Deep Cover (Love Over Duty Series #3)

Deep Cover (Love Over Duty Series #3)

by Scarlett Cole

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ISBN-13: 9781250128485
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 07/31/2018
Series: Love Over Duty Series , #3
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 81,939
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Born in England, Scarlett Cole traveled the world, living in Japan and the United States before settling in Canada where she met her own personal hero – all six and a half feet of him. She now lives with her husband and children in Manchester, England where she's at work on her next book. She is the author of The Strongest Steel.

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CHAPTER 1

Cabe Moss lay flat on his stomach, ignoring the stench of decaying seaweed and the flies attracted to it that buzzed around his head and landed on his hands, his M4, and the tip of his nose. In the darkness, he could hear more than see them.

One buzzed right into his ear. He twitched his head sharply to send them flying, but they didn't go far. Annoying little bastards. They were half of why this beach worked so perfectly for the people they were watching. Overrun with seaweed and difficult to reach down a jagged and narrow cliff-face path, it was rarely used.

With his night goggles on, the small boat looked almost white in the fluorescent green of the Pacific Ocean. The putt-putt-putt of the engine became clearer, more distinct. This was it, the drop they'd been waiting for. The one that could break the syndicate's back.

Cabe nodded to Six, his best friend since childhood, former SEAL teammate, and current business partner in Eagle Securities, the special ops firm they'd established with Mac, the third part of their triumvirate. From his spot behind a narrow strip of jagged rocks, Six adjusted his scope a fraction of a turn.

After thirteen months of trying to take down a Russian syndicate that had threatened their loved ones, they finally had a chance at hitting Konstantin Sokolov, the highest-ranking member and lynchpin of the organization, where it would hurt him most. They would relieve him of his latest cash shipment, denying the syndicate access to illegal funds they needed to operate. Sokolov was smart, too smart, but their intel was solid.

Cabe never took his eyes from the boat as it bobbed closer to shore. Tonight was it. The final nail in the syndicate's coffin, the last part of Eagle's three-point plan to eradicate it. The end of a thirteen-month effort to take down its members one by one and, with the help of the CIA and the FBI, disable systems that allowed the syndicate to operate, raiding warehouses, retrieving arms, and blocking trade shipments.

This was Eagle's riskiest outing yet, the organization's cash was bound to be well protected. Which meant a group of highly trained armed men with zero conscience. But if it got them a step closer to the organization that tried to kill Six's fiancée to get a chemical weapon and had gone after Mac's journalist girlfriend for exposing their arms shipment routes, then every moment of lying in the sand was worth it.

Lite and Harley, members of Team Three, the team Cabe led, were up by the road, scouting for the vehicle that would transport the money after it was brought off the boat. Capturing the driver should be a piece of cake. As always, Buddha had his fingers on the controls of a drone that was recording and giving them intel from above, its whir a faint sound lost among the buzzing of the flies and the crash of the waves. Jackson was with Mac on the other side of the cove, upwind from the rotting seaweed. Before assigning placements next time, Cabe would definitely pay better attention to wind direction.

The boat finally pulled into the shallows, its front hitting the small waves with a solid thump until Cabe heard the rough sound of the bow running aground. Somebody killed the engine, and aside from the soft hush of the gentle waves turning on the sand, the cove went silent.

Voices sounded faintly from inside. He could barely make out the words, his Russian passable on a good day. But tone was universal. And their tone sounded ... jovial. That, he got. SEALs often relied on humor, even in crucial situations — the more inappropriate, the better.

"Vehicle approaching from the south," Buddha's voice whispered through Cabe's comms unit.

Cabe didn't need to respond. They all knew the plan. The team on the beach wasn't supposed to move on the boat's crew until after the vehicle was secured on the cliff.

The whispers from onboard amplified, as the boat began to rock from side to side from its occupants' movement. Their voices sounded forced, like actors on the stage attempting to project their words to the rear of a theater. An older man with a long beard appeared at the back and dropped the anchor. The splash echoed.

The sound of the approaching vehicle on the cliff grew louder, and a stream of light from its headlights hit the sand a yard in front of Cabe. He belly-crawled a few feet back into the darkness of the cove, with Six swiftly following. Both of them held their breaths, and Cabe prayed they hadn't been spotted. With minimum movement, he put his Steiner binoculars to his eyes and looked up at the cliff. There was nobody there, but that didn't mean they hadn't been seen.

The lights from the cliff flashed twice, then twice again. The man who had dropped the anchor raised his hand to shield his eyes and waved. Suddenly, he looked in their direction but thankfully the beach was cast back into darkness.

Cabe forced his shoulders to relax.

Two more men appeared from inside the boat and jumped off into the shallows. They were young, scrawny, and way too casually dressed in board shorts, their feet bare. The older man handed one of them a large backpack. It had to be the money. He handed a second bag to the other man, and they carried them to shore, holding them high out of the water.

