True Deceptions by Veronica Forand

Posted October 19, 2015 by Kate in Blog Tour, Review, Skip It / 0 Comments

True Deceptions by Veronica ForandTrue Deceptions by Veronica Forand
Format: eARC
Published by Entangled Source: Netgalley
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Law Enforcement, Romance, Suspense, Thrillers
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After his partner was murdered, Simon Dunn was done with MI6. But the cold, violent world of British intelligence never lets anyone go free. Now Simon has been blackmailed into a new job...with a beautiful new partner who's going to get them both killed.

Robotics expert Cassie Watson is a newbie field agent with as much sophistication as...well, a pacifist, vegan computer nerd. Now she's abruptly thrust into the cutthroat world of espionage with a partner who is as cold as he is brutally-and brutishly-handsome.

But when their mission is betrayed from the inside, Cassie will be forced to place her life in the hands of the one man who's anything but trustworthy...

I really like my romances to have a touch of suspense, and I really like books with spies in them, so when I saw that this book was about MI6, and looked like it was full of suspense, I knew this was a book I wanted to read. I also kind of really liked the idea of the tortured hero, early on in the book you realize how jaded Simon is, and really how much he doesn’t want to be involved in that world anymore, but how he is being really forced back into it.

So I really have mixed feelings about this book. It’s like it had all the elements that it needed for me to like the book, but it just didn’t work for me. Really I think it kind of comes down to Cassie, she never really worked for me, and I never bonded with her as a character so it made it hard for me to be invested in the story. So Cassie is a smart girl, she has some really strong specialties that should make her an asset, she’s also an attractive girl. But she is also amazingly naive. She is in no way shape or form prepared to be out in the field with Simon (the actual spy), and I am honestly amazed that they didn’t all just die. Cassie is really kind of awkward to me as well, she wants to be good at her job which somehow translated into getting into bed with Simon. It just didn’t feel authentic to her character at all. Also it seemed to me that Simon and Cassie’s whole between the sheets relationship was really kind of forced and not very hot, they lacked the chemistry needed to make it work.

So Simon was more interesting to me at the beginning of the book then he was as it went on. So when the book opens you can really tell he’s not just jaded but he’s also a bit angry about how things have turned out, and he’s kind of mourning the loss of his partner. And after he is blackmailed into going back to work, when he clearly doesn’t want to, well he is a really cranky dude. He really did not seem impressed with Cassie, and he really came off as kind of a jerk, and he was super in her face about her shortcomings. But even with all that I liked him, he was appealing to me because I tend to like jerks who kind of make an evolution throughout the book (I love watching characters go through journey to being better people), but instead of a progressive journey with Simon, it kind of seemed like he just all of a sudden was super possessive of Cassie and his personality had shifted. I would have liked to see more of organic progression.

While the book had a lot of elements in it that I liked, it just felt so rushed that I wasn’t really able to latch on to the story or the characters the way I normally like to. I think this book really needed to be filled out more.

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About Veronica Forand

Veronica Forand is an attorney and an award-winning writer of romantic suspense.

She’s lived in Boston, London, Paris, Geneva, and Washington, DC and currently resides near Philadelphia. An avid traveler, she loves to roam across continents with her husband and kids in pursuit of skiing, scuba diving, and finding the perfect piece of chocolate.

She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Kiss of Death, RWA’s chapter for romantic suspense and mystery, the RWA Contemporary Romance Chapter, the Valley Forge Romance Writers, the Washington Romance Writers, and the International Thriller Writers.

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