Book Review: Deception by Evie Rose

After years of abuse, Roxi is an expert at deceiving the people around her. Everyone believes she has a picture perfect family, with a loving husband and a sweet little boy. That she resides in a beautiful house and has a luxurious lifestyle. But, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Underneath the facade is a tormented soul, poised on the brink of giving up hope of ever finding a better tomorrow.

Luke’s past haunts him every single day. Not a second goes by without deep sorrow plaguing him. He will never forget what he’s done, and he doesn’t want to. No one is more deserving of guilt eating away at them than he is... Or so he believes. He spends his time forever trying to make up for the one mistake that ruined the lives of his loved ones as well as his own.

From the first time they meet, cracks begin to form in the mask Roxi wears and Luke sees right through them. The only question is, will he realize he is worthy of love and step in to save her before it’s too late, or continue to think he is undeserving of true happiness?

Release Date: January 2, 2014
Age Group: Adult
Source: Review copy from author
Reviewed By: Kelli

Deception was a great read!  I was hooked from the very beginning, and ended up finishing the book in a day.  I  had to know if Roxi and Luke were going to get their well-deserved happily ever afters!

I find stories of abuse to be so upsetting, and yet compelling to read.  My heart ached for Roxi, and especially for her innocent son.  I repeatedly found myself wishing her husband would burn for what he put them through.  When Roxi meets Luke by chance one day, I predicted what would happen between them, but that didn't make the journey there any less enjoyable.

What I liked about Deception was the way Roxi builds her new life.  She's determined to stand on her own and I admired her for that.  The love story was just right, full of passion yet built on a foundation of mutual respect and trust.  Another neat touch is that this story is set in England and the characters speak with accents.  Well, of course I couldn't hear their accents, but they say things like "mum" and "footy" (football), which made this book fun and different from my usual reads.  I loved imagining Luke's accent as he was talking to Roxi, especially when he was professing his feelings for her.  

Luke's past was so sad.  I was happy with the way he comes to terms with it, and thought it was a healthy way for him to heal.  I despise when authors use a new romance between characters to magically heal all their past wounds; a poorly-wielded plot device that occurs a lot in contemporary romance.  Thankfully, Rose employed much more realistic and better ways of moving her main characters past their traumatic pasts, and I loved her for that.

If you're a fan of contemporary romance, I would definitely recommend Deception.  I really enjoyed it and can't wait to read more from Evie Rose.


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