Monday, June 13, 2016

Devil and the Deep (Deep Six #2) by Julie Ann Walker

Devil and the Deep
by Julie Ann Walker

My rating: 3 stars

Series: Deep Six - Book 2
Publication Date: July 5, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN-10: 1492608939
ISBN-13: 978-1492608936
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Humor
Print Length: 384 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Cocktail parties, political fundraisers, and charity events are Maddy Powers' way of life. But the daring man who appropriated her father's yacht a couple of months ago is still out there, somewhere, and she wants to pay him back for the scorching kiss they shared.

Behind his suave smile and ladykiller eyes, Bran Palladino carries a dark secret that keeps him from pursuing Maddy… even though he can't get her out of his head. But when Maddy is kidnapped as part of a grand scheme, it's time to put up or shut up… because Bran can't live without Maddy now.

 Devil and the Deep (Deep Six #2) 
by Julie Ann Walker

Devil and the Deep (Deep Six, #2)After a rather frenetic meeting, Maddy and former SEAL Bran Palladino have become “penpals,” emailing witty banter, newsy stuff and dancing around the growing feelings they each share. It’s Bran’s past that stands between them and Maddy would do anything to find herself in his arms, in his bed, showing him that the past is gone and the future can be whatever they make it.

When Maddy takes three deserving girls on a trip to a remote island, her mission is two-fold, to show the girls things they would never see and to be closer to Bran, after all, he would only be a boat ride away. Little did she know that there are men gunning for her, and that a campout on a beautiful island is about to become a deadly nightmare of hellish proportions.

When Bran discovers Maddy is in trouble, he is on the move, going all uber military ops in an effort to save her. While he will give his all as a soldier, he is still unwilling to give her his heart. Can she cajole him to admit what he feels? Her Texan charm is a finely honed toll in her arsenal of charm, but the dark part of Bran’s past is practically on perma-resist. Will their journey through the depths of hell at the hands of murderous mercenaries looking to hold Maddy hostage finally break through the wall that keeps them apart?
Julie Ann Walker is back with Devil and the Deep a romantic suspense with a lot of heat, a lot of bloodshed and a cast that fits perfectly into the role they play. The sex is carnal, graphic and mature, until Maddy throws out some “Southernese” at what to me were poorly timed. Maddy is a good soul, a kind soul, but her constant overuse of “Southernisms” would probably make an ear of corn pray for deafness; hey, best I could do on short notice.

Bran is just too secretive, his big reveal was VERY important and somewhere I needed this sooner. The rest of the main cast? LOVED them!

Second couple entering the arena of romance, Mason and Alex were a dynamic duo of comedy, but where will their attraction go?

For me, this was like taking my Corvette over the potholes of my home state…bumpy, dangerous and never a smooth ride to the finish. There was almost a feeling of two stories, one romantic comedy and one erotica. Still, this is good, fast read with lots of sizzle and pop.

I received an ARC edition from Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for my honest review.


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