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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  96 ratings  ·  26 reviews
DEA Agent Colby Vincent is working an undercover assignment in which homeless veterans are being used to deal drugs. She’s forced to work without the support of fellow agents or friends and is challenged by her attraction to a woman she suspects is involved in the case.
Adena Weber is trying to maintain her late father’s law firm and legacy, part of which is the homeless re
Paperback, 290 pages
Published August 16th 2016 by Bold Strokes Books
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Diane Wallace
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
'Netgalley ARC provided by The Publisher in exchange for a honest review'

Nice story!
I think that i am cheating by going so far in giving this such a high rate of 4 stars because lets just say that there were certain narratives in the book that the plotline tried to deal with but the author just let many of it slide and did not continue on with this twist any further. But the paced & editing were definitely well done,not gonna give kudos to the author for including the undercover agent into t
Sep 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
" Meh!
The minute that i started reading this book nothing connected -- could not get into this story at all - i wanted to DNF." - Diane Wallace ;)

I told Diane I wanted to borrow her sentence... This book was so hard to get into that I stopped in the middle, watched a full bag of mashmallow, sorry tv-show, then came back to my Kindle a week later to finally finish it in one go. Like bad sirop! glurps.

I may say I don't like V.K. Powell or maybe I was particularly unlucky in my two first picks, wh
The mystery/intrigue part of this story is interesting and logical. The author knows how to create tension, and her knowledge of law enforcement work contributes to the authenticity and credibility. The romantic part is less successful. The credibility of attraction between the main characters does not follow the first part. Each character as a person is interesting and likable, but their relationship for me has no future. After their initial enthusiasm I do not see them together as a couple for ...more
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
The cover of this book almost made me shy away, but the subject of this book intrigued me enough to give it a go. Was I disappointed, no quite the opposite actually.

DEA Agent Colby Vincent volunteers for her first undercover assignment. Being a veteran of the Armed Forces has given her the edge in landing this assignment. Colby is to take the role as a homeless veteran to uncover a drug smuggling operation in Greensborough. The DEA is convinced that homeless vets are being used to distribute lar
Aug 02, 2016 rated it liked it
As other reviewers have said I enjoyed the mystery side of this story.

One of the main characters Colby is a DEA agent and veteran. She takes an undercover assignment which sees her infiltrating a circle of homeless people to gain information about a drug ring.

Adena is a lawyer who since her fathers murder is also running the homeless shelter he ran. She's attempting to keep her fathers legacy running while also finding his murderer.

When they meet each other there is an instant connection whic
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow, I all I know is I don't think I could have survived be homeless but it brought the plight to the forefront.

Arc given by NetGalley for a honest review.
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, lesfic
Colby is ex-services and wants to do undercover assignments now she is in law enforcement. Then she wakes up on the street with a shaved head and aching ribs. Not what she expected perhaps but she's undercover. The local homeless resource centre seems the best place to start in uncovering a city wide drug empire. The centre is managed by Adena who, among other things, is trying to protect her late father's legacy. Adena has a strict policy about relationships with people she meets through the ce ...more
The romance took up far too much of this book for how flat it felt. I didn't feel the chemistry between the two main characters. It's pretty much insta-love and the push/pull gets old.

Great premise, but I would have rather read more about Colby's undercover work than being told over and over again how hot Adena was.

The ending was rushed and I found myself cringing so often I simply skimmed it to be done.

2.5 stars.
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
ARC obtained from publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed this book. It was interesting as the main character, Colby is an undercover DEA agent. It's her first undercover assignment and it's a doozy! The Colby/DEA stuff is what made the book.
The writer's style is nice and the story flowed well. However, I am not a big fan of the love at first sight type of romance. I wish she had taken a little more time to develop the other main character, Adena. Then a little more t
Danni Mladenovic
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
My first impression about this book is that the author really knows what she's talking about, when it comes to law enforcement and military matter. I simply believe her every word she puts on the paper. She is a master in creating a good thriller plot, and she carries certain credibility all throughout her books. Also, the matter of homelessness was very successfully handled; you simply can't help but being moved. I even found the romantic part being less important than the "undercover" assignme ...more
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Content warning for drugs, and one case of sexual violence.

I said it before, judging a book by its cover is a hasty mistake, and while Deception's cover doesn't seem much, the book it hides is infinitely more solid. For people like me who care very little (to say the least) about the police or the military, rest reassured: this book deals more with the toll war takes on its soldiers and the somewhat lacking way the US deals with its veterans. Homele
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved it, definitively could not put it down. This book kind of opened my eyes on some issues I never paid attention to. I just wish there was epilogue or something 😊
Katie Dingo
Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lesbian-fiction
4.5 stars

Colby Vincent, is a DEA agent and ex-Iraq war veteran. Wanting a new challenge, she volunteers to go undercover with the FBI to investigate homeless veterans who are being used to purchase and sell prescription drugs. Bashed and dumped by her new FBI colleagues in a strange city with $20 and a backpack, Colby has to work out how to survive on the streets.

