Devil and the Deep

Devil and the Deep (A Deep Six Novel) by Julie Ann Walker

devil and the deep

Overview by Publisher:

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.

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.

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?

This series features really hot former SEALs who are retired and hanging out treasure hunting in the Florida Keys.  Sun, sand and shirtless men hanging out on their own island?  Sign me up!

Bran saved Maddy Powers from a hostage situation on one of his last missions as a SEAL.  I couldn’t help but think of the last line in the Sandra Bullock-Keanu Reeves movie Speed:

“I have to warn you, I’ve heard of relationships based on intense experiences never work.”

Maddy and Bran somehow become email buddies, but there is a simmering tension between the two.  They share jokes and laughs, but also feelings as Bran helps Maddy deal with the aftermath of her kidnapping.

Maddy brings some girls to the Dry Tortuga Island, which is just a short trip away from Wairfair where Bran and the gang live.  Of course she is heading there to be closer to Bran.  I liked that Maddy was pretty much open about her motives.  It is such a girl move and I loved that!

Bran is intensely attracted to Maddy.  Amidst all the action, which I will get to in a minute, the author takes time to delve deeply into Bran’s fucked up childhood and the scars he carries.  I was surprised at the depth that went into developing his character considering how the rest of the book plays out.

So the whole book really takes place in one long day.  Maddy shows up at Dry Tortuga and just when Bran, Mason and Alex arrive, so do the bad guys.  It seems that Maddy’s troubles are not over.  The plot of the book takes place on the island where they shoot it up with the bad guys.  Lots of running, shooting and arguments between the men and the women.  I was seriously questioning how romance was going to fit into this.  As the reader you really need to suspend belief, because even after multiple shoot outs, an injured leg and attempted abduction, the characters are ready to get it on.  Foreplay for Maddy and Bran seems to involve barked orders and a machine gun.  If you can suspend belief, than it’s a fun ride with a lot of flirting and heavy looks.

The author has a very relaxed style of writing.  The euphuisms are constant and Maddy’s Texas drawl is heavily evident in the writing.  Sayings like, ‘Cheese on a cracker’ and lines from famous movies punctuate the dialogue frequently.  It takes a little while to get used to, but it definitely defines the characters.

This book worked really well for my imagination.  Hot, hazy summer night in the keys with heavily muscled and armed ex-SEALs running around chasing bad guys to save the ladies!



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