Sunday, September 2, 2012

Book Review: Deception by Kris Kennedy

By Kris Kennedy
Release Date: July 31, 2012
Source: Publisher
Summary: A silk merchant and a dashing con man join forces in the second scorching medieval romance from Kris Kennedy.

Breaking and entering to reclaim her corrupt late father's ledger comes surprisingly easily to Sophia Darnly. But is it mere coincidence that her misdeed unexpectedly reunites her with Kier, the outlaw lover who abandoned her years ago? Time has not erased Sophia from Kier's heart, nor tamed her fiery spirit. She boldly insinuates herself into Kier's plan for revenge, believing the ledger will ensure her survival. But Kier knows that with or without the ledger, she's as good as dead.

Kier is a dangerous, intoxicating potion for Sophia, but he's on a mission of revenge, and can't allow even the woman he once loved to stop him. The danger mounts as they take on the leader of a powerful consortium who needs the fabled Darnly ledger—and all its damning details about the wealthiest merchants of England—to execute his nefarious plan. He also needs Sophia—the last witness to his scheme—dead.

The coals of their rekindled passion burn hot as Sophia and Kier set their trap. But when the duo discovers they too are the targets of a deadly deception, the fate of their love, and of England itself, lies in the balance.

Review: Normally I love historical romances, but I just couldn't really get into this one. The characters are interesting enough, with a hard-headed Sophia who can really hold her own around dark and dangerous men. Kier is your typical bad boy on the outside and softy on the inside. He works in a dirty trading business set on revenge, but he has a soft spot in his heart for Sophia. 

Sophia and Kier have a past that's not really clear to the reader, but we know that they used to be together, but something happened to split them up. Now, they're brought back together by mysterious ledger that outlines the most dangerous, scandalous trades in Europe. But the ledger isn't the only thing causing trouble with Kier; it's the fiery Sophia who seems even more hot-headed and irresistible than before. 

The story itself was just okay, but things tended to be a bit jumpy and lagging. Some parts dragged on while others happened too fast, so it was hard to put everything together without getting a little confused. Sophia and Kier did have a nice steamy relationship, but I think it would have been even better if we got a better sense of their past other than what was revealed half way through the book. 

I still loved the time period and the mystery/suspense of Sophia and Kier trying to take revenge on those who had done them wrong, but I just feel like there could have been more to the book. The author's writing style was also a little hard to follow at times, If the storyline was more clear and the plot wasn't so jumpy, this would have been a really great book. If you like historical romances, I would say to give this book a shot, but it's definitely not for everyone.

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