Book Review: Ride the Tide by Julie Ann Walker

Posted November 30, 2020 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Book Review: Ride the Tide by Julie Ann Walker

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Ride the Tide by Julie Ann Walker
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on November 24, 2020
Pages: 384
Format: eARC

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Also by this author: Built to Last, Wild Ride, Volume One, Volume Two, Volume Three

Third in the Deep Six romantic suspense series revolving around a team of retired Navy SEALs and set in and near Key West, Florida. The couple focus is on Alex Merriweather and Mason McCarthy.

This eARC was sent to me by NetGalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for an honest review.

My Take

It’s all about revenge, and it just ticks me off that the bad guys always think they’re in the right when one of them is killed. Poor baby. I mean, duh… Isn’t that part of the “perks” of the job, that you take that chance once you choose to go to war?

Walker uses third person global subjective point-of-view, so we hear and see the perspectives of many of the characters. Think of poor Mason. His ex-wife really did a number on him, convincing him that he is not normal, all of which we hear from his mind. It doesn’t help that Mason interprets those 2% stats in the wrong way! But it did annoy me how often Walker harped on this, oy.

Walker very nicely captures the why of these SEALs’ brand of humor, as a way to decompress from the violence of their lives. As for her word usage, oh lordy, I kept cracking up. Esophageal eruption? *snicker*

Politics. That decision to invade the Middle East that brought about the rise of ISIS. That’s not the only time politics raises its ugly head in Ride the Tide.

Alex cracks me up. She’s so determined to give up her virginity and get it over with — and she does live on an island with a group of gorgeous men who think life is one giant bachelor party. As for those fantasies she has, you’ll be crackin’ up.

“…more than once she’d wondered if it might be possible to run through the house naked and — whoopsie! — fall on his”…ahem

I suspect part of Alex’s mission to be devirginized is to force away her memories of that battle in Garden Key.

*Laughing* that contretemps the team and company survives out on the ocean leads to quite the crack up about full autos. Okay, I can see the FBI’s point, but still, lol.

Sigh…Walker paints one heckuva way of life for the boys and Alex. I love the thought of that warm weather, the island, and the feel of being at summer camp…but without the camp counselors!

I can so sympathize with Alex’s love for history! It’s not that it holds all the answers, but I love discovering the different customs and how they came about, how words and the holidays evolved, the different ways people lived, and more.

It’s a fun escapist read and action-packed with battle, fights, and chase scenes. Walker has created some great characters about whom I want to read more. *Laughing all the way*

The Story

Yep, Alex is determined to have her front door bashed in. There have been opportunities in the past, but…something always came up, er, down.

Then a vengeful enemy from Mason’s past threatens the team, and Mason is terrified of his past touching Alex. But their lives are on the line and the adrenaline is running high, and it’s inevitable that sparks will fly.

The Characters

Alexandra “Alex” Merriweather, a.k.a. Baby Bear, was hired by Deep Six for her expertise in reading old Spanish scripts. Part of Alex’s problem is those academic parents of hers. Always distracted. Grandpa Gene had been in the Korean War; Grandma Iris had been a hairdresser.

Mason “Monet” McCarthy is an ex-Navy SEAL who pampers Meat, his fat English bulldog, and likes to paint watercolors.

Deep Six Salvage is…
…the new company these retired SEALs are starting up that is based on Wayfarer Island. The rest of his retired team includes Ray “Wolf” Roanhorse, who fancies himself a scholar — and is attracted to the unavailing Chrissy; Brando “Bran” Pallidino who likes to cook; Spiro “Romeo” Delgado is the epitome of sex positivity, loving all women; and, Dalton “Doc” Simmons, a.k.a. Papa Bear. Li’l Bastard is their resident rooster.

Christina “Chrissy” Szareck owns a dive shop on Key West and takes tourists out to the reefs. She’s recently teamed up with Seaplane Charters and Deep Six Salvage. Winston is her business partner. Josephine Szareck, Chrissy’s mother, fell in love as often as her daughter filled scuba tanks. Doug was the second husband, who taught Chrissy how to fish.

Their former CO, Leo “The Lion” Anderson, a.k.a. LT, just got married to an ex-CIA officer, Olivia Mortier, who has a new-found fascination in baking Hell or High Water, 1). John is LT’s uncle and caretakes on the island. They’d all made a promise to Rusty Lawrence. Sarah had been Mason’s betraying now-ex-wife. Donna Crestone is Mason’s, um, workout partner who entertains plans more intimate than Mason thought.

A former commodore in the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy, Izad Bagheri is on his own mission. Kazem is his only living son. Arman and Basir are the sons who were killed. Hettie had been his beloved wife. Navid is Izad’s head of security. Turan Jamshidi, a former officer in the navy, Omid, and Mahmoud are the rest of Bagheri’s security.

Paulie Gatto rented a speedboat. Rory Gellman is an Army Ranger who turned mercenary.

Ensign Watts is with the Coast Guard. Special Agents Tomlinson and Albus Fazzle are with the FBI. Nurse “Ratched” doesn’t like bad language. The Key West Citizen editor has dubbed a group of bad guys The Baitfish Bandits. Gina was a one-nighter for Romeo. Tommy Wilson was Alex’s senior year boyfriend. Richard “Dick” Johnson used to call Alex “Gabby McGabberson” in high school. Bobby Joe Cuthbert was a jerk to Chrissy in her freshman year. David “Big Papi” Ortiz was a ten-time All-Star, three-time World Series champ, and a seven-time Silver Slugger winner. That challenge from Cory Taylor was back when Alex was eight.

1624, the Caribbean
The determined Bartolome Vargas is the captain of the Santa Cristina with its treasured cargo. Rosario is the midshipman. Pablo acts as lookout on the island. Alejandro is an older deckhand.

The Cover and Title

The cover is a rising gradient of blues from the dark of the ocean with a ship listing to our right against a stormy sky of blues. It’s Mason in jeans and a gray (fitted!) T-shirt, a tattoo on his right forearm rising past his elbow, standing with his back to us, his head facing to the left so we see his close-shaven head and profile. The series info is at the top left (opposite Mason’s face) as a white font atop a starred emblem. The title is in white and is centered over Mason’s back. Beneath that is a testimonial in white across his backside. The author’s name (with an info blurb in between) is in yellow across Mason’s thighs.

The title is more metaphorical than about the ocean, for Alex and Deep Six Salvage Ride the Tide of vengeance and dreams.

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