A stolen boy
A haunted soldier
A cornered con woman…
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.
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DECEPTION ISLAND is a rather unusual romantic suspense in that a bad girl meets a bad boy rather then a good girl redeems a hardened man. I enjoyed that twist to the usual premise of this genre. And the story is definitely set in a beautiful, remote part of the world.
The story itself just didn't gel right with me. I really liked both of the main characters, Holly and Rafe, and their dialogue was great. But the pacing was off just enough that I never felt that tension that I enjoy. I found that I could too easily set this story down and not feel a craving to get back to it. I didn't worry about that was going to happen to Holly, Rafe or even his son Theo.
DECEPTION ISLAND isn't a book that I would recommend rushing out to purchase but I do feel that my readers might very well enjoy it. After all, everyone's mileage on a book will vary.
*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed within are my own.