A young private investigator finds out the price of keeping deadly secrets when a vicious killer sets his sights on her in this pulse-pounding thriller from the USA TODAY and New York Times bestselling author of the Tracers series.
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...
Written with Laura Griffin’s signature “gritty, imaginative, sexy” (Cindy Gerard, New York Times bestselling author) style, Her Deadly Secrets is an electrifying and scintillating novel that packs a powerful punch.
About the Author
Laura Griffin is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tracers series, the Wolfe Sec series, the Alpha Crew series, and several other novels. A two-time RITA Award winner and the recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award, Laura lives in Austin, where she is working on her next book. Visit her at LauraGriffin.com, and on Facebook at Facebook.com/LauraGriffinAuthor.
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Her Deadly Secrets
KIRA VANCE gripped the steering wheel and navigated the slick streets. The summer downpour had come out of nowhere, catching her off guard. She’d wanted to make a good impression, and now she was going to arrive not just late but soaking wet in a white T-shirt that was nearly transparent.
Water dripped onto her shoulder as she reached a stoplight, and she glared up at her leaky sunroof. There was no denying it—she needed a new car. Her little Celica had six-digit mileage and a bad transmission, but she refused to trade it in. She couldn’t afford an upgrade, and the car had been with her through so many ups and downs she was sentimental about it.
The phone chimed on the seat beside her, but she ignored it because it was Ollie, her shrewd, rude, and sometimes infuriating boss. She didn’t want to talk to him on the phone. She needed a face-to-face.
As Kira skidded away from the intersection, her car’s engine warning light flashed on.
“Son of a bitch,” she muttered.
She’d just had it in for an oil change, and the guy had said he’d checked everything.
But people lied. Often. If they didn’t, she’d be out of a job.
Kira’s work was a search for the truth—the good, the bad, and the ugly. She dug up the facts and let the lawyers deal with them in court. Or not. Sometimes her discoveries meant a witness wouldn’t be called to testify. Or the defense team would develop a new strategy. Sometimes her discoveries poked big fat holes in the case of a zealous prosecutor.
The truth cut both ways, and that’s what she liked about it. Finding that truth gave her a heady rush that made up for the downsides of PI work, such as dealing with cheating spouses and deadbeat dads and insurance scams. Those were the cases that made her pissed off and cynical.
Another thing that pissed her off? Unpaid invoices. Ollie was three weeks behind on a big one, and he was the master of the dodge, which was one reason she’d decided to track him down in person tonight to deliver her news.
Kira reached the street that turned into River Oaks, where stately houses sat far back on manicured lawns. The thunderstorm had brought an early evening, and the thick St. Augustine grass looked almost neon green in the eerie light.
Cars lined both sides of the street. Someone down the block was having a party, apparently, which seemed odd for a Tuesday. A red Jaguar glided up to the curb ahead, and a valet sprang out and sprinted past her.
Kira spotted Ollie’s no-nonsense Ford parked at the base of a steep driveway. She wedged her car between a pair of Mercedes SUVs and cut the engine as she looked around.
This was it. Mount Logan. Named for Brock Logan, managing partner at the law firm that had hired Ollie to investigate its big cases. Kira had thought the name was a reference to Brock Logan’s oversize ego, but she saw now that she’d been wrong, at least partially. The house perched atop a hill on a large corner lot, elevated above the other mansions in Houston’s most exclusive neighborhood.
Kira had never set foot inside a River Oaks home, and her curiosity was mixed with professional ambition. Besides confronting Ollie, she was here to do some business development. It was high time for her to meet Ollie’s big-fish client, who’d been keeping her in Ramen noodles and Netflix these past three years. She’d never met the man because Ollie liked her to stay behind the scenes. But those days were over.
Kira grabbed her files and glanced in the rearview mirror. This extreme humidity was not her friend. Her mascara was smudged, and her long dark hair was a frizzy mess. She smoothed her hair down and swiped on some red lipstick. Nothing she could do about her damp skinny jeans, but she grabbed her tailored black blazer from the back seat, hoping to hide the wet-T-shirt look she had going on. After trading her cheap flip-flops for strappy black sandals, she pushed open the door with a squeak.
The torrent had let up, but it was drizzling as another valet ran past her. Not far behind him was a plodding jogger in a soaked gray hoodie. Kira waited for him to pass and then crossed the street to Logan’s house.
