Review: Hidden by Rebecca Zanetti

Series: Deep Ops #1
Release Date: September 25, 2018
Publisher: Zebra
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 369
Reviewer: Elizabeth
Rating: 3.5 Stars
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Hide. That's all Pippa can do to escape the terror chasing her. But now that she's off the grid in a safe house, she finds plenty of interesting things to watch through the window. Like her new neighbor, with his startling green eyes, killer smile, and sexy bad-boy tattoo . . .

Run. Malcolm West is fleeing the hell he unleashed in his last assignment as an undercover cop. A backwoods bungalow sounds like the perfect place to start over. Until he discovers he's been set up . . .

Fight. Someone's gone to a lot of trouble to bring them together. No matter how much he resents that, and his own driving needs, Malcolm will have to dig deep and let loose the banished killer inside himself, or Pippa's fears could come true faster than the flip of a bolt in a lock . . .

I have mixed feelings…

What worked for me:
I liked the idea of assembling a motley crew of law enforcement officials, mental health providers and yes, even convicted felons to work the most undesirable and heinous cases threatening the livelihood of society. Every single one of the assembled team has one defining screw-up in their careers/lives that’s sentenced them to this new task force. It’s equal parts exasperating and comical. I especially loved Roscoe, a whiskey drinking German Shepherd with a high-heel fetish and a plethora of other hidden quirks. I literally laughed out loud at his antics.

What didn’t work for me:
Pippa is a very delicate and damaged heroine. She’s scared of her own shadow and her character is overshadowed by the hero Malcolm—often referred to as Mal. Pippa escaped a cult after years of mental, physical and psychological abuse. She’s not strong and she is afraid of Mal for the first part of the book. I felt she was uninteresting and easily forgettable.

And then there’s Mal. He’s a very damaged undercover cop that’s perfected the art of lying. 99% of his interaction with Pippa is deceitful. I never got the sense of him having genuine feelings for her until the very end of the story. I didn’t like Mal’s character at all. Pippa’s character was also living a lie because she’s in hiding from the cult. I didn’t like that the relationship was based on lies. It rubbed me the wrong way from the beginning and made it difficult to stay engaged in the story.

What also really bugged me was
and what kept me interested in the story were the secondary characters.

Overall, it was an okay read. Yes, I had a lot of issues with the story but that won’t stop me from reading the series. I’m looking forward to the next book. I just hope the hero/heroine are more evenly matched.

I voluntarily read a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own.

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Rebecca Zanetti is the author of over twenty-five dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and contemporary romances. She lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her own Alpha hero, two kids, a couple of dogs, a crazy cat…and a huge extended family. She believes strongly in luck, karma, and working her butt off…and she thinks one of the best things about being an author, unlike the lawyer she used to be, is that she can let the crazy out.

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