From a high-heel alcoholic retired service dog to a missing plane in the Bermuda Triangle, this week’s reading has been interesting, to say the least!
I was gifted a copy of Rebecca Zanetti’s latest in her Deep Ops series, Unforgiven, and couldn’t put it down! The book is a thrill-ride from start to finish.
Gemma meets, and falls in love, with a handsome Doctor who turns out to be abusive. When Gemma becomes pregnant, she knows she has to run away before he hurts the baby. She changes her name and manages to stay one step ahead of the people he hires to search for her and daughter Trudy until a chance encounter with a serial killer ups the ante.
Philosophy professor, and ex MI6 operative, Jethro Hanson finds the new sub standoffish but interesting. The more he sees of her, the more he wants to know. She’s hiding something that much is certain, and his protective instincts tell him it’s dangerous. But Jethro has another problem; his psychotic brother escaped prison and is waging a sick game with him, leaving mutilated bodies in his wake.
The Deep Ops group is a ragtag bunch comprised of ex-military, spies, detectives, a psychologist and an expert hacker, along with a service Shepherd that has self-confidence issues, and a pocket kitten. They fight hard and love soul-deep- in short, they’re dreamy! They also consider each other family and will risk their lives to protect what’s theirs. When Jethro gets framed for murder, the team bands together to find the truth in time to save a young woman and her daughter caught in the crosshairs of a serial killer.
This story is by turns scary, funny, heart-wrenching, and swoon worthy- a must read!
I had so much fun reading Unforgiven that I dived straight into book 1 of the Deep Ops series, Hidden.
After the unexpected death of her father, twelve-year-old Pippa and her mother are taken in by a charismatic man and his ‘family’- followers who believe his teachings and will do anything to please the man they call Prophet.
Seventeen yr. old Pippa is designated the special one by Isaac (Prophet) and is about to be forced into marriage with a man twice her age, a man that preaches by day and rapes by night. When a friend offers a chance to escape, Pippa takes it, reluctantly leaving her brain-washed mother behind. The two girls move around the country, adopting different names and hairstyles to stay hidden from the ‘family’ members searching for them.
Years later, Pippa lives in a small house at the end of a cul-de-sac and works from home. When a tough-looking guy with startling green eyes and a dangerous vibe moves in next door, Pippa’s flight or fight instincts threaten to take over, but something about his careworn appearance calls to the nurturer in her soul.
Undercover cop Malcolm West is burnt out. His last assignment ended in the death of his mark, a mob boss’s son, and he was having trouble living with himself over the loss. All he’s looking for now is to disappear from life- maybe a cabin in the woods could heal his damaged soul.
Except, someone led him to the sale of that cabin.
Deep Ops leader Angus Force is after a cult with homeland terrorism ideologies. He needs it stopped before anyone gets hurt and he’ll do whatever necessary to make that happen- including dragging a reluctant undercover cop into the fold.
The chemistry between Pippa and Malcolm is incendiary. There is a bit of BDSM in this book that I felt detracted from the story, but otherwise it’s well worth the read.
Written in dual timelines, Beyond the Moonlit Sea (I love that title!) is the story of two women and the man they loved.
When Olivia Hamilton’s husband disappears into the Bermuda Triangle after flying a rich socialite to a secluded island, her life is turned upside down. For years, Olivia and Dean have tried to get pregnant, and only achieve success after Dean is gone, leaving Olivia devastated.
Four years earlier, particle physicist Melanie Brown is studying the Bermuda Triangle for her dissertation, but when her mother dies, she hits a roadblock and goes to see a charismatic therapist for help- and falls madly in love.
As the story progresses, we learn Dean is not the person we think he is, and Olivia and Melanie have an unexpected connection.
This was an interesting, twisty read but I got bogged down here and there with the internal dialogue. Overall, a good mystery.
Are there any series you can’t get enough of? Favorite genres?