Tempted by Deception by Rina Kent
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Back to the beginning!
“There’s also a nook in her bedroom, right over her vanity, where it would be the perfect spot to insert a surveillance camera.
She’s right. I am a stalker.”
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎🌍
Character development: 😌🤓😤😳🤯
The heroine: Lia – Adrian’s wife. She somehow lost her memory and became a different person. She has nightmares of being trapped in a small dark place and she can’t seem to overcome her past. She was a ballerina prior to marrying Adrian.
The Hero(es): Adrian – He is a Bratva King and answers only to Sergio, the Pakhan. Lia saw him commit murder and is afraid of him. He is ruthless and immoral and can’t seem to keep his mind off Lia. He is in the information business for the Mafia. He has a network of hackers and spies that can get him all the information he needs on his enemies, his partners and also on Lia.
The Love Story: This book goes back to the beginning, before Winter became Lia. It has flashbacks to both Adrian and Lia’s childhoods, but begins just prior to their first meeting. Both of them are damaged by their pasts.
This was the steamiest book so far and I love that some of the intimate scenes are told from Adrian’s point of view. I like it when we get to hear the innermost thoughts of both of the main characters, especially during love scenes. This book had some huge reveals as usual in Rina Kent books. Many came out of left field and I do love when a book is not predictable.
Adrian is a bit overbearing in this book but I like how Lia fights back when he is that way about something important to her. She shows that she is not about to let him trample over her. She is a ballerina so she is small, thin and delicate compared to his tall muscular stature, but she is strong willed and smart.
The various storylines were so good. I sometimes find it hard to believe how well some authors can end up merging many different story arcs to end up flowing so well into one conclusion that melds them all together seamlessly. Rina Kent does it so well and is able to add plenty of steam into the mix to make a book that has everything you could want.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.