Out of the corner of his eye, Cabe could see Mac and Jackson make their way along the shadowed wall of the cove until they were close to the water's edge. There was no real cover should they be spotted, the cliff to their backs. Their movements were painfully slow, and the beach was so dark that if he hadn't already known they were there, he wouldn't have seen them.

The reverb of something slamming into the car stopped the two men in their tracks. They looked up to the cliff and Cabe followed suit.

Damn.

Why hadn't anyone communicated that the driver was secure? What could have gone wrong? His mind flashed through scenarios: the targets had fought back, leaving Lite and Harley incapacitated or worse; they'd escaped; they'd ... Buddha would let them know if there was a problem.

"Buddha?" he hissed.

"Nothing they can't handle," came the laid-back response. "Securing the targets now."

He said a quick thank-you to whatever geek had developed the drone.

He looked toward the two men. Keep walking. Keep walking. He didn't want them to stop. They needed to be farther away from the boat than Mac and Jackson were. The last thing they needed was for the two targets to have time to run back and sail away before Mac and Jackson could stop them, even if they had the drone following them.

Cabe held his breath for four seconds, then exhaled.

Something about the scene bothered him. The targets were too casual. They weren't scanning for danger, weren't looking around to check whether they were being watched or not. There was nothing furtive about their body language.

It couldn't fall apart. Not now.

"Car secure," Harley relayed.

That was their sign. "Go!" he shouted as he jumped to his feet and took to the sand at a run. "Down on the floor, down on the floor!"

No sooner had the words left his mouth, though, than he realized tonight would not be the night. And just like the unexplained feelings he'd had in a thousand different ops, feelings that had sent his men left instead of right or even saved his own life, he knew everything was off. The captain of the boat hadn't even moved from his position at the rear of the boat. There had been no reaching for a weapon or lifting of the anchor in an attempt to escape. He simply stood and waited as Mac and Jackson waded into the water and boarded the vessel. Meanwhile, the two men with the bags threw them into the sand as they dropped to their knees and put their hands to their heads.

There was no urgency. No look of panic. No fear etched into the lines of their faces.

"We're unarmed," the first man shouted, his Eastern European accent heavy as he rolled his R's.

"Unarmed," shouted the second. "Don't shoot."

It was all too easy. Too perfect.

He pushed the first man down on the sand and secured his hands with a cable tie. The target fell willingly and made no effort to fight back. Six did the same with the second man.

Without removing his night goggles, as they gave him anonymity, he reached for the backpack and unzipped it. It felt light ... too light for a bag that was supposed to contain cool green American bills.

"Fuck," he cursed as he pulled out bubble wrap. A shit-ton of bubble wrap. The very thing people popped for stress relief had just sent his pulse to DEFCON 1.

He knew Six was doing the same with the backpack he'd retrieved, but Cabe knew better than to look. Nothing would be different.

"Nothing on the boat," Mac shouted.

"Same with the car and driver," Harley said through his earpiece.

The information the CIA had passed along was fake. No. It was worse. They'd been expected. The whole thing had been set up. Somebody knew they were being watched.

The target on the sand turned to him and smiled. Their intel had sent them to capture what he was certain now were the decoys. The real drop was somewhere up the coastline.

And they'd missed it.

There were days when it felt like Sokolov and his cronies were going to win. And there were days when his failure to find them felt like a blight on his otherwise successful career. He'd been sent overseas with the SEALs more times than he could count on the premise of protecting America from harm, always wishing for the chance to do the same on American soil, or in this case, sand. Yet having been given the opportunity, he'd been unable to fulfill his mission.

But worse than the failure, there was a very real risk that someone was going to get hurt as an outcome. The money was going to make it on to land, weapons were going to be bought, women like Six's and Mac's girlfriends were going to get hurt.

The need for vengeance and the uneasy weight of failure battled in his gut, and for the first time in his life, he wasn't sure what to do next to stop them.

* * *

Seven, six, five, four, three, two, one.

On one, the lights changed to green, like they always did after her twenty-three-second countdown. After only two weeks of being here, there wasn't a light in the grid of San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter Amy Murray didn't know. She'd always had an exceptional memory, and not in the "good enough to appear on Jeopardy" kind of way. Sure, her random general knowledge was significantly deeper than the average person, but her memory extended to the sequence of a pack of playing cards after one quick look.

She counted the seconds of a light change to relieve the boredom, and then remembered how long it had taken every time she returned to the same intersection. It was a game for her, to predict when she'd be able to ease her foot off the brake and move forward.

The I-5 had been clear as she had driven from the San Diego FBI office in the suburb of Sorrento Valley back to her home in the city. It took thirty minutes on average, but she needed to add six minutes if she left after 5:37. And she could subtract three minutes if she stayed until 6:56, as she often did.

She checked her rearview mirror as she changed lanes, and laughed as she noticed wisps of blonde hair had escaped the tight bun at the nape of her neck. How long had it been like that? Hopefully not during the long meeting she'd sat through all afternoon. Off duty, she loved her hair, which was Scandinavian blonde with a California wave. But on duty — taken together with lips that were a fraction too full and eyes she'd once been told were the color of a tropical ocean — it just added to the difficulty she had being taken seriously. Fellow agents took her looks as an invitation to hit on her. Hell, so had the criminals she'd pursued as part of the Organized Crime unit.

