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Hell or High Water

(Deep Six #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  2,365 ratings  ·  328 reviews
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 miss
Mass Market Paperback, 377 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Hell or High Water was a fantastic start to a new series! It was fun, suspenseful, and sexy. The old saying location, location, location definitely was true here. We have the common elements of Navy SEALs and dangerous situations but all in a fresh new location of high seas adventure; the setting was a huge factor in how much I liked this.

I read this along with the other ladies of the blog and you can read and find out more what we liked about this at: Reading Between the Wines book club
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Hell or High Water by Julie Ann Walker is a 2015 Sourcebooks Casablanca publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Most of us know JAW from her mega popular Black Knight series and we've come to expect high octane, fast paced, action packed romantic suspense. This new series gets off to a solid start as we meet Leo and his crew, a group of Navy SEALS who have officially “retired” after a failed mission that took the life of on
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
What a rush! Walker launches her latest series with suspense, intrigue, action, and unbridled passion. The story comes to life through her vivid narrative, bringing you along for the ride. The intricate and unforgettable plot weaves together in such a manner that you can feel the action of the tale. At the same time, the danger and intrigue kept my heart pounding.

I loved getting to know these characters in such an up-close and personal manner. The camaraderie between the characters really did it
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Rhayne's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Hell or High Water is the first book in Ms. Walker’s new series, Deep Six. If you have read her Black Knights, Inc. series, you will find this new series right up along the same line. The intensity, action, and mix of sexy is the same, it’s just wrapped around a new and exciting plot.

I fell in love with Walker’s writing style after reading the first chapter of her first book, and I have been held hostage in her book worlds. She is a master
May 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
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***EDIT: about the beard-in certain situations SEALs are allowed relaxed grooming standards, so maybe that's why he had a beard when they met? It doesn't change how I felt or my rating, but I wanted to be accurate; that's why I looked up the rules and regs to begin with.

This book is a case of it's not you, it's me. The voice and tone of the author just did not work for me. The plot is excellent, the characters are developed...yet the sense of humor a
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-la-city, audio
I really enjoyed this book. I had read the novella and really liked both the writing and the set up for this series. If you are looking for a more suspense than romance romantic-suspense book, keep looking. I'd say this is about 70% romance, very sexy romance, and 30% suspense, very intense suspense. It checked all my boxes for a great, entertaining read.

Leo Anderson and his SEAL team have retired and entered the treasure hunting business. They pooled their resources and have a project that Leo'
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
~ 3 Hell or High Water Stars ~

Hell or High Water is book one in Julie Ann Walker’s new Deep Six series. I have to say I LOVE her Black Knights Inc. series and was expecting something along this line. I was not disappointed per say, just not as into this first book as I hoped to be.

Hell or High Water is told in multiple POV’s. We are given lots of pop culture references throughout. The plot was interesting with flushing out a CIA mole and retrieving chemical weapons. The prologue was conf
About 3.5 stars...

After a promising start and a very intriguing prologue, I found that the beginning of the book was a little slow for me. I figured it may have been a mood thing so I put the book down and tried again later on. I'm glad I went back to this book because it did have its entertaining moments.

The romance aspect was nicely done with our hero and heroine pining for each other but being in denial about their feelings. Leo lives in Florida on a private island in the keys while Olivia is
Lover of Romance
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

Hell or High Water is the first book in Julie Ann Walker's newest and thrilling series "Deep Six" I honestly had no clue what I was getting into when reading this book but it was fantastic and I have only a few issues and everything else was SUPERB. I love adventure romances and boy this ticked off all my adventure needs and I just love a good treasure hunt. And then we add in six ex SEALs, a second chance romance with a spy for the CIA and
Katie Utterly Unashamed
Okay, this is definitely a case of "It's not you, it's me" for the DNF. It was doing the audio on this one, and I think this style needs to be read and not listened too. I noticed that I was zoning out so much. I read the 3rd in this series as an ARC and really enjoyed it, but was missing some of the treasure hunting stuff, so I thought I would go back and listen to the first and second. That didn't go so well for me. I'm not sure why, I just couldn't get into the story.

I just hit the 30% mark,
Dec 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
I love my little sister. I love her a lot. I love her enough that when she asks for more romantic suspense recommendations and I’ve already exhausted my limited knowledge of the genre, I start reading more romantic suspense. Do you hear that, Bethany???!!?? I’m taking the bullet for you! GR friends, feel free to send her recommendations.

The premise of this story is just so stupid. An FBI agent sets up a sting to catch a mole. In the process, the FBI agent loses canisters of bioweapons. The ONLY
May 11, 2015 rated it liked it
I tried, I just could t connect with anyone in this book. It's not a bad book. I personally could t connect with anyone so I will give it 2.5 stars because the idea was awesome, the author is awesome. This book just wasn't for me. From the other reviews I've read it does get better, but if I can't get into a book by 15% it's not for me. ...more
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-won
I'm so excited about this series! Hell or High Water is well-researched with great attention to detail. It maintains the feel of the BKI books with great action and sexy times but is still fresh and exciting.

Full review to come.
Jade Lee
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great fun

Julie Ann Walker is one talented woman. I've enjoyed her Black Knights series. And this one looks to be even better. Plus, we get a sunken treasure ship! Or we will as the rest of the series continues...
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Two-haiku review:

Former Navy SEAL
CIA babe needs his team
Recover weapons

Suspense, lots of sex
Looking forward to next one
Enjoyable read
Mixed feelings on this one. The story itself was okay -- I'd say 3 stars, max.

But there were two things that pulled the rating down.

1) Racist remarks/views. Including a (I assume) future heroine who refers to the Native American team member as "Dances with Wolves Extra". While all the white team members get nicknames like "Mr Swoony", "Sir Lifts A Lot", and "Golden God". Fuck that shit.

