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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Book Review: Hell Or High Water by Julie Ann Walker

Hell or High Water
(Deep Six Series, Bk #1)
by Julie Ann Walker

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...

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Viviana's Review:
This is a great start to a new series.  Julie Ann has definitely done her research and it shows.  Living in sunny FLA a salvage crew lead by Les “The Lion” Anderson, he and his team are all former Navy SEALs who are trying to live normal and fulfilling lives that they promised  a fallen comrade they would do.

I really like the guys.  Each are unique individuals who are going to be fun to get to know more of. While we got glimpse of each of them, we got better look at Brad which makes me wonder if his book is next while you're reading the book. The good news... Yeah, he's story is next in "Devil and the Deep (Deep Six, #2)" scheduled for release on March 1, 2016. Back to Leo and his story....

The tension between Leo and Olivia is evident but I will say, that I was a bit lost in their connection/attraction. We see is him pining for her and being in love with her after less than a few days and interactions with her isn't “rational” unless there's history and while it’s said several times over that they were stationed together, we as the reader of the current book do not get a sense of what their time stationed together was like.  So that connection between hero and heroine felt like an instant lust BUT the author does a great job of bringing the action that you get caught up in the action and forget that point.

Oh and freaking TEARS! Thanks Julie Ann! The helicopter scene! That's all I'm saying! Julie definitely has a way with words that will get you in the guts and make the water works start!!

Overall, I really enjoyed this first installment to the series and can't wait for the next book! She did a fantastic job of setting things up for that book!

Rating: 4 Stars - Loved it

We received a complimentary copy of this book from Sourcebooks Casablanca via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

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