Friday, October 4, 2019

Fallen by Rebecca Zanetti

New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti delivers a pulse-pounding new read filled with her trademark edge of your seat action in the latest book in her Deep Ops series…

Too quiet.
A talented hacker who got caught, Brigid Banaghan is now forced to work with a secret Deep Ops unit. But she won’t reveal any more to these renegade Feds than she has to. Especially not to Raider Tanaka, her control freak of a bodyguard and handler. It’s enough that his body is tensed for action and his heated gaze is always on her...

Too sharp. Raider knows there’s more to his new assignment than he’s been told. Why send a deadly agent of his experience to guard a computer genius—even a gorgeous, unpredictable, undisciplined one? But when Brigid’s estranged father is named in an investigation into Boston’s organized crime, Raider’s mind switches onto high alert, just like his senses...

Too close. To clear her father’s name, Brigid needs Raider’s help. The Unit’s idea that she bring a straight-laced Fed in as her “fiancé” won’t fly, though—not unless Raider can release his inner bad boy and become the rebel Brigid can’t resist...

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Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Thriller
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This is Brigid's story. She was caught hacking the wrong thing and now, she's trying to atone for that mistake. However, she is also stuck in a situation that she sees no way out. While she is doing her best to find the shipment that could be carrying young girls, she is also trying to exonerate her father because her team believes that he's part of the old Irish mob who is now dealing in people instead of drugs.

Raider has an agenda. He's known he's had an agenda and he really doesn't care. He wants to pull in all of the Irish mobsters that he has been following. He asked to join the team because he knows who is capable.

This is a story about seeking the truth. Brigid is trying to balance her own desire to do good with her own sacrifice of being caught. It's a balance that is delicate and her handlers, who don't seem content to just let her do her job, like to threaten her.

I enjoyed watching this story unfold. Raider sees some hard truths along the way and Brigid learns some difficult lessons. While they might seem a little like oil and water at first, they blend nicely as a couple. They balance each other. I love that Brigid just tells it like it is and Raider is content to let her be the strong woman that she is. I also really enjoyed the silver lining in that she becomes much closer with her estranged father.

I am looking forward to the next book a lot. I really enjoy these characters and can't wait to see what trouble they will follow next.

This is the second book in the series and I would recommend that you read Hidden first, as it introduces us to the Deep Ops team, and I assure you that you want to meet them and get the dynamics and idiosyncrasies sorted out! They are a fabulously complicated group of people and animals! I am going to assume that you have read Hidden in my review. In this installment we do get to see how Mal and Pippa are progressing their relationship.

We met Brigid, the ex-con, super-clever hacker released to the handler Raider Tanaka in the first book. She is an integral part of the team, and yet, sadly we soon find out that she has another agenda too – but don't be too disappointed, she is fabulous nonetheless. Her skills are most definitely being used for good. When she and Raider have to pretend to be together and go somewhat undercover, then the intensity of feelings between them suddenly spills over.

There is a lot of pain in this book – the team really are hardcore when they are facing evil, and take the knocks but keep coming back for more, as lives are on the line. It is difficult to fault their ethics, but wow, they will need a long rest after all this crazy is over! I enjoyed the storyline, and most definitely was cheering for Raider and Brigid to get their happily ever after. It was touch and go, but Zanetti did not disappoint.

There was still the humour from book one, but somehow the plot was serious and the danger high, so it really only lowered the tension a tad! The girls’ night out was a much needed release for them and us.

If you like your romance with a strong story of crime drama, then this definitely fits the bill.

Also Available in the Deep Ops Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Hidden post.

Book 1.5
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For reviews & more info, check out our Taken post.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner – only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She writes contemporary romances, dark paranormal romances, and romantic suspense novels.

Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories. She resides in the wild north with her husband, children, and extended family who inspire her every day—or at the very least give her plenty of characters to write about.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Fallen (Deep Ops #2) by Rebecca Zanetti to read and review.

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