Desperate Play - Barbara Freethy

Desperate Play

By Barbara Freethy

  • Release Date: 2018-06-13
  • Genre: Suspense
Score: 4.5
From 72 Ratings


DESPERATE PLAY brings you the third book in #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy's new romantic suspense series: Off The Grid: FBI Series #3. 

Special Agent Wyatt Tanner has always worked undercover. He thrives in the dark of the night. He survives by turning himself into someone else. But living so long in the shadows can make a man forget who he really is. When people start dying, when he finds blood on his own hands, he questions the choices he has made, the people he is with. 

Can he find his way back to the light? Can he trust the beautiful woman offering her help? Or does she also have a secret life? 

He'll have to make one desperate play to find out…

Don't miss this page-turning, heart-stopping romantic suspense novel…coming soon!

Check out more books in the series!
Perilous Trust #1
Reckless Whisper #2
Desperate Play #3  
Elusive Promise #4 
Dangerous Choice #5 


"Perilous Trust is a non-stop thriller that seamlessly melds jaw-dropping suspense with sizzling romance, and I was riveted from the first page to the last…Readers will be breathless in anticipation as this fast-paced and enthralling love story evolves and goes in unforeseeable directions." USA Today HEA Blog 

"Barbara Freethy's first book in her OFF THE GRID series is an emotional, action packed, crime drama that keeps you on the edge of your seat…I'm exhausted after reading this but in a good way. 5 Stars!" Booklovers Anonymous

"It's been a while since I have had the fun of reading a brilliant romantic suspense book - Perilous Trust gets me back into this genre with a bang!" For the Love of Fictional Worlds

"Getting tangled up with Perilous Trust is a rush. Barbara Freethy sets the adrenaline level so high that it takes a while to come back down to solid ground. The suspense is killer, the danger is intense and the electricity generated between Sophie and Damon is off the charts. A lethally seductive thriller." Isha Coleman - I Love Romance Blog

"A uniquely seductive, gripping and exhilarating romantic suspense that is fast paced and action packed… Barbara Freethy hooked me and slowly and keenly reeled me in. I was left in a trance. I just cannot wait for the next book." 

"The adventure that Barbara Freethy takes us on in PERILOUS TRUST is full of twists and turns. It is a perfect suspense that will keep you guessing until the very last moment. This book definitely deserves 5 stars." Reading Escape Reviews

"Perilous Trust is such a thrill ride! I love the mystery and the intense action of the characters and plot." Cuz I'm a Nerd Blog 


  • Outstanding

    By micky 89999
    Another great book. I love the FBI series
  • Fantastic Book!

    By LoveDachshunds
    Desperate Play is a fantastic book. Wyatt and Avery are wonderful together. This story never had a dull moment! I wasn’t able to guess who did it, so I had a really hard time putting the book down. I definitely recommend this book, and look forward to the next book in Barbara Freethy’s FBI series!
  • Another Romantic Suspense That Pulls You In

    By Mpomper514
    Another winner by Barbara Freethy. While this is Book 3 in the Off the Grid series dealing with a group of FBI agents who bonded and became the best of friends during their training, this is definitely a book you can read as a stand alone. I like that in each book you have moments when the other friends make an appearance. The story starts out fast, and the suspense continues to grow. Love that in this book we get to know Wyatt's background, and why he tends to be a loner and working undercover with the FBI. After Avery's best friend is murdered, Wyatt is assigned through the head of the aerospace company that Avery works for to keep an eye on her and to protect her. You'll be guessing until the very end who is committing the espionage, the thefts, and who is after Avery to keep these secrets. Loved it. Can't wait to read book 4 in this series!
  • Another winner!

    By IAGram
    Desperate Play by Barabara Freethy is the 3rd installment in her Off the Grid FBI series. Note: this review contains spoilers! As soon as we meet Wyatt Tanner, we know all is not as it seems. He was in the tail end of the last FBI book, so being homeless just doesn’t cut it. This is off the grid after all. And Avery Caldwell doesn’t really fit the role of undercover spy either. But when her best friend is murdered in the Fun House, Avery becomes the target of everyone! Car chases and flying bullets keep the action fast moving and the reader on the edge of their seat. Figuring out the identity of bad guy mastermind keeps you guessing. Every time I thought I had it figured out, things changed and another clue pointed to someone else! Well defined characters and great descriptions make this a great read. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
  • Another winner from Barbara Freethy

    By MaryW fan
    I don’t think Barbara Freethy can write a bad book! This is the 3rd in her FBI Off the Grid series and may just be the best one yet. Each book is a standalone, telling the story of one of a group of FBI agents who bonded going thru training together. Desperate Play is Wyatt’s story. He’s the loner, undercover guy we’ve had glimpses of in the first books. He meets Avery, a quiet, sweet & sexy astrophysicist while working undercover at her company, after her best friend is murdered. Get ready for plot twists and turns as Wyatt & Avery try to figure out who killed Noelle, who’s selling government secrets, & who wants them dead before they find the answers. Friends, family - everyone is suspect. This book will keep you guessing until the end....and cheering for Wyatt & Avery to find their happily ever after. Read the book....then go get the first two as well, you won’t be sorry.
  • Desperate Play

    By Jen G F
    ARC for honest review with no compensation Desperate Play is book 3 in the Off The Grid:FBI series by Barbara Freethy that is filled with suspense, twists, turns, emotional and keeps you on the edge of your seat and turning the pages to find out what happens next. Wyatt an FBI agent (who we met in the other books) is a loner and undercover agent and has been since he joined the FBI. He has been undercover so long he is not sure who he really is...Until he meets and has to protect Avery (an Astrophysicist) after she discovers her friend is dead and needs to know what happened and why...can Wyatt keep Avery safe? Find out who killed her friend? Who is behind it? Once you start reading you will not want to put it down though it is a standalone, reading the previous books in this series will give you a better understanding of the agents and how they interact..can't wait for the next book in this series!!!
  • Mesmerizing!

    By Texas109
    Desperate Play is flat out wonderful and will have you gasping, twitching, frantically turning pages, and hoping our favorite author writes the next story quickly! Undercover FBI agent, astrophysicist whose best friend has been murdered, a boatload of potential suspects, complicated family dynamics and lots of danger and yes, some heat all add up to a very captivating read. If you are a reader unfamiliar with Barbara Freethy’s work it’s way past time you discover what good writing looks like. Nuff said. Buy and enjoy. I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book. Most highly recommend.
  • Intriguing....third in series

    By Livesfornascarracing
    Another wonderful read by Barbara. This is Book Three in the FBI Series of Off The Grid. This is a great series. Got me from page one. Page turner for sure. Loved it and highly recommend. Will keep you interested from page one to the end. I wanted to make this book last but, as usual, I was up late reading as I didn’t want to put it down. Highly recommend to anyone who loves mystery, excitement and fun.
  • Mystery and intrigue!

    By Gdesd
    Just when I thought I knew who dunnit, twists and turns took my mind in a different direction. I love this series!! Wyatt and Avery definitely had baggage to deal with, but they brought out the best in each other. Must read!!
  • Twisty

    By ledoss
    Book three in this series. Plenty of intrigue, questions and twists in this one. Outstanding story and romance to top it all off. There were a couple of places the story bottomed out, then spun back up into the mystery you expect. The whole series is a good read, don’t miss it.