- Siren Publishing
- Release Date
- January 2014
- Book 3 of Black Ops Brotherhood
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery
[Siren Classic: Erotic Romantic Suspense, spanking, sex toys, HEA]
Navy SEAL Captain Jack "Rock" O'Malley is playing a deadly computer game with a hidden enemy. Jack must look outside his SEALs to an unlikely savior. Anna Santiago keeps her head down as a quiet system administrator hiding a painful past. Anna buried her outgoing, confident personality along with her husband and daughter. Jack sees behind the glasses and is drawn to the irresistible Anna. Both fight the pull of a powerful attraction. Can Jack keep his relationship with the unwilling Anna professional?
In fighting an enemy he can't see, Jack drags the reluctant Anna into his Black Ops world. They are sucked into a cyber rabbit hole of dire consequences. Jack and his SEALs discover that his beloved Anna is the terrorists' next target, and he is faced with a choice that could end his military career and possibly his life. Can Jack and his SEALs keep Anna alive before the terrorists stalking him decide it's game over?
Aug 24, 2015 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
166 people found the following review helpful
DOMINANT DECEPTION by Bella Juarez is a book in the Black Ops Brotherhood Series. For me, the story truly begins at Chapter 4, when we are introduced to both Anna Santiago, IT tech and chef, and Captain Jack O'Malley, heartthrob of a badass Navy Seal. And from there, we have a set of ingredients comprised of a mystery, some espionage, some well-done sexual tension, a dusting of kink (bdsm) and a whole lotta jargon that is really optional in this recipe.
Overall, the storytelling is great. I loved the age of the characters. So often, I read stories where the characters are barely out of puberty. It is SO nice to come across characters in their forties who are just as sexy, if not more. Ms. Juarez does a great job of putting the story together into a fun romance. The sex scenes, bit of kink, and well, ALL the interactions between Jack and Anna were absolutely enjoyable as the development of their personalities played off each other well.
However, I did find the first three chapters to be overkill and given how much real estate they take up, they aren't brought up again in this story. I found much of the military jargon to be overdone and unnecessary to the story, as well as the bit at the start of each chapter indicating location and date/time. I had to stop and look up "zulu" as I found it distracting, particularly since Ms. Juarez didn't bother to explain it until almost the end.
As with all good recipes, there are aspects of it that are optional to the cook and in my case, I could have done without the extraneous military jargon. I feel that it could have been pared down considerably without affecting the military feel to the story and we would be left with a much tighter and cohesive story.
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