published April 25, 2023
About DEEP TIDE
An undercover FBI agent and an independent coffee shop owner must team up when a local barista is found dead and danger circles their coastal Texas town in this new romantic thriller from New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin.
With two brothers on the police force, Leyla Breda is well aware of the rising crime in her small beach town, but she never expected it to show up on her doorstep. When Leyla finds one of her employees murdered in the alley behind her coffee shop, she’s deeply shaken, and as a new law enforcement officer in town begins to circle her place of business, her instincts only sharpen.
Sean Moran is on an undercover mission: The seaside community of Lost Beach may look like a picturesque postcard, but his team suspects it’s a point of intersection for several crime syndicates that the FBI has been investigating for years. Even so, when the brash and beautiful Leyla Breda starts bossing him around, he’s immediately intrigued. He knows her brothers want him to back off, but every time he sees her, he feels more of a spark.
Leyla’s connections in the local community and Sean’s skills allow them to go deeper into the case together than they would be able to go alone. But when a single crime spirals into something much darker, Sean’s carefully planned mission takes a deadly turn.
Praise for Laura Griffin and her novels
“An emotional, exciting page-turner. Griffin deftly balances the mystery and the love story.”—The Washington Post
“I love smart, sophisticated, fast-moving romantic thrillers, and Laura Griffin writes them brilliantly. Last Seen Alone is a terrific example of her signature style: intriguing characters; sharp dialogue; and a tight, well-researched plot.”—New York Times bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz
“Top-notch romantic suspense! Fast pace, tight plotting, terrific mystery, sharp dialogue, fabulous characters.”—New York Times bestselling author Allison Brennan
“A gripping white-knuckle read. You won’t be able to put it down.”—New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak
I love this series. And I use the word series loosely. While the books are set in the same universe, each book focuses on different characters. They can easily be read as standalones.
At one point in my life, I almost exclusively read contemporary suspense novels. And while they are more of an outlier these days, I still love to read a good one. This series definitely fits the bill. And while I am sure there will be a HEA at the end, it’s a twisty journey on how the couple gets there.
Our main characters are Leyla and Sean. Leyla is Joel’s sister and in a little happy news, the book opens at his wedding to Miranda. Their story was told in Flight and I really liked it. Sean came into town for the wedding and isn’t exactly honest in his initial encounters with Leyla. In addition to that we learn he is from out of town, so that adds another layer to their journey. In addition to the main characters, we are introduced to Nicole, a detective on the force investigating the murder. I kinda like her. She’s scrappy. I’m hoping she gets her own book next.
Laura Griffin is really good at mixing the romance with the mystery and even throwing a little danger for Leyla so Sean can ride to her rescue.
I both listened and read this one, as time permitted. And I liked the book better than the audio this time. I’m not sure if it was the narration, the story or maybe even me, but I spent way more time reading than listening and that is not normal when I have both the book and audio.
If you like your mystery with a little romance, I can highly recommend this one along with the entire series. I can’t wait to read her next one.
About the Author
Laura Griffin is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty-five books and novellas. She is a two-time RITA Award winner as well as the recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award.