Which was why she'd transferred to the San Diego office last month.

Eight months of escalating advances in Atlanta from a senior-ranking agent had been as much as she'd been able to take. She'd put off filing a sexual harassment report for as long as she could because she hadn't wanted to be that girl. The one who caused trouble. The one who rocked the boat. The one nobody believed. And worse, she'd known that complaining would put her case at risk, the one she'd cared about with every fiber of her being. But eventually she couldn't shake off his behavior with a hot shower and glass of Chardonnay at the end of the day.

The investigation had taken six months to vindicate her. By then, the damage had been done. Her transfer had taken yet another half year to approve.

Six months of enduring the nudges between men, six months of evil glares from wives and girlfriends who didn't believe she'd played no role whatsoever in his behavior.

Six months during which she hadn't so much as felt like talking with a man.

Amy shook her head to clear her thoughts. She'd promised herself she'd leave all of that behind. Moving here, after all, had been about moving on.

Which included reviewing the files for the missing-women case she'd been assigned the previous week.

Missing women weren't simply her job, they were her vocation. Her calling. The thing that made her get out of bed in the morning, and the reason she'd joined the FBI. The wheels for her career decision had been set in motion decades ago, but every day was a new opportunity to bring someone home, reunite a family, or at least give a loved one a chance to grieve through the knowledge of what happened to their family member.

That she'd be working such a complex case with a wide-reaching task force ticked every box.

She pulled into the underground lot and parked in her space. The classic car parked next to her made her think of her father and the Dodge Dart he'd bought in 1970 and still drove today. She grabbed her phone and dialed.

One ring ... two rings ... three rings.

On eight, it kicked into her father's voicemail like it always did, and she left him a quick message.

She grabbed her files and took the stairs up to her apartment. They were a welcome break from sitting on her ass. On another day, she'd probably spend a half hour hitting the gym in her building before taking a long run down the waterfront.

But today, having a plan to go out for drinks with friends later and limited time to read about the case, she found herself sitting at the breakfast bar in her kitchen, eating leftovers from the burrito she'd bought yesterday. As she studied the images of the women on her laptop, she found herself running her fingers along the long brunette hair of Helen Foy, her heart squeezing as it always did when she placed herself in the shoes of the families.

Their hurt was something she understood. Waves of panic washed over her, as they always did when she remembered the day of her mother's disappearance. She would never forget the moment her father had hugged her so tightly that she could barely breathe as he'd told her in words a ten-year-old could understand that the police suspected someone had taken her mom away and that they were working really hard to bring her home. Then he'd cried, his tears soaking her T-shirt. Her father had never cried.

The tears had scared her more than anything that had followed. Her daddy had always been the strong one. And if he was already out of faith, then so was she.

Her mother had loved her father deeply. Amy remembered the way she'd pause and smile to herself when she talked about how the two of them had met. She remembered how they'd never left the house without telling the other that they loved them. She remembered how wonderful her house had been at Christmas, her mother's favorite holiday season, with the whole family congregating at their home — grandparents, cousins, friends. And she remembered that day ... the day her mom had told her she was going to pick up some more eggnog. The bells from the enormous wreath on the front door of their Vegas home had jangled as it slammed shut — a sound Amy had associated with her mother ever since.

Amy and her father had gone through all the cycles of grief for a missing loved one. The hope in the early hours and days that followed that she'd be found. The determination in the months afterward to chase every lead and offer rewards for information. The desperation that had her father talking to mystics alleged to have found missing people. The crushing sadness that came when she'd realized that just knowing where her mom's body was would provide comfort, even if she'd never get to hug her one last time.

(Continues…)


