Series: Deep Ops #3
Published by Zebra on 26th May 2020
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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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
Rebecca Zanetti’s ‘Broken’ continues a quirky series where a small, almost-forgotten force of misfits band together…and not necessarily get along swimmingly while finding their rocky HEAs en route to saving themselves.
Wolfe and Dana are on 2 separate missions, so it seems, but the story does have a familiar ring to it: together their paths do cross, thanks to Angus Force and with a bit of poking in here and there into each other’s business which enjoying the zing of the attraction between them. Much of it that follows however, is a push-pull-type relationship that has Wolfe focused on his own revenge mission and repetitively insisting that he has nothing he can give Dana while the latter seems determined to push Wolfe into something else that he can’t quite entertain, up until they both realise that their missions (and hearts) are on a collision course.
‘Broken’ is classic RS, though the pacing is slow until the last 30 pages of the book, where most of the action and developments happen which gave the conclusion a bit of a rushed feel. And like many of Zanetti’s books however, ‘Broken’ is a hodgepodge of many moments that I liked, disliked, was engrossed in and then completely put off by (repeat this cycle several times)—and how is this possible?! The dog’s exaggerated behaviour didn’t made me laugh; instead I cringed each time Roscoe was given way too many ‘human abilities’ even if there was meant pure entertainment value in it.
Zanetti does throw some hints here and there about a continuation with some loose ends and new characters; it’s definitely a series I’d follow I think, at least for now though I definitely wish I had more enthusiasm for it.