on July 5th 2016
Genres: Romance, Suspense, Contemporary
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He knew he had to forget her But when the woman who stole his heart is kidnapped This former SEAL will do whatever it takes to steal her back
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. But when she's taken hostage during a trip to the Caribbean, the men of Deep Six Salvage embark on a dangerous mission to save Maddy. Passion boils in the sultry sea breeze...but what good is putting their hearts on the line if they don't survive the dawn?
The Devil and the Deep is the second book in Julie Ann Walker’s Deep Six series which features Navy SEAL heroes. I didn’t realize this until I was already into the book. Although it probably would’ve been helpful to have read the first book first, (as that is where Maddy and Bran are first introduced), I was still able to follow along pretty well.
What is it about Navy SEAL heroes that get to me every single time??? I was in the mood for a good romantic suspense and Julie Ann Walker is a go-to author for me in this genre. I thought that this book was okay, but I honestly didn’t love it.
First of all, this book is filled with humorous dialogue and funny quirky one-liners. Romantic comedy is difficult to do well, and I thought it was interesting that a romantic suspense novel would try so hard to be funny. The suspense is real, and there is true and imminent danger present in this book. Quirky humorous dialogue at some very pivotal moments in the book only served to take me out of the moment and seemed out of place.
I did like Maddy and Bran’s relationship, and the idea that they had kept in contact through emails was compelling to me. Unfortunately, when they finally meet up again in person, Maddy was really annoying to me. She seemed flighty and Bran’s motivations remained a mystery to me until it was almost too late for me to even care.
Another issue that I had with this book is that the secondary couple overshadows Maddy and Bran’s relationship. Alexandra and Mason have the story that I am really interested in, and the pages with Alex and Mason on them are some of the best in the book. This book sets up their book amazingly well, but it doesn’t help this book (or Maddy and Bran’s relationship) at all.
I wish I would’ve liked Maddy and Bran more. Neither of these characters was remotely compelling to me, although Bran’s backstory will rip your heart to shreds. I just never warmed up to Maddy’s character and I found that her actions and words were very unlikeable.
I am on the fence about whether or not I will continue with this series. The only thing that keeps me even considering it is Alex and Mason. This couple is screaming for their own book, and I am sure that they are going to get it. As for Maddy and Bran, they are unfortunately altogether too forgettable.