It’s hard to believe that I normally publish 3-4 books a year and for 2022 it looks as though I’ll be lucky to get two done. Maybe it’s the lasting effects of Covid, the horrifying war in Ukraine, or a general pall on life, but I feel this weird disassociation from everything and have for the last year or more.
Is anyone else going through something similar?
On the upside, I think the book I’m writing is some of the best work I’ve put out, so there’s that 🙂
And I’ve been getting lots of great reading in, which is always a good thing.
This week, I continued my obsession with Rebecca Zanetti’s Deep Ops series, Broken, and heated things up with Melissa Foster’s Crazy Wicked Love.
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When Clarence Wolfe lost his entire team (minus one) in Afghanistan, he vows to hunt down the man responsible- even if it means his own death. He’s biding his time working with Angus Force and the HDD’s misfits, otherwise known as Deep Ops, and guarding the too-pretty Dana, but knows a deadly enemy is closing in and the only way to keep them safe is to become the hunter.
Reporter Dana Mulberry appreciates her watchdog, even if Wolfe’s overly protective nature impedes her investigations. But, when a fellow journalist, and friend, goes missing Dana is determined to get to the bottom of her disappearance and turns up the heat by going undercover at a sex club with Wolfe as her Dom.
As Wolfe and Dana explore a new relationship neither expected, they learn their investigations are tied together. Now they just need to survive to prove it.
I’ve loved all the books in this series but Broken is my favorite. Wolfe is as tough as they come, but his big heart shows in his gentleness with a tiny kitten he takes under his wing, the protectiveness he gives to Dana and the other women of the Deep Ops team, loyalty to the men he works with, and even in the whipped cream and sprinkles-loaded coffees he delivers to the office each day.
Dana is his perfect match. She’s tough, fun, sexy, and teaches Wolfe that friendship and love heals all wounds.
Sidney and Gunner have been best buds since their time together in the military.
Sidney was the only one Gunner could talk to abut home and family, and when his sister died, Sid was there to offer comfort. When she was injured in an IED blast, her military career over, Gunner made sure she had a place to go and a job she loved- at his new animal rescue business.
Sidney is grateful to Gunner for giving her a home in his house, a place within his family, and a new life with the Wicked Animal Shelter. But she has a problem. She’s madly in love with her best friend and he has no idea. What can she do? Enter Operation Get My Guy.
Gunner is thrilled to have his best bud, Sid, living and working with him. She gets him like no one else, and he loves her snorting laughter and compassionate nature- especially with the animals they rescue. So, when she suddenly comes to him asking for help catching his player cousin’s attention Gunner is surprised by the jealousy he feels. The more Sidney uncovers her sexy vixen, the more Gunner decides the only man she needs to practice her wiles on, is him.
This is a fun friends-to-lovers read. I got a kick out of Gunner’s bemusement when his military bud becomes a woman before his eyes. He is justifiably worried about ruining a treasured friendship but can’t ignore the feelings he’s always harbored for Sidney when they come bubbling to the surface.
I could have done without the many, many pages of sexual antics, and think there was a missed opportunity to make this a deeper, more meaningful story when Sidney and Gunner rescue a beaten dog, but overall, an enjoyable read.
Do you like steamy romances with a lot of sex, or less but more meaningful connections? Let’s chat!