Devil and the Deep
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julie Ann Walker delivers perfect pulse-pounding romantic suspense! The former Navy SEALs of Deep Six Salvage thought they could retire to the sea and hunt for treasures of the deep, but when trouble comes to visit, there'll be hell to pay.
Maddy Powers's life revolves around cocktail parties, political fundraisers, and charity events—but she can't forget the daring former SEAL who came crashing into her life a few months ago…or the scorching kiss they shared before he disappeared into the deep blue sea.
Bran Pallidino carries a dark secret—one that forced him to push Maddy away. Bran knows he won't be finding redemption, and he can live with that as long as it means she'll be safe. But when Maddy's taken hostage during a trip to the Caribbean, the men of Deep Six Salvage embark on a dangerous mission to save her. Passion boils in the sultry sea breeze…but what good is putting his heart on the line if they don't survive the dawn?
Praise for Julie Ann Walker's Hell or High Water:
"Hot men, hot action, and hot temperatures make for one hot romance!"—BookPage
"Walker blends the tender romance of a reassuring touch with lusty sex scenes… Readers will be panting."—Publishers Weekly
"If Hell or High Water is a taste of what's to come, the rest of the Deep Six series is going to be one exhilarating ride."—RT Book Reviews
In Walker's gripping second Deep Six contemporary romantic thriller, six former Navy SEALs continue their search for the sunken treasure ship Santa Cristina off the waters of Wayfarer Island, located between Cuba and Key West. Handsome Brando Pallidino has carried on a long-distance friendship with oil heiress Madison Powers since the team rescued her from a hijacking three months earlier. Now she's taking three teenage scholarship students to the Dry Tortugas on a camping trip and asks Bran whether he can visit them there. Mason McCarthy, a partner in the salvage operation, and historian Alexandra Merriweather sail with Bran to see Maddy, but stumble upon her kidnapping in progress. Obstacles multiply in a thriller that takes place in roughly 24 hours, with each chapter heading giving the exact time, allowing Walker (Hell or High Water) to move seamlessly to different characters' points of view. Bran struggles to come to terms with his troubled family history, and his emotional complexity lends an intimate feel to the steamy sex scenes.
Devil and the Deep
This is an excellent book & by far the best in the series to date. I love the Seal characters and they are truly brought to life by excellent writing!!
First off, WOW.! Just explosive action!...Loved this book!... I am not surprised at all when it comes to Julie Ann Walker's books. I have read all of the Black Knights Inc., books and am still awaiting on more books to come from that series! In book #2 from the Deep Six Series, we have Bran and Maddy's story who met under extreme circumstances in book #1... Following their story, Bran is hesitant in making any type of commitment to Maddy as his torturous past is preventing him from moving forward. Maddy, on the other hand, feels that she is getting mixed signals from Bran and though that maybe they had developed past the friendship stage to the highly possible relationship stage. We have the consummate bad guys again trying to kidnap Maddy, and Bran and his team coming to the rescue. Maddy decides to invite Bran to come and visit her at a nearby island when she takes a couple of scholarship recipients on a camping and snorkeling trip. Once she and her students reach the island, everything goes wrong. Bran & Mason along with our new resident historian Alex are on their way and from the moment they touch the island, there lives are in constant danger. It is up to the members of Deep Six to save the day. Bran and Maddy do eventually get the HEA, but not until all the danger has passed. I especially loved this book because we get a glimpse of Mason and what may have happened to make him the way he is. We get an in-depth look at how Alex feels about Mason as well. This story was filled with action, love, hot sex, and let's not forget hilarious moments, spread throughout the story for the right kind of levity. I enjoyed every moment. A heartfelt thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca and Ms. walker for the chance to preview it early.
Search for sunken treasure and action!
As this series has progressed it has gotten better. I like this installment much more than the previous. The characters are getting to be much more likable and well rounded. It does get a little confusing when it goes back to the times of the shipwreck but I can see that including this does enhance the story more than it detracts. I like the build up of the search for a treasure and all of the obstacles that are encountered along the way that actually have nothing to do with the search for the treasure, it's almost like getting two stories in one.