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Ultimate Deception

(Harden #2)

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In a matter of months, Dani Delaney's world drastically changed. Now, she faces the toughest challenge of her life and is determined to handle it on her own.

Detective Sawyer Woods will do anything to be with Dani, the woman he's dreamed about since he first laid eyes on her, but she'll have nothing to do with him, no matter how much charm he uses.

It isn't until Dani rece
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Paperback, 404 pages
Published September 25th 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
When I read book one Fatal Obsession I thought it was a brilliant debut novel and that the author would have a hard job beating it. Well Lynn Stookes rocked it with this story.

This is Dani and Sawyers story. We met them in book one. It's a fast paced story that kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't read this story fast enough. The twists and turns were unpredictable and brilliant. I loved the secondary characters and look forward to reading more about them in the future.
Pam
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Harden series, Dani and Sawyer's story.

Book 2 picks up shortly after book 1 ended. Dani is now trying to raise her niece, work as the county medical examiner and adjust to life after the death of her twin brother, the stalking of her best friend (and SIL), and her one night with Sawyer.

Sawyer is struggling with his feelings for Dani. After everything that went down, he's still reeling from that one night. His past, as a total manwhore, is wo
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S.J. Sawyer
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh, my God, Sawyer Woods... Lynn Stookes's Harden series just keeps getting better and better! Lynn Stookes is absolutely brilliant in this installment. Her writing was the perfect blend of humor, anger, and, of course, betrayal. All of the emotions come into play as she weaves her tale so brilliantly that you struggle to pull yourself from the novel. As with the first book, I was glued to my Kindle screen, unable to look away. I can't rave about this as much as I would like because I fear givin ...more
Sassy Southern
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another 5 star read by Lynn Stookes!! I love these books, the mystery,the romance and the surprises! And boy is there a big one in this book. This book centers on Dani and Sawyer but you still here from the main couple in the last book. I like how she entwines all the characters together giving you snippets of what may be coming from future books but keeps with the past book too.
In a matter of months Dani Delaney's world drastically changed. From losing her twin brother to being put in danger.
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Leanne
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read this straight off the back of the first in the series. I had my reservations, I will admit. Book 1 has a good story and I loved the characters (the 2 reasons I came straight to this!) but the editing and structure just didn't work for me.
I am happy to say Stookes has turned it round for me here!
I properly love Sawyer Woods! He's a babe of epic proportions...a little bad boy, charmer, loving, faithful, joker...everything a girl could wish for!
SWOON
I really love the
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The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
At first, I had a bit of trouble getting into this. I didn't read the 1st book and I was kind of lost! So, make sure you read book 1 before reading this one! But, once I got into the story, I really enjoyed it. Mystery, danger, deception, and a good enemies to lovers trope. Dani is a likable character and I grew to like Sawyer as well (he was a little harder for me to like at first; maybe it was his former man whore ways? I'm kind of over the man whore trope!). There are so many twists and turns ...more
Ria -  Reading Is Our Satisfaction
As good as the first......if not better....

I read the first in this series, FATAL OBSESSION, and I loved it, so I knew this one would be just as good, but I was wrong.......it was BETTER!!!! I really enjoyed the characters of Dani Delaney and Sawyer Woods in the first book, but now, I love them!!!! Even though the two books are standalones, i would recommend reading book one before reading this one, simply for the character background and the storyline does slightly overlap.

Once again
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Sara
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!

This second book in the Harden Mysteries series brings us Dani and Sawyer’s story and it is pretty amazing!

Dani and Sawyer have a love-hate relationship. Sawyer, a playboy, wants Dani. Dani wants nothing to do with Sawyer and his playboy ways. One night, during a particularly tense situation, things get hot and heavy, but the next morning, it’s back to fighting for these two.

We get another Harden mystery. This time, Dani is the one in trouble and Sawye
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Tina Morgan
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another 5 star read by Lynn Stookes!! I love these books, the mystery,the romance and the surprises! And boy is there a big one in this book. This book centers on Dani and Sawyer but you still here from the main couple in the last book. I like how she entwines all the characters together giving you snippets of what may be coming from future books but keeps with the past book too.
In a matter of months Dani Delaney's world drastically changed. From losing her twin brother to being put in danger.
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A Book Lover's Emporium Book Blog
Lynn Stookes is an amazing author, this is the second book of the Harden series, I read the first and loved it This story caught my attention right away, made me want to read the entire book in one sitting. The book's storyline is written with perfection.


