Hell or High Water (Deep Six #1)

hellcover60317-mediumAuthor: Julie Ann Walker

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Rating: 4.5 stars

Buy Links: Sourcebooks and Amazon

Type: Novel in Series

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Blurb: 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…


Review: Nothing like cracking open the binding…er, Kindle cover on a new series, book one. I just love Julie Ann Walker’s Black Knight series, with those swashbuckling alpha males riding their motorcycles like our sweet savage lovers of old rode their valiant steeds. Now we’ve got some pirates! Oh, yes, in modern parlance that would be “salvagers,” right? Tomato, tomatah…

Poor Leo the Lion, former SEAL and now one of the crew who’re teaming up to find treasure on an island that his family is about to lose the lease on. When he and his team retired, they all invested in this plan to harvest a fortune from the seafloor. But time’s a tickin’ and they’d better get started on finding the hidden Spanish gold and jewels before they’re kicked off the place for good. They’ve run into lots of delays, and it’s taking a lot of manpower and more cash than they have, but they’re motivated. Unfortunately, Leo  doesn’t have his head in the game–he’s started thinking about Olivia Mortier–the one that got away.

Olivia is still in the CIA, still working undercover, and still in need of Leo’s help. She’d gotten to know him when they worked together in Afghanistan and really wished that their near-kiss had happened…but it didn’t. Just another hit to her personal life, courtesy of her job. When her latest assignment lands her in the deep, she’s got to get some help fast–and Leo and company are the best. Even though they’ve retired, she’s pretty sure she can get them to help because she knows what they need–CASH.  But they’re not going to like it–or her for asking.

Chemical weapons are now trapped on the bottom of the sea. Unless they’re recovered the “right” guys, it could be bottoms up for everyone. Will Leo and crew accept the mission?

And will he and Olivia get to make up for that lost kiss?

I enjoyed being in on the ground floor of this new adventure. While there wasn’t a lot of information given about everyone, the story line developed fast and you met who you needed to for the story to work. This is a well planned plot line with great bones, and I can totally see the other five character’s story lines going along with the treasure hunt–can’t wait to find out whose is the one where they hopefully find the gold! It’s hard NOT to love these two engaging characters, and no one’s better with action-adventure scenes and smoking hot sex-on-the-run than Julie Ann Walker. I’m looking forward to getting to know the other characters in this group as well–with SEALs you know you get smoking hot bodies and with Ms. Walker, you know you get hot sexytimes! I would have enjoyed more at the end, but I’m hoping that as the series continues Julie Ann will fill us in on more of what Leo and Olivia are doing. Thanks!



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