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Breath of Deceit

(Dublin Devils #1)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  87 ratings  ·  59 reviews
The Departed gets a modern upgrade with the injection of cybercrime and four sexy Irish mob brothers fighting to stay alive amidst drug deals and FBI probes.

Cian MacFarlane is the oldest son of Chicago's reigning crime family. Now the defacto boss of the organization after his father's retirement, Cian is feared by his enemies and revered by his brothers. But what if Cian
ebook, 300 pages
Published May 15th 2018 by Golden Age Press
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Eve (Between The Bookends)
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it


description~WRITING - PLOT - PACE~
I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Thanks to my friend Kate I went into it with lower expectations regarding the romance aspect, and to be honest, there really wasn't any romance in this one. Maybe a hint here and there, but overall this was more a mafia family type of book than a romance. That said, the writing was very good. The pace moved along at a good clip. The plot was engaging, but maybe a little confusing at times with so many characters and moving parts (the Irish
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Release Date-15/5/18

"Breath Of Deceit" was a good solid read; it was not quite what I was expecting but that was not altogether a bad thing.
Let me explain; I was expecting more of a traditional mafia romance and what I actually got was more the start of a mafia suspense with romantic elements throughout.
"Breath Of Deceit" seems to set a lot of the groundwork for the future series and what we get here is great stuff.
This is a suspenseful interesting start to what I imagin
Kate's Corner
3 'where was the romance' stars?

I must have read a different book compared to all the fantastic reviews here, so it seems once again I am in the minority here so take this review with a pinch of salt.

I was intrigued by the blurb and that in all honesty should have been the first sign as a mention to a heroine wasn’t really made in the blurb. So that is kind of my fault.

The characters are all interesting in their own way. Cian is trying to get out of the family business being the boss of the Ir
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Breath of Deceit is a great mafia book.
It centers around the four MacFarlane brothers.
Cian is the eldest and doing everything in his power to protect his brothers.
He’s the head of the Dublin Devils Mafia Family after the deterioration of his fathers health.
He’s struggling with their illegal deals along with their legal businesses.
He’s trying to balance everything while keeping his brothers his main priority.
It’s an exciting thrilling book that delves deep into the life of the Mafia.
It’s fast pac
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cian MacFarlane is head of one of the most powerful crime families in Chicago. It is a job he never really wanted or asked for, but being the oldest MacFarlane brother comes with a price. Now, that his father, Robbie, is no longer able to run the family business due to health reasons, it is up to Cain to take over the reins. Cain and his brothers, the Dublin Devils, have never lived up to their father’s expectations. While Robbie still tries to rule with an iron fist, Cain has other ideas. Cain ...more
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Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
A mix of thriller, suspense with a shot of romance…

“No one normal and decent wanted to know Cian MacFarlane.”

Irish mob brothers? I’m always up for a mafia crime romance and four siblings in the thick of Chicago’s underside lured me right in. Cian is not your typical crime family eldest son, however, as he works to bring down the family business. The tension starts high and never wavers as Cian walks a fine line that is always in danger of breaking… The writing is good as the author knows when
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When you are head of the Dublin Devil's you know that you will always have to watch your back BUT when your father steps down because of health reason's you never expected to have to watch not only your back BUT also look after your three brothers because YOU know in your heart YOU are the only one that will !! Even though you have been doing that ALL of your life NOW is when you have to step up your game to make sure the FBI, Spanish and Russian Gangs and even your OWN FAMILY, you CAN'T trust ! ...more
Becky Rendon
May 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Breath of Deceit is filled with enemies and potential enemies. An Irish Mob family with all the problem: an overbearing evil father, the "boss" trying to save his family, and more snakes/rats/issues than they can catch.

Add in a quirky hacker that has the "boss" losing focus and it doesn't get any less complicated. Oh and then theirs the rivals, the Feds, and did I mention the dad...

Breath of Deceit is full of complications.

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Tracy- OMGReads
High in suspense, and low on romance, I really enjoyed Breath of Deceit. Book one of a series, this will not be a standalone. More of a family story than focused on one couple, this book was different and refreshing. I loved the large cast and the intricate ties between them.

