Ally Thompson’s life is perfect. Calm, quiet, some might even say boring. The sole survivor of a tragic accident, she’s not the adventurous type—something she’s decided to change.
One roller-coaster ride…
A murder and a detective in disguise shatter Ally’s first attempt at “fun.” Detective Greg Marsing is everything Ally knows better than to want. The gun-totting, tattooed scumbags trying to kill her are almost a welcome distraction from her pointless attraction.
Blows her world wide open…
A contract on Ally has every lowlife for miles gunning for her. Sparks fly while she and her unlikely hero scramble to unravel clues. As the deadly game escalates, Greg has to decide if self-preservation rates higher than a love worth dying for.
‘Sweet Deception’ is a dichotomy. The first half of the story is full of action, suspense and romantic heat. The suspense in the early chapters is well written and powerful. It makes you hold your breath and peer through your fingers.
The sparks that fly between the hot shot detective Greg and the gutsy heroine Ally result in great chemistry and lots of snarky humour mitigating the real danger Ally finds herself in. Ally is a likeable heroine and I was cheering her on as she strives to conquer her fears and lack of self-belief. The fast paced plot and vivid characters make this story an entertaining read for the most part.
Half way through the story’s mood changes; there are heartbreaking scenes of sexual assault and sex trafficking. The scenes are disturbing and for me didn’t fit with the rest of the story. Ally’s reactions after her gut wrenching encounter with the world of vice didn’t ring true, she recovered too quickly. After these harrowing scenes the story’s mood returns to the action packed thriller with a strong thread of passionate attraction of the early chapters.
This is a sophisticated thriller with realistic characters and nice touches of humour to tone down the suspense and danger that the heroine, Ally attracts. The vice scenes in the middle of the story are also sensitively written but they jar with the tone of the rest of the story. This maybe the intention but for me, it took the edge off a great romantic suspense.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars