Friday, 30 October 2015

Review: True Deceptions by Veronica Forand

A man with a deadly past, a woman with a bright future, and the danger closing in on them, eager to destroy them both.

Veronica Forand takes readers on a heart-stopping ride through the world of espionage. If you loved Killing Game by Toni Anderson or Minutes to Kill by Melinda Leigh, you’ll find yourself absorbed and utterly thrilled by TRUE DECEPTIONS.

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...

Other Romantic Suspense by Veronica Forand: Untrue Colors

 An eagerly anticipated sequel, after meeting Simon in Untrue Colors - one of my top books for 2015.

True Deceptions is a fast-paced, action packed, thriller with a romantic twist. The protagonists are as different as chalk and cheese, but that just adds to the overall appeal of this unlikely coupling.

Dr. Cassie Watson likes her desk job working for MI6. She's a robotics expert specialising in software developer and a very capable hacker too. Everything was fine until she was assigned a project involving fieldwork. As a vegan pacifist, she proves that she's not suited to covert, underworld of espionage. Much to her chagrin, she's still assigned a partner without knowing what role she is to play.

Devastated after the death of his partner Nicola, Simon Dunn is summons back after an eight month hiatus and not at all happy about the stunning Amazonian blonde he's had assigned as his new partner. How can he trust this geeky woman to watch his back during a mission?

The strength of Cassie and Simon's relationship is how they develop and complement each other as they gain respective trust. Simon is an ass-hole...controlling, domineering and far from personable. He's forced to push Cassie to the limit to assess her capability, doubting that she can do no more than the technical work she's specifically be picked for. Surprisingly, Cassie proves that she has what it takes, earning Simon's respect. In return for Cassie's new found toughness, he backs off, allowing her to gain greater competence and confidence.

Ms Forand has presented another outstanding novel. Both well written and researched, this page turner takes us on a journey highlighting the dark-side of undercover operations against exotic locations. Although this is a standalone, I heartily recommend reading Untrue Colors too. Firstly, it is another fast-paced suspense and secondly it illustrates the depth of feeling Simon had for his previous partner Nicola; offering an even greater insight into their relationship and the man himself. It was fun seeing Henry and Alex again too. I love that Alex is keeping Henry on his toes!

5 Stars

***arc generously received courtesy of publisher Entangled Suspense via NetGalley***

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.

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