The homes here sat on huge lots, and each seemed to have its own theme. To Logan’s left was a Mississippi Plantation with tall white columns. To his right was a Stuffy New England Brick with a steep roof, no doubt to accommodate Houston’s frequent snowstorms. Logan’s house fell squarely into the Tacky California category, a sprawling mass of yellow adobe with a red-tiled roof. Tall palm trees surrounded it, towering obnoxiously over the neighborhood’s namesake oaks.
The air smelled of rain and fresh-cut grass as Kira trekked up the stone path. She passed through a pair of concrete lions into a courtyard, where she faced an imposing carved wooden door.
This was it. Brock Logan. She had to nail this meeting. She took a rubber band from her pocket, pulled her hair into a ponytail, and hoped for the best as she squared her shoulders and rang the bell.
Brock Logan had made a fortune defending wealthy people accused of serious crimes. The cases were high stakes, high pay, and Logan’s current project was a prime example: a prominent heart surgeon accused of murdering his wife. According to the prosecution’s theory, the mild-mannered doctor was actually an abusive control freak. When his wife threatened to leave him, he killed her.
The story had a catchy ring to it, kind of like a cable docudrama. But Logan planned to counter it with an airtight alibi: his client had been having drinks at his golf club with a fellow doctor at the time of his wife’s murder.
The door jerked back, and Ollie stood there in his typical short-sleeved button-down and dark pants. He had a gray buzz cut and a paunch that hung over his belt.
“Christ, what are you doing here? You coming from the courthouse? Get your ass in here.” He took her elbow and pulled her inside. “You could’ve called me, you know. You didn’t have to drive all the way here in the rain.”
“I needed to talk to you.”
“Oh, yeah?” Ollie smirked. “And I’m guessing you wanted to meet the Big Kahuna, too, right?”
“I’m here for my money, Ollie. I’ve got rent due, and you’ve been dodging me.”
“I was just about to write your check.”
She crossed her arms.
“Hey, you know I’m good for it.” He made a sweeping gesture at the entrance foyer, attempting to distract her. “So what do you think of this place?”
The foyer was large and airy, and Kira’s living room would have fit inside it, no problem. An ornate staircase curved over a tall archway that led into the back of the house. To Kira’s left was a formal dining room, and to her right was a spacious living area with oversize sofas.
“Beats working at the office,” Ollie said, leading her through the archway. “We’ve got Hunan coming. Logan’s outside on the phone.”
“In this weather?”
Kira stepped into the kitchen and stopped short, dazzled by the endless white countertops, sleek new appliances, and massive cooking island. In the breakfast room, financial news droned from a wall-mounted TV, and she noted the long wooden table blanketed with files and legal pads. Logan and Ollie were already neck-deep in trial prep.
Kira glanced around the kitchen. “You could cook for an army in here.” Not that she cooked, but hypothetically. “Is he even married?”
“Divorced.” Ollie rolled his eyes. “He made out better than I did, though. Pays to be a lawyer. Want a beer?”
“I’m good. Listen, we’ve got a problem.”
“One sec.” Ollie took his phone from his pocket and frowned down at it as he scrolled through a message. He muttered something and looked up. “What is it?”
Kira set her files on the island. “Robert Peck. The defendant’s doctor friend.”
“The golf-buddy alibi. What about him?” Ollie grabbed a beer bottle off the counter and took a swig.
“I was at the courthouse, and I dug up an old divorce,” she said.
Ollie set his beer down. “I didn’t know Peck had been married before.”
“Yeah, guess he forgot to mention it. The marriage only lasted eight months.”
“So what’s the problem?”
“In the filing, Peck’s ex-wife alleges infidelity, along with mental and physical cruelty. She got a temporary restraining order against him.”
Ollie’s face didn’t change.
“It’s not going to look good if the defendant’s alibi witness is guilty of spousal abuse,” she said, pointing out the obvious. “Undermines his credibility.”
Ollie looked down at his phone again, and Kira gritted her teeth. She’d spent her afternoon combing through filings, and what she’d discovered could potentially sink Logan’s case, or at least damage it.
“Ollie? You listening?”
He rubbed his chin as he continued reading. “We’re dealing with something bigger right now.”
“Bigger than your alibi witness being a wife-beating dirtbag?”
“If this pans out, Peck won’t matter.”
“If what pans out?”
He looked up, and something flashed in his eyes. It was a look she recognized, and her pulse quickened.
Ollie had something.
