Release Review: Devil and the Deep: Julie Ann Walker

Devil and The Deep (Deep Six #2)
Julie Ann Walker
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Expected July 5, 2016

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.

Ex-Navy Seal and current treasure hunter, Bran Pallidino, and Petroleum heiress, Maddy Powers, shared a hot kiss when he saved her from a hijacking on her Daddy's boat a few months ago. They have shared some emails since then and are both harboring  hidden crushes.

When Maddy finds a way to get near Bran's general vicinity for a hopeful in-person visit, she never expected that they would find themselves in a situation where he has to come blazing in to save her again. But that just seems to be her luck.

Bran is charismatic, tough, cocky, sarcastic, and outspoken. But he feels he has a dark part of him that makes him leery of getting close to anyone. His past left a lasting impression on him and he does not feel worthy of a real relationship or love.

Maddy could easily be a spoiled rich girl, but she does not act like it. She takes on charitable causes and scholarships. She's sassy, tenacious, brave, and tempting. But Bran feels like he needs to keep her at arm's length. But any time they touch or get near each other, sparks fly and it is hard for them to contain themselves.

Another man trying to avoid temptation is Mason McCarthy. He and Alex Merriweather have a love-hate relationship, but it is beginning to start to turn more towards the like, love, can't-stop-thinking-about-the-other side. Mason is gruff, quiet, no-nonsense, and moody. Alex is vibrant, goofy, highly intelligent, and talks non stop.  They are quite another mismatched pair.

They all find themselves in a middle of a big, chaotic, life-threatening mess with danger around every corner and emotions running high. The girls have some propositions for these stoic tough guys. And the guys have a lot to handle.

But can these two men who do not do relationships admit that maybe they want to try something different? Is it lust, love, or just an emotional adrenaline high?

This has the characteristic camaraderie, banter, and humor that Julie Ann Walker is known for in her series. This one also had a lot of pop culture references and famous movie lines peppered throughout.  But it also had serious sexual tension, and some hot scenes. It was full of danger, suspense, action, and had a pretty hefty body count.

This did not really center that much on the treasure hunt, but was more about hostage situations and mercenaries.  I got pulled into the first quarter pretty easily, but the action seemed to overtake the middle, but then I got sucked back in towards the end. I really enjoyed the personal scenes between the two sets of main characters more than the battle and action ones.  It was told in multiple points of view allowing us to get into quite a few character's heads and understand all that was going on and just how confused some of them were. And yes, feelings and romance tended to really confuse, bother, and bewilder this group. 

I am looking forward to more in the series especially more with Mason and Alex. A little teaser was thrown in with Wolf as well. 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 
Hot As Hell (Deep Six 0.5)
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An exciting prequel novella to New York Times and USA Todaybestselling author Julie Ann Walker's thrilling new Deep Six series

Harper Searcy didn't want to fall for a soldier, but she couldn't forget her hot Navy SEAL friend or their one night stand. When the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan where she works comes under attack by terrorists, there is only one man she knows who would move heaven and earth to rescue her: Michael "Mad Dog" Wainwright.

Hell or High Water (Deep Six #1)
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Kim's 4 star review

In a world on the brink...

Six men. One sunken Spanish galleon. Millions in gold and silver coins lying on the ocean floor. And a past that refuses to let the guys of Deep Six Salvage forget the Navy SEAL motto: the only easy day was yesterday...

There's more than one kind of treasure...

The nation's security has always been CIA agent Olivia Mortier's top priority. But a mission-gone-wrong has begun to make her wonder if there's more to life than risking hers.

And more than one secret at the bottom of the sea...

Only two things could make Leo Anderson abandon his hunt for the legendary lost ship, La Santa Christina, and return to the world of weapons and warfare he swore to leave behind: a capsule of enriched uranium, lost on the ocean floor, and a plea for assistance from the one woman he can't seem to forget...

Message From The Author

Hi everyone!  My name is Julie Ann Walker and I'm tickled pink to be here today talking about my BRAND SPANKING NEW romantic suspense series, Deep Six!  It revolves around six newly retired Navy SEALs who just can't seem to shake their past and the Navy SEAL motto that "the only easy day was yesterday."  Set in the Florida Keys, the series is filled with sun, sand, danger, intrigue, adventure, and plenty of half-dressed alpha hotties.  LOL!  Sound like a good time?  I guarantee it is!  And I guarantee you're going to fall in love with these six men. 

Take Leo "The Lion" Anderson.  With his sun-streaked, sandy blond hair and perpetual tan -- not to mention those hazel eyes and beard stubble -- he's sure to win your heart.  And that's before you get to his no-bullshit, take-command-of-any-situation attitude and the fact that he's trying to fulfill his father's dying wish. 

Then there's Brando "Bran" Pallidino.  A native New Jerseyan, Bran grew up on the mean streets of Newark.  He's rough.  He's tough.  And his Italian-American heritage means he comes complete with soulful brown eyes, a face that belongs on billboards, and a love for good food and good wine.  (That last part means his beer-loving teammates give him a lot of grief. *wink*)

You won't be able to resist Mason "Monet" McCarthy.  As a boy from Beantown, Mason learned to use the F-bomb in really colorful ways.  He's big.  He's burly.  He's not the kind of guy you'd like to meet in a dark alley.  Yet his thick black hair and crystal blue eyes soften what would otherwise be an entirely intimidating appearance.

Who doesn't love a country boy?  Dalton "Doc" Simmons was born and raised in Montana.  He's a lean, mean, fighting machine, with a face that's all angles as if it's been carved down to its barest essentials by a hot, stinging prairie wind.  Doc has a tragic past.  And he's fighting to come to terms with it.

Next up is Ray "Wolf" Roanhorse.  Wolf's Cherokee heritage makes him strikingly handsome, with a blade of a nose, high cheekbones, flashing black eyes, and a lush, beautifully-shaped mouth.  Born into poverty on a reservation in Oklahoma, Wolf has more than himself to worry about.  He has his whole family depending on him.  But if anyone can shoulder that burden, it's Wolf.

And last but certainly not least, we have Spiro "Romeo" Delgado.  Romeo likes to play up that whole Latin-lover thing.  And with his swarthy skin, precisely trimmed goatee, and honed physique, he does a pretty good job of it.  But that's just what's on the surface.  Underneath it all, Romeo is desperately trying to make up for the mistakes of his past.

See?  What did I tell you?  You love them already, don't you?  

Julie Ann Walker Website/Facebook/Twitter

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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