or thought that I would enjoy, but after being introduced to the subject in the Tracers books, I was intrigued and excited to check out this series. Knowing that Griffin always writes such great mysteries as well as romance, I knew I would be getting a quality book but with a new subject matter. I knew this wasn’t going to be the typical cop romantic suspense, and considering the main character in this one is a lawyer, I figured it might be more like a Law and Order episode—-heavy on the law part!


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.  (summary from Goodreads)


This one was definitely more on the law side of things and I was thrilled to see that Griffin continued. to being her vast knowledge of court proceedings into this one in the same way she did with her Tracers series! The main character is this one in a defense attorney, she is smart, sassy, and really knows her stuff when it comes to the law. I loved getting to know her and reading another killer mystery but from the perspective of a lawyer. That’s one of the reasons why I love Law and Order so much—–you get to solve the crime through investigation but then you get to see it through the courtroom battle which adds a whole other layer to the story. So that’s what intrigued me about this one—-the law side of things. Brynn was in a tough spot, she had a big case she was working while being hunted by a former client.

I loved seeing how Brynn navigated the space between helping an investigation and protecting herself. Brynn still had a job to do that included helping keep a wrongly accused person out of jail, but at the same time she was being pursued by a former client set on settling a score. I felt like Griffin did a great job making Brynn’s character both believable and also admirable. I loved how committed she was to her active case and how she didn’t want show how scared she was. It was a really well written mystery that showed defense attorneys in a different way. I thought this book was refreshing and interesting and it kept me reading into the night a couple of times! As for the bodyguard part, I liked how Griffin incorporated that into the story. It was believable and it made me think about the lives some of these big attorneys lead and how personal safety must be a big thing for them.

As for the romance between Brynn and Erik, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed their romance! At first I was a little put off by Erik’s character but then the more I got to know him the more I was swooning right along with Brynn. I was really happy with how much chemistry they had and how well they fit together as a couple. I felt like Erik was supportive of Brynn’s career and cases even if he didn’t love her antics. He was brave and thoughtful and I felt like they just had so much chemistry, I was fully here for their romance and really really enjoyed watching them come together in this book. Overall another winner for Griffin and I can’t wait read more from this series!

Book Info and Rating

Paperback, 368 pages

Published August 7th 2018 by Gallery Books

Original Title

Desperate Girls

ISBN 1501162411 (ISBN13: 9781501162411)

Review copy provided by personal collection. All opinions are my own and in no way influenced.

Rating: 4 stars

Genre: romantic suspense, mystery, thriller


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