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Series: Dark Mountain #2
Published by Momentum on October 8, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
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When history repeats itself, it doesn't pay to have a murder in your past ...
Julia Taylor did ten years in prison for a murder she didn't commit. Finally released and proved innocent, all she wants is to build up her design business and figure out where her romance with local cop Dylan Andrews is going. She's ready for a quiet life, but murder and mayhem won't let Julia Taylor alone.
First she finds her neighbors dead in an apparent murder-suicide. Then an erratic friend from Julia's time in prison asks her to help find a sex worker who went missing in suspicious circumstances.
As the body count continues to rise, members of the Russian mafia and an unnerving evangelical church begin to cross Julia's path. Soon, Julia and Dylan are caught up in a maelstrom that threatens both their love and their lives.
Can they find justice before injustice finds them? Or is the pull of a haunted past too strong?
In my review of the preceding book in this series, Cold Deception, I said that D.B. Tait would be an auto-buy for me – and especially if she kept on writing books like that. Well, after reading her latest in the Dark Mountain series, Desperate Deception, I have this to say as well:
It isn’t vitally important that you read Cold Deception before you read Desperate Deception, as the earlier story is explained within the book. However….I implore you to read it, not only because I am a stickler for reading in series order, but because it is a fantastic book.
Now, on to my thoughts on Desperate Deception:
A combination of mystery, romance, suspense and the darkly atmospheric setting of the Blue Mountains has been crafted in a stellar read. The continuation of Julia’s adjustment to post-prison life and her ever-developing romance with Dylan proved itself to be all I was hoping for, and just that little bit more. While their relationship is not the central focus of the story, it is still really important to how this tale progresses.
The people that inhabit this world are wonderfully real and flawed, and how they and their relationships are portrayed is spot on. Their lives haven’t always been perfect, and I loved that this isn’t glossed over, nor allowed to overwhelm the rest of the story. Apart from the characters, the great star of Desperate Deception is the setting. The Blue Mountains, to the west of Sydney, has an unquestionable air of mystery about it – so it is a perfect setting for romantic suspense.
There is not a great deal more frustrating than obvious cardboard villainy, and what I loved so much about Desperate Deception was that this was SO not the case. There were moments where I felt certain that I had it sorted, and all of a sudden, I’d be sitting there thinking “Whoa, did not see that twist coming.” The mystery and tension were so well-woven together, and the resolution of the nastiness was reflective of that.
I’m pretty sure you will have the picture now that I LOVED this book. So get thee to your favourite e-book retailer, and pick up a copy. Oh, and grab Cold Deception while you are there.