One of her main supports, the owner of a homeless shelter, is one of the people under investigation and is possibly part of the drug r
Velvet Lounger
Sep 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, mystery, romance
In ‘Deception’ VK Powell takes some difficult social issues and portrays them with intelligence and empathy.

DEA Agent Colby Vincent goes undercover as a homeless Vet investigating a prescription drugs racket. Instantly we have a whole heap of issues around homelessness, invisibility and drugs. Powell draws the Vet’s with compassion and realism - she has a keen eye for the unpleasant behaviors of a pack of men.

We feel Colby’s isolation, her fear and hunger through a well-written narrative. Life o
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it
An honest review thanks to NetGalley. This was a good book; it brought a new light to homelessness and a great point of view from the main character pretending to be one. The action and the story line was great; I just didn't feel the connection between Colby and Adena. I just couldn't connect with Adena, which made my reading of this book less enthused.
Jul 01, 2016 rated it liked it
DEA Agent Colby Vincent and Adena Weber, attorney. I found these characters simple and for the most part direct yet something was missing. As of this writing, I am unsure what exactly was lacking in regard to the characters but something was. I thought the subject of homelessness was one of the interesting aspects of the read. I liked the intrigue and mystery of the story. Secrets usually complicate and that was the case in this read. The story was interesting enough that I wanted to know what w ...more
Samantha Luce
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
VK Powell is honing her craft with every new release. I've been a fan for a while now and I'm very happy to say "Deception" did not disappoint. Two strong leads, a unique setting, believable obstacles, mysteries, and sexual tension all combine for a great read. VK's law enforcement experience always maker her books seem realistic and very hard to put down.

Net Galley Arc provided for an honest review.
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Just finished "Deception by VK Powell", and with the respect of the words, its damn good. Have computer geek (what is very rare), criminal, empathy and a good romance at same book it's an amazing combination. She kind of rush the overcoming but what the writer took in detail of the homeless life was really good, you could almost feel what the character was enduring.
Oct 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Review is for the Audiobook version: This book was not what I expected at all. It really dove into the reality of homelessness and the opiate epidemic. The romance part of it felt secondary to the intrigue and it worked well. I would have liked to see more balance though. The rising action was well drawn out but the ending felt a little rushed and weak. I haven't seen the text of the book but one chapter mentioned a "toboggan" on an assailant's head...not sure if "toque" was the intention but it ...more
Fiona Hanks
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and wanted to read it non-stop. I was almost late to work because I was reading in the mornings.
I gave it 5 stars but I really think perhaps 4 1/2 would be better because the ending was too rushed. After an entire book of Colby and Adena fighting their feelings and not opening up, the end felt like it was written to meet a deadline instead of really tying it together. This however, does not prevent me from recommending this book to anyone.
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Got this as an audio book. The narration was good and the story great. Really makes you re evaluate how you interact with the homeless!
Feb 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Colby Vincent is a DEA agent and is sent to work undercover as a homeless person in order to figure our the operation of homeless veterans being used to deal drugs. She has to work the case alone but finds herself attracted to one she suspects may be involved in the drug operation.

Adena Weber is juggling two jobs, one is to maintain her father's law firm and the other is working at the homeless resource center. On top of that, she is trying to get to the bottom of her father's murder. When she m
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lesbian-fiction
This seems like a solid story; well-plotted, good characterization, well-written. Right up until the end when things seem to go slightly awry. I will say that I enjoyed the book thoroughly up to that point. The chemistry between Adena and Colby is tense and hot, both because they want each other, and because there are very good reasons why they can't have each other. Adena doesn't want to cross that professional and ethical line and date one of the people who has come to her for help, and Colby ...more
Gaby LezReviewBooks
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I've read a couple of books by this author which in my opinion were an average read so I didn't have big expectations about this one. The main subject of this book, an undercover DEA agent who infiltrates a group of homeless in order to investigate a drug dealing ring, did not have much appeal to me. But after the first chapter I was completely hooked with the story. The author gives us an deep insight into the lives of home
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this e-book in exchange for an honest review.

This book leaves a lot to be desired. From a technical point of view it's pretty fair - the plot is well thought out, the writing is alright, the pace is okay.

It's the characters and their relationships that bugged me, though. This book has a lot of insta-love, something that's very common in romance novels, I guess. however it felt like Colby and Adena had absolutely no chemist
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. Without giving anything away, sing song was awesome :D
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As a thirty-year law enforcement veteran, VK Powell brings a rare level of authenticity to her novels of romantic intrigue. Her career spanned numerous positions including beat cop, homicide detective, vice/narcotics lieutenant, and assistant chief of police. Now retired, VK infuses her writing with the wealth of experience she gained in police work.

VK is a member of the Romance Writers of America
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