Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Devil and the Deep by Julie Ann Walker

He knew he had to forget her
But when the woman who stole his heart is kidnapped
This former SEAL will do whatever it takes to steal her back

Maddy Powers's life revolves around cocktail parties, political fundraisers, and charity events-but she can't forget the daring former SEAL who came crashing into her life a few months ago...or the scorching kiss they shared before he disappeared into the deep blue sea.

Bran Pallidino carries a dark secret-one that forced him to push Maddy away. But when she's taken hostage during a trip to the Caribbean, the men of Deep Six Salvage embark on a dangerous mission to save Maddy. Passion boils in the sultry sea breeze...but what good is putting their hearts on the line if they don't survive the dawn?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Book 2 in the Deep Six series follows the same formula the author used in the as the first book and in her Black Knights Inc series. We get the point of view of Bran and Maddy, our hero and heroine, Mason and Alex the couple who will be the subject of the next book, and of the bad guys. It is a formula that is familiar and I love it. It works.

There were lots of things I really liked about Devil and the Deep. The way Bran and Maddy keep referencing movies, their chemistry, how Bran tries to convince himself he doesn't feel about her the way he does, the way Maddy is so brave in the face of danger and in going after Bran. The action in the story very well done and there is one particular scene involving swimming I found scary in that I wanna cover my eyes and not look kinda way.

I confess my favourite part of the story were the scenes between Mason and Alex. I love the way she never stops talking and that be barely talks at all. They are fun. Their story is going to be worth the wait.

That was awesome!! As a Key West resident, I love that this series is set in my backyard. It’s unbelievably easy to envision the events unfolding as Walker has written them, especially the Navy Cutters slicing through the water. But because I’ve lived here almost 15 years and am not a Conch, many of the changes that the author makes in the name of literary license go unnoticed by me. On the off chance that I do actually notice a change, I just go with the flow because ultimately. it comes down to the action, the romance, and the story that is being told. And Maddy and Bran’s story is packed full of it.

Since Bran and the men of Deep Six rescued Maddy from pirates in Hell or High Water, she and Bran have built a long-distance friendship, exchanging daily emails and the occasional phone call over the past three months. While Maddy hopes that one day they’ll move beyond friendship, Bran cherishes the friendship he’s built with her because he’s never cared about another woman except for his mother. So despite the attraction that sizzles between them, Bran refuses to cross that line because their friendship means too much to him to risk for a bout of passion. But when Maddy visits Bran’s side of the Gulf of Mexico, he cannot resist going to the Dry Tortugas to see her. Thank goodness Mason and Alex tagged along because Maddy’s celebration tip is set to become a kidnapping if the “party crashers” have anything to say about it. Considering that that most of the events in the book transpire over the course of a day, Walker packs in a TON of action as Bran and Mason’s unexpected arrival throws one heck of a wrench into the kidnappers’ easy snatch-and-grab operation. But it’s easy to see that there are contingency plans for the contingency plans, and even as Bran and Mason foil the first attempt, the action continues full-steam ahead as they try to get Maddy and the others safely off the island – all while Bran tries to avoid succumbing to his physical need for Maddy.

As usual, I found the balance that Walker strikes between the military-style action and the romance to be perfect for my reading experience. Even though I know that the mission will be successful and even though I know the couple will end up together, Walker still manages to suck me into their story because it’s watching them go from point A to point Z that counts. On the surface, Maddy and Bran shouldn’t work. She’s from Texas oil money and he’s a former Navy SEAL and current treasure hunter. But their love of movies and their shared experience in the first book gave them a foundation on which to build a strong friendship as Bran helped her deal with the aftermath of the kidnapping. Which is beyond fortunate because Maddy is apparently a magnet for kidnapping attempts, and once they discover who’s behind the latest attempt, Bran’s support will be vital to her mental health. One of the things that Walker does well in Devil and the Deep is make the steamy scenes flow with the storyline, and because of their connection, Maddy and Bran are HOT together. As much as it hurt to witness at the time, I loved how Maddy handled herself when it became clear that Bran wasn’t going to go back on their one-night only agreement. Even better was the metaphorical hard-look-in-the-mirror that Alex and LT forced Bran to take and reevaluate his decision, and it made for an awesome ending. I have to say that I love, love, LOVED getting to see Mason and Alex’s interactions in this installment and I cannot wait for the next book to see how THAT plays out. In the meantime, I get to backtrack and read the recently released prequel novella, Hot as Hell. Keep ‘em coming, Walker. Keep ‘em coming.

Also Available in the Deep Six Series

Book 1
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Julie Ann Walker is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of award-winning romantic suspense. She has won the Book Buyers Best Award, been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, and the Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA award. Her latest release was named a Top Ten Romance of 2014 by Booklist. Her books have been described as "alpha, edgy, and downright hot." Most days you can find her on her bicycle along the lake shore in Chicago or blasting away at her keyboard, trying to wrangle her capricious imagination into submission.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Devil and the Deep (Deep Six #2) by Julie Ann Walker to read and review.

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