Saturday, July 11, 2015

ARC Review:Hell or High Water 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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What I thought about Hell or High Water

I'm a big fan of romantic suspense so when I read this synopsis, I was all in. There are many attractive elements to this book,  ex-Navy seals (yum), a sunken treasure, and bad guys that threaten national security and more. 

Leo agrees to help CIA agent Olivia because he has a great sense of honor and even though he's no longer a Seal, he still has the love of his country. It doesn't hurt that he's been pining away for her for the last year after they shared a kiss on a previous mission.  So when she asks for his help, he finds it very hard to say no.

The mission is complicated by a traitor in the CIA and another group of men looking for the missing cannisters on the sea floor. I did enjoy the action scenes when the men had to really take care of business, although I thought it was a bit unrealistic that they come out of some of the skirmishes without a scratch, but hey, they are Navy Seals, right? 

There was a lot of potential in this story and I was really eager to dive into this one.  But there were too many POVs from the various players early in the story that made it difficult for me to get into the story early on. There were too many other characters to get to know and the focus strayed off Olivia and Leo enough that it impacted my reading experience.

I did like the story and thought it had a nice complexity to it and it was the reason I kept reading past the first thirty percent. Things did pick up when the action started.  There's even a nice preview of what I'm guessing is an upcoming romantic pairing in a future book in the series.

So overall, enjoyed the story, but would have liked to have the writing a little bit more focused at the beginning.  

 About the Author

Julie Ann Walker is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of award-winning romantic suspense. Her books have been described as "alpha, edgy, and downright hot." Most days you can find Julie on her bicycle along the lake shore in Chicago or blasting away at her keyboard, trying to wrangle her capricious imagination into submission.

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