Desperate Play - Barbara Freethy

Desperate Play

By Barbara Freethy

  • Release Date: 2018-06-13
  • Genre: Suspense
Score: 4.5
From 295 Ratings


"Words cannot explain how phenomenal this book was. The characters are so believable and relatable. The twists and turns keep you on the edge of your seat and flying through the pages. This is one book you should be desperate to read." Caroline 

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 who needs his help? Or does she also have a secret life? 

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

Shocking twists await in this page-turning, heart-stopping romantic suspense novel by #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy
Note: THE FBI SERIES takes readers on thrilling, romantic, and suspenseful adventures! While an overarching mystery plays out over the first five novels, every story stands completely on its own and there are no cliffhangers! The books feature complex and exciting storylines ranging from kidnapping to organized crime, terrorism, and espionage. Personal stories often play out against a bigger, broader storyline, and surprising twists will keep you up all night. Start reading today!

Check out more books in the series!
Perilous Trust #1
Reckless Whisper #2
Desperate Play #3  
Elusive Promise #4 
Dangerous Choice #5 
Ruthless Cross #6
Critical Doubt #7
Fearless Pursuit #8
Daring Deception #9
Risky Bargain #10
Perfect Target #11
Fatal Betrayal #12

What the readers are saying about DESPERATE PLAY…

"Barbara Freethy's books never disappoint, and this one will keep readers on the edge of their seats as they navigate the tangled web Avery and Wyatt find themselves in." Stacey – Goodreads on DESPERATE PLAY

"DESPERATE PLAY is the 3rd book in Barbara Freethy’s Off the Grid series and it did not disappoint! I’ve read all the books and each one is amazing!" Mindy – Goodreads

"DESPERATE PLAY is fast-paced and full of suspense. You find yourself second guessing the characters’ actions, trying to piece together the clues and find out who the traitor is." Polly - Goodreads 

"What a brilliant story! Couldn't put it down. It had so many twists and turns." Noreen – Goodreads on Desperate Play

"DESPERATE PLAY is so good! If you like suspense, lies, betrayal, action, and love then you will love this book." Becky - Goodreads

"An excellent romantic thriller filled with plenty of action, I didn’t know who the killers were until the end. Makes for a really enjoyable read. Can’t wait for another in this series." J. Stryker – Goodreads on DESPERATE PLAY


  • Off the grid trilogy

    By pudge48
    I loved the first three books. I just could not put it down. Can’t wait for more. The suspense kept me going. Awesome. Pudge48
  • 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!
  • 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.