When I was first introduced to the Wolfe Security team, Jeremy was the one I was interested in. I always like a strong silent type and I thought that Jeremy fit the bill. I also liked the hint of a romance for him in one of the Tracers books—even if it didn’t go anywhere in the book. I was really excited to see he got his own story in this book but I was surprised that his wasn’t the first one of the series since we met him in other books in the Tracer series. That’s probably why I accidentally read this book first!
The Wolfe Security books can be read out of order, I know because that’s what I did! But to be fair, all of Griffin’s books can be read out of order as well. Characters are introduced from other series but almost always have no impact on the larger narrative. For example, we might meet police sketch artist Fiona Glass in various books throughout the Wolfe Security and Tracers books but we never actually interact with her more than in passing, though she does end up with her own book series later on. Griffin always does a fantastic job at introducing new and old characters without confusing readers or muddling the plot from previous books etc.
When I picked this one up, I was eager to get to know Jeremy more—-that was my only motivation, though I have to say the idea of a bodyguard romance appealed to me ever since the first time we meet the Wolfe Security team in one of the Tracer books. It was the romance troupe I didn’t know I needed. I love the intimacy and connection that bodyguard and client must have. Even if it isn’t necessarily romantic, I am sure there is a level of trust and intimacy that they must have in order to have a successful partnership—-and leave it to Griffin to add the romantic layer though!
Private Investigator Kira Vance spends her days navigating the intricate labyrinth of Houston’s legal world, and she knows all of its shadowy players and dark secrets.
On a seemingly normal day, she’s delivering a report to her top client when suddenly everything goes sideways and the meeting ends in a bloodbath. Twenty-four hours later, the police have no suspects but one thing is clear: a killer has Kira in his sights.
Fiercely independent, Kira doesn’t expect—or want—help from anyone, least of all an unscrupulous lawyer and his elite security team. Instead, she launches her own investigation, hoping to uncover the answers that have eluded the police. But as Kira’s hunt for clues becomes more and more perilous, she realizes that she alone may hold the key to finding a vicious murderer. And she knows she must take help wherever she can find it if she wants to stay alive. (summary from Goodreads)
This one was a very unexpected book. I don’t know that I loved Kira as a character, nor did I really love Kira and Jeremy’s romance, but I did love this book. This one had a complicated murder mystery at its heart and one that was really hard. to figure out. Kira is a private investigator who witnesses the murder of her mentor and ultimately has to figure out who killed him and why. This one has a heavy law aspect to it and I loved that about this one! I loved reading about the legal world and how the case that victim was working on had a darker and more sinister motive than originally thought. It was a really well written and interesting book. I loved the PI angle too. To me PIs are right up there with bounty hunters. It’s a strange profession and I have to admit, I am oddly intrigued and wouldn’t mind spying on cheating spouses and insurance frauds in my spare time! It’s such an insecure profession—-not quite the prestige of a detective but not quite the illegal stalker either. So for me it was an interesting angle and I really enjoyed it.
For me, Kira wasn’t my favorite. I thought she was smart and resourceful but something about her I found off-putting and I don’t know what exactly. I just never really warmed up to her. She had this anxiety about not being able to fill her mentor’s shoes, but then she was brazen in some of her professional choices so the two seemed at odds for me. I admitted her but then at the same time she drove me crazy. As for Jeremy, I loved him but I didn’t love Kira for him. I felt like he needed someone a little more emotionally available. For me Kira seemed more like a hook up for him. I liked his other love interest in the Tracers series rather than Kira. I didn’t really buy her as a stable and solid match for Jeremy.
While I didn’t love Kira and Jeremy together and I felt a little disappointed with their romance, I did LOVE the story. It took so many unexpected turns and I had NO idea that the story was going to go in the direction that it did. I thought SURE that I had it figured out after the first chapter but then it went in a completely different direction and I was super happy with how much this one kept me guessing and on my toes. It was a really good mystery and different from some of the others that Griffin has written. I am really hoping that the Wolfe Security series has more added to it since I really like the bodyguard angle and reading more about the legal side of things. Another winner for Griffin!
Book Info and Rating
Paperback, 355 pages
Published July 2nd 2019 by Gallery Books
ISBN 1501162438 (ISBN13: 9781501162435)
Review copy provided by personal collection. All opinions are my own and in no way influenced.
Rating: 4 stars
Genre: romantic suspense,