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This book doesn't continue Prophet and Tom's tale (though they make brief appearances via Skype and spycam), but is set in the same world, and takes up at the the end of book 2 of the H*H series. It is pretty much all IM'ing and anonymous, silent sex in clubs between the leads - and sometimes between substitutes - which is logical for them, I suppose, given that Mal has lost his ability to speak, following his throat being slashed, but I did find it all a bit like what young males would do on a dare, including IM-sex and sending pictures that you wouldn't want anyone else to see. I mean, I'm not complaining at the interactions between Mal and Cillian, but there wasn't really that much in between IM sex, text sex, email sex and Skype/iPad images. However, if you want a book that starts with a bang and lots of sex and sex talk, this is it. It is not a fluffy, sweet MM romance, but more an erotic, suspense-ish tale - with a lot of sex talk and sex.

I got the gist of the tale - Cillian is deep undercover, trying to flush out Prophet's supposedly dead ex-best friend and ex-lover, but hasn't figured out who is killing all of his snitches/informants, and Mal is the operative from another organisation who's tasked with keeping an eye on him, with the latter knowing what Cillian looks like, but not vice versa. I did find it a bit funny that Cillian works for a British secret service organisation, and with Brit stiff upper lip and 'No sex, please, we're British' and all that, I'm sure minds would have been boggling over his antics, both private and in public. I appreciated the way in which the author managed conversations between Mal and Cillian, as their 'relationship' was pretty unique in that they couldn't have a verbal conversation, but if I'm honest, not a lot happened in it until the last two chapters.

I mean the leads don't actually meet face-to-face and get it on - yep, in a club in public, again - til that point (Mal took on the more dominant role and instigated their first encounter - the opening bang that I mentioned - without Cillian seeing the face of the man he'd submitted to in the club), and even then, they can't have a proper conversation, but Cillian unwittingly reveals that there's more of an emotional connection on his part, that wasn't apparent with the non-spoken comms. At the same time, a casual phrase that he uses gives Mal a eureka moment, and that revelation is bound to have a massive, massive impact on what's gone on between them so far and what will happen between them in the next book. As the tale ends, Mal's realisation has got to be a huge obstacle that he'll have to deal with, as will the information that Cillian's superior makes him privy to, giving the latter his own eureka moment, complete with a belated attack of conscience. Kudos to the author (despite ending the book on this cliffhanger, which I'm not enthused about, LOL!), as I haven't a clue how she'll make things right between the guys in future tales, but boy will it be an interesting read.

So, like I said, not that much going on in this tale other than all things sex, as it introduced the characters 'together' (though they've appeared without any connection between them in the H*H tales) and understandably a connection had to be created between them, but at the same time it did draw me in - Cillian's been such a shadowy, teasing, taunting figure in the 2 H*H tales, and a source of jealousy between Tom and Prophet, that I want his romance to give him a taste of his own medecine. The tale is a lot shorter than most of SE Jakes's tales, but there's at least one more in this series, as well as a few more H*H tales to come in 2014.

Ebook courtesy of Riptide Publishing in return for an honest review.
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on 13 January 2014
Dirty Deeds (Dirty Deeds, #1). SE Jakes
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
I came into this series late, a couple of books back and to be honest the whole spy/black ops trope has me a bit confused and yet...these bunch of characters keep pulling at me. Tough guys on the surface and yet underneath they have fears and desires, needs and hopes, even though they don't seem to admit it to themselves. So I have to keep seeing what's going on, whose met up with who, and how things are going to work out. Guessing is no good - I'm getting it wrong every time :)
Up to now Cillain has been to me a bit of a mystery man, I keep finding out bits about him via others, texts, pc etc but the whole man...well here he is in this book and getting a glimpse into how his mind works is fascinating. Throw in mysterious Mal and - well - its dynamite when they both try to work their way round the other, trying to see what the other knows, what the other is planning and who's really pulling the strings. Its a book where everyone seems to be watching someone, the wrong move means death, quick sudden death, and no-one is as he seems. Well that's how it seems to me, spook fans may find working out the puzzles easier of course. Still, that doesn't stop me enjoying the story and wanting to know more...Still, I wish the book was longer, I wish it didn't end on a cliffhanger - I really, really hate that. I don't like these "chapter" type instalment books, I want everything in one fell swoop. That would be a five star read.
Stars: four stars, fun book, spies and spice all in one..
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on 28 January 2014
I received my copy from the publisher through Love Romances and More Reviews

The first word I see when I open this book is ‘Amsterdam’; a great start considering I lived there for over 30 years. I have to admit that even though the city isn’t described in any detail and I couldn’t tell you exactly where the story plays out, the fact that it’s set there did give this book an extra edge.