Breath of Deceit was a busy book, there was a lot going on. The plot was still easy to follow, and overall, I found it this to be intense and breathtaking. The story was more suspenseful than romantic, but the attraction an
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book so much. I love how it gives various characters point of view. It helps see what is going on in various stages and gives a glimpse into what they’re thinking.

Must read for sure - sexy Irish mob brothers, ruthless cruel father & a while bunch of enemies! Will they survive in the end?
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, mafia-romance
Dublin Devils are just handsome devils that are part of a mob. The oldest brother is in charge or, so he thinks until dear old dad shows him he isn’t. This book introduces all the members of the cast. Though it centers mostly on Cian, his likes, dislikes, being boss, his world and the revenge he wants on one member of his family. Something happened long ago that has set him on a course to take down one man and save the rest of his family. Each brother has his own story to tell as the series goes ...more
Breath of Deceit is a great start to a new series, pulling me right in to the Chicago Irish Mob scene and now has me hooked to find out all there is about the MacFarlane family to see just how each of these brothers is going to get their HEA.

At the center of the MacFarlane family is Cian, who has inherited rule of the Dublin Devils from his father, who, let’s just say, is not a nice man, especially as he continues to try and influence the Dublin Devil organization, often at Cian’s expense. You k
Books Laid Bare
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another new to me author (must be the week for it) and I have to say that the literary world seems to be developing some serious talent because this was a super start to the authors new series.
I like a mafia read, I can’t say I always love them but there is usually something interesting about the whole dynamic, so it was with that and the intriguing blurb in mind that I opened the first page and I must say that whilst I wasn’t completely sure what I was getting into, in the scheme of things I wo
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-arcs, 2018, arcs, i-own-it
When the author mentioned that this book would not be her usual romance, but instead a story about an Irish crime family in Chicago, I was so excited! I am one of those gals that loves the mob/mafia/crime syndicate films and TV shows. I just knew Selena Laurence had the writing chops to really entertain me and she did NOT disappoint! I read this book twice, first as an advanced reader copy and then my purchased copy when it landed on my kindle at midnight (Who needs sleep? Not this reader!). Sel ...more
Rebecca Austin
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Cian MacFarlane owns the club Banshee but more importantly he is in charge of the Dublin Devils. But since he has begun running the club after his father Robbie had a heart attack he wants to protect his brothers at all costs.

Soon Cian finds himself in situations out of his control and he has to decide who he needs to protect and who can be risked. When he meets the beautiful Lila Rodriguez, the new systems coordinator for Rogue, all of his plans are at risk as he doesn't want her to go down wit
Mary Mooney
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Four brothers trying to make a living, it's not hard when you are a MacFarlane. Cian is the boss of the Dublin Devils, the Irish mob in Chicago. Keeping his brothers alive is the hardest job he has and he will do anything for them.
While they own a few legal businesses, they still deal in illegal ones which is why there are so many reasons to watch your and your brothers backs. Not only is the FBI breathing down your neck, Cian has to deal with other cartels, mobs and anyone trying to take over y
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review

Wow, this book is a masterpiece from Selena Laurence, and I loved her Powerplay series. This, this could turn out to be even better. I never thought I would say that of a book about an Irish gangster family — those plots are not usually the books I pick.

I’m so glad that I read this book though. It’s one of those books that once you start, it's difficult to put down, and if you have to the story stays with you, leaving you half in the world of the
Treena Ross - Rockstar Book Muse
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mafia/Suspense

This is a new author to me so I did not know what to expect but the cover looked good and the blurb peeked my interest enough to get a copy.

I do love this author's writing it is fantastic and had me looking and wanting more. I am a huge suspense type person and this was a good fit for that. This is NOT a romance book. There is a little in there don't get me wrong but the plot is more about suspense, drama, mafia and the sorts. There is a fair amount of characters in this book and since it
Jennifer Pierson
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is only the second book that I've read by the talented Selena Laurence, and seriously, between the two, they were miles apart in difference, but both were amazing, which shows me how versatile that this author truly is. Anyway, I just had to get that out there for whatever reason. Breath of Deceit was a story that I never saw coming, as it was kind of light on the romance (which didn't really bother me), but heavy on the edge of my seat suspense (which I totally ate up), and my heart is sti ...more
WendyW ~ Girls Just Wanna Have Books
I love a good mafia read and what better than one that has four sexy as sin Irish brothers who run the Dublin Devils. This story is very much a cloak and dagger suspense filled with drama, danger, betrayal, and a complex romance. Going in I was unaware that this would not be a standalone, but hey I’m not going to complain if that means more of these Irish mobsters.

