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Deadly Deceit

(Harbored Secrets #2)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  444 ratings  ·  197 reviews
Independent and tenacious journalist Vivian DeMarco is back in Walton, Georgia, for one reason -- to do her job and get out. When her boss suddenly dies under suspicious circumstances, Vivian's only hope for finding the truth -- and the next big story -- is small-town law enforcement's lanky poster boy, Deputy Ryan Frost. But the deeper they dig, the more twisted the truth ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Revell
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Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I did not read book one in The Harbored Secrets series. I can say that I was not lost in book number two Deadly Deceit. It engulfed me from the very beginning and It was that way until the very end. The characters were wonderful. The whole book was very well written. I am now on the lookout for more of Walters books.
I gave this book 4 stars.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
Sarah Grace Grzy
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
When Natalie Walters published her debut novel, Living Lies, in May 2019, right away I knew she was an author to watch! And book two in the Harbored Secrets series only confirms that I was right. Deadly Deceit was published in November 2019 by Revell Books.

One of the things that makes Walters' books stand out is the setting. The fictional town of Walton, GA, has the perfect cozy, southern, small-town vibes. The tagline for the series is "Walton, Georgia: everybody knows your name--but no one kno
Cara Putman
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Vivian is just trying to work her way back to a big city paper. Then she finds her boss struggling to breath. As he dies he whispers a word to her. That sets her on a collission course with Deputy Ryan Frost. He just wants to unravel the threads of the mystery to find the truth. In the process he finds himself spending more and more time wiht Vivian. A page turning romance that was a really good read. I enjoyed every page.
Jen. (JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews)
“Leave it to Harold to die with a story on his lips.”

Deadly Deceit is a fantastic book! This story has it all – small town charm, great friendships, witty banter, tenderness, humor (oh, so much humor!!), a well-plotted mystery, nail-biting suspense and a completely believable (and adorably geeky) romance!

This book deserves a group hug!

You totally need to read this book! Be sure to read Living Lies first! Both stories are almost standalones, but really…just read Living Lies because it was awes
Sarah Monzon
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m kind of a hard sell on romantic suspense because I either find the romance too corny or the suspense not suspenseful enough. This book had a good balance with some fan humor thrown in. I liked the cyber crime angle and it’s not done as much in fiction and really showcased the hero’s brainiac skills. Fans of romantic suspense should really pick this book up! It won’t disappoint.
Oh my word, this book y’all....ugh it was amazing!!! Mrs. Walters has a beautiful and amazing gift with words. Just like I’m Living Lies, this book sucked me in from page one and refused to let go. 

As I mentioned in my review about Living Lies, I really wanted a book written on Frost because hello, he is amazing and I loved him in the first book and my love for him only grew in this second one. If I could just have a Ryan Frost in my life, my life would be pretty amazing! 

I loved getting to know
Plenty of fast-paced action in this one! I love this small town and how it deals with kicking out crime. I really loved Living Lies and knew I needed a copy of this one, because I really enjoyed the writing in the first.

This crime kept me glued to the pages as the Watcher’s misdeeds seemed to have tumor-tentacles in almost everything. I really enjoyed Ryan and Vivian as characters and liked the way they worked together on the case as a policeman and a reporter.

There wasn’t as much Christian con
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Deadly Deceit was a suspenseful read. I was pulled into the story nearly right away and some of the things that happened were crazy! The Watcher was a creepy villain and I found myself trying to figure out who he/she was throughout the book.

The main characters were nice. I liked how Vivian and Ryan's relationship felt authentic and I loved their banter. ;) The ending was really good and left me anticipating the next book.

All in all, this was a great read and I recommend it.

Beth Erin
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Natalie Walters nails her portrayal of a small town with big secrets! Themes of community, loyalty, and friendship keep this action-filled romantic suspense well within the boundaries of my tolerance of all things scary.