Not that this story wasn’t edgy enough without the added interest. In fact, I think the word edgy was invented to describe books like this. Mal and Cillian, two undercover agents, are both chasing the same man be it for different and personal reasons.
While Mal knows who Cillian is and more or less what he is up to, Cillian has no idea who or what Mal is. When contact between the two men is established it takes place almost exclusively through Instant Messaging. It is also highly sexual in nature, with both of them vying for domination over the other while secretly graving the potential of submission.

Mal may have some advantages over Cillian because he knows more about his opponent than Cillian knows about him, neither of them knows enough to prevent shocking revelations. Revelations that come after the men have found a need for each other they can neither explain nor deny, no matter how much they might want to. Revelations that will shock the reader and create an urgent need for the next book in what appears to be a trilogy.

This was a very well written story. The tension starts on the first page and doesn’t let up for a moment. In fact, that tension had only gotten stronger by the time I read the last word in this novella. And it is a tension that exists on all levels of this story. It is never completely clear who knows what. There is the mystery as to who is killing Cillian’s informers. And then there is the sexual tension between these two men; a tension so hot it steams of the page both during their online encounters and when they’re together.

These two men are very similar and more than a match for each other. They also seem to be made for each other, if only they weren’t on opposite sides of the same mission. I can’t wait to see how the rest of this story is going to unfold and can only hope it won’t be too long until ‘Dirty Lies’ comes out.

After I requested this book for review but before I read it I discovered this book ties into previous titles by this author – The Hell or High Water series – which I haven’t read. Don’t let that stop you from picking up this book right now. At no point while reading this novella did I feel as if I was missing vital information. In fact, if I hadn’t seen somebody else mention this fact in a review, I would never have guessed there were earlier, connected books.

I also didn’t realise this wasn’t a stand-alone title when I requested it. The way this story ends makes that fact perfectly clear though. The author leaves us with an unexpected and shocking cliff-hanger, but it wasn’t one that bothered me (and trust me I’m not a fan of cliff-hangers in general).
Although I’m more than ready to find out what happens next and can’t wait for the sequels, I have to say the story ended with perfect timing. My curiosity is well and truly awakened and my mind is running riot, trying to come up with all the possible future scenarios. Somehow I feel that whatever my mind may conjure up for me, S.E. Jakes will still manage to surprise me.
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on 23 January 2014
geat carry on but prophet and tom are hardly in the story. the good part is we get to know more about cillian and meet mal. mainly a lot of cyber sex but the friction between the two men is brilliant. what i did not see coming was the twist at the end. how they are going to reconcile taht i am not sure. the only thing i know is i am hooked hurry up and bring the next bookon.
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on 3 August 2014
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 didn’t really take to this book, as I was hoping I would. Though its fast paced, action packed, and the M/M sex is off the charts, as in HOT HOT HOT … it just wasn’t my cup of tea. However, in doing some research, I do see that I missed something in not having the books written before it (not in the series however having the same characters) and it looks like I don’t get the full understanding of who the character John is and why he is so important to the story. But I wasn’t given any of the other books to review so I was doing my best with what I had. I recommend reading the other books that involve the characters if you want the full impact of the characters and who they are to the story.
I didn’t like the ending at all. For me it just gave me nothing at all. No closure at all, no idea in my head about what could or would happen next … it just gave a major cliffy, and that is ok but for me it just didn’t work. There are also no females in the story and so many different male characters come and go in such a shot amount of time (the book is only a short story), that at some points it became a bit overwhelming and made me want to put the book down. They are very strong, alpha type males, and that I do love but on the whole it didn’t really save the story for me.
The writing is good, though there are a few grammar errors. Not anything to horrible but enough that I definitely noticed. The spelling is very good.
I wish the author well, and to be honest, I noticed other books in other series that look off the charts awesome, and I would absolutely still give the author a shot to dazzle me, because some of them look completely amazing … but I really don’t think I would continue with this story if and when the next one comes out.
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on 22 May 2014
Ah, hell, there was cursing involved in reading this book, both the good kind and the 'I may have just damaged my kindle in the rage induced tantrum' kind.

