Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Izzy has had a long line of liars make up her past. It's her history that makes her in high demand as an Art Authenticator. She can spot a fraud, as well as a forgery with little effort. Izzy no longer makes room in her life for men since she knows all men lie. She would rather have a dog. That is until Caleb Matthews sweeps her off her feet with his genuine, sincere, no-nonsense way. Over time, she allows him to break down her walls of mistrust. She learns how to make allowances for people that may be flawed, and not always entirely honest. But is that wise? After 25 years of marriage she begins to suspect there's more to her husband then what she's known. No matter how she tries, she can't find anything amiss.
Is her paranoia from being deceived in her past sabotaging her future or is there something more she's missing? Whatever you imagine the end will be may have a bit of truth, but you won't see the twist until it's too late.
One morning as they dressed for the day, Mark asked where his shirt from the cleaners was.
“The cleaners were closed by the time I got there yesterday. I’ll pick up the dry cleaning today.”
“Didn’t I tell you yesterday to make sure you left enough time to pick up the cleaning?”
“You did. I’m telling you I didn’t make it before they closed. It’s not a big deal, I’ll pick it up today.”
Oh brother, here he went again with her full name. “If it was such a big deal, you should’ve picked it up yourself.”
Without warning he backhanded her across the face. Her head spun and she could taste the blood on her lip. She instinctively reached up to touch the corner of her mouth.
“Don’t you ever speak to me like that again,” he said.
“And don’t you ever lay a hand on me again.”
“I’ve been more than patient with your failure to follow simple instruction.
My patience is wearing quite thin.”
When she ran into Becca, she asked what happened to her lip.
“They’re just chapped. I’m keeping Blistex on them. They’ll be good by tomorrow.”
“That doesn’t look like chapped lips. Mark hit you, didn’t he?’
Izzy waved her hand in the air indicating she wasn’t talking about it further.
When Izzy got home that night, she retreated to the bedroom. She readied for bed and climbed beneath the covers. She turned onto her side with her back to the door. She had some thinking to do. She had never been struck like that before and wasn’t about to allow him to do it again. She had to weigh the love she had for Mark against his outbursts.
Shortly after, Mark came in, sat beside her on the bed and draped his arm over her hips. “Isabelle,” he began tentatively, “please simply do as I ask. I hate I had to hit you. I love you more than I ever thought I could love anyone.”
She said nothing.
“Honey, please talk to me. We can work through this.”
“No, I don’t think we can.”
“Baby, don’t say that. My world would end without you.”
“Maybe you should have thought about that before you hit me.”
The Literary Vixen wrote:
I really loved this book. I finished it in one and a half days and I work 10 hour days. I just couldn't go to bed until I finished it. I was totally engrossed. Now, how do I tell you how great Deception is with no spoilers?? Izzy Greenblat has her dream job as an Art Authenticator and she abhors LIARS. Everyone lied to her, even her parents. Then Izzy met Caleb Matthews. He is warm, tender, suave and sinfully handsome. Caleb only has eyes for Izzy, he was even tested by her sorority sisters. Caleb passed with flying colors and Izzy fell hard. Izzy and Caleb married and embarked on their luxurious honeymoon. Life was glorious and Caleb was so attetive to Izzy now that she is pregnant with their princess, Sienna Joy. Caleb uses work for his absence at the birth of his daughter. He even missed the birth of their second child, Ramey. Izzy wants the truth no matter how she has to get it. But is Izzy prepared for the whole truth from Caleb due to all his lies. When you think you know what is going to happen. NOPE!! You Don't. You will not believe how this story ends. Phenominal ending for sure. I give this book a 5 star rating and I hope all you readers will give it a try. Excellant story and perfect ending.
J.S. Snow wrote:
Deception by Laura Ranger is one of those reads that will stay with you long after you've finished. It was a thrilling ride with an ending you did NOT see coming. The author did an amazing job on both the story and the characters. Some I loved and some I hated. Like really hated. Good job Miss Ranger! Right from the beginning the story pulled me in. I devoured the whole book in record time! I felt many emotions while reading this book. It ranged from “aww how happy!” to “omg what the heck!” to “wow, I didn’t see that coming.”
If you’re a fan of a thrilling and suspenseful read that’s different from what’s out there, this book is for you! I promise you won’t be disappointed! I give this 5 stars!
A great story which reemphasizes the lesson to always listen to your gut and to beware of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Terrific writing and great editing keep the reader engaged throughout this tale, while curbing the craving for a sexy HEA at the end.
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