The doorbell rang, and he glanced toward the foyer. “That’s our food. You staying?”
“I’m not leaving without my money.”
“You act like I’m some deadbeat. Jesus.”
He grabbed his beer and went to answer the door, leaving her alone in the huge kitchen. She hadn’t planned to stay for dinner, but she wasn’t going anywhere until she heard more about this new lead.
And met the Big Kahuna.
As if on cue, the back door opened, and Brock Logan stepped inside. The forty-something trial lawyer was tall and lean and had his sleeves rolled up to reveal tanned forearms. If he was surprised to find a strange woman in his kitchen, he didn’t show it.
“You must be Kira.”
The side of his mouth curved in a sexy half-smile, and she remembered all the rumors she’d heard about him. Logan was a player, and meeting him in person, it was easy to see why.
A crash came from the front door. Kira whirled around.
She rushed into the foyer and found him sprawled on his back, clutching his chest, a puddle of beer and glass beside him. Kira dropped to her knees. Had he had a heart attack? A stroke?
Blood seeped between his fingers, and Kira’s breath caught.
“Ollie! Oh, my God!”
Something moved in her peripheral vision. She swiveled toward it just in time to see a dark figure sprinting through the dining room.
“Hey!” Logan, who had followed behind her, bolted back into the kitchen to intercept the intruder.
A wet gurgle jerked her attention back to Ollie. Blood trickled from his mouth now. His eyes were wide with shock as he pushed his phone into her hand. The device was slick with blood, and it clattered to the floor before she managed to pick it up and call 911.
A crash in the kitchen. Then a sharp yelp, followed by two low sucking sounds that Kira recognized instantly.
Gunshots, but the gun had a silencer.
A vase shattered nearby. Something stung her cheek. She scrambled into the living room, diving behind a sofa and smacking her head on an end table.
The intruder was shooting at her.
Another crash from the kitchen, and Kira’s heart skittered. Was that Logan? The gunman?
She tried to think. The phone glowed in her hand, and she realized the call had connected. She muted the volume with her thumb and ducked low, trying not to make a sound. Where was the shooter? Inching to the end of the sofa, she peered around it. She could see Ollie in the foyer, and he wasn’t moving.
Kira crawled back to him, hoping he’d stay quiet and then hating herself for hoping that. His face was slack and ashen. She stripped off her blazer and pressed it against the crimson stain on his chest.
She heard more commotion at the back of the house as she desperately tried to stanch the bleeding, but the wadded fabric was already soaked through.
Kira’s stomach twisted, and she pictured the gunman walking up behind her and putting a bullet in her skull. Blood, warm and sticky, covered her hands now, and she felt a surge of panic. This couldn’t be happening. She checked the phone again, hoping they were tracing the call. The line was still open, but she had it on mute. If the shooter was nearby, she didn’t want to draw him in here.
Ollie, come on. Open your eyes.
He wasn’t moving, wasn’t blinking, wasn’t making a sound. The rest of the house had gone quiet, too. She prayed the shooter wouldn’t come back. Had he fled out the back door? Was he in another wing of the house? Where the hell was Logan? She pictured him dead in the kitchen, and her blood turned cold.
Everything was quiet. Too quiet. The only sound was the frantic pounding of her own heart.
Don’t be dead. Don’t be dead. Don’t be dead.
The quiet ended with an earsplitting shriek.
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## Didn't really care for this one. I had a really hard time finishing this book. It took me 4 to 5 days when generally I read a book in one day. I didn't like the format of switching POVs between all the characters. I like dual POV (hero and heroine), but all the other POVs not so much. Also, the story was so drawn out, repeating things over and over making very little progress. In addition, this "hero" was so blah. The strong, quiet type? A little too quiet. No personality whatsoever. Just raising his eyebrow a lot, not saying anything. It annoyed me throughout. I wanted to shake him so he'd have some kind of reaction. Sorry, can't recommend this one.