Vivian continues her pursuit of a simpler life in this second installment of the Harbored Secrets series. Her true nature, hopes, and insecurities are revealed as the layers of her often prickly personality are gradually pushed aside. Hometown
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Deadly Deceit by Natalie Walters is a thrilling contemporary Christian suspense. It is the second book in the Harbored Secrets series but can be read as a stand-alone.
Everyone has a past, we cannot change it but neither must we let it rule us. “So tired of hiding the secret… he was chained to his past.” Secrets can be burdensome. They weigh us down. We need to share them and live in the light. But what happens when someone threatens to reveal your secret? Secrets go hand in hand with guilt. We w
I enjoyed this second book in the Harbored Secrets series more than the first. Mainly due to the humor and awesome banter between the characters, and especially between Vivienne and Ryan.

Vivienne was realistic for a journalist - followed leads but when she needed help she knew when to cal for help. Ryan was a great ‘captain America’ - I enjoyed his wittiness though there times he came across as arrogant (which was inconsistent with other descriptions so maybe it was his shield he hid behind due
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
If you enjoy romantic suspense novels, I recommend Natalie Walters. Her series Harbored Secrets is a good one.
Natalie Walters has really brought me around to the suspense genre. I love the small town of Walton, and I really enjoy the friendships portrayed in the Harbored Secrets series. Vivian is a character that I wasn't too sure about at first, but just like everyone, she had a lot going on behind the unforgiving reporter facade. Walters really hits the sweet spot of character development, mystery, and realism. There's usually a point that I question the intelligence of a character in suspense novels, ...more
Andrea Cox
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Reads. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts.

This story was fascinating. I enjoyed the psychological vibes strung throughout. The pacing was great, as was the setting of small-town Georgia. The journalism angle was well used, though I would have liked to see Vivian working on articles or something even while working on unraveling the mystery for the bigger piece. I thought the journalism was perfe
Jes Drew
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This romantic suspense seemed different from others in its genre; fresh. Of course, the nerdy hero who was lovingly nicknamed Captain America was the best part. But the major crime in this one was exploitation, and what the mysterious Hacker forced the people he had bad footage of to do dwarfed all the other crimes in this book. I loved watching our main characters as they dealt with the baggage from their past and tried to figure out what to do with themselves in the future, all while trying to ...more
Dana Michael
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deadly Deceit

Deadly Deceit is the second book in the Harbored Secrets series. I really enjoyed it. I feel like I enjoyed this book more than the first one. I loved the hero and the heroine. The romance is so sweet and the kisses even sweeter.I enjoyed all of the characters and Frankie is a favorite with her sassy banter with her brother Ryan. There is mystery, suspense and nail biting action. The story line is original and it kept me turning the pages. I can't wait for book three.
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
Thank you for bringing me back to Walton, Georgia! I fell in love with this cute small town in book one, and couldn’t wait to get back. But even more than the setting, Walters has again brought fantastic characters to the lineup as well as a suspenseful storyline. Let’s break it down.

The romance - nerd romance anyone? I feel like that’s what Vivian and Ryan had and you know what? I’m totally okay with that. Their relationship was just sweet, sincere and kind of easy (okay maybe not easy all the
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another fantastic book from Walters! This one was full of intrigue, suspense, and romance.

The crimes in this book were especially interesting because they were kind of a mix of old school and cyber crime. The plot kept me interested the whole time and I wasn't able to figure out the bad guy.

I did get a little bigger down by some of the Capitan America and Star Wars references, but that is good news for fans if those. They will probably love those references.

DeMarco is pretty much your stereotypi
Maureen Timerman
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
This is the second book in this series, and yes, it is as good as the first, but it can be read alone, previous characters do play a part in this story, but you won’t be lost.
A cyber-crime that is destroying lives, and where will it stop, and who will be next, and who is responsible? Answers are forthcoming, but past hurts have to be dealt with in order to get there.
We are also offered a sweet romance, but will either of these individuals be able to accept what is offered. Also, will they make i
Susan Snodgrass
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
'It didn't matter how much she dressed up on the wasn't enough. She wasn't enough.'

I thought Natalie Walters' debut novel was good. But she has done an even better job this time around! Seriously, this book is just good. Walters takes us back to Walton, Georgia, and we get to meet up with Deputy Ryan Frost again. The same Deputy Frost who was so geeky in book one. BUT...Ryan has changed. He is a rather swoon worthy hero this go round. And Vivian is so very likeable now. And the ban
Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
I knew I was going to love this book when I found out who it was going to be about!
I really wanted to see how the author was going to write Vivian's redemption arc, since she was a piece of work in book 1.

