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(Scarlet Deception #3)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,299 ratings  ·  109 reviews
Noah Di Luca and Penelope Alonso shared one passionate summer together. And then, when the secrets of his past threatened, Noah walked away from her without a word. Years later, Penelope must return to Bella Terra, never expecting that she will encounter Noah...or that one glance will reawaken their fiery passion. And as danger stalks the streets, she has no choice. To sur ...more
Paperback, 427 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Signet
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Apr 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Don't get me wrong - I love and adore Christina Dodd, and I hate to admit this, but it's been quite a long time since she wrote anything I got really excited about, and that makes me sad. Unlike the other two books in this series, I can't really put my finger on why I didn't fall in love with this one - maybe I didn't think Noah did enough groveling after dumping Penelope when she was 18 before suddenly they were falling into bed with each other (don't get me wrong, I know how these books go, bu ...more
Jacqueline J
Apr 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Fun end to the series. I liked how every book you thought you knew what the mystery was all about and it took off for left field every time. In this book the plot was pretty unbelievable but I just went with it. The love story was there but not really center stage. There was a large potential for angst that didn't really hit it for me. One the whole though I enjoy this author and enjoyed this series.
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
A little murder, a little danger, a lot of wine and serious chemistry! This was a fun series to read. Kept me interested and intrigued with some surprises as only Christina Dodd can do!
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Christina Dodd pulls out all the stops in this third and final book of her Bella Terra Trilogy. A Trilogy about three brothers, raised partially by their grandparents when their feckless but charming father manages to marry and divorce or abandon the women in his life. A loveable, useless rogue that shows us the damage neglect can cause.

I will say this from the start. I LOVED THIS SERIES!! Now I have enjoyed Christina Dodd for a long time. Amazingly longer than even I realized, back to a series
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of contemporary romance
I think the theme of this work is the value of family. We are shown many types of families among the characters, but nothing in the book gets preachy about these values.

This is a good suspense mystery romance in which the fella is the hapless victim. In spite of his victim status, our hero is an intelligent macho stud who just ends up suffering as much as he does because...wait for it...being a guy he won't ask for help. Duh. This is what gives such a realistic turn to this work of fiction. The
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
In Christina Dodd's Betrayal, the third installment in the Bella Terra Deception romantic suspense series, this one catapults you into two star-crossed lovers that were meant to be together. For Penelope Alonso Caldwell, she had a passionate summer with Noah Di Lucca, 9 years ago. But the truth of his past had torn him apart. For Penelope, she suffered a lot of heartache, when she lost her mother, husband and newborn baby within a span of the year. And she didn't know who was her father. For Noa ...more
Secrets of Bella Terra, Revenge at Bella Terra, and Betrayal at Bell Terra are a trilogy and the books must be read in order or the reader will never be able to follow the unfolding mystery which was never quite resolved as far as I am concerned. But I say nothing about it because "spoilers, sweetie."

I read these as part of an on-going project to vet potential additions to a booklist a friend is assembling as a service to the people in her group, adult children of parents with PTSD. The people w
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Not as great as the previous books in the series. Some parts of it were too far-fetched. But the mystery was good. Its a good end to the series. Cannot be read as a stand alone. This book can only be enjoyed if the previous books in the series are read.
Dec 06, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
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Aug 16, 2011 rated it liked it
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Noah and Penelope

Full review on Fiction Vixen Book Reviews

Betrayal is the final book in the Bella Terra trilogy by Christina Dodd and it is Noah’s book. After watching two complicated men, Rafe and Eli, find some happiness it is time to close out the story on the Di Luca family, their winery and the town of Bella Terra, by reading about Noah.

Noah is the youngest of the Di Luca brother’s and the one that was always carefree. Carefree, that is, until he came back from a year out in the world. He s
Oct 27, 2011 rated it liked it
You have no idea how bummed I am that I didn't like this book. Christina Dodd is one of my go-to authors because her stories are interesting, the characters are solid and the endings are always satisfying.

