Sunday, July 30, 2017

Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl

Book review of Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl (Bethany House) by papertapepins

Kate O'Brien's quiet life in small-town Shelter Cove, Arkansas is shaken when her past suddenly comes roaring back to life. Four years ago, she and her twin sister were attacked by an elusive serial killer. Only Kate survived, and she's been in witness protection ever since.

When new evidence arises to suggest the convicted man wasn't the murderer, she's subpoenaed to testify in the new trial. Afraid to go back into that world, Kate only agrees if Tony DeLuca, the deputy Marshal who protected her during the original trial, escorts her to St. Louis. 

Tony readily takes on the assignment; Kate's beauty and inner strength made more of an impression on him than he expected. But when Kate's safety is threatened, Tony must race against the clock to keep her alive and put this ugly case to rest before anyone else gets killed.

I read the first book in the series and it was just ok, but my interest was piqued for this one by the cover and the description. I have to say it did not live up to either of those in my opinion. The romance was pretty much left wanting. The interactions between Kate and Tony are awkward at best and at worst, I thought from how he talked to her he was pretty unworthy anyways. In this book they were supposed to be building on a budding attraction from the first book but it didn't feel like it went anywhere in this part of the story.

So ok the author didn't spend a lot of time developing a romance, but hey the rest of the storyline sounds pretty stellar right? Well, there again it felt like a big let down. Like this big concept was never fully developed or delivered on. Unfortunately this book is pretty weak all around.

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


  1. Nancy Mehl
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    Nancy Mehl

    Nancy Mehl ( is the author of twenty-seven books, including the Road to Kingdom, Finding Sanctuary, and Defenders of Justice series. She received the ACFW Mystery Book of the Year Award in 2009. She has a background in social work and is a...
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