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Broken by Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Deep Ops #3
Published by Zebra on May 26, 2020
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Dangerous: Former Navy SEAL Clarence Wolfe’s unit was taken out with a land mine. Injured and devastated, he hasn’t been quite right since. Worse, the tragedy was no accident. All Wolfe wants now is to take down the man responsible. In the meantime, he’s good with being the muscle for the Deep Ops team—and leading a steamy no-strings-attached personal life. Until one intriguing woman changes everything . . .
Determined: Reporter Dana Mulberry is on a mission to avenge the death of a fellow journalist. She’s finally hot on a trail—right to a sex club—where she runs into . . . Wolfe? It seems both their leads have led to the same spot. To keep from blowing their covers, they’ll have to at least pretend to have a little fun. Trouble is, they genuinely like each other. And that’s way too risky for Wolfe, especially when, to his surprise, Dana agrees . . .
Complicated: Drawn to each other in ways they can’t understand, Wolfe and Dana keep it professional—until they’re shot at one night. And when their adventures land them both at the heart of corruption in D.C.—and at odds in their missions—they’ll have to dig deeper than ever to succeed in their quests—and with each other . . .
I’m enjoying the romantic suspense in the Deep Ops series. There is a new couple in each story. The characters and situation is rather over the top, not quite realistic or believable. Although the humor is a bit ridiculous with quirky characters, the violence is gritty. There’s a dog and a cat on the team.
Since the team is being built, and their connections developed, I would read these books in order. Each book has a new couple, with someone always in real danger. They are all wounded by bullets, knives, burns, bruises, and the like in each book. I love the team bonding and how they gradually learn to work more together, with the group supporting whoever is in trouble.
Broken is the story of Wolfe and Dana. We know them from the previous books and that they are attracted to each other. Dana is a journalist and one of her friends, also a journalist, has gone missing. She gets a lead on someone who might know where she is and goes “undercover” at a sex party to talk to him. Wolfe is there on a lead for his case. The action and danger, as well as the sexual tension, take off.
These two aren’t stupid, but they are so determined to handle everything themselves, without confiding in anyone, especially each other. I understand why they think they need to do it this way but it is wrong and STUPID, not to mention dangerous.
Luckily, as they become more personally involved, they share a bit more with each other. Dana breaks first on wanting the whole team involved because she knows they deserve to be aware of the danger, and she wants them to have Wolfe’s back. She still is a bit TSTL and Wolfe is a little too caveman for me.
They are perfect for this unusual team, though. All of them are so messed up, one can’t help caring for them. I enjoyed meeting Dana’s family; they were awesome. I can’t wait to see where things go next as there are some new team members, and a long time case Force has been working. Driven is coming next January, and finally, we will get to know Angus Force better.
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