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Deep Cover 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Another great installment in an exciting and well-written series. Though I haven’t yet read the second installment, I enjoyed this third book more than the first due to the fact that the characters just jumped off the page. Cabe is a well fleshed-out character with more nuance than other romantic heroes and Amy is anything but a damsel in distress. I loved reading about their mission and the thought process for every move they made, both in and off the clock. I also loved the involvement of Six and Mac. They had larger roles in this than I would’ve thought (and Six was downright hilarious sometimes). Also, the book’s treatment of grief and moving forward was handled well, although I wish we would’ve gotten a bit more of it up front. As someone who’s around people grieving the loss of their partner on a daily basis, this seemed a little too easy and too flat.
CathyGeha 8 months ago
Deep Cover by Scarlett Cole Love Over Duty #3 Have you ever wanted to BE the female lead in the book you are reading? I kind of wanted to step into Amy Murray’s shoes…well…perhaps not entirely but what a strong, competent, intelligent woman she was! She is definitely someone to emulate! And Cabe Moss? Well, he is a hunk and a half ex-SEAL who may appear cold but is definitely NOT! The two are drawn to each other from the meet-cute but for one reason and another (have to read the book…not telling you why) the two do not get together then and with a case to work together have to wait even longer than they might have wanted to before figuring out how to be together without jeopardizing their mission. I really enjoyed hearing about Amy’s father and uncle and how they pulled together to assist her and Cabe be the best possible undercover agents – under the circumstances. The insight into poker an gambling and how it might be used to make women disappear was fascinating, real and more than a bit unsettling. This was an action-packed romantic suspense with people I admired and could relate to and that I hoped would eventually end up together. I am not sure if there will be more in this series but with three teams of Eagle Security operatives it is entirely possible this won’t be the last book in the series though the founders of the company have met their mates. Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Barclay Publicity for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
ReaderLoverKV 9 months ago
This is Amy and Cabe's story, after reading the second book, Final Siege which happened to be my first read in the series, I fell in love with these friends and brothers in arms. This story took me several weeks to finish. I believe it was because there was just so much going on. We start out with Cabe nursing a round of drinks with Six and Mac on the anniversary of the death of his fiancee when he meets Amy. Nothing happens that night, he feels guilty and ends up leaving. The next day it just so happens that the case they have been asked to work on involves helping out the FBI and in walks Amy. Lol...I felt the romance between these two was stilted. Some of the other things happening in this story just took me to long to connect any sort of romance between these two. We have Cabe's guilty feelings about moving on because of his fiancee's death, Amy had recently located to another city because of a past sex harassment case, the undercover sting operation, the missing girls, it was just a lot. Of course, we know the chemistry between the two was palatable and they did have some very hot sex scenes, however, I just felt that Amy was not sure where she wanted the relationship to go because of the past. It is very well written and I will continue to read any more stories in this series. I still have to go back and read about Sixten and Louise's story Under Fire, that one sounds even better than Final Siege! In the end, it all worked out, but I have to admit that this story did not grab me as fast as Mac and Delaney's story did. 3.5 stars.
D-does-reviews 9 months ago
Wow! This is my first Scarlett Cole book and I’m a forever fan because this is one of the best romantic suspense stories I’ve read in a long time. Her storyline is smart and sophisticated, her characters are multi-faceted and they all have very personal reasons why they chose the careers they’re in. It was fascinating learning about casino dealers, the art of card counting and the laws about money laundering that made this such a compelling story. FBI Agent Amy Murray and Eagle Security expert Cabe Moss are part of a multi-agency undercover operation but it’s their instant sexual attraction to each other that adds a complication they never saw coming. As their long term undercover mission continues day by day the passion Cabe and Amy share brings these lovers closer to what they hope will be a permanent relationship. The rising tension of each new development in this suspenseful drama had me holding my breath and rooting for the good guys and this author did not disappoint! I read an early copy of this book supplied by St. Martin’s Press through NetGalley and all opinions expressed in my voluntary review are completely my own.
UpAllNightBB 9 months ago
4 Stars Review by Sue Late Night Reviewer Up All Night w/ Books Blog Deep Cover by Scarlett Cole is a slow, sweet burn of a book. It is an engaging story told in dual POV. Cabe Moss, former SEAL is on a mission to bring down a Russian syndicate. Amy Murray, FBI, goes undercover as a casino dealer to expose a human trafficking ring. The sparks fly when they meet in a bar. But, Amy is somewhat slighted after Cabe takes off without notice. The next day, they realize they are both part of a joint task force and must work together. Will they risk everything they are working towards to be together? Cabe was a phenomenal character. He felt real. His kindness, loyalty, sexuality and take-charge attitude just did it for me. One of the sexiest alpha males written. Amy is strong and independent. She simply wants to prove herself and she does that without a doubt. She has a brilliant mind for counting cards and for remembering things. I loved getting an inside look into the casino world and how it works. It was very interesting for me. This is the third book in a series and although it can be read as a standalone, I believe reading them in order is the way to go. The relationships and the story itself seems like it evolves through all three books. This was an overall good read with an intriguing story line. Recommended to those who like their men HOT and the slow burn of a passionate relationship unfolding.