Laura Griffin has become one of my favorite authors and I enjoy everything she writes. She knows how to write edge of the seat suspense with romance and strong female leads. Kira, a PI is stunned when her partner is murdered right in front of her. Even though she doesn’t understand why someone would murder him, Kira doesn’t think she is in danger and is upset when she learns Jeremy is hired to protect her. Kira is too busy trying to solve the mystery of why someone would want to kill her colleague, she doesn’t have time to waste on a bodyguard who wants to know her every move. Jeremy is former military and takes his job as a bodyguard seriously. When he meets Kira he knows she will make his life difficult because she resents being hampered by a bodyguard. Jeremy knows he shouldn’t get involved with a client, but he can’t seem to help his attraction to Kira. Jeremy admires everything about Kira, especially her dedication to her job. Jeremy is all alpha male: protective, strong and silent. Jeremy and Kira are hot on the trail of a killer. They are using all their instincts and knowledge to figure out what is happening and why people are being killed. This is a fast paced, heart pounding suspenseful story. The only issue I had with this story was the ending seemed abrupt to me. I would have liked an epilogue telling us how Jeremy and Kira work everything out. This is the second book in the Wolfe security series.
I've read several of her series but can't recommend this one. It took weeks for me to finish it due to lack of interest. I made myself finish but had to keep rereading pages because it didn't hold my attention. And one suggestion to author: enough with "he tasted so good." That's gotten old and you use it too often.
This thrilling little tale drew me right in, it's words were absorbing and left me with an insatiable desire to know more. So I let the words take me away, and they kept me up until way past my bedtime... and boy was it worth every lost minute of sleep! This one impressed on all fronts, it had suspense to twist the thoughts, bits of steamy times to make me blush, and thrilling action to keep me on the edge of my seat... a true winner in my book! If you are a romantic suspense lover you will love this one, it's pages come brimming with plenty of sizzle and suspense!! Highly recommend!
I usually don't read mysteries , but this book was very Good! it was an exciting read!
This is my first book by this author; it will not be my last! I am going back to buy the first book! It starts with a young female PI, Kira, barely making ends meet, learning from her great friend and mentor Ollie. While a meeting is taking place in the River Oaks neighborhood in Houston, the lawyer's house, Brock Logan, his assistant Neil, also Ollie is there waiting for Intel that will blow the case out of the water! Kira decides to meet Ollie there; she needs to be paid. Brock, handsome, rich, is happy to have her there, working on the murder case, with them. The doorbell rings, Ollie thrilled some food has arrived, opens the door, down he goes, blood everywhere, Kira, crawls behind a sofa, while the gunman takes a shot at her; she crawls back to Ollie, while the gunman heads for the kitchen. Brock fights with the gunman, gets shot, the gunman picks up computers, cell phones, goes out the back! This is only the beginning! Then Brock hires Wolfe Security, to protect everyone working on the case, which includes Kira! Her first security detail is alpha male Jeremy! A decorated Veteran of four tours in Afghanistan; five years with Wolfe Security, handsome as sin, in the kind of shape most pro football players could only wish for! This is not a psychological thriller; it is a fast-paced, police procedural, who done it! Only ten thousand times better! Sexy, without being over the top, heart-pounding scenes that keep you awake, and you cannot wait until the next book is out! I highly recommend! Thank you Netgalley! carolintallahassee.com
My Thoughts: Kira, a new-ish private investigator and Jeremy one of the security specialist with Wolfe Security are thrown together when a case Kira and her boss are working turns deadly. Jeremy is assigned to protect her, but Kira doesn’t want to be hemmed in while she’s trying to find a killer. However, she does see the wisdom of protection when it becomes clear she’s on the killer’s radar. Kira’s is trying to piece together clues from her boss’s investigations to track down a killer, and while she has Jeremy at her back 24-7 he sort of becomes her reluctant partner in the case. Reluctant not because Jeremy doesn’t want to investigate, but because he doesn’t want Kira in any more danger than she’s in already. Of course, being in such close proximity the attraction they feel for each other becomes hard to ignore. Jeremy doesn’t want his feelings for Kira to distract him from his job to make sure she’s safe, so it’s a little dance of giving in and backing off; that is when they’re not smack in the middle of danger. I know I’m in for an exciting, fast-paced read when I pick up one of Laura Griffin’s mysteries. While the beginning of Her Deadly Secret starts off with a bang, there was a bit of a lull until the story really took off for me, but when it did my attention was 100% consumed. Part crime procedural and part romantic suspense. Thrills interspersed with chemistry a-brewing, and stolen moments of passion. Kira and Jeremy’s story was an exciting read!
