Review: Dirty Deeds by SE Jakes

Dirty Deeds by SE Jakes
Series: Extreme Escapes, Ltd. (# 1)
Release Date: January 11, 2014
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Pages: 79
Source: Book provided by the publisher for review



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.


Review:  When two secret operatives cross paths, the result is enough to singe the electronic components of my e-reader.

Enter the world of undercover agents in this new series by SE Jakes, beginning with Dirty Deeds. Cillian and Mal are used to working alone, but a chance encounter leaves them reeling.

As the lead characters in this m/m novella, neither one comes anywhere close to being a stereotypical gay character. Both of these guys are Alpha males oozing with testosterone.

There is a hum-dinger of a cliffhanger, but since this series appears to contain a storyline that is parceled out in segments, it has earned a spot on my keeper shelf as one of the hottest m/m books I have ever encountered.

Aside from the physical connection, there’s a lot of time devoted to building an emotional connection between the characters. These are two men who are used to being alone with no one to trust, so their social skills may appear somewhat lacking. The fact they are able to develop any connection at all requires great skill from the writer.

Not only is there plenty of heat between Cillian and Mal, but this is an exceptionally well-detailed story about covert operations. From special weapons to advanced technology, all these components added up to a smokin’ hot read.