Contemporary Romance

ARC Review: Broken – Rebecca Zanetti (Deep Ops #3)

Rating 4 Stars

What’s the book about?

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…

My Review
I love Rebecca Zanetti but hadn’t previously read any of the Deep Ops books so I was very excited to pick this one up. To sum it all up, I simply loved it!

Broken is fast-paced and action-packed right from the beginning. Within the first few pages, there is a dead person-of-interest to Wolfe and Dana’s cases and throughout the rest of the story, these characters deal with car chases, shooters and so much more. This story was full of mystery and intrigue and I couldn’t get enough!

I adored meeting Wolfe and Dana. Wolfe is the strong, silent type who likes to keep his feelings close to the vest until he just can’t any longer. Then all bets are off and Dana will have to keep her wits about her if she wants to resist his charm. And that man is charming! Dana was also a great leading lady. She’s steadfast and determined, and the perfect match for Wolfe. I enjoyed watching these two characters circle each other and fall in love immensely!

While I definitely think this story could be read as a standalone, I think it would probably be a better reading experience to read the series in order. This is simply because the story really is very fast-paced and the beginning almost felt like the middle for me when I realised the two main characters already had a history from the previous stories that I didn’t know about. It didn’t negatively impact my feelings towards this story but I did stop and think “I may need to pick up the previous books and then do a reread of this one again after”; which is fine by me because I’m keen to go back and visit the other characters in more depth too – especially Mal.

Overall, I really loved this story and recommend it to anyone who enjoys romantic suspense (particularly with heroes that have a military background) and to fans of Katie Ruggle and Julie Garwood. Zanetti is a fantastic writer and creates a compelling story that’ll leave you on the edge of your seat.

Disclaimer: Thank you to Kensington Books and Netgalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review.

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