I just love Laura Griffin. The mystery/thriller/romance genre that she writes in is so unique from all the other thrillers I read and I always enjoy her stories. I won a copy of Desperate Girls last year in a Goodreads giveaway (the first book in this series) and absolutely fell in love. So I knew I had to read the next in the series, Her Deadly Secrets. This cover speaks to me so much. I think it's fantastic and really draws your eye in. Every time I see the cover for this book I do a double take because it's pretty breathtaking. But beyond the cover, the story itself is wonderful. Wolfe Security is enlisted to protect a private investigator whose life is in danger. She was hired by a prominent physician's defense team to investigate a case in which he's accused of murdering his wife. But when they find themselves in the middle of a bloodbath where one of their own is killed, they must enlist the security group to provide protection from the unknown assassin. Laura Griffin's stories are always such a slow burn which are usually not my favorite because they tend to be on the boring side. But she has this way of keeping the story moving and keeping the reader reading with her storytelling abilities. The mysteries are always well thought out and keep me on my toes. But to top it all off, the romance is always icing on the cake for me. In a genre that's usually dark and twisty, she injects romantic elements that give the story a unique flare that I really enjoy. I will say that I think the romance had a little more sexual tension in Desperate Girls so I think I enjoyed that relationship a tad more. But the relationship in Her Deadly Secrets was still steamy and enjoyable at the end of the day. If you haven't read Laura Griffin's work, I would highly recommend it. She's become a "must read" author for me and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next. -I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Laura Griffin, and Gallery Books for the opportunity to review.-
Laura Griffin never disappoints! I loved meeting Liam and his security team in Shadow Fall. So glad to see Jeremy's story unfold.
There was a lot to snare my interest while reading Her Deadly Secrets but what I really loved was that two of the main characters were women who knew how to do their job and were extremely competent. Kira Vance worked as a private investigator and she was tenacious about following her hunches. I loved that about her! She also took her position seriously and she did not have a chip on her shoulder. When she had information she knew was valuable, she would share her knowledge with those who were in a position to do something about it. One of those people was homicide detective Charlotte Spears. Charlotte was a great cop! She followed her hunches and when she was told to back off, but she knew she had something, she just pushed harder. Her instincts were spot on and she also did not have a chip on her shoulder or something to prove. She trusted her instincts when it came to her job and people. She did not discount the information that she received from Kira just because she was a private investigator but she also didn’t follow the tips blindly. She investigated and followed the clues. Although she and Kira did not work together directly, I enjoyed both of their characters immensely and if Charlotte had a spin off series I would gladly follow it! She was a solid character. This story was truly a suspenseful mystery with a nice smoldering romance element. What developed between Kira and Jeremy was just perfect because it grabbed my interest but did not overpower the mystery and suspense. I happen to be a reader who loves a good mystery. For readers who enjoy a romance that has plenty of heat and time spent beneath the sheets, this may not appeal to you but I promise that the smolder is there and what develops is not to be discounted. I thought Jeremy was swoony in his strong and silent ways and that made him oh so appealing to me. The storytelling in Her Deadly Secrets was superbly executed! I was drawn into the investigation as it progressed and there was plenty of excitement when the investigators started to close in on the truth. I liked the balance between a police procedural and a crafty whodunit. It was filled with action, suspense, and characters that were memorable. It was good that this story had multiple points of views because knowing Jeremy’s thoughts helped a lot in understanding what was taking place. Without his thoughts some of the scenes would not have been received well because they seemed to come out of nowhere. Overall, once I started reading this book I could not set it down and I am very excited to see what comes next in the Wolfe Security series! This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Griffin provides intricate details to intrigue the reader. Her characters come to life in the page. You will not want to put this one down once you've begun reading. Enjoy!