gigiluvsbooks2 9 months ago
ARE THEY IN TOO DEEP? Ex-Navy SEAL Cabe Moss always comes when called to duty―at all costs. Even though the death of his fiancée nearly destroyed him, Cabe won’t let his past interfere with any work that has to get done. When his latest task pushes him to team up with FBI Agent Amy Murray, a fierce beauty with the undercover skills to match, Cabe must admit that, for the first time in years, he wants to do more than just complete their mission together… Amy was born ready for this assignment, but working side-by-side with the the strong, silent, and frustratingly professional Cabe seems to be the biggest challenge of all. But when the sparks begin to fly―and the stakes rise to dangerous heights―the only thing Amy is left worrying about is how she can resist him. Their lives may be in danger, but their hearts hold the biggest risk of all…
jjeffrey77 9 months ago
I really enjoyed the latest (and can you believe last) installment of the Love Over Duty series!!! This is the story of Amy and Cabe. Cabe is an ex Navy SEAL working with his best friends to get their security company off the ground. Cabe is still mourning the loss of his fiancée Jess. She was his everything and he feels lost without her. Amy is an agent who asks Eagle Security to help her with a case. Cabe is the one who is tasked in helping her. They both stir up feelings that they aren't used to and have a hard time dealing with it. Cabe doesn't know how to deal with the feelings that Amy makes him feel...something that he hasn't felt since before Jess. Amy isn't use to dealing with a man like Cabe….a man who she can't seem to get out of her head. They were perfect for each other. I enjoyed their story a lot. I was hooked from beginning to end and hated to see their story end. Of course there is suspense, love, action, hot steamy moments throughout. I highly recommend this story to everyone....its a well written story that I really enjoyed. Another fantastic story....well done!!!!
Monnie777 9 months ago
I loved this book and thought it was a great ending to this trilogy. This book is finally Cabe's turn to find love. Cabe really has a lot to get over in this book to let his heart go to another person. I did like that the author didn't shy away with how much Cabe still loves Jess and at the same time letting him move on from that loss. Amy is a spitfire and a great match for Cabe. We finally have a conclusion to the big case they have been working on for 3 books. The only thing I realized is how much I miss Six and Lou story as I didn't read the first book and really want to go back. I am so curious how Six and Lou got together as they polar opposites. *I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review.*
Sakshi 9 months ago
Want a fast paced, well written, action packed military suspense with a healthy dose of romance? Dive straight into Deep Cover by Scarlett Cole. The book hooked me on from the very first page and kept me on my toes. Written from a dual point of view, it was highly engrossing and entertained me throughout the book. The concept of gambling and casinos is well visualized (if not too technical for dumb nuts like me). Story developed smoothly even though it was a fast paced novel. The author formulated and developed the relationships in the book really well. From the camaraderie between the members of the Eagle Securities team to the sexual and emotional development of the lead characters. The backdrop of the story was just as riveting. It was totally badass. The author knows what she is talking about. I could easily relate to her writing. She sure knows how to create an emotional action packed whirlwind to suck you in. Scarlett Cole is new to me and I will definitely be reading more of her works in future. This book definitely gets a big thumbs-up from me.
Boohimdanno 9 months ago
Deep Cover is nothing more than a cliche Romantic Suspense novel that can't make it out of the planning stages. The story start off with enough story that will capture readers but soon falls apart and end up with nothing more than two characters in bed together. Its a easily forgettable novel and series and almost a waste of time. Cabe is your typical broken Hero. Amy is hot, sexy woman who is hit on by every man and she wants to prove she is more than a pretty face. She crosses the lines she has drawn in the sand so many times. She end up more of a weak female character than a strong woman. The characters are not interesting enough for this reader to want to continue you reading this series. Author need to learn to find a blend in character development, romance, sex, and story without losing one of the major aspects of the story. Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for the advance copy of Scarlett Cole Deep Cover (Love Over Duty #3)
BooksAndSpoons 9 months ago
An enjoyable and entertaining storyline with sweet and sexy romance and a multi-agency investigation into human trafficking and money laundering with the Russian mob involved, whom the guys from Eagle run into in a previously in the series. Cabe Moss is a hero easy to like. He is a strong, capable, considerate, and kind man. He knows what he wants, he has a surprising romantic streak, tenderness, and vulnerability that melts the hearts of the readers. His sorrow over losing his fiancee is touching, how he respects and cherishes Jess' memory is beautifully done. I love the connection Cabe, Six, and Mac has. The way they know each other and get each other, and understand each other, the banter, the teasing, the confrontations, calling each other out when needed, it is one my favorite things in the series. FBI Agent Amy Murray is an independent, tough, and capable woman who can hold her own and kick some arse when needed. She is a true professional, at least in the beginning, until the emotions between her and Cabe takes over the rational thinking. With the strong secondary characters, likable hero and heroine, and a good storyline, I was ready to love the heck out of this story. But it turned out it was more of a liked it a lot, read it through even though struggled in the half point, and ended up finding it entertaining. I'm not sure if the eARC was edited more before the final print, but there were several mistakes in it that broke the flow for me. The point of view and the timeline was jumpy, not formatted to be reader-friendly, but all these issues could have been corrected to the final copy, so not affecting my score of the title. In my opinion, Amy lost a lot of her edge as an agent when she started her relationship with Cabe, there were a couple of times I had