Devil and the Deep by Julie Ann Walker
A Deep Six Novel
Genre: Contemporary, Action/Adventure
Length: Full Length (387 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Camellia
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.
Julie Ann Walker and her SEALs serve up spicy fare flavored with spark-flying sex and gunfire danger. The humor, euphemisms, dark secrets, and most of all the love that refuses to be denied make Devil and the Deep an exciting, spellbinding story.
Bran Pallidino, while no longer in the military, is still a SEAL from the core out when danger threatens. The “monster” inside him roars to life, eclipsing all his charm, wit, and swagger. Because he fears the “monster” inside himself, he states firmly he does NOT do relationships.
Madison (Maddy) Powers, the little Texas-tornado-of-a-blond, whom Bran rescued earlier from terrorist on her father’s yacht, is ever on his mind. The one kiss they shared left him reeling. Their emailing and talking on the phone afterward, as Bran helps her through the PTSD she suffers, keeps his libido in an uproar.
Maddy sets her mind to see him again. With four older brothers, she is no shrinking violet when it comes to dealing with macho men. She gives tit-for-tat. Fun, a touch raunchy, and always shimmering with love, Maddy and Bran’s journey into total commitment makes heart-melting reading.
Then there’s “motor-mouth” Alexandra (Alex) Merriweather, red-hair, green eyes, and smart. She spends considerable time harassing the big, tough SEALs she works with and has the courage to tell Bran that “..it’s the love we withhold we regret the most.” However, she particularly likes to bedevil the taciturn Mason McCarthy. He claims she drives him crazy, but he’s aware of where she is always.
The heart-in-throat battles to keep Maddy from being kidnapped and held for ransom are don’t-stop, read-faster action-packed scenes that rev up all the senses and bring tears at times.
Devil and the Deep has its share of vulgar language and some very adult scenes, but it entertains from start to finish.
My goodness, I wanted to tell the Deep Six Salvage Company crew where to look for the treasure from the Santa Christiana. From the foreshadowing in the Prologue and the Epilogue, I just know they’re looking in the wrong place. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series to see if I’m right.