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If You Deceive

(MacCarrick Brothers #3)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  11,455 ratings  ·  500 reviews
Burning vengeance...

Ethan MacCarrick was a heartbreakingly handsome rake until a powerful nobleman ordered him brutally beaten and his face scarred for a crime he didn't commit. Ethan's reprisal -- bankrupting the nobleman and forcing his exile -- does little to appease his wrath. Ten years later, a haughty, mysterious beauty enchants Ethan -- the daughter of his enemy. A
Mass Market Paperback, 356 pages
Published May 22nd 2007 by Pocket
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Opening Line: “Ethan had long grown used to the sinking expressions people cast him when they realized it was he who darkened their doorsteps—but in the East End rookeries this tendency seemed even more pronounced.”

Does anyone else find it near impossible to write a review about a book you absolutely loved? You can't ever say quite the right thing or express adequately how much it affected you. How much you loved the characters, the heartache, the passion and the drama. It always ends up soundin


This book ... THIS SERIES!! OMG!! I can't even ... PERFECTION!!

From start to finish, this book and the entire series was ABSOLUTELY PERFECT! I mean OH EM GEE! I can't stop reeling ... the writing, the story, the brothers, the women they fall for, the supporting cast, the setting, the brogue, the sexual tension, the actual act (which in THIS book was DEFINITELY worth the wait!) ... I can go on but if you are a fan of this author, you know she writes some of THE
Feb 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
I felt a bit uneasy at the beginning of the book, as the idea of having the hero almost having sex with the mother of the heroine wasn't something I thought I could easily overcome. Well... I should've known better than doubt Ethan! Way before I was halfway through the story, I was already in love in him. :) Obviously, that event would have to come back from the past to "bite him in the arse", and that was the only "fault" I found in him: he really should have come clean and told everything to M ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I am one of those readers who finds Ethan MacCarrick to be a completely irresistible hero. He is dark and dangerous, bitter, treacherous, unsociable, but deeply delicious. I love his large scar, his hulking presence, and his surly demeanor. But most of all, I love the fact that his wounded heart falls so completely for Madeleine, who happens to be the daughter of his enemy. Initally he plans to seduce and discard her, but she captivates him, and he begins to love her. For me, this story shows th ...more
Jun 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: highlander-books
everyone who told me that this was fabulous can now say "I told you so!" lol
yes, all you who know who you are (Leah, Catherine, Ally, Monica, UM, and anyone else I forgot),
I loved Maddy and Ethan.
Jane had a 2 second cameo and still managed to piss me off-wonder if I'd have liked Hugh's book better if I could have liked Jane?

So it's no secret how much I love Kresley Cole's IAD, and I liked her Sutherland Brothers series a lot as well. So, since me being me (the Highland Hussy), I love KC, I love
This book had almost zero surprises, everything you think is going to happen does happen basically, but somehow it still kept me interested. Maddy is perhaps a little too forgiving but otherwise is an enjoyable character. Ethan is the more troubled one in this relationship but his emotional transformation is very believable.
Feb 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Brutally wounded and left for dead after being discovered with a conniving married shrew of woman, ruthless Ethan MacCarrick wants nothing but revenge and he will have it. Being a man of action, he proceeds to ruin the people behind the deeds of that devastating night, but it leaves him little consolation for the things he lost.

Years later he becomes helplessly drawn to the friend of his brother's woman only to find she's the daughter of his hated enemy. Deciding to use her to finish them off fo
If You Deceive (MacCarrick Brothers) Yes, this is the best book in the series. I don't care much about what happens to the previous two, but this one is staying with me for a bit, I'll definitely read it again.
Maybe Ms. Cole should've added a few more brothers to the MacCarrick brood, since it seems this series improves with time.
From the first book onward I was intrigued by Ethan, the oldest MacCarrick brother. The hints and innuendos sparkled throughout the two previous stories created almos
Jacqueline J
Wonderful angsty story. Great characterization, great pacing, great plotting. There wasn't a slow moment in the whole book. It didn't have a lot of outside stuff going on, no lame spy plot or silly ton stuff. Just a good solid relationship story as Ethan learned to love and Maddy learned to trust. Nice feel for the times and nice details of the slums etc., in Paris in the mid 1800s. Beautiful love story with some wonderful quotes. I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

Book Wonderland
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This series got better with each book, Ethan's and Maddy's story is definitely the best out of the three.
This was a different kinda beauty and the beast story with an interesting plot and character background.

