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.
Okay, I’ll admit it. I am totally hooked on these alpha males. I’d like to blame it on Tommy and Prophet, but the more guys who are added to the mix, the more I want to spend time with them. All of them. Tommy and Prophet may have started it all, but…. yeah, they’re to blame. One thing is for sure with this crew, nothing is quite what it seems… ever.
Cillian and Mal proved that point with no question in Dirty Deeds. I’m still reeling from the revelations that came to light in this book. I’d say this one was short and sweet, but there wasn’t a whole lot of ‘sweet’ in this short read. That’s okay though, because I didn’t expect it. These are not ‘sweet’ guys. (It’s part of their charm 😉 )
What surprised me most about Dirty Deeds was how I felt about Cillian by the end. Up until now he’s been the antagonist that readers only really knew through his text messages with Prophet and one personal encounter. He stayed in the shadows and revealed nothing. I went into this book not sure how the author was going to make readers connect with him. I should have known that S.E. Jakes would be up to the task.
Just a couple of things you should know before picking up Dirty Deeds… First, it can be read as a stand alone, but you’ll get a lot more out of it (especially Cillian’s character) if you read Catch a Ghost and Long Time Gone first. Second, if you are not a fan of cliff hangers or character revelations that leave your jaw dropped and ready to throw the book (or reading device) at the author – hold off for a while. (I don’t honestly expect you to take this advice though – I couldn’t.) The wait for the next installment of Cillian and Mal’s story can’t be that much longer. Right?