The second book in Ms. Griffin's Wolfe Security series didn't disappoint! I really enjoyed Kira and Jeremy's story, and OMG, I'm still smiling like a loon after reading the last chapter... Her Deadly Secrets is a lot more heavy on the "suspense" part of "romantic suspense" and honestly, I was fine with that. I enjoyed the slow burn of Kira and Jeremy's romance, and honestly, as much as I enjoy bodyguard romances, I usually can[t help but wonder how well they're really doing their jobs if they're constantly distracted by...other things. Here there was a heck of a lot of suspense-type things going on pretty much all of the time, and I'm just as glad as Kira was that Wolfe security managed to keep her alive through them all. Plus, the waiting made them actually being together all the sweeter... Yep, STILL SMILING. I also really liked that Kira was a PI and that she took such an active role in figuring out what was going on--and loved that she shared what she knew with the police and didn't engage in too many TSTL tactics. She did get a bit frustrated with the logistics of being guarded, but she also let them do their jobs and appreciated the results. She almost always listened to them, anyway... I can't wait to see what's next up for this series! Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
This is the 2nd book of the Wolfe Security series written by Laura Griffin. I love the way Laura Griffin writes strong women in her books. This book is written mainly from the P.O.V. of a female P.I. and also a female detective. They need to figure out how to stop a killer and how the killing is linked to a murder case that is about to be tried. The female P.I. in this story is Kira Vance. Although she is very good at her job, she is struggling and works with her friend Ollie. Kira brings information regarding a case that Ollie is working on (to the home of the of the lawyer trying the case) where Ollie ends up being murdered and Kira is thrown into a whirlwind trying to figure out why Ollie was killed, who killed him, and how what happened pertains to the current case they were working on. Charlotte Spears in the female detective in this story. I like her dedication to the investigation. I do admit, at times she doubted / mistrusted Kira and that did drive me a little crazy, however, I know that P.I.'s don't always share all of their information regarding a case with the police (at times they can't due to confidentiality). I feel that Laura Griffin did a great job writing about all of the police involved in this case and the steps that were taken to solve the murders. Also, as the story continued the characters did a much better job sharing evidence and working together to solve the case. It took time for them to build trust. The lawyer that had hired Ollie, Brock Logan, is a prominent defense attorney. After Ollie is murdered he hires Kira to take over Ollie's case. The murder is days before the current case is to be tried and Kira needs to determine what Ollie discovered that cost him his life AND if the information will help the defendant in the current case. Brock Logan's company hires private security from Wolfe Security. Jeremy Owens is a part of the Wolfe Security team and he is one of the team members assigned to protect Kira. You could instantly tell that the 2 of them were going to make this story lots of fun to read!! They way they interacted was spot on and I just loved 'watching' them fall in love throughout the story. They definitely didn't fall in love immediately, Kira certainly made Jeremy's job difficulty by not following along with the protocols that were put in place by the security team. I liked the respect that each of the characters gained for each other as the story continued and how they ended up working so well together by the end of the story. Overall, I thought this book was amazing!! The story plot flowed smoothly combining mystery and romance in a realistic way. The pacing of the story was excellent too! I love Jeremy and Kira as a couple and I'm very glad that they got their H.E.A. I can't wait to read the next book in this series!! Once again this was a phenomenal story that kept me engaged and wanting to know what was going to happen next! *Thank you to Simeon & Schuster and Netgalley for this eARC in exchange for my honest review.
Her Deadly Secrets by Laura Griffin is the 2nd book in her Wolfe Security series. I am a big fan of Laura Griffin and her Tracers series, which is great; and now with Wolfe Security, we have another suspenseful series to enjoy. Kira Vance, our heroine and a Private Investigator, finds herself in a dangerous situation at the start. She arranges to meet her boss at their current client’s house to review findings from her investigation, and quickly is in the middle of a shootout, which kills her boss. Kira continues to work on the investigation for the client, who is a lawyer working on a high-profile case, and because of the situation and possible danger, she is assigned a bodyguard to protect her from Wolfe Security. Jeremy, our hero, works for Wolfe Security, who are protecting the lawyer, the law firm and now Kira. Kira is very independent and confident, as well as smart and savvy. She at first tries to do her own thing, but Jeremy refuses to let her be alone, which works out as Kira becomes a target, putting her life in danger; especially after she continues to come up with more clues as to who and what is behind the murders. Jeremy slowly finds himself attracted to Kira, which is something he is trying to avoid, as it would affect his job. This romance is slow build, and more in the background to the story line. There is also another POV of the female detective, Charlotte, who is on the case. She is tough, but she is also as independent as Kira, and is willing to work long days without rest to find the murderer. She suspects Kira is keeping secrets, but in the end, both will help each other with their findings. This was very well done, as we got to see two different perspectives for the same crime, and the clues begin to tie in. What follows is an exciting, tense, suspenseful adventure, with two great female leads. I loved Kira, and really liked Jeremy too; though the romance remained in the background til closer to the end, they did make a great couple. Wolfe Security has a lot of wonderful characters, which we will get more stories from them in future books. Her Deadly Secrets was very exciting, edge of your seat story; as well as tense, especially as the danger for our heroes escalates. If you enjoy mystery, exciting suspense with romance, then you should be reading Laura Griffin.
