Reason Number One:
It’s a high octane romantic suspense.
If you’re looking for a taut, action packed romantic suspense; one that has heart stopping action; a determined ex-CIA agent turned full time mother on the run; a resourceful, sharp and intellectual hero; and a book that reads like a movie in both Technicolor and Surround Sound, look no further and pick up Dee Davis’ new release Dark Deceptions. Double crosses, twists and turns, and most of all, plenty of action, are what await you from the very first page. With a woman being framed for the murder of a highly important political dignitary, the kidnapping of her young son, two people who will forever love each other, and a trail that leads back 8 years, this book will keep you reading long into the night.
In Dark Deceptions, we are introduced to covert operations expert Nash Brennon and his ex-partner Annie Gallagher. When her son is kidnapped by terrorists and the price for saving his life is the assassination of a UN ambassador, Annie has to reunite with Nash in order to save her son’s life. Broken promises and heartbreak leave these two with big questions of trust—and learning to trust each other again is imperative if they are to save Annie’s son while keeping each other alive.
Reason Number Two (beware, a bit of a spoiler):
It has a very clever twist on ‘who the what now’.
In other words, you’ll be surprised by a very clever twist in the plotline. One of the main ‘characters’ in Dark Deceptions is a CIA sanctioned black-ops group called A-Tac. On the surface, it’s your seemingly requisite romantic suspense black ops group, but that’s only on the surface. A-Tac is supplied with highly trained men and women who not only know how to take down a terrorist cell and save the world, but are also well respected and highly intelligent college professors. Yes, you heard me right. And before you say, ‘who the what now’, it totally works. A-Tac is an acronym for the American Tactical Intelligence Command, which is the black ops arm of the CIA. They are headquartered in a bucolic upstate New York college campus and are “cloaked under the guise of the Aaron Thomas Academic Center, one of the country’s foremost think tanks.”’ The headquarters for their operations is actually underground in one of the college's administration buildings and I found it highly fascinating that Ms. Davis combined these two seemingly opposite professions for this group of men and women. It works; I was intrigued, and I wanted to read more.
Reason Number Three:
It has strong characters, good dialogue, and an interesting premise making this book a page turner.
Do I need to say more about reason number 3?
Reason Number Four:
Dark Deceptions is book number 1 of Dee Davis’ new A-Tac Trilogy.
For those of you who love series or trilogies, Dark Deceptions introduces a host of characters that all have interesting backgrounds, skill sets, and intelligence, and are filled with intriguing bravado—in a good way. This in and of itself is reason enough to find this new series exciting. However we get two more reasons, Dangerous Desires and Desperate Deeds.These are the two books that will follow Dark Deception in July and August. While each book can stand alone, following characters from one book to another is always a joy. Oh, and as a plus, there seems to be someone inside the group who is sabotaging their missions. I’m anxiously waiting to read the second book to find out what’s going on.
So dear reader, if you like romantic suspense that is both equally romantic and suspenseful, an independent heroine whose love for her son is paramount, a hero who is willing to look past the obvious, and an interesting and unique plot twist, this one is definitely for you. This is a great new series by an author who knows how to write romantic suspense. The intrigue, tension and drama are on point and serve not only as a back drop to the romance but as an integral part of the relationship between Annie and Nash. It's a wild and wonderful ride, one you won't want to end.
Until next Monday - remember there’s always a book waiting to be read.
I’m curious, are you as delighted as I am when an author takes a ‘standard story arc’ and gives it a surprising twist?
Marisa O'Neill is an avid reader and a television producer.
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