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Reckless Deceptions

(Dallas after Dark #3)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Erica Keeley has always been willing to break the rules to catch a criminal, until her unorthodox tactics get her booted from the CIA and betrayed by the man she trusted. Now, gone rogue to stop a terrorist group, she’s working undercover at Dallas’s top male strip and burlesque club, dancing alongside sexy, sculpted men. Not that any of her co-worke
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Published December 18th 2018 by Lyrical Liaison
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This is one of a series of books based around the top male strip and burlesque club in Dallas but it works well as a standalone. In this story, CIA officer Ryan Arnell is instructed to make contact with one of the club's dancers, Erica Keeley, as she has information to help stop a terrorist group. She used to work with him but was kicked out of the CIA when her innovative techniques broke too many rules. That was a double blow as the two were lovers and she feels he betrayed her. .
Karen Rock
Dec 18, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm excited for today's release of Reckless Deceptions! It's the last book in my Dallas After Dark trilogy. If you love romantic suspense and thriller shows like Criminal Minds and Quantico, then I hope you'll check out this second chance love story of two CIA agents who to team up to take down a deadly terrorist group before they can strike in Dallas!
Book Him Danno
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Karen Rock is able to create two likable characters that develop friendship over time while trying to terrorist from ending everything they have worked so hard to save.

Erica is interesting character with more depth than I originally thought as I read the synopsis. She is strong willed wanting to complete the mission she created even though David by the rules refuses see her for more than a wash up CIA agent.

The story moves quickly and effortlessly from beginning to end of the story keeping reade
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good read lots of action and chemistry. The feeling of racing to find out the plot was there and kept you on edge. I did figure it out near the end and it was frustratingthat the characters did not at that point in the story. It was very obvious. I did not like the fact that Ryan didn’t realize his feelings until something terrible happened. I would have been kinda mad at him not oh yeah! It made him a tad tainted in my eyes. I also wish the book had a prologue to show what happened between them ...more
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved being back in Dallas for the third instalment in this series, this is another action packed story of reunited love and the threat of terrorism, we get to meet CIA agent Ryan Arnell and former CIA agent Erica Keeley, not only is she a former CIA agent but she is also the former partner of Ryan, and they are back working together, will their love ignite again through danger.

Ryan is good at what he does, a top agent in the field and always, always follow protocol, he is back in The States t
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ex CIA agent Erica Keeley has a new job, one quite a bit different from her previous one. After being let go from the CIA she is now a bartender and premier headliner at the burlesque show at Dallas Heat. Her routine there has all the men in the club all ga-ga. The night Ryan Arnell, CIA agent and Erica's ex-partner as well as ex-lover, stops in at Dallas Heat finds Ryan no less enthralled by Erica's routine. Plus he has the advantage of having touched and enjoyed the beautiful lady to add to hi ...more
Yvonne Cruz
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book of the series. That said, if like me , you have not read the previous books, rest assured that it’s a stand alone.
The story centers around CIA agents Erica Keeley and David Arnell. Erica was always a rule breaker and David a by the book man. Their stands caused her to lose not only her job , but her former partner and lover, when he doesn’t back her up.
Two years later , she is working undercover to find a terrorist and ends up crossing paths with David . They end up workin
Beverly S
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great addition to the Dallas after dark series.
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Karen Rock’s latest Dallas After Dark novel, Reckless Deceptions, starts fast and doesn’t let up the entire time. Rock weaves serious family drama into a significant terrorist plot, all while bringing the hero and heroine back together. If you look up, you will definitely miss something. Rock’s story is compelling and makes you want to keep reading. I know I couldn’t turn pages fast enough.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
Whispers From
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ryan is a by the rules CIA agent and Erica goes with her gut. Two years ago she was fired and Ryan didn’t back her up. Now she’s hunting the terrorist responsible for a bombing in Amman that resulted in the deaths of hundreds. Erica and Ryan had a short affair but the flames still burn just as hot. As they work together to stop an attack on American soil and find the mastermind behind the attack two years ago, Erica realizes that sometimes the best approach is to go in slow. Ryan doesn’t show hi ...more
Jess Lawson
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reckless Deceptions by Karen Rock is the third book in the Dallas After Dark Series. I have thoroughly enjoyed every book in this series. They are all standalone' s and do not have to be read in order. Ryan and Erica get a second chance but they have many battles to overcome to accomplish this happiness. This fast paced book kept me engrossed completely I had to filter through the suspense to see exactly who our enemy was as well as see how Ryan and Erica would fair.
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Erica Keeley was devastated when she was booted from the CIA, especially when it was due to the testimony by her partner and lover, David Arnell. When the elusive terrorist cell shows up in Dallas, now is her chance to not only stop them, but redeem herself too. When David shows up, Erica finds herself working with him once again.
I like the interaction between the two and was a great read. Erica and David’s characters were well written and loved their banter. With lots of action, suspense and s
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hot and Edgy 2nd Chance Romance 💚💙
You won't want to put this down until the end.
Ryan, a buttoned up, by the book CIA agent gets to cross paths once again with Erica X-go with your gut CIA agent/girlfriend seeing her performing with aerial silks and the feels begin! They both get hot, Ryan with lust and Erica with anger as the past comes back to remind them.
The bigger picture is too important to both of them and they need to put a stop to some very, very evil people--together. The web of deceipt
Dolly Sickles
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
The third time’s the charm in Karen Rock’s Dallas After Dark series, RECKLESS DECEPTIONS. It’s got all the best elements of my favorite genre — it’s sexy, suspenseful and romantic. She hooked me with the first sentence of the book:

Sometimes a little menace went a long way.

Erica Keely is an ex-CIA agent with a headstrong personality and a penchant for leaping before looking. She was good at her job and a dedicated agent in the fight against terrorism, but two years ago her unusual approach got h
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book.

This is book three in the Dallas After Dark series, but you don't need to have read the other two before this: these are very much stand alone books.

After going rogue Erica is working at Dallas Heat, trying to clear her name. Ryan is in town on family business, but also following up his own leads to catch an international terrorist who might be in town. When Erica and Ryan cross paths again, and that terrorist is a lit
Lynn Brooks
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
We're heading back into the Dallas Heat nightclub for another intriguing case to solve! The mystery was higher in this book than previous ones in the series, but I missed the deeper inclusion of the club that we got with the prior books. Still satisfying, just different. Strong characters, well developed plot and lots of steam!

Former CIA agent Erica Keeley is working on her own to try to track down answers from the case that lost her everything. She's always been one to go for whatever bit of in
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A suspected terrorist plot, a sexy former CIA spy, an even sexier CIA boss and high sexual tension makes this a fast-paced, engrossing read. It starts out hot and doesn't stop as the boss, Ryan *swoon* and disgraced former agent, Erica work together to foil the terrorists' plot and try to resist their sizzling chemistry. Neither is an easy feat with Ryan and Erica's history both in and out of the sheets. These two are hot! Erica wants to redeem herself, catch the bad guys and guard her heart aga ...more
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Firstly, a big thank you to Netgalley and Karen for my advanced copy for which I voluntarily leave my honest review. Secondly, I’ve never read anything by Karen before but I’m definitely keen to go back and read the first two stories that come before this one!

Ryan and Erica were lovers and colleagues but an incident overseas forces them to separate. Fast forward two years and Erica is working at Dallas Heat as an exotic dancer when she overhears something in regards to a terrorism threat and ca
Jessica Robbins
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

If you like romantic suspense novels then look no further then this great new installment to this series. We meet Erica as she is working undercover as a dancer/bartender in order to keep tabs on some terrorists that she has been tracking for years even after losing her CIA job over it. Ryan used to work with her so when he finds out he has to again he is not happy. This gets more difficult since they ha
Sarah Lehman
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the third story in the Dallas After Dark series. I loved it especially because Erica & David's personalities are so different. Erica has always been willing to bend the rules to get answers & solve cases & Dave is a by the book kind of guy. When her actions get her fired from the CIA she decides to go rogue to find a person of interest that she had been tracking. David is drawn to Erica but also wishes she would follow the rules. It was fun to see how they worked together to ...more
Bette Hansen
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a fast paced story that has former CIA Operative Erica Keeley teaming up with her former partner and love interest Ryan Arnell. They are tracking and trying to stop members of a terrorist group operating in the Dallas area. He's a by the book kind of guy while she's a do what needs to be done kind of girl. Together they make a great team. The story is full of suspense with lots of twists that keep you turning pages and completely absorbed. This is one I highly recommend.
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
You know what?  This is one of those times where I don't think that the synopsis does justice to the book.  Erica is kind of undersold in it, yet she is a complex, strong character who is a great counterpoint to Ryan.

Their attraction to each other lends another layer of tension to the what was already a pretty high octane storyline - in a really good way.  

In summary, an exciting, fast paced tale.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Sherry Bohrmueller
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic book in this series. Karen Rock's books are always so good. Definitely recommend any book by this author.
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good book

I enjoyed this book.I liked the story line and the characters. I felt some of the book felt forced or a lil like a filler but over all was a good read.
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