Review: Devil and the Deep (Deep Six #2) by Julie Ann Walker

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Cocktail parties, political fundraisers, and charity events are Maddy Powers' way of life. But the daring man who appropriated her father's yacht a couple of months ago is still out there, somewhere, and she wants to pay him back for the scorching kiss they shared.

Behind his suave smile and ladykiller eyes, Bran Palladino carries a dark secret that keeps him from pursuing Maddy… even though he can't get her out of his head. But when Maddy is kidnapped as part of a grand scheme, it's time to put up or shut up… because Bran can't live without Maddy now.

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Bran and the gang are looking for the Santa Cristina.  LT, Olivia, Mason and Alex have been living on the island with him searching for any clues to the location of the sunken ship.  Bran has also been emailing Maddy Powers for the last three months.  When she invites him to the Dry Tortugas for a quick visit, the idea makes him sweat.  He met her on a mission three months ago where they shared a searing kiss.  He is hooked on her but doesn’t do love or relationships.  He is determined to keep her at arms length as a friend. 
However he finds himself in a boat bound for the Dry Tortugas with Mason and Alex.  It is exactly what he shouldn’t be doing.  When they arrive they hear gun shots coming from the island.  A boat is moored there and Bran fears for Maddy’s life.
Maddy, the teenage girls she brought, and the young ranger are taken hostage.  Maddy can’t believe this is happening again.  She needs to protect the girls the best she can.  The men on the island are pros and she needs to be smart.
When Bran and Mason sneak onto the island to save the day, things get crazy.  Bran and Maddy work together to save the girls.  They also grow closer.  However Bran can’t get past the monster that lives inside of him nor his parents’ doomed relationship and obsessions.  Maddy can never be more than a friend.
I really like this author and this newer series she has introduced.  I read the first one about LT and Olivia.  I was excited to find the second one.  Bran and Maddy had to have their own story after the way they left things.  You really learn what makes them both do the things they do.  Bran’s history isn’t pretty and Maddy’s heart is huge. I like them both as a pairing.  They are from completely different worlds.  Of course Maddy is a trouble magnet.  She is held hostage twice in three months.  I would hide from the world after that.  Come on her luck is ridiculous.  When the author reveals the power play taking place you feel sorry for her.  This isn’t going to end well.
The characters are awesome as usual.  Alex and Mason are hilarious together as they bicker.  The author also captured the three teenage girls well.  They are realistic and sassy, exactly as I would expect.  Maddy was a great character.  She comes from a rich family but you would never know it from her attitude.  She was brave and accepting of all.

The plot had lots of suspense and gun battle.  I loved reading as Bran and Mason were back in action.  The former seals make it appear so easy.  It was an awesome read with great characters.  I give it a 4 out of 5.

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