A DNF Review – Dirty Deeds by S.E. Jakes

Posted March 12, 2014 by Nix in review / 5 Comments

Dirty Deeds by S.E. Jakes
Series: Dirty Deeds #1
on 01/13/2014
Genres: Male-Male
Pages: 94
Format: eBook

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.

FTC disclaimer : I requested this from NetGalley. I have no relationship with the author.

Sometimes it happens that I can’t get into a book. It isn’t often but, when it does, I feel it’s important to review it anyway as my issues may not be yours. I couldn’t get through this one after a scene of anonymous sex for one of the lead characters. When I say anonymous, I mean that there was no words, no prior meetings and no real jolt of attraction … he went to a place for sex and had it from the first man who turned him against the wall. I can’t enjoy sex scenes this anonymous.

That being said, the writing was very good so, if you don’t share my views, maybe try this one yourself.



5 responses to “A DNF Review – Dirty Deeds by S.E. Jakes

  1. I’m sorry this one didn’t work for you! I loved SE Jakes.

    So, here’s the thing . . . if you haven’t read her Hell and High Water Series (Catch a Ghost and Long Time Gone), I wouldn’t suggest reading this novella, you will be lost! The leads in this novella are not the same from CaG and LTG, but they play a big part in the previous books.

    Also, just so you know, the man he has annoymous sex with at the begining? That’s the love interest, though neither one realizes that they fucked each other until later in the book.

    But, I can understand why this would be a DNF for you. I admit, if I had not already been a bit in love with these two men from Jakes previous books, I probably would have put this novella aside after that scene, too! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing — I agree, even when a book does not work for you, that doesn’t mean it won’t appeal to others. 😀


    • I didn’t realize that it wasn’t standalone – I didn’t really get far enough in to feel lost but I imagine that it will make an impact to people who do pick it up so thank you for leaving this comment 🙂 I just couldn’t get past that scene so didn’t get to any love story!

      As I enjoyed the writing I will quite happily add the books to my list so thank you for the recommendations 🙂

    • Yeah, it’s technically a spin-off series, but set in the same world and covering many of the same over-lapping storylines. 🙂

      I think both of you would love Catch a Ghost and Long Time Gone; you get to connect with the two heroes more in those books, etc.


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