SHOT ACROSS THE BOW
By Julie Ann Walker
Book Five in the Deep Six series
Release Date: November 29, 2021
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julie Ann Walker delivers perfect pulse-pounding romantic suspense! The former Navy SEALs of Deep Six Salvage thought they could retire to the sea and hunt for treasures of the deep, but when trouble comes to visit, there’ll be hell to pay.
Former Navy SEAL Spiro “Romeo” Delgado is six-plus feet of high-octane charm, and he has two hard and fast rules. One, always come to the rescue of those in need. And two, never give up his fast and furious bachelor ways. But when Mia Ennis joins Deep Six Salvage on the hunt for the Santa Cristina, her mesmerizing blend of brains, beauty, and bravery makes him question everything he thought he wanted in life.
Mia’s traumatic past has taught her to keep everyone she meets at arm’s length. But Romeo, with that body that is forever tensed for action and that dark gaze that tracks her every move, makes her feel safe in a way she never expected. Yet the secret she carries compels her to keep her distance—even as the past comes back to haunt them.
A harrowing plane crash ends with Romeo and Mia marooned on a desert island. When a boatful of men bent on murder drop anchor, Mia discovers her only hope for survival depends on her letting her guard down around Romeo. But surrendering to the passion she feels for him might be the most dangerous thing of all…
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PRAISE FOR JULIE ANN WALKER’S DEEP SIX SERIES
“Hot men, hot action, and hot temperatures make for one hot romance!”
“Walker blends the tender romance of a reassuring touch with lusty sex scenes… Readers will be panting.”
— Publishers Weekly
“Julie Ann Walker and her SEALs serve up spicy fare…an exciting, spellbinding story.”
— Long and Short Reviews
When it was Mia’s turn to take the steps, Romeoautomatically reached for her hand. The stairs could get slippery on a humid day.
Or at least that’s what he told himself.
She glanced down at their joined hands, at his large fingers curled possessively around her much smaller ones. But she didn’t miss a beat as she climbed the remaining two steps. And he was left wondering if he was the only one who felt like he’d been hit by a lightning bolt the instant they touched.
Flexing his hand to work out the tension that gripped the muscles after she let go, he frowned when Doc shook his head and said, “You got it bad.”
“Me?” he quickly countered. “What about you? I heard you flirting with her.”
“So what?” Doc frowned. “You jealous?”
“Hell, no,” was his knee-jerk response.
Doc called bullcrap by turning his question into a statement. “Dude, you’re jealous.”
Romeo hated being obvious. He hated more that Doc was right. So he did something he rarely did. He equivocated. “Pfft. When have you ever known me to be jealous?”
“Never. Which is what makes me stop and take notice now.”
“I just don’t want her hurt,” Romeo declared emphatically. “Something tells me she’s been hurt enough in life.”
Doc cocked his head. “You think I’d hurt her? Why? I like Mia.”
“So do I! Which is why I’m telling you that you can be a charming sonofagun even when you’re not trying to be. Just make sure she knows exactly where you’re coming from and where you’re headed, eh?”
“Funny.” Doc snorted. “I told her pretty much the same thing about you this morning.”
Romeo waved a hand through air that was ripe with the smell of jet fuel and salt water. “Wasted effort. She’s not interested in me like that. We’re friends.”
“Question is,” Doc came back immediately, “are you interested in her like that?”
“Yo.” Romeo extended his hand toward Doc. “My name is Romeo Delgado. Have we met? I’m interested in all women like that. But she’s Miss Commitment and you and I both know I’m Mr. Casual. So, like I said, friends.”
Doc slapped his hand away. “I’m just saying that for a guy who says he neither has nor wants any particular claim over her, you sure are acting all proprietary and protective.”
“I’m trying to look out for her like I do all my friends, cabron.”
Romeo couldn’t be sure, but he thought Doc’s eyes narrowed behind his sunglasses. “You realize you only slip into Spanglish when your blood is up, right?”
“So I think you should ask yourself why the thought of me flirting with Mia makes you want to snatch me bald-headed.”
“Hit you with a brick,” Romeo corrected before he could stop himself.
Doc’s eyebrows arched over the frames of his sunglasses.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Julie grew up in a house full of women – she has three older sisters. As you can imagine, there was no lack of drama… or romance. Her mother enrolled her in a book club as soon as she began to read and it was the small spark that ignited her voracious appetite for the written word.
Because of Julie’s early immersion in literature, she found writing came quite naturally. In high school, she won multiple writing contests and was the proud senior editor of The Tiger’s Tale – her school newspaper.
During her college years, however, she longed for a challenge. “Reading and writing felt like second nature to me, so I looked for a way to flex my mental muscles,” she recalls. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree, Julie began teaching advanced high school mathematics.
“I loved working with the students and facing the challenges of the classroom, but I longed for the occasional snow day when I could race to the local book store, buy two or three new novels, and curl up in front of the fire to read.”
It wasn’t until a fortuitous move to Chicago that Julie once more returned to her first passion.
Now Julie loves to travel the world looking for views to compete with her deadlines. When she’s not writing, she enjoys camping, hiking, cycling, cooking, petting every dog that walks by her, and… reading, of course!