Today bestselling author Julie Ann Walker’s thrilling new Deep Six
from New York Times and USA Today bestselling
author Julie Ann Walker.
A COVERT MISSION
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.
SPARKS A FLAMING DESIRE
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.
WITH EARTH-SHATTERING REPERCUSSIONS
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?
undercover mission to a place no NYPD officer dares go: the Upper Eastside.
and closer to each other. Soon Vincent and Jill are playing good cop/bad cop in and out of bed, and Jill’s falling hard. But can she convince Vincent to give her a shot as partner in life, as well as at the bureau?
One never really realized how much New York City got under your skin until you left it for a while.
It was like one minute New York was your adopted home—a little bit intense, a lot scary.
And the next, you were holding your breath as your plane landed, your entire body on edge with the anticipation of being home again.
Jill Henley smiled as the plane touched down, her eyes closing just for a moment at the realization that she’d be sleeping in her own bed tonight. Going back to her job tomorrow. Eating at her favorite gyros place tomorrow.
But none of that—not the city, nor her pillow-top bed, nor the really freaking amazing gyros—were as important as who awaited her.
Jill loved her mother desperately—it was the reason she’d spent the past three months in Florida taking care of her.
But the Moretti family had become every bit as much family to Jill as her own mom.
She couldn’t wait to see them again.
All of them.
Okay, so maybe there was one Moretti in particular whom she was especially excited to see.
Not that the excitement was mutual.
As she walked through JFK toward baggage claim, she couldn’t figure out for the life of her why she was even the tiniest bit disappointed about the fact that Vincent Moretti wouldn’t be the one picking her up from the airport.
She hadn’t even asked him. He might have said yes. Maybe. But it would have been done with a grunt and a grumble, and probably a lecture about how his workload was double because his partner had “up and ditched him.”
Besides, it made more sense for Elena to pick her up anyway.
Not only was Elena her best friend, but Elena was an attorney at a fancy-pants law firm, with access to a company car that was a hell of a lot nicer than Vin’s car and didn’t smell like old coffee.
Plus, Jill had news.
The kind of news that female friends squealed over in the appropriate, gushing manner.
So why was she so nervous?
Lauren currently lives in Manhattan with her husband and plus-sized Pomeranian. When not writing, you’ll likely find her running (rarely), reading (sometimes), or at happy hour (often).
Once comfortable on stage in front of thousands, Joely
Crockett is now mortified at the thought of walking—or rolling—down the aisle at her sisters’ wedding. Scarred and wheelchair-bound, the former beauty queen has lost more than the ability to walk—she’s lost her fire. But when one
handsome, arrogant guest accuses her of milking her injuries and ignites her ire, Joely finally starts to feel truly alive again, and soon it’s impossible for her to resist her heart’s desire.Alec Morrissey knows a little something about loss. A
famous rodeo cowboy before he was injured in Iraq, he’s managed to create something of a normal life, even if it’s not the one he always imagined. Encountering stunning but damaged Joely, he sees a kindred spirit who can learn
from his mistakes.As these two healing souls begin to fall in love under
the Wyoming stars, they must discover if they are willing to give in to the tragedies of life or fight for a future together.
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
I thought this would be a cute bit of fluff, a fun wedding romance, but it turned out to be a wonderfully emotional story about love and loss and overcoming huge physical obstacles. I liked that Alec and Joely’s characters were both complex and well developed and they got to know each other really well before a physical relationship developed. And the book cover is pretty gorgeous, too!
Joely Crockett and Alec Morrissey meet each other at her sisters’ double wedding. She’s the matron of honor, not quite divorced from a cheating husband who abandoned her after a horrific car accident. She’s been in assisted living, not wanting to be a burden to her family, petrified to try to move on with her life. Alec is a former rodeo champion who enlisted in the service with his cousin after 9/11 and is standing up for one of the grooms.
At first Joely just finds Alec annoying because he keeps pushing her to do things she’s frightened of, like taking some steps on her own or dancing with him at the wedding without making a huge spectacle of herself. And he thinks that she’s drowning in self-pity and he’s just the person to throw her a life preserver!
As they spend time together after the wedding, Alec tries to show her just how alike they are and how much he’s recovered since losing a leg to an IED while in Iraq. But need having a hard time admitting even to himself that there are still some emotional issues that he can’t overcome on his own. A nicely inspiring HEA just in time for Valentine’s Day!
I received this book as an ARC from Edelweiss.
(aka her husband), and a gray Arabian gelding. After working as a newspaper journalist and magazine editor, and raising an equine veterinarian daughter and a talented musician son, she won RWA’s prestigious Golden Heart® Contest in 2010 with her contemporary romance The Rancher and the Rock Star. In her spare time, she loves to hike, quilt, read, horseback ride, and spend time with her new granddaughter. She also has four-legged grandchildren—more than
twenty—including a wallaby, two alpacas, a donkey, a pig, a sugar glider, and many dogs, cats, and horses (pics of all appear on her website http://www.lizbethselvig.com). She loves connecting with readers—contact her any time!
powerful family has watched her very closely since she almost got caught in an
embarrassing scandal a few years ago. So when Clementine’s sent on a mission to
live up to the Daly name, politely declining isn’t an option. Of course, the
last thing she does before boarding the plane is to grab a stranger’s phone by
mistake—leaving the hunky journalist with her phone. Soon his sexy voice is on the
line, but he doesn’t know her real name, or her famous pedigree—which is just
the way Clementine likes it.
realize that the beautiful brown-eyed girl he met at the airport is suddenly at
his fingertips. They agree to exchange phones when they’re both back in town,
but after a week of flirty texts and wonderfully intimate conversations, Justin
doesn’t want to let her go. The only problem? It turns out that Clemetine has
been lying to him about, well, everything. Except for the one thing two people
can’t fake, the only thing that matters: The heat between them is for real.
This is a sexy and smart book based on the improbable premise that two people sitting near each other at the airport could accidentally pick up each other’s phones and not discover the error until they land at their destinations. Then, instead of just overnighting the phones, they agree to relay messages to each other for a week until they both return home and can exchange the phones in person.
Beautiful but socially awkward heiress Clementine Daly ends up in California with writer Justin Mueller’s phone, while he’s in Florida with hers. When Justin finds he has the wrong phone, he frantically calls and leaves messages until Clementine calls him back. They talk and have some wonderfully witty and increasingly intimate conversations while passing messages back and forth. Clementine is fascinated with his voice and picture and even the playlist on his phone and Justin feels the same about her.
But Clementine had a horrible experience naively sexting with a boyfriend when she was a teenager that brought embarrassment and even blackmail to her society family and she’s been lectured to about the dangers of oversharing. So she doesn’t tell Justin the truth about her name or how she can pay her rent or even what she does for a living — until it all blows up in her face and she’s left trying to explain…
I really liked this breezy and fun new adult book that has some interesting thoughts on our huge dependency on our cellphones and the possible dangers of social media. Although it’s a bit of a fairytale, the adorably awkward heroine, an almost too-good-to-be true hero and some really smart and witty dialogue made the whole book an enjoyable read for me.
I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley.
for young adults under the name Liz Czukas. She lives outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin,
with her husband, son, and the world’s loudest cat.