Author: SE Jakes
Reviewed by: JustJen
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Genre: M/M Military
ISBN 13: 9781626490932
Summary: Two seasoned operatives finally meet their match: each other.
Cillian works for the mysterious Special Branch 20: an organization that runs black ops commissioned by the British government. His specialty is deep undercover assignments with virtually no support. He’s been alone for so long that he no longer knows anything else.
Mal’s also used to being alone. Wanted in several states and even more countries, he’s not allowed in the vicinity of any of his former Navy SEAL teammates. And his current assignment is to track Cillian in order to discover the spook’s endgame. Except he’s no longer sure which one of them is getting played.
Cillian isn’t about to let the mission that’s consumed him for the past several years crumble because an outsider is poking around where he doesn’t belong. But Mal forces his way through Cillian’s defenses—and into his heart—exposing a devastating betrayal that could destroy them both.
Review: It is no secret that I am a huge SE Jakes fan. She has been an auto-read author for me almost from the first book, even though I didn’t rave about the first few books. However, the last four or so books I could not wait to get my hands on and could not put down until finished. Dirty Deeds is definitely on that list. I feel it is important to state that you will more fully appreciate these characters if you read the previous books first, even though this one could be read as a stand-alone and is technically the start of its own spinoff series.
As for the story itself, we have been getting glimpses of Mal and Cillian for a while now. I was really curious as to how their book would play out with Mal being unable to speak, but Jakes played it off perfectly. They converse throughout most of this story via instant messaging and text messages. I found them funny and sexy. I can honestly say that I’ve never read a cyber-sex fisting scene before but this one was hot as hell. When these guys are together physically, it is in an anonymous setting that seems a bit unreal but is still super hot.
Then there are the twists and turns. My goodness, did I not see them coming. I had almost forgotten about the John issue, but this brings you up to speed quickly. Then Cillian’s handlers are being offed one by one, and things start moving very quickly. Suffice to say, this was one wild ride. It is short, which is kind of a bummer, but it is really more of a set up for the next part of their story, which you will be screaming for when this one ends.
I really enjoy Ms. Jakes’ writing style, as it keeps me engaged, guessing and on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. Thankfully, she doesn’t make us wait too long for the next installments.