Fallen (Deep Ops)

43428082Fallen
by Rebecca Zanetti
Release Date: September 24, 2019
Publisher:  Zebra
Book #2 in the Deep Ops series
Number of pages:  368
Kindle
Source: MCL
Romantic Suspense M/F
Rating: NC-17
Read 1/1/20 to 1/3/20

 

Too quiet. A talented hacker who got caught, Brigid Banaghan is now forced to work with a secret Deep Ops unit. But she won’t reveal any more to these renegade Feds than she has to. Especially not to Raider Tanaka, her control freak of a bodyguard and handler. It’s enough that his body is tensed for action and his heated gaze is always on her . . .
 
Too sharp. Raider knows there’s more to his new assignment than he’s been told. Why send a deadly agent of his experience to guard a computer genius—even a gorgeous, unpredictable, undisciplined one? But when Brigid’s estranged father is named in an investigation into Boston’s organized crime, Raider’s mind switches onto high alert, just like his senses . . .
 
Too close. To clear her father’s name, Brigid needs Raider’s help. The Unit’s idea that she bring a straight-laced Fed in as her “fiancé” won’t fly, though—not unless Raider can release his inner bad boy and become the rebel Brigid can’t resist.

While I knew I wanted to know about Raider and Brigid, I didn’t realize how enmeshed in their stories I would get.  I really love these two as a couple.  Brigid has some issues with feeling like she’s a good person, even though she’s a wonderful person.  And Raider has a lot of issues after being abused and left in the foster care system as a young boy.  Together…they’re a super couple.  Able to make each other feel at home, no matter where they are or what is happening around them.

It’s no secret I greatly enjoy this author, she’s become a favorite over the last year or so. Most of her stories I find to be riveting with amazing chemistry.  There are a few that haven’t ticked every box, but I still find those stories great and hard to put down.  Rebecca Zanetti has great attention to detail and I’d be hard pressed to find holes in her stories, even with all the characters and storylines she often has going at once…until this story.

To be frank, this would have been a 5-star review but I couldn’t give a perfect rating due to the inconsistencies in this tale.  Characters that meet at the beginning saying they never met.  Rooms that are supposedly blocking all cell service and then a cell phone works, and more.  So, while I was having such an amazing time reading this story, I kept being taken out of the story with these flubs.

Strictly talking about the storyline, characters, and connections this is a huge 5-star story.  It’s a 10-star story, if that was a thing in my reviews.  That’s what makes the mistakes all the more frustrating.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed it was a fluke since I’ve never had these issues with her other books so far.

What I guess I’m trying to say is I still highly recommend this story.  I love the Deep Ops family and how they keep growing closer as this series progresses.  This story had me swooning, sitting on the edge of my seat, and even laughing out loud. 

4.5 stars

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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