Deliberate Deceptions

Leah Braemel
Contemporary romance
Available from Samhain Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-60928-457-2
May 2011

Chad Miller once had the perfect life -- a beautiful baby daughter, a loving wife and a very promising career with the FBI. But within a year, he lost it all. Creating Hauberk Protection and making it a successful business is the only thing that has kept him sane.

For the last eight years, Lauren Miller has been haunted by issues of grief and regret. Working for the Light Brigade, a secret international hostage rescue team has made her the target of an ex-Brigade operative who isn't about to let anything stand in his way from taking her down.

Trapped in a safe house with his ex-wife is the last place Chad ever wanted to be. But it might finally be the right time to get some answers about why Lauren ran, from him and their marriage.

Deliberate Deceptions is a sweeping story of romance, betrayal, intrigue and the power of love that is captivating. Once again author Leah Braemel infuses her pleasurably sensual love stories with compelling characters, depth of emotion, delights of passion and the joy of love that equals a treat for the reader. The fair pace and the attention to detail the author uses in her writing creates a first-class story that doesn't disappoint. The depth of heart outlining some of the life choices that the characters have made shaping their lives adds to the story as well as the characterization perfectly.

At the center of this complex plot are two well-defined, intelligent and passionate characters that feel remarkably real and appealing. The decadent pleasure and sexual tension between Lauren and Chad creates high voltage sparks that will keep readers turning the pages enthralled. The reader will find it very easy to empathize with the characters as the author explores the complexity of their relationship both past and present which seems to carry a hefty emotional punch to it. Fans of the series will enjoy cameo scenes with characters from previous stories in this absolutely entertaining series.

Overall rating:
Sensuality rating: Very sensual

Reviewer: Shannon
July 19, 2011

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