2) The writing was . . . at times confusing, not great, and OTT. Like "He was so hard a cat couldn't scratch h

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

*Complimentary ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review.

Man down!
When the Crazy Eight lost one of their own, it changed everything.

An oath sworn
With his dying breath, Rusty Lawrence made his band of brothers promise him they would leave the Navy and live life to the fullest.

After reading the prequel to this new series in the Way of the Warrior anthology (which was fantastic, and author and publisher proceeds go to the Wounded Warri
Marta Cox
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Well having read some of this authors Black Knights inc series I could not resist this the first book in her new Deep Six series. This series features a group of ex Navy seals who are working together as salvage operatives and their dream is to live life to the full and hopefully find the ultimate prize, a wrecked Spanish galleon carrying treasure. Though they may be retired the work they did with the CIA has not been forgotten and when chemical weapons go missing near Key West a blast from the ...more
Jul 01, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars - 2 Flames

Six men, a badass female CIA agent, a lost treasure/mission gone wrong and one hell of a non-stop suspense and you’ve got yourself a pretty cool summer read.

Leo, ex-SEAL turned civilian, and Olivia, CIA agent, met on a mission over a year ago in Syria. Needless to say, the chemistry was there from the beginning. Unfortunately, the sparks fizzled out and they both have been fantasizing about one another without doing much about it; until the CIA loses something extremely impo
Jul 01, 2016 rated it liked it
I got an intro into the Deep Six series by way of the short prequel, Hot as Hell. It was a bit of sexy, a bit of suspense leaving me looking forward to reading Hell or High Water the first full-length novel in the series.

Hell or High Water is a solid start to Julie Ann Walker's Deep Six series about a group of ex-military buddies seeking their fortune looking for sunken treasures. After they promised one of their own they would get out of the Navy and live a real-life, the guys have been making
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Its always disappointing when you've loved a previous series of an author and when they come out with a new one you just cannot connect to it. That is the case for me with Deep Six. The base of the series being about retired Navy Seals switching to underwater treasure hunters just didnt thrill me. And sadly neither did any of the characters. ...more
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Lexi: Julie Ann Walker has a new series! Yes, that same author who bought us the Black Knights Inc. And yes, this series is as good as Black Knights. Want to know why? Alpha heroes. Walker can write alpha heroes and create worlds that are built to last, into the next book then the next then the next. Tell me you loved Hell or High Water as much as the Black Nights series, Crystal!

Crystal: Ohmygosh, yes! In
Under the Covers Book Blog
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it

Hell or High Water is the first installment in Julie Ann Walker’s new Deep Six series. I got a nice little introduction to this world in The Way of the Warrior anthology that was released earlier this year, and it definitely piqued my interest in this author who (I’ve been under a rock) is new to me. Olivia Mortier is a CIA agent who can’t forget ex Navy SEAL Leo Anderson. The feeling is mutual. After a mission in Syria together that ended in tragedy more than a year ago, they parted ways ne

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Hell or High Water was a fast-paced, exciting, action-packed page-turner! It was so entertaining with these great characters, fun dialogue, and fantastic wit. Awesome start to a new series!

I loved Leo and Olivia. Olivia was such a tough woman and I loved her strength. Leo was just so sweet. I enjoyed learning their history in the middle of all this crazy chaos that was happening. Seeing their building attraction grow and explode. And oh my! This sucker was hot! There's also a good bit of emotion
Originally Reviewed For: Tea and Book

It's always great to know that an author you like has more than one series in her and people, Julie Ann Walker rocks her new series, Deep Six.. If you are like me, and have read her Black Knights Series you know Julie understands Alpha Males. And she writes these smokin hawt stories about men who are not just totally swoonworthy but are committed to serving their country... It's an awesome series so to contemplate topping it has to be very difficult.

But I do
Lost treasure, lying at the bottom of the ocean, and one determined crew, former SEALS, are ready to cash in on a dream of riches and gold and history. Will their plans come to pass or will is there something far more deadly awaiting them in Davey Jones’ locker? Personal gain or National Security, what will this former band of well-trained warriors decide? Leo Anderson is torn between a promise made to a dying comrade, duty to self and duty to country. One woman is the key to tipping the scales. ...more
Feb 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Julie Ann Walker is a new to me author so I wasn't really sure what to expect when it came to Hell or High Water... All I knew was that as soon as I read the blurb I had to get my hands on this baby. That being said, while I enjoyed it for the most part, I did find myself skimming quite a bit during the secondary characters' scenes and I think if those were left out, I could have easily given this one four if not five stars.

So what did I love? Well, Leo for one. Right from the get go I knew that
Tina "IRead2Escape"
4.5 Stars

Hotness Rating 3 out of 5

I freaking loved this book! It's going to kill me to wait for the next book. I've been a fan of Julie Ann Walker since the Black Knights, Inc. series. No one can write sexy, alpha, bad*ss hotties like Julie Ann. Hell or High Water, the first book of the Deep Six series, is no different. You'll get your fill of hot, protective man, witty banter between long-time friends, and an adventure to keep you on the edge of your seats.

Olivia Mortier has had to do a lot of
Kathy Martin
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Leo Anderson and his other SEAL buddies have left the service and started a salvage business. Leo's father was a treasure hunter who spent his life looking for a sunken Spanish treasure ship. After his death, Leo decided to try to find the ship himself.

They are living on Leo's family island when Leo's old flame CIA agent Olivia shows up asking for a favor. She and her CIA boss planned a sting involving chemical weapons in order to unmask a mole in the CIA but things went wrong. She needs the te
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Julie Ann Walker is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. 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. Julie loves to travel the world looking for views to compete with her deadlines. And if those views happen to come with a blue sky and ...more

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