The friendship between Kylie and Dani was once again epic; as well as the bond between the men of the story. The storyline of Sawyer and Dani is so romantic, you can just feel the love they have for each have other. It's like y
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Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This is the second in the Harden series and offers the same complex, suspenseful plot and engaging characters of the first. If you haven’t read book one you need to do that first to get the most enjoyment out of this follow up story.

So much has happened to her family and friends that Dani Delaney is still reeling from it all. And the challenges and blows just keep coming. Her life has been turned upside down and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight to the turmoil and decisions facing her. And Sawyer
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Jennifer (random jendsmit)
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was better than the first one... I KNOW RIGHT?! How is that possible... I know that's what you are asking, but it really is.

The prologue again is so good... it got me this time again. It made me HAVE to know what happened.

Now, Dani was not what I thought she was based on knowing her through Fatal Obsession (Book #1). I knew she was strong, which was confirmed in chapter one of her story. What I didn't know was why she is so stubborn and so independent; once it was explained when she
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Mari
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you thought book one was amazing you have to read this book. Oh dani and sawyer are still at each others throat. Kylie and blake are happy. Dani is finally Making progress with Lilly. Dani is Trying Lilly, Tara tells Dani it wont be easy but its possible her to adopt Lilly. Dani has Secrets She isn't ready to talk about. Dani finds out she is pregnant. Sawyer Stops by to take Dani Some Coffee. They argue Sanger ask if he Can use her rest room, that's when he spots the pregnancy Test and he Co ...more
United Indie Book Blog
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from United Indie Book Blog in exchange for an honest review.

Having read Fatal Obsession I couldn't wait to devour Ultimate Deception ! Lynn Stookes did not disappoint !
Please read Fatal Obsession before attempting Ultimate Deception.

Dani "inherits" little Lily from her brother who has died and what a sweetheart ♥ look make no mistake Dani's life undergoes drastic change and Sawyer is desperate to walk each step of the way with her bless his heart ,the man h
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Gretchen Anderson
Such an amazing book. Loved the story and adored the characters. This is such an fantastic series!!!

Dani and Sawyer have such difficult past it’s almost impossible for them to trust. Not only the other gender but to have trust in themselves. They are going to have to really work on this past in order to move on to the future.

Dani’s past is completely about being young and stupid when it comes to men. She was a freshman in college before having a serious boyfriend and he w
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Cassandra Lawson
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I first met Dani and Sawyer in book 1, and I was hoping to see more of them in this story. Dani has suffered more than her share of pain, and this last year has been really rough on her. Of course, her life doesn’t just fall into place for her. She’s has some pretty big shocks to deal within this book, including a lunatic who is targeting her. She wasn’t happy when Sawyer was the detective assigned to protect her in Fatal Obsession, and she’s not at all sure how she feels about being in that pos ...more
DJ Sakata
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Favorite Quotes:

“Just the sight of him with a small child could make any woman’s biological clock start ticking, including mine.”

“What I wouldn’t give to kiss those lips again, but she’d probably have my balls in a vice grip within seconds and I’m particularly fond of them, so I resist the urge.”

“I don’t want to be used for sex. Said no guy ever. Why did I push her away? Idiot.”

“Only a detective and a medical examiner could get hot and heavy with a
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Heidi Sturgess
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2015
 I received an ARC from United Indie Book Blog in exchange for an honest review.

 Having read Fatal Obsession I couldn't wait to devour Ultimate Deception !
Lynn Stookes did not disappoint! Please read Fatal Obsession before attempting Ultimate Deception.

Dani "inherits"  little Lily  from her brother who has died and what a sweetheart ♥ look make no mistake Dani's life undergoes drastic change and Swayer is desperate to walk each step of the way with her bless his he
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Amber Eckstein
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was given an advance readers copy for my honest opinion!!

I got to read the first book just a week or so ago and had to wait a whole freaking week for this one. Let me tell you, I was chewing on my nails waiting for this. See I loved Sawyer, he was my favorite. No lie. I wanted more of his story, his witty comments and his constant fighting with Dani. SO much freaking sexual tension it isn't even funny.

Sawyer of course the cocky man who had been chasing after Dani. Anoth
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Megan
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Another awesome book in the Harden Series! Fatal Obsessions (book 1) reeled me in and this book was no different. I devoured this book in less than a day and didn’t was to put it down. I love the characters and how we still get to see the characters from book 1. There’s betrayal, anger, humor, and let’s not forget that suspense that was so well written in the first book.

When you first see Sawyer and Dani at the beginning of book 1, Sawyer is constantly trying to get Dani to go out wi
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Letty  (Cover to Cover Book Blog Reviewer)
The second book in the Harden series brings us the story of Danielle (Dani) Delaney and Sawyer Woods. A Medical Examiner and Detective, respectively, Dani and Sawyer have been working some cases together and although he has attempted to seduce her, she hasn’t given him a chance.

