Saturday, June 18, 2011

Deliberate Deceptions by Leah Braemel

Title:   Deliberate Deceptions
Author: Leah Braemel
My Rating: B

Genre: romantic suspense
Series: Hauberk Protection #3
Main Characters: Chad & Lauren Miller
Release Date: May 2011
ISBN: e-book
Publisher: Samhain
Links to Purchase:
Amazon- $3.60
Borders- $3.89
Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:

A little lying and misdirection in the name of love is never wrong. Right?
Hauberk Protection, Book 3

Chad Miller once had the perfect life—a beautiful baby daughter, a loving wife, a promising career with the FBI. Within a year, he’d lost everything. Making Hauberk Protection a success salvaged his career, but he’s never managed to get over the one fateful decision that spelled the end of his marriage. And the death of his child.

For eight years, grief and guilt have haunted Lauren Miller’s climb up the ranks of the Light Brigade, a secret international hostage rescue team. Now she’s the target of a vengeful ex-Brigade operative who’ll stop at nothing to take her down. Even if it means taking out everyone she cares about. Including Chad. Getting him to accept her as his bodyguard? It’ll take some fast talking—and faster hands.

Trapped in a remote safe house with Lauren is the last place Chad ever wanted to be. He may finally have the chance to get some answers about why she ran, but with his hard-won defenses crumbling, he’s having trouble remembering the questions. In the heat of their rekindled passion, Lauren struggles to keep her professional focus…and keep the secrets that could break his heart all over again.

Warning: Angst dead-ahead! Lost love. Angst. Reunited lovers. Angst. Sex. More angst. And did I mention the angst? A box of tissues is definitely needed. But don’t worry, there’s still a Happy-Ever-After.

My Review:
This is #3 in this series and I haven't read the other 2. There are a lot of details about these organizations and the characters within them that I felt like I was missing by not having read the other 2. I may be wrong about that, but this story simply seemed to be missing big chunks of information or the information that was there was extremely confusing to me. Other than that, this was a great book. 

Heart-breaking from chapter 1, this book throws you into the heartache that has consumed both Chad and Lauren's lives since the death of their baby girl, Emily, and the collapse of their marriage. It's obvious from the very beginning that both Chad and Lauren desperately love each other....still, but they were deceived into thinking otherwise. 

There is a suspense element to this book, but it is very secondary to the passion between Chad & Lauren. Their emotions leap from every page and suck you into their heart-wrenching grief...for the loss of their baby girl, to the loss of their marriage, to the simple loss of a touch or a glance that makes up the love and romance in a relationship. They have lost everything- both of them and neither one of them have ever recovered from that loss although it's been 8 years.

This story was as beautiful as it was emotional. I need to read the other 2 to see if they make it more complete. I have a feeling that they will and that's all it would take to make this an A+ story in my mind.

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