to remind myself that she was not civilian helping out with the investigation. Cabe didn't trust her abilities keep herself safe, maybe not because of her actions, but because of what happened to Jess in the past. Yet there was something off balance in the tale right after they got together. Amy and Cabe, after submerging into the lust, were sizzling hot, and the explicit love scenes were plentiful. I really loved the mature and constructive way they dealt with the issues between them. I loved that there was no drama just for the sake of drama, yet there were feels, deep emotions that were palpable, and conversations that were difficult. I'm glad I didn't give up on Deep Cover at the halfway point because the action and tension of the suspense pick up, and the thrill of the chase is riveting towards the end, so much so that I didn't want it to end quite so suddenly. A luscious and delicate love story in a middle of an intense and dangerous investigation lead by a cast of charming characters enthralled and entertained my mind and I'm looking forward to the next installment of the series. ~ Four Spoons
valerie holm 9 months ago
The Lucky Seven Casino is the epicenter of a rash of felonies including suspected kidnapping, possible human trafficking, and money laundering by Russian mob boss Sokolov. Executed by law enforcement, the investigation into these crimes includes the FBI and Eagle Securities. Amy works for the FBI. Cabe is an ex-Navy SEAL with Eagle Securities. Both are working on different angles of the criminal case and a dedication to doing the right thing, for all of the parties involved, was a priority. The team worked intelligently and well together, and it was clear they were all becoming great friends. I remained invested in the characters during the attempt to end these atrocities. Solving these crimes is personal. A past crime involving Amy's mother supports her drive to stop the female disappearance at the Lucky Seven. Cabe and his team have a similar investment. Sokolov's crime syndicate has directly threatened the lives of family members of the Eagle Security team. They possess equal justification to make sure the casino becomes crime free. Bringing the villains down became as essential to me as it was to them. Amy's father is a professional poker player, and her uncle runs a casino. Due to her resources, she has the skills to go undercover at the Lucky Seven to investigate the missing women. As Amy goes undercover as a card dealer, the stress builds. The owner of the casino, Faulkner, has charm but at the same time, he crosses a line that justifies caution and suspicion. In contrast, Amy's direct supervisor Ortega is respectable with Amy and the rest of the staff. Who is helping Sokolov launder money if anyone? Who is responsible for the missing women, the indecent boss or the moral one? These questions fuel the anxiety. Cabe and Eagle Securities focus their attention on the money laundering. Cabe attempts to befriend Sokolov while covertly searching for the money switches. Cabe and the team do their job well. Cabe's instincts and reactions are appropriate to what I believe an ex-NAVY Seal would be. He is protective and keeps his team, which now includes Amy, safe. I enjoyed Cabe but, his contribution is primarily guarding Amy's back. I would have liked to see Cabe play a more prominent role in the end battle, rather than just being Amy's knight in shining armor. Along the same lines, I felt an agent with Amy's qualifications could have needed less saving. I also sense Amy being more assertive in the face of danger would have made her more interesting. A dynamic involving a couple fighting together is a delicate balance. I still found their decisions sound and them both to be capable in their jobs. When reading romance novels, I am most committed when the plot surrounding the couple can stand on its own. I find that Deep Cover by Scarlett Cole was one of these novels. Having said that, the romance in Deep Cover was also quite captivating. The characters, for justifiable reasons, decided not to pursue their attraction to each other. In high-pressure situations, that only lasts so long. When they give in to the chemistry between them, it is explosive. Well done there. This relationship develops while they are getting to know each other without bringing sex into the equation. I welcome this method as it is more believable. I would recommend giving Deep Cover by Scarlett Cole a chance. The story will not disappoint.
carvanz 9 months ago
When Amy is teamed up with Cabe to bust a money laundering business as well as find evidence of missing women, they both know they have to keep things professional between them. Amy’s past has a case of sexual harassment that colored her reputation and to get involved with a superior coworker would give credence to the gossip’s claims. Cabe’s fiancée, Jess, died two years ago and he’s still struggling to move on and not succeeding very well. However, he is attracted to Amy like no other woman since her and he wants to take a chance. Unfortunately, she works a job that is open to danger, just as Jess did, and he’s not sure he could survive losing another woman again. This was a relatively slow paced book that set up the background and the current situation regarding the bad guys. The setting is primarily in a casino with lots of info on betting, counting cards, and other miscellaneous gambling tidbits. While I liked the hero and heroine well enough, I never really felt a full on chemistry explosion between these two. Part of the reason was due to Cabe’s struggle to move on from the loss of Jess. Even when he didn’t feel the guilt of being with Amy, he was checking to see if he felt it. There was just a lot of remembering his fiancée that took away from the buildup between Amy and Cabe. I’m not a fan of this trope at all so it colored my opinion of the story. The plot and the storyline was excellent with lots of villains and danger at every turn. I was anxious for Amy each time she stepped out to investigate or someone from the casino approached her. I approved of Cabe’s instinct to protect her at all cost even if they lost their target. The ending was satisfying as their case comes to a conclusion and there was a nice little epilogue that gave us a look into their future a few months/weeks later. Overall, if you don’t mind the deceased spouse/lover trope, then you will definitely enjoy this one. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book provided by NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Rainn2978 9 months ago
