Dear Reader
I have 4 reasons why you should run out and buy Dee Davis’ new book Dark Deception.  
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 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, but 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 re-unite 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 plot line.  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 get your back up and say, ‘who the what now’, it totally works.  A-Tac  is  an acronym  the American Tactical Intelligence Command, which is the black ops arm of the CIA. They are headquartered in an upstate New York college campus and are “cloaked under the guise of the Aaron Thomas Academic Center, one of the country’s foremost think tank”’. The headquarters for their operations is actually underground in one the college administration buildings and I found it highly fascinating that Ms. Davis combined these two seemingly opposite professions for this group of men and women.  But it works, and 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 Needs. These are the two books that will follow Dark Deception in July and August. While the books can stand alone, following characters from one book to another is always a joy. Oh, and as a plus there seems to be some one 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 your 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 series will definitely fit that bill.  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. 
Until next Monday – remember there’s always a book waiting to be read.
Marisa
I’m curious, are you as delighted as I am when an author takes a ‘standard story arc’ and gives it a surprising twist?

Dear Reader,

 

I have 4 reasons why you should run out and buy Dee Davis’ new book Dark Deceptions.  

 

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.

 

Marisa

 

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.

 


 

H2H is a great place to find out what's happening this month in romance, so don't forget to check back on Tuesday for Melanie Murray's column and on Thursday for Maria Lokken's column. 

 


 

Comments
by 1AnneB on ‎04-19-2010 01:32 PM

Hi Marisa - AnneB here - You had me with #1 ! I do so love the unexpected "twists and turns" in a suspense story. Sometimes (maybe once a year) I get annoyed with an author who writes "the same old thing". I don't stop reading the book, but it will be a while until I read another book by that author. Dark Deceptions sounds like the kind of book that we will be waiting with baited breath for the next book in the series. Since tomorrow is New Book Day, I think this will be on my list! Happy Reading...

 

Anne

by Blogger Marisa-ONeill on ‎04-19-2010 06:23 PM

Hi Anne

Good Monday to you - glad to 'see' you here. I'm a huge romantic suspense fan and Dee Davis never disappoints. I hope you enjoy this one.

 

by pjpuppymom on ‎04-20-2010 08:53 AM

I haven't read Dee Davis yet but I do have Dark Deceptions on my tbr so it seems now would be a great time to start!  I love romantic suspense and, if the authors surprises me with unexpected twists and turns, all the better.

 

Thanks, Marisa!

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎04-20-2010 11:32 AM

Marisa, I haven't read Dee Davis either but I love your first line " High Octane" sounds like my kind of ride. I'll have to put these in that burgeoning pile.

Thanks

Deb

by KaybeeOH on ‎04-20-2010 11:57 AM

Those of you who have never read Dee Davis are in for a huge treat with this book. I've read all her books, loved every one of them, and this new series is absolutely fantastic! I can't really add anything to Marisa's comments; she covered everything! Enjoy! I can't wait until the next book is released.

by Moderator Melanie_Murray on ‎04-20-2010 12:03 PM

Great, great column. I'm dying to read these now!

 

I love when there are twists on an accepted premise. College professors who kick butt? I know I'm simplifying it, but that is just great!

 

by Blogger Marisa-ONeill on ‎04-20-2010 01:03 PM

PJ , so great to see you here. Thanks so much for stopping by.  PJ, I'm telling you get this book off you TBR pile and into your hands.

 

Deb - ditto for you - I know we both like Suzanne Brockmann's Trouble Shooter series - well here's a brand new series for you - and since we really have been seperated at birth, I'm thinking this one's for you.

 

Hey Kaybee - so glad to meet a fellow fan of Dee Davis' books.

 

Hi Melanie, I'm telling you, the whole college professor/black ops specialists was an especially nice twist. My favorite line in the book?  Some one says (I'm paraphrasing here) - we just have to wait for the other shoe to drop and hope it's not a stiletto.

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎04-21-2010 09:50 AM

OMG Marisa, I love that line about shoe dropping stilettos. Buying them right now B&N.com here I come. And I LOVE the unexpected hero and what could be sexier than a college professor, ooh imagine some ultra conservative type w/patches on the elbows and everything and underneath is this spitfire hard bodied yum. Kinda like Clark Kent/Superman ;-)

Deb

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎05-07-2010 11:31 AM

Deadly Deceptions just arrived, hope to start it as soon as my obligatory reading is finished.

Can't wait

by Blogger Marisa-ONeill on ‎05-07-2010 06:03 PM

Deb - you must tell me your thoughts.  I found out from Ms. Davis that her publisher decided to make it a series. The 2nd book comes out in July and I've got it on my TBR list and hoping to start in this month.  

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