Laura Griffin always delivers intriguing stories with great characters and Her Deadly Secrets is no exception. This is the second book in the Wolfe Security series. Even though the series is about the assignments Wolfe Security takes on, the story focuses on strong independent women and the security team is secondary. This series is less intense than the Tracer series of which I am a big fan. You owe it to yourself to check it out! I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
Her Deadly Secrets – Laura Griffin I was fortunate to receive this book as an Advance Reader Copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an objective review. Kira Vance is a private investigator, who works for fellow investigator Ollie Kovac. Having secured some info on a high-profile case that may help the defense, she’s enroute to Atty Brock Logan’s home, where a pre-trial meeting is ongoing, to drop off the file…information that may help clear Logan’s client, a respected physician accused of killing his wife. As she arrives and settles into the informal meeting, the doorbell rings – Ollie, expecting a food delivery – goes to answer, only to be shot point blank in the chest. In the ensuing mayhem, Kira dodges a bullet by diving behind furniture, and the killer is gone before anyone can react. With Ollie dead, and Brock wounded, Kira is determined to find the person who killed her mentor. Assumed to be an attack related to the ongoing case, Logan’s firm hires bodyguards from Wolfe Security, and Logan hires Kira to replace Ollie. Kira’s bodyguard is Jeremy, a former military special forces soldier, who takes his job seriously. Too seriously, to Kira’s thinking… As Kira investigates Ollie’s death, a visit to his office reveals little as they discover someone has been there before them. The office has been ransacked and little is salvageable. Kira does find a notebook with surveillance notes, but written in Ollie’s shorthand, they make little sense. As she and Jeremy attempt to identify the subject of Ollies interest, and his killer, neither can deny the growing attraction between them… A solid storyline and two strong-willed leading characters, along with drama, sexual tension and hearty supporting characters make this book impossible to put down! Laura Griffin is an author whose work I will pick up immediately, without needing to read the back cover, as I know I’m always in for a great read!!!
I think I've just read too many crime dramas lately and this one was good but just didn't hold my attention like others have. Kira is a PI working on a case when her boss is gunned down suddenly and she must unravel the case on her own. Fortunately the security company hired to protect her features handsome and virile Jeremy to whom she is immediately attracted. Lots of possible leads but it took a long time to make any progress (or at least it seemed to me) and the romance took up more of my time than the actual plot-line surrounding the murder. I know there are lots of Laura Griffin fans out there and I think I will have better luck with her first series that's gotten really good reviews! Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC!
Laura Griffin has hit another home run with her latest book, Her Deadly Secrets. This is the second book in her new Wolfe Security series, a sort of spin off from her Tracer series. I just re-read the entire Tracer series in anticipation of this new book. It was such an enjoyable journey. I am hooked on this new series. Ms. Griffin combines action, police procedure and romance perfectly. This book started out with a bang and kept me eagerly turning the pages. I love that our hero, Kira, is a private investigator. She is tough, persistent and fearless. She arrives for a simple meeting to discuss strategy for an upcoming trial with her mentor, Ollie, and his client, Brock Logan. Logan is an attorney getting prepared for an important trial. The meeting ends with a murder and robbery. Kira is not only an eye witness; she becomes Logan’s lead investigator. Because of the danger in this high profile case, Wolfe Securities is brought in to provide around the clock protection for both Logan and Kira. Kira is very strong and independent and knows this will hamper her investigation, but she agrees to protection, with limitations. Jeremy is just coming back from his latest assignment and Wolfe Securities selects him protect Kira. His total focus is the protection of Kira. I loved the attention given to their Kira’s and Jeremy's quest for information as well as their inevitable romance. The supporting characters are also well written and add much to this story. Ms. Griffin excels at providing characters you eagerly hope will appear in their own stories. I highly recommend this book. It kept me the turning pages. Ms. Griffin fills her books with suspense, danger, romance and such attention to detail. I am already looking forward to the next book.
This is the second book in the Wolfe Security series but can be read as a stand-alone as the use of familiar characters are the only familiarity between the two books. While the plot line itself did not hold much distinction to others of the genre, Griffin does keep her audience captive with her strategic writing style and creative characters. The main character and heroine, Kiera, though thoroughly evolved could have benefited from a deeper delve into her past. It felt as though the reader was brought just to the cusp of understanding who she was but left not knowing the entire story. As if a bit of her was missing. Nonetheless, the slow-burn chemistry between Kiera and Jeremy is beautifully frustrating, proving Laura Griffin knows how to keep the reader engaged and flipping the pages. The mystery of whodunnit was a constant tease and the foreshadowing keeps the reader guessing until the very end. Those going in expecting a fast-paced suspense will be let down, this is a steady-paced romantic mystery. 4 stars.