I am not going to speak on the guts of the story, you can read the book yourself. The synopsis gives you a pretty clear picture of wh
Dawn Alexander
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-for-2018
Selena Laurence has quickly become an auto-buy author for me. It is all about her characters. She makes them so authentic and complex that you'd swear they were going to step out of the book and have a cup of coffee with you.

I was thrilled when I saw the blurb for Breath of Deceit. An Irish crime family? A genius hacker? Yes. I am here for it. Let's go!

Since this is the start of a new series, the beginning has a little bit of set up and sorting of characters, but then it takes off and you can'
Sassy Southern
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was totally refreshing to read about Cian and Lila. I was so happy to be thrown in the mafia world, and by what an amazing author! I absolutely loved where she went with this story- it was so unique and I was totally engaged from the first page.
I would have to say my favorite thing about this book was Cian. He fiercely wanted to protect his brothers, and had plans that included doing whatever he could, to protect them. As hard as that was, he also had to protect Lila-newfound systems coordin
Caroline Abreu
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I am very impressed with the beginning of this new series by Selena Laurence. It is a different kind of book than she has done before, and at first I was not sure if I was going to like it because I was already fond of her writing style and pattern, but Dublin Devils is going to be a page-turning, hand-sweating ride from this outing.

This starts the story of Cian and Lila; for people who do not like cliffhangers or entwined books, this may not be for you; there are things left on the table t
April Symes

Breath of Deceit by Selena Laurence is a fantastic mafia romance read. This has 4 sexy Irish brothers who run Dublin Devils. This is really a romantic suspense story that is filled with drama, angst, intrigue, betrayal, passion, heated passions and a layered romance. It is good knowing this is not a standalone because we get more of these sexy Irish men. I don’t want to give the plot away because this is a story that you must experience yourself. It’s best to read and go thru every emotion, ever
Ashley Carr, LSoR
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was just a tad confused with this book... maybe I’m in the minority here, but with so many different characters point of you it was just confusing. The blurb is what sucked me in. There was the promise of a lot of action and suspense and there was, but this book just left me feeling overall meh. The book was supposed to be centered around Cian and Lila but in some parts I felt like they took a backseat. Overall The writing it was good and the character development was spot on. I just didn’t c ...more
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Breath of Deceit is a page turning suspense story. Once I started, I couldn't put this book down until the end. We get to follow the MacFarlane brothers as the each have their own issues to deal with. This book has several different points of view from several characters but Cian MacFarlane is the lead in Breath of Deceit. He is the oldest of four brothers and is trying to survive the best he can. He is running the Dublin Devils, the Irish Mob in Chicago, while dealing with his own family, a riv ...more
Leah Dynes
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
The MacFarlane Family is not an Irish mob family you want to mess with. Robbie, the patriarch, is cunning and wants all the power. Having had to step down due to his health, his eldest son Cian takes over. Cian runs a very different ship than his dad, which infuriates him. Neither Cian, nor his three brothers are good enough in their fathers eyes. This book has a bit about each of them, and I really liked the story, although it was a bit slow at times. The characters were ones you love, and love ...more
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Blew me away. What do you do when the family you are born into is the mafia and you don’t agree with how the family does business but you are the new leader? What an incredible challenge. Cian is now head of the Dublin Devils and knows this isn’t what he wants for his life. The question is will he be able to save his brothers and himself from this life. He meets Lila along the way, a skilled hacker that opens up feelings in him he never expected. I love the strength that Cian shows as he navigat ...more
Barbara Lack
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I accidentally downloaded this book. I’ve never liked mob boss books and I missed it in the description somehow. I really didn’t want to read it but I had already committed. From the first page I was drawn in. The book moved at a steady pace. The characters are definitely not angels but they are endearing. Life is not black and white. Sometimes you have to live the life you were born into. I not only thoroughly enjoyed the book I am now impatiently waiting for book 2. I received an advance revie ...more
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