I would definitely read the previous books in this series so you understand all the tie ins to the previous books and the relationships between the characters. This book is about Cabe Moss, who is best friends and partners with the characters from the previous books. And Amy Murray, an FBI agent who is assigned to help Cabe with an undercover mission. Cabe is still trying to get over losing his fiance 2 years ago. On the one hand, he wants to move on and be happy, but on the other hand he feels guilty for leaving her behind. Amy is still trying to get over what happened in her previous office and is hoping to be treated with respect in her new office. They are both being sent in undercover but for different reasons. Cabe wants to catch his bad guy and Amy just wants to find the women that are going missing. Neither realize that they are after the same person. And neither realize just what they will mean to each other. I really liked this book. Cabe is a man haunted by his past and he struggles with it daily. Even with knowing how much he wants what his friends have, it's still a hard thing to do when someone you loved so much is no longer there. Amy had such a hard time in her previous workplace that is makes her extremely cautious in her new office. Almost to the point that she could lose what could be the best thing that ever happened to her. And then when you throw them together on a mission and force them into close proximity? It just brings the story to life! It was great!
belllla 9 months ago
3.75stars A romantic suspense love story between undercover FBI agent Amy and Caleb ex-Seal. It is an emotional story, especially from Caleb's side. It truly is heartbreaking what happened to him and because of that, he has reservations toward Amy. On the other hand, Amy is very attracted to Caleb but because of the scandal from the previous job she doesn't want to start a relationship with Caleb. Both Amy and Caleb are likable and greatly developed. I just wanted more interaction/action between them the story was more focused on the mission and not so much on the relationship. It is also great to see the characters from previous books. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for NetGalley
crys12065 9 months ago
Well done Ms. Cole! Once again you weave the perfect amount of suspense with romance. I loved Amy and Cabe’s chemistry, and Cabe broke my heart a few times with all he had been through. He is an ex-Navy SEAL who lost his fiancé tragically and is having trouble moving on. Then Amy, an FBI agent comes along with past issues of her own but they are attracted to each other. But can they find a way to work through their issues so they can be together despite all the obstacles and the case they need to solve? This book was sexy, emotional and had an exciting storyline to go with it. I don’t want to give anything away in this review so you’ll just have to read it! I promise you won’t be disappointed! Romantic suspense at its best, I couldn’t put the book down!
xCynyx 9 months ago
Another explosive installment in the Lover Over Duty series! Cabe is the third founder member of Eagle Security and the one with the heaviest past. After his fiancee died on service he's kinda moved with the flow, not really being there. Amy's past put her on the path of the FBI and this mission is everything for her, but after transfering she can't do anything that will put her possition at risk. I loved how these two came together. Amy is such a great character! She's strong and fierce but we get to see a vulnerable side and a super girly part that I loved. She's determined to see this assignment through and willing to put her life on hold for it. Cabe is the perfect guy! He respects Amy's wishes and does the job even when is killing him. Ireally enjoyed that even though he's an alpha male he trusts her and her skills and while he worries about her, he lets her do her job. This book had me on the edge of my seat! Wondering what would happen, thinking about the connevtions and wondering if they would make it or not. I was rooting for the characters all along and while I wanted them together now, I understood their reasons for waiting and that little detail made it even better for me. The setting and their jobs made it for the perfect way to get to know and trust each other before anything else. Deep Cover is a great addition to the series and the overall plot. We get to see the characters from the previous books and how they are living their lifes after getting their happy ever after. I can't wait to see what comes next!
xCynyx 9 months ago
Another explosive installment in the Lover Over Duty series! Cabe is the third founder member of Eagle Security and the one with the heaviest past. After his fiancee died on service he's kinda moved with the flow, not really being there. Amy's past put her on the path of the FBI and this mission is everything for her, but after transfering she can't do anything that will put her possition at risk. I loved how these two came together. Amy is such a great character! She's strong and fierce but we get to see a vulnerable side and a super girly part that I loved. She's determined to see this assignment through and willing to put her life on hold for it. Cabe is the perfect guy! He respects Amy's wishes and does the job even when is killing him. Ireally enjoyed that even though he's an alpha male he trusts her and her skills and while he worries about her, he lets her do her job. This book had me on the edge of my seat! Wondering what would happen, thinking about the connevtions and wondering if they would make it or not. I was rooting for the characters all along and while I wanted them together now, I understood their reasons for waiting and that little detail made it even better for me. The setting and their jobs made it for the perfect way to get to know and trust each other before anything else. Deep Cover is a great addition to the series and the overall plot. We get to see the characters from the previous books and how they are living their lifes after getting their happy ever after. I can't wait to see what comes next!
DJTP 9 months ago
A new to me author and a series I haven't read before. Deep Cover by Scarlett Cole, book three in the Love over Duty series. Likable characters, great character development, a romantic suspense storyline. Looking forward to reading more by author and more in this series.
Sandy-thereadingcafe 9 months ago
