Tuesday, October 20, 2015

review || TRUE DECEPTIONS { blog tour } by Veronica Forand

Entangled Suspense | October 19, 2015 | Romantic Suspense


After his partner was murdered, Simon Dunn was finished with MI6. But the cold, violent world of British intelligence never lets anyone go free. Now Simon has been blackmailed into a new job...with a beautiful new partner who's going to get them both killed.

Robotics expert Cassie Watson is a newbie field agent with as much sophistication as...well, a pacifist, vegan computer nerd. Now she's abruptly thrust into the cutthroat world of espionage with a partner who is as cold as he is brutally—and brutishly—handsome.

But when their mission is betrayed from the inside, Cassie will be forced to place her life in the hands of the one man who's anything but trustworthy...

{ about veronica forand } .

A Bostonian by birth, Veronica Forand regrettably lost her Boston accent while moving from state to state and country to country. Cleveland probably had the most profound effect on her ability to pronounce the “r” in the word “park.”

She does try to return now and then to visit family and eat long neck clams and lobster. Summers on Cape Cod are also high on the priority list.

Her experience in crime involves time as a court appointed attorney. Eventually, she switched fields to where bigger crimes take place, corporate tax. The allure of spending mornings in her pajamas homeschooling her children and writing fascinating fiction caused her to change careers again. Now that the kids are out of the house (in school), she writes romantic thrillers by day and is the perfect wife and mother at night.

Her experience in romance is limited to one man. Luckily, he’s still finding ways to charm her by taking her on vacations to the south of France, Fiji, and the Green Mountains when time is short. Avid travelers, they love to roam with their kids across continents in pursuit of skiing, scuba diving, and the perfect piece of chocolate.

She’s lived in London, Paris, Geneva, Washington D.C., and the accent destroying city of Cleveland. She currently resides near Philadelphia.

{ review } .

Right away, the reader learns just how far MI6 will go to get one of their ops back in the field... And they don't care who gets hurt in the process.

Simon lost his last partner to death. They posed as a couple for the previous five years and if there was one thing Simon wanted, it was for Nicola to truly be his. But Nicola was ever the op, and was extremely good about keeping her business and personal lives separate.

Now Simon's come home to find another woman living in his place and she tells him she's his new partner. The problem? She's too young looking, too naive, and her hands shake. There's no way she is going to do well in the field.

English born Cassie grew up in California but is now back over the pond. She is a robotics expert who doesn't believe in killing -- people or animals -- and she's fairly certain this assignment was a bad idea. She wants nothing more than to be back with her people, with her computers, doing what she does best.

Simon is quite the ass to Cassie, and I grew increasingly frustrated with him. Cassie's naivety didn't exactly go along well with her age -- early thirties -- but I suppose if she's as much of a 'computer geek' as she's portrayed to be, she could easily be an introverted, non-people person.

When Simon and Cassie are given their task, everything makes sense. I loved that things Simon detested about Cassie in the beginning, are things he loves about her at the end.  Throughout the story, Simon thaws a bit and Cassie grows a bit -- and together, they find they can actually get along fabulously. I loved watching these two grow together, and the side player of Dane. I loved his moments of comic relief:

"Give Cassie a huge kiss for me, but nothing more. We don't have time."

...but more than that, I simply enjoyed reading about him. I assume that he will be getting a story next, and I'm excited to read it!

{ giveaway } .

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