Broken (Deep Ops)

by Rebecca Zanetti
Release Date: May 26, 2020
Publisher:  Zebra
Book #3 in the Deep Ops series
Number of pages:  384
Source: MCL
Romantic Suspense M/F
Rating: XXX
Read 8/20/20 to 8/22/20

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 . . .

Seriously, who doesn’t love Wolfe? This quirky, intimidating guy with a mushy heart he tries to hide is the perfect alpha male. Since the very first time we met him in the beginning of this series, Hidden, I wanted to see him get his HEA. Not only is he quick, strong, and smart, he also brings a much needed element of humor to the Deep Ops team.

Dana has been a bit of a tag along with the team for a bit. An investigative reporter who gets caught up in their missions over and over. She is quite tenacious, but also extremely kind and thoughtful. There were definite vibes between Dana and Wolfe from the time they met in Taken that have carried throughout the books since that time. I love how Wolfe will keep trying to not have a relationship with Dana, as if that will stop him from being protective of her. There is just an innocence to Wolfe and how he interacts with the world that is so different from his outward persona of tough military dude. It’s actually a bit refreshing to have a heroine that isn’t carrying tons of baggage. Dana grew up in a stable home with loving parents and sisters that she’s still extremely close with. This is something Wolfe needs in his life and he doesn’t even realize it until he’s thrust into her world.

It was a joy to watch the push and pull of Dana and Wolfe once they have to interact on a more one on one basis. The way Dana understood Wolfe in a way nobody else ever had was wonderful, especially when it came to seeing Wolfe realize that he can have friends and family. Not only can he, but he deserves all the love the Deep Ops team gives to him.

This series started because of a serial killer. A serial killer who everyone believes to be dead, except the man who killed him. Angus Force started the Deep Ops team in order to have some autonomy to go after “The Surgeon” when everyone else thinks he’s just burned out and crazy for not accepting the guy is dead. That part of the story had a bit of a nibble in this book and is sure to be the focus of the next book. Before starting this story I thought the next book may be the end of the series, but there were a few more interesting additions to the Deep Ops team this go around. In fact, I loved the whole section when Jethro first shows up at the office. It really showcased all of the characters and their personalities. I cannot wait to learn more about him and the others.

4 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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