Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Dirty Deeds
Author: SE Jakes
Series: Dirty Deeds #1
Heroes: Mal and Cillian
Genre: M/M Action, Mystery
Length: 94 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: January 13, 2014
Available at: Riptide Publishing
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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.
I know most reviews start at the beginning of the story, but wow, are you kidding me? The ending was brilliantly executed. I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING AT ALL! I was totally floored, and trust me, it’s been a very long time since I can honestly say that I was taken so completely by surprise. SE Jakes has become a master story teller. Her talent is growing by leaps and bounds with each book. Her characters are fully developed, but she only gives you their story piece by piece. We never get all those pieces until she’s ready for you to have them and then, when you least expect it, she drops a bomb on you. I am still stunned over that ending and am going stark raving mad with my need for the next book.
Mal and Cillian were secondary characters in past books, but we’ve all been dying for them to have their story told. What we get here is a short novella that encompasses a four day time frame, so we only get a little piece of what to expect later on. I understand the need for this short story, even though I really, really wanted their whole story now. But, I am greedy that way.
So, how the heck can I properly review this story without spoilers? That is near impossible, but I am going to try my best, because it is so worth piecing this puzzle together on your own. Don’t let anyone spoiler you on this, please, it is worth the time to read it for yourself. You will thank me.
So what can you expect besides the brilliant ending? Well, more details on both Mal’s and Cillian’s pasts, more insight into the cat & mouse type spy game being played out between Cillian and Prophet’s team, more Prophet and Tommy (yay!), and we get set up quite nicely for the next segment into this fascinating drama being played out before our eager eyes. We also get hot and steamy sexting, backroom naughtiness, and more secrets and intrigue. Everything you expected and more from this author who is always a highly recommended read from yours truly. Enjoy!
Overall Impression: I Loved It
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*