In this third and final installment of Bella Terra the youngest brother, Noah, reunites with a past love, Penelope, while trying to solve the family mystery of the missing bottle of wine.

I tried to be vague, but I did hide any spoiler-y type comments just to be safe.

The Love: I didn't find this
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
This review was posted at Under the Covers

The final book of the trilogy is about the youngest Di Luca brother, Noah. He has been the quiet one that we don't know much about. Especially about his mother. His situation was never explained much but this book threw in a crazy twist about his past. We finally find out who his mother was, and this has been his dirty little secret. She came to him when he was a teenager and he's never told anyone he knew who she was. Now she wants his help to get that
Aug 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Christina Dodd wraps up her Bella Terra series with a winner!

How can anyone not fall in love with this family from the very first book? It takes place in Bella Terra with Sarah Di Luca and her three grandsons Rafe (Brooke), Eli (Chloe), and Noah (Penelope). This book tells the story of Noah, with him being the youngest grandson and brother and the only grandson that is still unmarried. Penelope, Noah’s past love that he pushed away when the mess started with his mother, has returned to Bella Te
Mar 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
I lucked out and was able to get my hands on an ARC of this book. I have really enjoyed this series and I was disheartened that the first two were released back to back but there was a seven month delay before the final book in the series was released. I know that Christina Dodd has no choice in release dates, it’s all up to the publisher, but as a reader I hate that. Since I was able to get this early I devoured it and enjoyed it every step of the way. If you haven’t read the earlier books in t ...more
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
I had been a little iffy on the whole Bella Terra series. The disposition of the diamonds kept me in it. I have to say Dodd did a great job.

Looking back, each book built on the mystery and gave very little away. In Betrayal, she did the same thing. I like that Dodd left it for you to understand the Propov gang was responsible for all the mayhem. The story kept me enthralled from around the second chapter. Then the reveal of where the diamonds were had me laughing.

I have to say, the perception I
May 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, romance
I enjoy Christina Dodd's work overall and am generally quick to pick up one of her books, but I didn't go for this series. And as for this final book...

It was predictable. I'm not saying that lightly, because I'm not usually that upset by predictability. It isn't my pet peeve at all. I'm more of an, "as long as I enjoy the journey..." sort of person. But there's predictable and then there's PREDICTABLE.

If I've already solved the mystery by page 37, I at least want a bit of emotional upheaval. Th
Sharon Redfern
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Christina Dodd wraps up her Bella Terra series with a winner. This book tells the story of Noah, the last brother still unmarried. His past lover, Penelope, has returned to the area after the death of her mother to confirm her mother’s deathbed confession. She plans to stay away from Noah but ends up befriending his sister in law, Brooke and working as the decorator on Brooke and Rafe’s house. Needless to say, she meets up with Noah pretty quickly and the sizzle is still there.
After reading the
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A family of international thieves are looking for a rare bottle of wine, supposedly containing pink diamonds. The bottle of wine belongs to the Di Lucas and the leader of the gang is none other than Noah Di Lucas' mother. Noah was raised by his paternal grandmother. He did not even get a glimpse of his mother until he was nineteen. At that time, he also met his ex-lover Penelope, who is also the only girl he has ever loved. Now nine years later, Penelope has come to Noah's hometown of Bella Terr ...more
Jess (Gone with the Words)
See my review of the whole trilogy on my blog! --> Betrayal by Christina Dodd

Part One, Secrets of Bella Terra, of series review.
Part Two, Revenge at Bella Terra, of series review.

