I was provided with an advance reader copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.
Published by Momentum on March 12, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Secrets, lies, deception. That's what it takes to stay alive.
At 20, Julia Taylor went to prison for murdering a man who deserved it. Ten years later, she's ready to put the past behind her and get on with her life. But someone won't let her. Someone will do anything to drive Julia away, including murder.
As the body count rises, Julia is forced to accept the help of Dylan Andrews, a cop with dark secrets of his own. Unfortunately help has a cost. Dylan is digging into Julia's past, uncovering secrets she is desperate to keep.
Julia must keep Dylan at a distance, or else risk her own safety, and the safety of everyone she loves…
The first day of anything is difficult, everything is new again and you are not entirely sure what to expect of what lays ahead of you. I read Cold Deception when I was on my way to and from my first day at a new job, one I had been looking forward to starting. The idea of Julia’s new beginning resonated with that experience, despite the wild differences in circumstance.
D.B. Tait (who you may also know as the fabulous Keziah Hill) gave me one of those great reading days with this deeply dark and suspenseful tale. You know the kind of day I am talking about, don’t you? The one where you become so engrossed in the story, and care so much about what happens, and you nearly forget to get off at your train stop on the way home – yeah, that kind!
Here are my thoughts on Cold Deception:
Julia Taylor is one of those heroines that you just want to read more about. You can sense her bewilderment and unease about being reintroduced to a world that now would appear quite foreign. The way in which D.B. Tait crafted and developed Julia as a character makes it easy to believe her actions and thoughts as authentic and truthful. There is an innate strength about her, not simply developed from years in prison but from her life prior.
The twists and turns that you move along while reading Cold Deception will keep you ever so close to the edge of your seat – things will happen that will make you think, make you sit back and go “Woah”. The mystery and suspense aspects knit beautifully together with the drama, and most importantly, the romance. In other guises, D.B. Tait writes the most magnificent hot stuff, and there is certainly some of that in Cold Deception. The chemistry between Julia and Dylan, the sexy and mysterious police officer, is sharp and boiling hot. Dylan’s belief in Julia and his desire for the truth, in the face of skirting the edges of the law, create a fascinating hero.
The characters surrounding Julia and Dylan are deep and fascinating in their own right, from her family to the corrupt ex-cop, and the undeniable bastardry of those who sought to keep the truth from surfacing. Location is a character in its own right in Cold Deception, with the other-wordly atmosphere of the Blue Mountains playing a big part in setting the scene for this story.
I cannot recommend this enough – D.B. Tait has certainly got my future money for what she writes. Hopefully it won’t be too long until I can give some more over.