The #Bookvent Calendar 2017: Day 4

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#Bookvent – Celebrating my top reads of 2017 

My fourth bookvent pick is another very early 2017 read. Technically, it was a late 2016 read but as it was published in January, my review didn’t appear until 2017 so it still counts. What a book and what a debut! This is one which captured the hearts of many a reader when it was first released, the start of a series which is full of action and heart stopping moments, and features an ass-kicking, taser toting heroine with a heart of gold, who has the sass and the smarts to take on anyone and come out on top. Book four in my #bookvent countdown is …

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Deep Down Dead

by Steph Broadribb

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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.

Breathtakingly fast-paced, both hard-boiled and heart-breaking, Deep Down Dead is a simply stunning debut from one of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction.

What is there that you can really say about this book. From the minute I started reading I was completely hooked. Lori Anderson is as quick-witted as they come and as a bounty hunter what she lacks in physical size and brawn, she makes up for in fleet of foot and smarts. At sometimes quite an emotional tale, this is a story of a woman who would do anything for her daughter and sees Lori pushed to the limits. Not only will you find some brilliantly written action sequences, you will also feel the emotion, good and bad, which emanates from the page and also the heat … My, my, my. That JT … A man who was always going to set many hearts a flutter, and a popular choice for my #booklove crushes lists, the chemistry between him and Lori is off the scale. If you like action with a heart and a special blend of indefinable humour, then you really need to read this book.

You can read my full review of Deep Down Dead here and purchase a copy of the book from the following retailers. Just so you know, the sequel, Deep Blue Trouble is also available to order right now so be sure to take a look.

Amazon UK | Amazon US | Kobo | Waterstones

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Happy #bookvent reading all

JL