- Harlequin HQN
- Release Date
- May 2016
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery
A rogue French Foreign Legion officer and a Californian con-woman become unlikely allies—and lovers—in a life-and-death battle against 21st century pirates and slave traders, in the steamy jungles and azure waters of an Indian Ocean paradise.
As their lives are plunged into danger, their damaged hearts and minds reluctantly begin to open to the possibility of finding love in the most unexpected of circumstances. When loyalties are tested and damning secrets revealed, will their fledgling trust in each other hold strong enough to pull them through?
Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Mar 02, 2016 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
132 people found the following review helpful
WOW WOW WOW! There are only a few books I've read over the years that have affected me as much as DECEPTION ISLAND. This is a MUST READ for everyone, not just fans of romantic suspense.
When The Lost Boys kidnap Rafe Angelito's son, his fury and fear know no bounds. In exchange for his son, the former Lost Boy must kidnap Laura Hyland, daughter of a US Senator, for them. Holly Ryan made a bargain with Laura's father after she got out of prison--pose as socialite Laura as she sailed around the world on one of her crusades in exchange for some serious cash and the ability to start a new life. Sailing in supposedly safe waters, Holly is horrified when her yacht is boarded by pirates and she's taken hostage, but not before making sure two of the three captors are dead. Now it's just her and pirate "Jack," who she sure as shit shouldn't think is sexy.
His captive is NOT what Rafe expected from a pampered socialite, and he can't help but admire her wit, athleticism, cool head, and if he's honest, her looks are no hardship either. Soon, they find themselves having to work together to fend off the real pirates, giant soul killing insects and eventually the very bastards that have Rafe's son. Neither deserve a shot at a normal life, but that may be what they find with each other...if they survive The Lost Boys' ultimate plan.
DECEPTION ISLAND is the wildly captivating debut novel by award winning journalist Brynn Kelly, and if this is any indication of future books, count me all in as a huge fan. I was transported immediately to this tropical paradise/hell that Holly and Rafe found themselves in, feeling as though I was right there with them, fending off pirates and smashing mosquitoes and making love on hammocks. Good was bad, bad was good, everyone was more than what was presented to the outside world.
When I excitedly explained the plot of this incredible story to my hubby, he thought there was too much going on to keep straight, however that's simply not the case with DECEPTION ISLAND. The plot was paced out perfectly, making chase scenes and intimate moments feel similarly important. This is the first book I've read that described the horrors of human trafficking and child soldiers in such graphic and disturbing details. However I have to admit that Ms. Kelly's story made me immediately research such atrocities and look at ways I could help. If it takes a romantic suspense story to make people aware of the heinous crimes that humans commit against one another, then kudos to you, Ms. Kelly, for bringing this to us in a way we just can't ignore.
On a lighter side, Holly and Rafe have some undeniable chemistry, and I loved the sensual dance they played, even though the two of them only had sex once. On a personal note, as a fellow lip balm addict, I empathized way more than was normal with Holly's ChapStick obsession and am pretty sure I went through an entire tube just reading this story. I am so impressed by this first offering by Ms. Kelly. It was rough, raw and real, with a storyline that hypnotized me and some of the best character development I've had the fortune of reading.
Bottom Line: Pick up this gem as soon as it's available. It's NOT light fluffy reading, and it's not for the faint of heart, but you will not regret hearing Rafe and Holly's story.
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