Madison “Maddy” Powers is an oil heiress, her father owns Powers Petroleum, US’s largest oil company. She orchestrates an outing on a remote island for three teenage scholarship applicants in order to be closer to Bran. Much to her chagrin, Maddy finds herself and her three charges at gunpoint. When Bran comes to their rescue, she decides a compromise: one night then they can resume their friendship status.
Brando “Bran” Pallidino is an ex-Navy Seal. He now works at Deep Six Salvage with his Seal comrades. Bran tries to keep an emotional distance from Maddy Powers, but he comes to her rescue yet again from unidentifiable threats. The threat keeps dogging their every steps forcing Bran to protect her from the men intent on kidnapping her.
I could not help but empathize with Bran. His childhood scarred him, and he carries the fear, allowing it from keeping Bran from forming any attachment to women. I love his banter with Maddy, but what I enjoyed the most is his discomfort around the three naughty teenagers.
Maddy is an easy heroine to like and enjoy. She has been through a terrible ordeal, and Bran, in his way, helps her deal with the mental trauma. I like her snarkiness and her determination not to give up on what she wants.
I especially like that Julie Anne Walker sows the possible start for Madison and Alex – or it is simply wishful thinking. I so want those two to be a couple. So I cannot wait for book three and hope
The other thing I like about DEVIL AND THE DEEP, the entire book takes place in the span of a day and a half.