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Monday, January 19, 2009

Review - Decadent Deceptions by Keta Diablo

Title: Decadent Deceptions
Author: Keta Diablo
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Buy Link: Decadent Deceptions

Rating: You Need To Read

Reviewed by: Laura Moreno

Olivia Breedlove and her brother, Cain, are surprised by their father's will in that he has given Olivia an ultimatum. She must marry a man of reputable character within six months or she will receive no inheritance. In fact, she will be at the mercy of her brother's goodwill. Her brother assures her she need no be concerned for her future welfare as he considers her happiness paramount. Olivia, being strong-minded, decides that she will not be dictated to. She enlists the help of her childhood friend who also happens to be her brother's best friend, Morgan Gatewood. Olivia has been in love with Morgan for years. An unfortunate incident years ago concerning Olivia's virtue caused a rift between Olivia's father and Morgan that led to Morgan leaving the country. Morgan comes back years later still in love with Olivia but respects her father's demand that he steer clear of her. Olivia, being a woman, believes Morgan left her and never gave her a second thought. Olivia decides to avail herself of an opportunity to acquaint herself with the more sordid part of a man's life; that of visiting a brothel in order to force Morgan's hand. As expected, nothing goes as planned because unexplained murders are being comitted around Olivia, and it appears she may be next.

I read this story not necessarily expecting a mixture of suspense and mystery. I was pleasantly surprised at what the author had in store. The relationship between the main characters was not only believable but riveting. I liked that the author wrote the scenes from several points of view so the reader is not left to their own conclusion vis a vis others' perceptions. The twists and turns of the plot keep you guessing. A couple of times I thought I had it figured out only to find out I was wrong. The author writes a delightful love story of long-denied love that culminates in an mixture of mystery and devotion rarely seen. Simply an amazing book.

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