Shot Across the Bow (Deep Six #5) by Julie Ann Walker


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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julie Ann Walker delivers perfect pulse-pounding romantic suspense! The former Navy SEALs of Deep Six Salvage thought they could retire to the sea and hunt for treasures of the deep, but when trouble comes to visit, there’ll be hell to pay.


Former Navy SEAL Spiro “Romeo” Delgado is six-plus feet of high-octane charm, and he has two hard and fast rules. One, always come to the rescue of those in need. And two, never give up his fast and furious bachelor ways. But when Mia Ennis joins Deep Six Salvage on the hunt for the Santa Cristina, her mesmerizing blend of brains, beauty, and bravery makes him question everything he thought he wanted in life.


Mia’s traumatic past has taught her to keep everyone she meets at arm’s length. But Romeo, with that body that is forever tensed for action and that dark gaze that tracks her every move, makes her feel safe in a way she never expected. Yet the secret she carries compels her to keep her distance—even as the past comes back to haunt them.


A harrowing plane crash ends with Romeo and Mia marooned on a desert island. When a boatful of men bent on murder drop anchor, Mia discovers her only hope for survival depends on her letting her guard down around Romeo. But surrendering to the passion she feels for him might be the most dangerous thing of all…

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“Yeah, yeah.” He rolled his eyes. “You like me. But you don’t like me like that.”

She stared at him for a good five second count. Then, “Who told you that?”

His heart screeched to a stop so hard, he wouldn’t have been surprised to see skid marks across his chest. “You did that day we flew through the storm. You said all you felt for me was friendship, and for me to assume anything else made me a, quote, supercilious ass.”

“Well, what was I supposed to say?” Exasperation raised her voice an octave. “I wasn’t going to sit there with a dejected expression on my face while you told me you didn’t want me.”

“That’s not what I said!” He realized he’d raised his voice when it echoed out over the beach. Modulating his tone, he added, “Nothing could be further from the truth. I do want you. I have since the first moment you set foot on Wayfarer Island.”

“Well that’s the way I took what you said.” She waved a hand through the air. “And so yes, I called you a supercilious ass and told you all I wanted was friendship. Can you blame me for trying to save just a little bit of my pride?”

“But that’s not true?” Something was wrong with his lungs. They’d stopped working. “You do want me?”

“Duh.” She rolled her eyes as if she’d never heard a more idiotic question.

At first, her answer didn’t sink in. Then it did, and a sudden sense of calm settled over him. A sense of...inevitability.

Mia Ennis wants me. She wants me.

All his reservations and reasons for holding himself back from her were... Well, they’d gone the way of the dodo bird since she wasn’t looking for a relationship. Since all she was after was something quick and dirty and fun, and he knew just the man for that.

“You realize you’re too good for me, right?” He turned his head and watched her through narrowed eyes.

“Pah-lease.” She snorted. “If anyone is too good for anyone, you are too good for me.”

“How do you figure? You’re educated. You’re classy. You come from money and—”

“Let me stop you right there.” She raised her hand. “Coming from money doesn’t make a person good or bad. As for being classy, what does that even mean? That I like expensive skincare products? Have you seen my complexion?” She pointed to her face. “I’ll be as wrinkled as a prune by the time I’m forty if I don’t take care of myself. And having an education doesn’t make a person smart. Some of the dumbest people I know have degrees. On the other hand, one of the smartest men I’ve ever met, you,didn’t even graduate high school and had to sit for his GED.”

“You...” Everything inside him got really quiet, and really, really still. “You think I’m smart?”

He’d never had a woman call him smart before.

Sexy, handsome, hung...Those were the things women said about him.

“Are you kidding?” She laughed. “Spiro...” Once again, his name on her lips had tiny, effervescent bubbles of pleasure sparkling through his veins. “You’re a Navy SEAL, a pilot, a treasure-hunter, the founder of a soon-to-be charity. You can fix anything with moving parts. There isn’t a piece of software out there that you can’t troubleshoot. And your guacamole is five times better than Bran’s and he’s the chef. You might be the most accomplished man I’ve ever met. There isn’t a single subject you can’t talk on. I mean, you might not be an expert on everything, but you know something about most things. And if that’s not smart, I don’t know what is.”

When he continued to stare at her in disbelief, she cocked her head. “You really don’t see it, do you? You’re still stuck in the past, stuck thinking you’re that gangbanger from West L.A. But you left that guy behind a long time ago. Now you’re...everything. Everything a man should be, brilliant and strong, honest and loyal, brave and thoughtful. Those are the reasons I want you. Well, and because I look at you and feel like smiling for no apparent reason, or maybe you’re the only reason I need.”

Then she did it again.

She gifted him with one of her radiant smiles.

And he believed her. Or, at the very least, he believed that she believed what she’d said because she didn’t possess the acting chops to fake that level of sincerity.

She wanted him, but not for his face or his body. She wanted him for him, for the person he’d been working so hard to become since leaving Los Angeles.

The last little bit of steel encasing his heart melted away. And in its place was a throbbing, red-hot ball of lust mixed with tenderness and passion and an emotion he couldn’t quite put his finger on.

Mia Ennis wants me. She wants me.

His gaze must’ve gone predatory, because her eyes widened. “Spiro, what—”

Before she had a chance to say anything more, his lips were on hers.

PRAISE FOR JULIE ANN WALKER'S DEEP SIX SERIES


“Hot men, hot action, and hot temperatures make for one hot romance!”

— BookPage


“Walker blends the tender romance of a reassuring touch with lusty sex scenes… Readers will be panting.”

— Publishers Weekly


“Julie Ann Walker and her SEALs serve up spicy fare…an exciting, spellbinding story.”

— Long and Short Reviews

4 out of 5 (very good)


SHOT ACROSS THE BOW is the fifth book in the Deep Six series and is the turn of Romeo and Mia. Romeo - as you can tell by the nickname - is a love 'em and leave 'em kind of guy, whereas he thinks Mia has relationship written all over her. So, they both put each other in the dreaded #FriendZone, even though that's not where either of them want to be.


If one good thing could come out of a plane crash, it's that it got them talking and stopped skirting around the edges. Once a certain conversation happens, all bets are off as to what will happen next. They both have a lot of emotional trauma and baggage to work through.


Doc and Cami meet for the first time in this book and the sharp-edged banter starts, which I think will continue all the way through their book. We don't see much of any of the others, and nothing at all of Wolf and Chrissy from book four.


There's not much at all of the historical story to this one, so I didn't get as much as I wanted, but that's probably just me. The mystery side of it didn't really grab me either as I thought it was quite obvious who was behind it, and what the reasons were.


On the whole, this was a steamy read with lots of sexual tension to begin with. I enjoyed this story and have no hesitation in recommending it.


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Merissa

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