Review: Hell or High Water by Julie Ann Walker

Review: Hell or High Water by Julie Ann WalkerHell or High Water by Julie Ann Walker

Series: Deep Six #1
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on 7 July 2015
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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In a world on the brink...

Six men. One sunken Spanish galleon. Millions in gold and silver coins lying on the ocean floor. And a past that refuses to let the guys of Deep Six Salvage forget the Navy SEAL motto: the only easy day was yesterday...

There's more than one kind of treasure...

The nation's security has always been CIA agent Olivia Mortier's top priority. But a mission-gone-wrong has begun to make her wonder if there's more to life than risking hers.

And more than one secret at the bottom of the sea...

Only two things could make Leo Anderson abandon his hunt for the legendary lost ship, La Santa Christina, and return to the world of weapons and warfare he swore to leave behind: a capsule of enriched uranium, lost on the ocean floor, and a plea for assistance from the one woman he can't seem to forget...

The Delight

Treasure seekers, CIA mole, terrorists, and a second shot at the girl. Anchor’s aweigh!!!!


I really do need to go back and read the author’s Black Knights series and I will.  Promise.  But I have a soft spot for Navy SEALs and diving for treasure in the Caribbean so this one got my full attention.

I’ve read a novella by the author that was the prequel for this series and was attracted to the author’s action plot and writing style that balanced good romance and suspense in equal amounts.  I felt she continued that with this book.  The SEALs who retired and bought into a salvage business together are a great band of brothers with their wise-cracking ways that turn no-nonsense when the time comes to get down to business.  In this case, it was terrorists and CIA mole that stirred up the trouble.  The foundation of the brotherhood and their shared warrior past is a big attraction for me and sets up my excitement for the whole series.

The focus is definitely on the action and the past with the romance more intuitive and passionate than one that comes on slowly.  I don’t prefer that usually, but with this author’s writing, she made it work for me.

It was exciting and suspenseful, but its not extreme thriller-style just in case some readers shy away from ‘too much’.

It was a quick, engaging and exciting read and I’ll definitely be going back for more.

My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.


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About Julie Ann Walker

Julie Ann Walker is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of award-winning romantic suspense. She has won the Book Buyers Best Award, been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, and the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award. Her latest release was named a Top Ten Romance of 2014 by Booklist. Her books have been described as “alpha, edgy, and downright hot.” Most days you can find her on her bicycle along the lake shore in Chicago or blasting away at her keyboard, trying to wrangle her capricious imagination into submission.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • I’m so glad you reviewed this one. I completely forgot I had this one sitting on my shelf!

    • Oh yes, those dusty piles at the back of the shelf. There are likely many more I’ll come across as I clear off the older review books. This was a great find. 🙂

  • I do love a treasure hunt-ish read. And SEALs. Yes, I share that weakness. lol

    • Yep, I thought the motorcycle/government contractor guys sounded great, but then this one happened and weakness prevailed. 🙂

  • I like watching those treasure hunters in tv shows or movies but I don’t think I’ve read one. That plus a romance and a bit of a mystery makes this sound really good.

    • Me, too, Mary. Those shows capture my attention easily too. This was definitely filled to the brim of all the good stuff.

  • Yet another author I haven’t tried! This does look good, and I feel like I need more RS in my reading life.

    Great review!

    • Ha! This would be a perfect one to get your RS engine going, Angie. 🙂

  • RO

    I’m seriously into Seal novels and movies because of all that action and suspense. While I’ve been reading hardcore spy stories of late, this is one I would definitely grab because it has some romance. My mom used to use that phrase, “Come Hell or High Water” all the time when I was a kid. Great review!

    • This one is lighter than the deep, dark spy ones, but it has a lot of good stuff for sure. LOL, we used to say that one, too, Ro. 🙂

  • oh this sounds so much fun and I love the sound of the setting already <3

  • Nice. I have to read the rest of the Black Knight series as well but this one is going on my list. I do enjoy her romantic suspense!

  • Debbie Haupt

    LOVE IT LOVE IT Sophia Rose, thanks for sharing. I’m heading off to Cancun for my daughter’s wedding see you in a week!!

  • This sounds like a really exciting read. I have been wanting to read Julie Ann Walker’s work and I am glad to hear that you enjoyed it.

  • I confess that I haven’t tried this author but I really want to. It sounds so much fun each time

  • Another author that I need to check out haha. I do love Navy SEALs stories and this sounds like a nice start to the series! Glad it was a good read, lovely review Sophia Rose!

  • Mmm, at first this sounded purely pirate-y. 😀 But hey, I love books involving men in the military, Navy SEALs especially. I need to pick up something by this author! I feel like I got one of her books for free recently, on Amazon. I’m so glad you found this book enjoyable and suspenseful. Great review, Sophia!

    Have a lovely weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!