Kauai, Hawaii—tropical paradise, vibrant jungle, turquoise sea… and sensuous nights that hide vampires so powerful they can change the world.
Raphael—powerful, extraordinary, arrogant. He’s been eliminating rivals and gathering allies, determined not just to survive, but to demolish the Europeans who think they can steal what he’s worked for centuries to create. In a final bid to avert a war that seems inevitable, Raphael agrees to meet an enemy he knows of old. She is formidable, wily, and not to be trusted. But in his arrogance, Raphael believes he can foil whatever treachery she has brewing.
Cynthia Leighton—Raphael’s human mate, beautiful, smart, and deadly when threatened. She doesn’t trust anyone, much less a powerful vampire claiming to want peace. So while Raphael prepares to negotiate a treaty, Cyn is preparing for the inevitable double-cross that she knows is coming. Raphael worries about saving thousands of vampire lives. She only cares about one, and she will do anything to keep him alive and in her arms.
When Cyn is proven right, when it all falls apart and Raphael’s enemies draw on ancient magic to trap him, taking him away from Cyn and out of the war, it all falls to her—to find Raphael, to save the thousands of vampires who will die if she doesn’t succeed… and to kill every single being, human or vampire, who gets in her way.
I received a ARC copy in exchange for a honest review, thanks to D.B. Reynolds, ImaJinn Publishing and Netgalley for the opportunity.
Raphael and Cyn learn thst the European vampires are determined to take America over. So they head over to the islands of Hawaii, a place of exotic beauty but also of dangerous secrets and betrayal. When they learn that a old and ancient vampire Mathilde, a vampire from Raphael’s past, sets up a meeting, Cyn knows that its a trap. A trap she is determined to save her mate from. Raphael knows that there is danger, but in his arrogance he doesn’t see the trap, but Cyn prepares for it. So when the night of the meeting arrives, and Raphael ends up a prisoner, trapped with magical bindings, his strength depleted, he has faith in his Cyn to save him. She is his ace in the hole to destroy his enemy. After Cyn finds the man she loves imprisoned by a group of master vampires, she knows that she will have to find him, and the best way to free him, because vampires like Mathilde will never see her coming or the mistakes she is making is capturing Raphael and attempting to take over his territory.
Plot and Story Line
Deception is the ninth installment, of this wonderful vampire series. From the first moment I discovered this author I was very impressed with her writing style and the way she captivates her readers with the detail and vivid emotion displayed in her stories. Deception is a story with Rapahel and Cyn at the center focus, but what was also a great treat, was seeing some other great characters such as Lucas, Duncan and a couple of Cyn’s friends that are mated with other vampire lords. What we have with this story is a European vampire lord that is desperate for power, and wants Raphael’s territory. We see a deception form, and see the great and powerful Raphael (a character I have loved from the beginning) be imprisoned and weakened. Cyn is his key. Cyn knows that when Raphael is taken captive, it will be up to her to save him, a human woman against master vampires. Not much pressure right? Well Cyn with a few others stay hidden in the wilds of Hawaii, thinking up a strategy to rescue Raphael. Cyn is a heroine I have loved from the beginning, she is capable, passionate, and a fighter especially when someone she loves is in danger. Her first priority is Rapahel and getting him back before Mathilde will take his territory. As the story unfolds, we see Cyn’s strength of will and her iron determination to beat the vampires at their own game. Whew was this story a killer for me…one of the best books of the series and I adored every stimulating page. From the beginning you know that you are in for one hell of an adventure, I found that this story was stunning in every plot change, and the beautifully written story that stuns its reader in its vibrancy of the characters, and the intensity of the story line that keeps you enthralled from beginning to end.
Oh this cover is just so intense and full of mystery and intrigue. We have at the top Raphael and is intense stare. And oh those eyes..I love that. We also see Cyn at the bottom, sitting in the moonlight with a gun in her hand. This is such a wonderful cover and matches the story perfectly.
Deception is a story that will take you on a adventure from the beaches of Malibu to the exotic islands of Hawaii, with sensuality, danger, and a tale that will get your blood pumping and the adrenalin kicking in, a story of a love more powerful than any vampire….its a story that will leave you begging for more, Instantly addictive, erotic and a sexy delight!!