{Review} Dirty Deeds by S.E. Jakes

{Review} Dirty Deeds by S.E. JakesDirty Deeds by SE Jakes
Also by this author: Catch a Ghost
Series: Dirty Deeds #1
Published by Riptide Publishing on January 11, 2014
Genres: M/M Erotica
Pages: 94
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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.

Les Joseph: If you haven’t read the two books of the Hell or High Water series by S.E. Jakes that accompany Dirty Deeds, don’t bother picking this short novella up because there isn’t a snowball’s chance in hell of being able to understand what is going on or who the players are. I’ve read them and I STILL don’t really know. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy this book, because for the most part, I did, but there were as many things I didn’t like as well.

Dirty Deeds is an action packed, intense short story. Too short if you ask me. I don’t mind short stories, especially when they’re done well and used, like this one, to showcase some secondary characters while adding some background to the major storyline. The problem? This one was confusing. Very confusing. It wasn’t until the last few pages that I had a light bulb moment when a few, a very few, pieces started fitting together. The chemistry between the two MC’s—Cillian and Mal—was undeniable. I’ve been intrigued by Cillian since Catch a Ghost. He’s charismatic and sexy, and it’s obvious he’s going to play a major role in the rest of the series. Mal is an enigma, and I am looking forward to seeing what SE Jakes does with his character.

There are few authors that can do sarcasm and snappy, snarky dialogue as well as S.E. Jakes and I always enjoy it. She writes hot sex like no other, too—it’s dirty and raw and intense and almost primal in nature but there’s always an underlying vulnerability in one or both of her men that adds an element not found very often. That was one of the highlights of this book. Cillian is a master of sarcasm and Mal, for all his aloofness can’t help but enjoy the sparring with his unseen cohort. I am looking forward to the next installment of this series—especially after that cliffhanger to end all cliffhangers! Holy hell was that ever unexpected! (I gotta admit, even though I yelled, LOUDLY, when I got to the end, I did kind of love what she did with it!) This book, for all its confusion, was fun to read and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Report Card
Overall: 3.5

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