Private Investigator Kira Vance gets a front row seat to her mentor/associate being gunned down and killed. Her life is then upended as the lawyer they were helping with a high profile case hires Wolfe Security to protect his firm along with Kira. She isn't to happy to have a bodyguard following her around but soon realizes that the killer didn't get what they wanted the first time and now have set their sites on her. This series checks all the boxes for Romantic Suspense but I miss the in depth details of the Tracers series. The women in this series are also the most tenacious and at times overbearing females which didn't work for me in the first book but Kira was much more tolerable. I do love that these take place in familiar locations in Texas that I know.
This dangerous investigation is personal… This is the second book in the Wolfe Security series that can be read as a stand-alone. Contracted to an experienced private investigator, Oliver (Ollie) Kovak, who is also her mentor, Kira Vance delivers a report to him at their client’s home when everything goes horribly wrong and Ollie is killed in front of her. Prior to his death Ollie had unearthed relevant information for a lawyer’s case but hadn’t managed to share it in time. Kira takes over the PI work for their legal client, though devastated by the personal loss she’s determined to find what it was that got a man she respected, considered a friend, killed. She’ll have to retrace Ollie’s steps and stay ahead of those who want the information to remain buried. Is she up to the task? She wonders if she is but doubts won’t stop this woman. A lawyer and his employees are assaulted in his home and Wolfe Security is hired to protect the legal defense team for a high profile case. Jeremy Owen is the lead security specialist, a former marine just returned from an overseas mission that suffered complications and he hasn’t had time to decompress, assigned to protect a female private investigator who doesn’t want their protection. She’s afraid his presence will get in the way of her investigation but the independent, sassy woman doesn’t have a choice in the matter, he’ll make the arrangement work even when she tries to elude his team. There are multiple points of view in this story, that of Kira, Jeremy, and the female detective looking into Ollie’s murder for the Houston PD, the same investigation Kira is working though Kira is focusing on the connection to the lawyer’s case. The duality was interesting, seeing different sides of the investigation and how the two women came to an understanding in regards to sharing information each considered confidential from the other. It is these two strong women in professions usually male-dominated who ultimately break the case with the help of their assigned male partners. Kira was an intriguing character, an intelligent, independent yet vulnerable young woman, doggedly determined, highly astute and a quick learner, she’s flying solo on a dangerous case sans her mentor. She’s not used to and doesn’t want protection or help but she accepts its necessity and uses it to her advantage. It helps that she finds that Jeremy is not just definitely good to look at but highly capable, their attraction is palpable but it’s the case that had to come first for them both. Jeremy was the silent, sometimes grumpy, yet deadly type and I enjoyed the dialogue between the couple, how they handled the sexual tension that was always apparent, there was a proper time for everything. The storyline was an exciting, fast-paced, attention-grabbing mystery, the investigation detailed. This reader likes to see how the characters resolve the puzzles before them and the author provided much suspense. The ending was perfect for these protagonists, a beginning not a given. An advanced reading copy was obtained from the publisher via NetGalley.
One of my favorite things about this book is that it follows the POV of two women, a private detective and a police detective, who played a big part investigating and breaking open the murder case this book is based on. I love to see when women are shown just as smart and capable of doing what some believe is a mans job. Kira was a fascinating heroine to follow in this book. She's more or less just starting out as a private detective. Her mentor was just murdered in front of her and now she has to step into his shoes to not only find the killer but also link that killer to the murder case they were investigating for the defense attorney. She's a confident woman but also knew her limitations. When the law office hired security for the defense team, she handled it very well. I love a smart and confident woman but not when she thinks she's invincible, and we don't have that with Kira. I got to know Jeremy a bit in one of the author's Tracer books. I liked him then and I liked him now. He's the strong, silent type which happen to be my favorite. I liked that we got to see him battle with his attraction to Kira. If we didn't, I don't think these two would have been believable. If I had one complaint, it was that Jeremy and Kira's romance was on the back burner to the investigation. I would have loved more for them but the investigation was pretty exciting to read about and really kept my attention. This is one thing I am learning about this author, she really knows how to grab your attention and keep it.