Deception Island

Deception Island

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A stolen boy A haunted soldier A cornered conwoman... Rafe Angelito thought he was done with the demons from his past--until his son is kidnapped. Blackmailed into abducting an American heiress, the Legionnaire soon finds himself trapped in paradise with a fiery, daring beauty who's nothing he expects ... and everything he desires. But when he uncovers her own dark secret, Rafe realizes he's made a critical mistake--one that could cost him everything. Playing body double for a spoiled socialite was supposed to be Holly Ryan's ticket to freedom. But when she's snatched off her yacht by a tall, dark and dangerous stranger, the not-quite-reformed con artist will make a desperate play to turn her captor from enemy to ally, by any means necessary. Yet as scorching days melt into sultry nights, Holly is drawn to the mysterious capitaine, with his unexpected sense of honor and his searing touch. When they're double-crossed, they'll have to risk trusting each other in ways they never imagined ... because in this deadly game of deception, it's their lives--and hearts--on the line.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : HQN, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780373789641
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 329 pages ; 25 cm


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Dec 15, 2017

A better than average debut novel (by a Kiwi no less) in the genre referred to as romantic suspense. Brynn Kelly has obviously taken writing classes as the plot is (a little too) neatly laid out in the first chapter. Quite a few stops and starts to build the tension for the inevitable sexual encounter with the leads (and why stop at just one chapter for the encounter when more is needed). Use of the third person allows both perspectives to flow but the failure of the author to refer to either male or female genitalia (or any synonyms) at all seems schoolgirlishly shy. Kelly uses a courageous ploy in the encounter between the antagonist and the protagonist to show that they are more alike than different and uses this as a driver for the response from the female lead. The fight sequences are less than realistic and the major criminal enterprise is not delved into sufficiently.

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