Dani has been living “on her own”, not needing anyone and that’s how she plans to continue. Scarred by a past relationship, she has decided she doesn’t need a man and this makes it difficult for Sawyer to brin
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EscapeNBooks
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Guest Review by Tammy Cole

I did read the first book in this series and I liked it. But after reading the second book, Ultimate Deception, Lynn's writing and character development was top notch in this book. I definitely would recommend reading the first book as you will get the whole background on each character, which is needed to fully enjoy the book.

Detective Sawyer Woods is your typical cocky arrogant alpha male who has fallen head-over-heals in love with Dani the mom
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Cathy Brockman
It seems like I have waited forever for this, but man was it worth the wait. It is a stand alone, but you will understand who Blake and Dani are and their situation if you have read Fatal Obsession.
There is so much action and interaction I don't know where to begin.
The Stars of the Show--oops-- I mean book are Dani and Sawyer. They are a very interesting couple. Dani has her issues and Sawyer is a ladie's man, a manwhore they call him in the book. We still get a lot more of Kylie and Blake as
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Jennifer Pierson
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
WOW WOW WOW! WHAT DID I JUST READ?! Or should I say experience! I'm still so jacked up from this story, that I can't even pick another book up.

Dani Delaney's life has been a non-stop series of chaotic events the past few months, and so it's been a struggle to get it calmed down back into a rhythm. Instead of some kind of normalcy, she's now facing another huge obstacle in her life, and she's not sure what to do. Detective Sawyer Woods would move mountains to be with Dani, but she doe
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Renee Entress
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 star

The story has laughs, pain, murder, suspense, betrayal, secrets, and heartbreak. I was pulled right into this story. The story flowed well and I was able to stay connected and interested throughout the book.

If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first
Fatal Obsession (Harden #1)

This is Dani and Sawyer’s story. Dani has secrets that she is not ready to tell Sawyer. She is working on getting custody of her niece. When Sawyer open
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Booked  Every Night
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ultimate Deception is the second book in this series. Although it is about a different couple I HIGHLY recommend reading book 1 (Fatal Obsession) first. This book focuses on Dani and Sawyer, but the story picks up where Kylie and Blake’s story left off.

Dani is adjusting to her new life, a life that has become a lot more interesting recently. She is now responsible for her niece and is learning to juggle her demanding career and being a new guardian. On top of all that she finds out s
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Courtney
Ultimate Deception is the second novel in the Harden series by Lynn Stookes and starts shortly after the climax in Fatal Obsession. This novel focuses on Dani and Sawyer. I loved Sawyer in the first book, so I was ecstatic to learn more about him in this one. Sawyer had a rough childhood that definitely affected his attitude about the present, especially women. Dani’s past continues to haunt her and she clashes with Sawyer on all levels. I loved all their interactions.
A number of secondary
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Karen Harper
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read Fatal Deception, the first book in the Harden Series, when it came out and loved it! I was really pleased when the second book in this series came out. I decided to re-read Fatal Deception again and I’m glad I did. One, because it’s a great book and two, because I wanted to be sure I remembered the details. I’m glad I did and, if you haven’t read Fatal Deception, I recommend that you read it before starting Ultimate Deception.
Even though I remembered Sawyer and Dani, I wasn’t sure i
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Amy Shelton
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian I Dig Good Books.
5/5 (Exceptional)
*I received a copy of this book from More Than Words in exchange for a fair and honest review.*

I loved this book! It was just as good, okay a little better, than the first book. I love the romantic suspense in this book. The incredible thing about this author is she is GREAT at keeping the story flowing, keeping you guessing, and keeping you on the edge of your seat. There were some great twists a
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Melody Grabeel
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
This the 2nd book in the series and picks up where Fatal Obsession left off.
Dani is trying to gain custody of her newly found niece only to get the surprise of a lifetime. She is a professional, single woman and the only thing she can focus on is the adoption of Lily.
Sawyer is so consumed with Dani, no one else even catches his attention. Unfortunately, his past dalliances seem to pop up everywhere. The man just can help his sex appeal. Protecting others is what he does as a detectiv
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Lynn Stookes was born and raised in the amazing state of Texas, where she currently resides with her husband of five years. They have one rambunctious two year old son and three furry children, who create the chaos she couldn’t live without

One day, Lynn took her passion (maybe obsession is more apt) for romance books and mystery shows and wrote her first romantic suspense novel, Fatal
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