I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Devil and the Deep by Julie Ann Walker
Series: Deep Six #2
Genres: Contemporary, Romantic Suspense
A COVERT MISSION
Maddy Powers's life revolves around cocktail parties, political fundraisers, and charity events - but she can't forget the daring former SEAL who appropriated her father's yacht a few months ago ... or the scorching kiss they shared before he disappeared into the deep blue sea.
SPARKS A FLAMING DESIRE
Bran Pallidino carries a dark secret behind his lady-killer eyes - one that keeps him from pursuing a serious relationship with Maddy. But when she's taken hostage during a trip to the Dry Tortugas, the men of Deep Six Salvage drop their treasure hunt for a sunken galleon and embark on a dangerous mission to save Maddy.
WITH EARTH-SHATTERING REPERCUSSIONS
As they fight her merciless kidnappers, they discover this isn't a simple hostage situation, but something far more sinister. Passion boils between Bran and Maddy, but what good is putting their hearts on the line if they don't survive the dawn?
Solid story, wanted more treasure hunting.
Thoughts on Devil and the Deep
I’m always down for honorable, yet surly, ex-military dudes (or ladies. I’d be cool with that.) thwarting bad guys from completing their dastardly schemes and hurting good people. In that sense, this book hit the spot. I was a *tiny* bit disappointed in the lack of treasure hunting, though. Mostly because I was totally in the mood for some danger and romance on the high seas. Or on a tiny island. Well, wait. I got the danger and romance and the tiny island. So, yeah. I guess I just wanted more treasure hunting.
Anyway. Our hero, a surly former SEAL with some deep-seated emotional baggage, has the hots for Maddy. Which would be totally cool and everything except that aforementioned deep-seated emotional baggage makes him kinda relationship-adverse. Naturally, this means he fights his growing emotional attachment to Maddy with everything he’s got.
Truth, Bran. It doesn’t matter how hard you fight it, the heart tends to win. Especially when your special lady friend ends up in a not-so-fun hostage situation and you’re terrified you’re going to lose her.
While I didn’t read book 1 in this series prior to picking up this one, I had no problems following along with who was who with the background characters and what their part in the overall scheme was. Oh, and Mason and Alex? That totally needs to happen. Because those two are going to be crazy explosive together. No joke.