Part three of series review post:
In Betrayal, we get to know our youngest Di Luca, Noah. He is charming and smart and funny…and has the most secrets out of all of them. He really surprised me! But his book is also my least favorite out of the three. I just didn’t feel as connected to him or his love interest, Penelop
Apr 15, 2012 rated it liked it
This is the third book in the Bella Terra Deception series. For me, Betrayal fell short after reading the first two books. I do not quite know why I did not enjoy Betrayal as much but I just did not. It was missing something. There was also a lot of story line crammed in and with this type of book that usually means it loses focus or does not spend enough time developing characters, emotions, and/or storylines. I do not need the nitty gritty with this type of book, I know it is not going to be t ...more
jackie frye
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Betrayal: A Bella Terra Deception Novel” is a wonderful conclusion to the Di Luca boys series. The book is filled with suspense, romance and action. For 9 years Noah Di Luca had known his life was in danger and was afraid to love and be truly happy. He did not meet his mother until his 19th summer and when he met her he discovered she was the leader of a band of international thieves. She had plans for him to take her place as the leader of the family of thieves. The girl he loved was back in B ...more
Really, 2.5 stars. Rounded up to 3 because of the frequent safe sex.
Penelope Alonso is back in Bella Terra, the site of her greatest heartbreak. When she was eighteen, she fell in love with Noah Di Luca but then he unceremoniously dumped her. She has to come back to face a different part of her past, but she's hoping to avoid Noah. That doesn't work.
For his part, Noah has never forgotten Penelope. He knows she was the love of his life but portions of his past prevented him from staying with her.
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the 3rd story in the Bella Terra series. It is Noah's story. We discover that Noah met his Mother when he was 16 and never shared that information with anyone. He met Penelope, an intern working for the decorator updating the Bella Terra resort when she was just in college. They had a summer affair and then he dumped her for no apparent reason. The hunt is still on for the missing wine bottle that was supposed to have been hidden by Noah's grandfather while he was suffering from Alzheime ...more
Apr 13, 2013 rated it liked it
I don't think that the summary does this book justice. I don't know if I would say that Penelope finds herself forced to trust Noah when danger lurks. I think that in spite of the past they find themselves still in love. I think that Penelope had some doormat tendencies. Noah's an ass. He is constructed as being justified in his asshatery but he is still an ass. He is constructed as being honorable but he is also being stereotypically alpha about it all.

It sounds like I don't like the story, bu
Marcia  Haskell
"At nineteen, Noah Di Luca was Bella Terra's golden boy, handsome, confident, and untouched by the shadows that tormented his brothers...or so it seems. Driven by ambition, beautiful teenage Penelope Alonso fought her way out of the ghettos. During one hot summer, they came together in the sweetness of first love...until his past reared its ugly head and Noah walked away.

Nine years later, Penelope returns, never imagining she'd see Noah or that one glance would wake their fiery passion. As peril
What a fantastic ending to an amazing trilogy! This series was the first I have read by Christina Dodd and will certainly not be the last. This story wraps up the mystery that arcs throughout the books...where is the missing, highly sought-after bottle of wine and where are the priceless pink diamonds. We also finally get Noah's story and his romantic entanglement with Penelope. Though Eli and Chloe (book 2) was my favorite romantic story...this book was by far the most exciting in relation to t ...more
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Noah is the youngest of Sarah's grandsons, all whom she reared. He has always been the daredevil, the secretive one who takes risks. Her older two have married, but Noah says he never will...until his first love returns. He had sent her away years ago, heartbroken, but he had his reasons for this betrayal.

Noah has a secret, one bigger than where is the missing bottle of vintage wine that two families are feuding over and searching for. People are being attacked, and some are dying in quiet Bella
The series ended with this book, and it kind of limped into the barn. I was disappointed that Dodd went back to the "crazy-other-side-of-the-gene-pool" well, seeing as how that was Eli's excuse for bad behavior in book 2 and Rafe's (kind of, anyway) in book 1. For whatever reason, I felt a disconnect with the characters. Everything wrapped up nicely at the end, which I always appreciate, and I could celebrate a small victory in the fact that my prediction about where the diamonds were was correc ...more
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