My ranking:
1) If You Deceive (4 stars)
2) If You Desire (4 stars)
3) If You Dare (3 stars)
"If You Deceive" is the third and last book in the "MacCarrick Brothers"-trilogy about the oldest of the brothers,the most dangerous and brooding warrior,the blackhearted Ethan MacCarrick. A man who believed himself to be a man whose heart would never get stolen finds himself trashed on his knees by the most brave and spirited woman of all,Madeleine van Rowen...the daughter of his enemy.

I never once put this book down since i opened it,and finished reading it after two hours.Now i know that this
Sophia Jones
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've read a lot of romance novels in my day, and from a wide variety of sub-genres. Paranormal. YA. Contemporary. Historical. Futuristic Sci-Fi. Fantasy. Erotica. Dark Urban along the lines of Kim Harrison and Laurell K. Hamilton. From Jane Austen to Danielle Steel, been there, read that. But this one, this one's my favorite.

Kresley Cole's If You Deceive is the third book in her MacCarrick Brothers trilogy. The first two were good. All of Ms. Cole's books are good. But this one is special. The
Apr 15, 2008 rated it liked it
This final book in the MacCarrick Brothers' Trilogy features the most tortured hero of the three brothers. Ethan feels because of the scar on his face, no woman would want to love him let alone marry him. He is a loner and has no zest for life. And the fact that his family is cursed also makes his life very unsettling. But when he meets his heroine Madeline, his heart thaws and he finds a reason to live. All it takes is one look across a crowded room and Ethan has lost his heart.
Madeline is one
So many people have reviewed this, so I won't say much. This grabbed me and sucked me in from the prologue. I was up until 2am to finish.

If you are a fan of the vengeful hero genre, then you should love this book. It's fast moving, engaging, witty, and sometimes very sad. This is my first book by this author, who I understand writes mostly PNR. This was not a PNR aside from a maybe relevant/maybe not Scottish curse.

The characters were fascinating. The heroine was strong without being obnoxious
I was looking forward to reading this book after all of the high reviews. Sadly, I didn't really like it. Something about the writing style bothered me throughout the book, It felt like I was reading fan fiction, particularly when the H/h have inner dialogue in the form of a question, like, But why? He had to have some grudge. Why her family? In fact, I find that there was way too much inner dialogue for me. I prefer books where authors can convey these kind of thoughts/feelings without them bei ...more
Jane Stewart
Sep 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Good historical romance novel. I enjoyed it. A nice escape.

Ethan was a handsome rake having affairs with married women. Although he never slept with her, Sylvie lied to her husband saying Ethan raped her. The husband had Ethan beaten and his face scarred (with Sylvie’s knowledge). Ethan was wealthy and got his revenge by bankrupting the husband who killed himself. Sylvie and her daughter were forced out of their home and went to live in the slums of Paris. Women are repulsed by Ethan
Addie H
Jun 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: zz-rereadfavs
5 stars dropped to 1 star
I don't know where my first 5 star came from

Avid Booker
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People Who Like Weirdly-Convoluted Storylines
I'm unsure on how to feel about this one. I didn't hate it but I didn't like it that much either. As the story continued I liked the characters a little more, but the plot was still ahn. And our heroine was ahn too. The hero wasn't any better but it was kinda weird. 2.5 maybe even brushing 2.75 But test it out for yourself. I didn't fux with this plot tbh.