I loved the chemistry between Vivian and Ryan. The more geeky they got, the more I loved them. (YES to all the superhero references!)
Their romance was on the quicker side, but they fit so well together it worked. They opened up to each other quickly, and they became friends. They just worked we
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Deadly Deceit combines romance with solid investigation as a detective and a reporter work together to uncover the work of a deadly blackmailer.

Vivian found a second chance in Walton. Fired from her last position for refusing to release harming details in her article, the kind-hearted Harold offered her a position at his newspaper. But when Harold dies with his last words to Vivian to find the details on a big story, she knows she must uncover what he was talking about. Ryan Frost has returned
Erin Laramore
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When it comes to romantic suspense, Natalie Walters is now one of my absolute "go to" authors. This one is book 2 in the Harbored Secrets series, but can definitely be read as a stand-alone. You see the characters from book 1 in this one (and it's good to see how they are doing!), but you won't miss out on anything if you start with this one. This book follows Vivian DeMarco, a reporter who has found herself in the small town of Walton, Georgia. When she gets a call to her boss's house to get th ...more
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once again Natalie Walters has left me so gobsmacked I'm tongue-tied! What an incredible, deeply satisfying and intriguing romantic suspense!

The author takes us back to Walton, Georgia and I absolutely love the small-town drama and mirth that brings a special light to some seriously sinister darkness. While Deadly Deceit reads totally fine as a standalone novel, fans of Walters' debut, Living Lies, will be thrilled to catch up with Charlie and Lane in this one. Along with some much loved seconda
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I so loved Vivian and Ryan in Deadly Deceit. I enjoyed their lighthearted banter and their relationship all the way through the book as they worked together to find someone called the Watcher. I wanted to pace myself with this book because I knew I would want book 3 in the Harbored Secrets series. However, both the romantic relationship and the plot kept me turning pages. I didn't have it all figured out and it kept me guessing until close to the end. I enjoyed all of the characters and getting ...more
Fiction Aficionado
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Natalie Walters has delivered another intriguing romantic suspense story, with journalist Vivian DeMarco and Deputy Ryan Frost seeking to uncover the identity of The Watcher—a highly tech-savvy blackmailer who is targeting and setting up his blackmail victims. But what does that have to do with the death of Vivian’s boss, Harold Kennedy? And what’s the common link between the other victims? It’s a knotty problem to unravel and definitely kept me reading, but I couldn’t help feeling this story wa ...more
Suzie Waltner
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
A report, a hint of a story, an unexpected death (within the first pages), and blackmail are all pieces to the puzzle that is Natalie Walters’s sophomore release.

Deadly Deceit returns readers to Walton, Georgia with a couple of crimes, plenty of twists and turns, and some lively banter between Vivian and Ryan. Plus, the added bonus of these two characters from book 1 of the Harbored Secrets series in the spotlight.

Walters balances the suspense and romance (rife with superhero references, compari
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don’t even know where to start with this review. How about the bottom line first? Go. Buy. This. Book. I loved it! I was sucked in from page one and I did not want this story to end! I loved everything about it! There’s humor - the scene involving a “monster” had me laughing out loud - great banter, great characters, a murder mystery that totally kept me guessing, a wonderful romance, and some fun references to super heroes- namely Captain America.

I absolutely loved Vivian and Ryan! Their bant
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book since both the heroine and the hero didn’t make the best impression in book one. But my worry was unfounded and the author brilliantly turned them around!
Ryan was a bit of a gangly nerd but in a Captain America-esque move, months of intensive training from the FBI made him a strong gangly nerd. After Living Lies I wasn’t sure he’d be believable hero but he kept his charming personality while adding the capability of coming to the rescue that really mad
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reads-2019
Wow, what an exciting book! This mystery was really good and kept me guessing. I loved all the Marvel references, they made for a fun added bonus to the story. I also enjoyed getting to know Frannie better. I would love to see her story!! Looking forward to book three!!

I received this book from the author and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
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