DEEP COVER is the third (and final?) instalment in Scarlett Cole’s contemporary, adult LOVE OVER DUTY erotic, romantic, military suspense series focusing on a group of childhood friends who own and work for Eagle Securities, a Special Ops firm formed by Navy SEALS Cabe Moss, Sixten Rapp, and Malachai “Mac” MacCarrick. This is thirty-four year old, former Navy SEAL Cabe Moss, and twenty-nine year old, FBI agent Amy Murray’s story line. DEEP COVER can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary although there is an on-going investigation from book one Under Fire. Told from dual third person perspectives (Cabe and Amy) DEEP COVER follows the building but forbidden relationship between thirty-four year old, former Navy SEAL Cabe Moss, and twenty-nine year old, FBI agent Amy Murray. The FBI and the CIA has called in help from Eagle Securities in their hunt to take down a money-laundering operation, and a potential human trafficking ring operating out of one of San Diego’s largest gambling venues, The Lucky Seven Casino, owned by father and son Hemingway and Faulkner Woods. FBI agent Amy Murray, the daughter and granddaughter of two of Las Vegas’ most prolific poker champions has been tasked to go undercover as a Black Jack dealer, with the help and assistance of Eagle Securities. Enter former Navy SEAL Cabe Moss, the man with whom Amy will fall in love. What ensues is the building relationship between Amy and Cabe, and the potential fall-out as Amy is groomed by the casino boss for something bigger, something that Amy hopes will get her on the inside track to taking down the men responsible for a number of missing women. Cabe Moss battles demons from the past, so much so that the death of his beloved fiancé, killed in action two years earlier, continues to control his highs and lows. Unable to move on from the past, Cabe finds himself struggling with his attraction to FBI Amy Murray, a woman that calls to his heart and his soul, but a heart firmly locked into the past. Amy Murray knows what it is like working in a world dominated by powerful men. Sexually harassed on the job by a superior Amy battles her attraction to Cabe fearing repercussions from the investigation that all but destroyed her career in the FBI. The relationship between Amy and Cabe begins as a ‘fluke’, a quick meeting at a local bar before Cabe walked away without looking back. Working together meant the palpable sexual attraction did not go unnoticed by Cabe’s business partners, partners who themselves, fell in love on the job. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic, seductive and intense, without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. The secondary and supporting characters are colorful, fun, sexy and sassy. We are re-introduced to Six and Louisa (Under Fire #1), and Mac and Delaney (Final Siege #2), as well as a number of former SEALs now working for Eagle Securities. DEEP COVER is a story of friendship, brotherhood, moving on from the past, and letting go. The premise is edgy, engaging and heartfelt; the romance is flirty, passionate and moving; the characters are intelligent, realistic and inspiring. DEEP COVER is a suspenseful and emotionally charged tale as one man comes to grips with his past, moving towards his own happily ever after.
TerryL56 9 months ago
Cabe has watched his 2 best friends and partners in business fall in love. He had that once upon a time, but 2 years ago his fiancee was killed by an IED overseas while on active duty. When he gets a job to work with the beautiful Amy from the FBI, he can't help but fall for her. Amy is tired of guys who hate that she has a job where she puts her life on the line day after day, but when she meets Cabe, she realizes that there are still guys out there that don't feel intimated by her. Even though it is dangerous for them to work together and sleep together ... they feel it is worth the risk. This is a high action romance that will have you wondering what's gonna happen next. I just loved how things just seemed to click for Cabe and Amy ... I thought they were really good together and that they understood each other like they had already been together forever. And of course, who doesn't love a strong alpha who has a protective side. Great addition to a great series. I received an ARC courtesy of St. Martin's Press through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
nelriv 9 months ago
Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) I think I am going to stop with this book in this series and just for your information this is the third and I feel that you would be lost if you do not read first 2. Now I think some of you will find this book entertaining but I find this book chaotic too much going on, and the writer was jumping from one persons thoughts to the next yeah too combobulated for me..And I also found my self dragging while reading..
thicks 9 months ago
First off I need to say I haven't read the other books in the series so while I didn't know the entire story I was able to pick it up and not feel too lost. I love the two main characters Cade and Amy. He is every girls dream of course and full of yummy alpha male hotness and getting pass the loss of his fiance. Amy is reeling from fall out from a sexual harassment from her previous manager and out to prove she has earned her place in the FBI. I love that she is more than competent for the job and has tons to offer. The case is personal for them for various reasons and drives their success. Loads of action and intrigue make this a great read. The characters are carryover from the previous books in the series and storyline. There is enough here to get the idea of what happened in the previous books but still feel they need to be read to fully enjoy.
KindleKat64 9 months ago
I really enjoyed this book. I did not read the first two but will definitely go back and read now that I have met the characters in this book. I felt like the author definitely gave enough info to be able to read this as a standalone. This is Cabe's story. Cabe Moss is a former Navy Seal, if you can ever truly be a former Seal. He and his Seal brothers/friends Six and Mac now run Eagle Securities with him. They take on a job involving missing women from a Vegas casino and form a task force that includes the FBI. It is there where Cabe meets Amy Murray (well sort of), who is an FBI agent who desperately wants to solve this case because of her past. Cabe is having a hard time letting go of the memory of his deceased fiancee but he is drawn to Amy. Amy does undercover in the casino and there are some pretty intense moments. Cabe will not let anything happen to her. Good story, characters, suspense, and hot sexy romance definitely make me want to read more from this new to me author.
gromine49 9 months ago
Wonderful story! I am never disappointed in a story by Scarlett Cole! Great read that once you start reading you don't want to stop.