The hero, Ethan, he was about to sleep with the heroine's mother but decided not to. But it was too late the heroine's father caught them in t
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hf-england
Madeline van Rowen has had the most horrible childhood you can ever imagine, yet she goes on ahead, striving hard to make tomorrow better. She's no wilting flower, and she gives back as good as she gets. For the first time, I'm not afraid for the heroine when the hero goes after her with a sinister intent.

And Ethan! The author hasn't taken the easy way out- he continues to be douchey nearly 40% into the book. But, I could somehow understand his bitterness and anger blinding him to all that stan
Oh so many feels. I haven't had a good cry from a book in a while but this one had me bawling like a baby. Definitely a genre fave I'm kicking myself for not reading it as soon as it came in.

I think I've read almost 20 Kresley Cole books and this one is definitely in my top 5, maybe even 3 favorites. Since I love about everything she writes that's really saying something. I already knew I was going to love it because of Ethan and I loved it so much more because of Maddy. They're a perfect hero+
Regan Walker
A Scarred Soul and a Broken Lady Will Capture Your Heart!

The last book in Cole’s Victorian trilogy and my favorite, this is the story of Ethan MacCarrick, the oldest of three brothers, Scots who live under a 500-year old curse that promises death if any of them marries. Of course, the curse was not all readable so they don’t know the whole of it.

Ethan was a heartbreakingly handsome rake until a powerful nobleman ordered him brutally beaten and his face scarred for a crime he didn't commit. In r
Nov 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
What a great book! KC is a NTM author and obviously it won't be my last. I picked this up on a whim after seeing some of the reviews of it on here. Man am I glad that I did.

Ethan MacCarrick is tied up in a barn about to pay for a crime that he didn't commit. As the horrible deed is done he begs fate to help him. But fate seems to have left him bereft and ignored his pleas. Now he is a scarred man out of revenge.

Maddie is now at the point in her life that she must find somebody willing to marry
Lover of Romance
Ethan, was once handsome as sin until a nobleman had him tortured and scarred, which would change his life, and Ethan spent years feeling a lust for revenge. Now ten years later, he finds a beauty who enchants him and spending a magical night with her, he knows she could definitely break through the ice around his heart, until he finds out who she really is, the daughter of the nobleman that ordered his scarring, and has a plan for revenge, to make her fall for him, marry her and then cast her a ...more
Mar 18, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Usually enjoy retellings of Beauty and the Beast, but I loathed this one. There's not much to like in Ethan and I could not get past the annoying, phonetically written accent. Maddy comes across as self-centred and wanton, with no sense of honour. The author's modern style of dialogue made it hard to imagine that the story was taking place in the late 19th century.
Out of the three brothers, I thought Court was my favorite but I was wrong. Oh Ethan, you stubborn man. How I loved his book. While I didn't warm up to Maddie immediately, I honestly did end up liking her. I think she was a great match for our hero.
And that Epilogue? Just how I like 'em. Can we now get a book on the kids all grown up? Would love more of them.
Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars!

I really enjoyed this read! I was hooked from the very beginning until the very end! I loved how Maddy had a backbone and that's not a thing every HR female has. She was feisty and she fought for what she wanted.

Ethan, well... he was a character that I can't really decide if I love him or hate him. I mean, I get his reasons for revenge but he was so awful. His growth and self hate was so angsty that it fuelled my dark heart.... muahahahahahahaaaaaa

Why is it lacking a star and a half?
Wow this was an angst fest and my favourite in the series! It reminded me of the IAD series where the poor heroes only have the heroine's mercy to rely upon.
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Heartbreakingly brilliant!

"If You Deceive" is the third and final installment in the MacCarrick Brothers Trilogy by the amazing Kresley Cole. Kresley Cole is mostly known for her sexy Immortals After Dark Series, but she has other fantastic series, including this one. I was in the mood for a Historical romance series with strapping handsome men and strong willed woman and clearly choosing this novel was a perfect choice.

Ethan is the male character of my dreams. I have a softness for strong, ste
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Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, the erotic Gamemakers series, and five award-winning historical romances.

A master’s grad and former athlete, she has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings.
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