The good: Cillian and Mal are hawt! I mean, seriously smokin' hot together...even if they almost aren't ever really 'together.' Like each of Jakes' books I've read so far, seeing two damaged men at least prop each-other up (if not all out heal one another) touches something soft inside that I absolutely love. Plus, the writing is pretty good and the dialogue believable.

The bad: There seemed to be a lot more emotional impact inferred than actually shown. One man, usually Cillian, would say something and the other man would be breathless or they'd have phone sex (IM sex) and be panting as if they'd had the real thing. Not entirely believable.

Lastly, why, oh why, does a book that barely reaches 100 pages and is intended as at least a trilogy need to be a cliffhanger? Why, actually, does it need to be three novellas, instead of one solid book, at all? This breaking of a story into several snippets is a trend that I despise. I have dropped entire series and authors, even, because of it. I HATE IT! Do you hear me authors and publishing industry? I HATE IT. Please, for the love of all that is holy, stop.

Final say: good, worth reading...but I'd have waited until the series was complete if I'd known it has a very precipitous cliffhanger and no resolution of conclusion.
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on 3 April 2015
I didnt expect to like this but I read it as part of the Hell and High water series. I read it out of sequence - read the last of the three 'main' books first though that last one straddles the events in this book. I didn't think Id be remotely as interested in the Mal/Cillian pairing as Prophet/Tom. But...yes, you know where this is going... I was sold on Mal/Cillian pretty much as far as on Tom/Prophet. Seeing inside Cillian's head was fascinating since in the other books he comes across as almost unreal in his ability to stay several steps ahead of everyone else. And Mal, who's seemed a bit of a thug. The slow progression of their relationship is really well done as it, against their will turns into a budding romance and then the twist at' the end... I ended up rereading the third Hell and High water book to look again at the Mal/Cillian scenes to see what happened after the end of this one. And I didn't get anything like closure. Im hoping theres a sequel to this as well now.

The 5 Hell and High Water books are so uncompromising and so unpredictable its hard to link them to the Bound books by the same author which are pretty much standard MM fodder. But please don't judge this series by Bound. This (imo) is head and shoulders above it.
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on 26 August 2014
I was not aware until I started to read this that it was m/m romance thriller.

When is Amazon going to categorise its Kindle books?
I am tired of mistakenly buying porn, teen-age. and gay books.
I have no objections to the genres; they are just not to my taste.
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on 10 February 2014
5 out of 5 for this reader folks!

I was quite impressed with this short read. I do not tend to read many same sex books, but I am happy to have come across this one. This was well written and super hot! :)

Dirty Deeds is the first story in the series Dirty Deeds by S.E. Jakes. We have two leading men who are both special ops that work alone, happen to be very good at their jobs, and now have come across each others trails. It would appear however, passion and intrigue take a front seat to their current operation.

Cillian is a straight up bad ass who works alone and will do what needs to be done to complete a mission. He is cold and callous, and has been working on a deep uncover mission for a couple of years now. While at a local gay bar, he encounters a mystery man who easily tops him in a mystery room intended for pleasure. Cill rarely let's anyone top him, but there is something about this man that turns Cill's crank like no other.

Mal is a former Navy SEAL, another bad ass and has taken an assignment to figure out what it is that Cill is after and will go as far as seducing the operative to get whatever information he can. EXCEPT, he didn't imagine feeling the serious connect when he topped Cill.

Both men can't help but remember the other and return to the place where all the passion ignited, hoping to repeat the memory. If they happen to get extra information in the process, well that's great! But when the truth begins to leak out, these two are placed on opposite ends and begin to feel the deception. Will they have to go to extremes to either reveal their true identity, take each other out, or make a go of this passion they share??

This is a short read, and we are left with a cliffhanger. The sex was hot, gritty and raw, and the characters hardcore. It is something when alpha op and alpha op try and take each other on ... my e-reader could of gone up in flames! LOL I cannot wait to read more, and see where S.E. Jakes is going to take us. I am rooting for these two hotties but have to admit that I hope it's a bumpy ride to a HEA! LOL


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