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4.17  ·  Rating details ·  90 ratings  ·  56 reviews
When a tragic car accident thrusts Brooke into the ownership of her parents' winery, deceit and lies become her near-constant companion, making an already stressful transition even more unbearable.

And while Matt, the ever-loyal yet disturbingly possessive accountant is all too eager to help Brooke manage every aspect, including herself, she can’t help but feel something ev
Kindle Edition, 234 pages
Published July 24th 2019 by Amazon Digital Services
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Kathleen Bradbury (Bulfon)
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This author always delivers gripping suspense, fantastic chemistry and well developed characters that are interesting and engaging. The characters are developed and easy to like. The plot was interesting and not one I have come across before. The book is really well written with great main and supporting characters. The book is packed with chemistry, suspense, hot-headed individuals and fantastic surprises! This Author did another fantastic job with this book and I would highly recommend this to ...more
Sally Mieske
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I will admit, this is my first book by this author! I loved everything about Deceived!The characters are well developed and it’s refreshing to read a plot that I’ve never read before.

Although she would rather be making the wine, Brooke has always known she would be running her parents winery someday. After a tragic accident that claims the life of her parents, that day is here. Matt the creeper, the winery’s accountant, can’t take “NO” for answer, and is out to win her love. Until the day Decla
KL Cassanello
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When Brooke's parents are killed in a car accident, she's left to run the winery. Matt has worked there forever, and feels like he is part of the family, so he's a tad upset that he gets nothing but a job recommendation when the will is read. He wants more than friendship from her - much more - but she's not interested in him that way. Another local winery (the guy who makes crappy wine) wants to buy Brooke out. She meets Declan, and the attraction between them is immediate. He reveals is involv ...more
Emma (Emlovesreading)
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m not particularly a fan of books told in the 3rd person however I really enjoyed this book. It’s not your average romance novel because there’s an element of suspense which I wasn’t expecting but actually really liked. The characters are interesting and I really liked Declan, a reform playboy as well as Brooke, who is really kindhearted but naive young woman and add in Matt and you’ve got yourself a really well written story. If your looking for something a little different then this story is ...more
C Gray
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brooke has just lost her parents an inherited there winery. She had always planned on working there and one day running it but only after she had years to learn everything from her father. Now she is forced into not only being nice but trusting the one man she can’t stand. When she starts suspecting something is wrong she meets a man that she is instantly drawn too and this is a first for her. Will Brooke be able to let her past go and trust him or will she allow someone to fill her with doubts? ...more
Wendy Livingstone
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a new author to me, and I will certainly be looking out for her work in the future. Brooke, Declan, and Matt, what complex characters!! One is obsessed, antagonistic and crazy, and the others have trust issues, with intense chemistry, and many obstacles along their paths to overcome. This is a well written story which is thrilling, action packed, engaging, romantic, and with twists and suspense, which all lead to an intriguing and interesting read. I recommend for all readers.
Heather W
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great first story in the Dare to Risk series. The storyline is excellent and the book flows nicely. The characters are well developed and there is a lot of suspense and intrigue.

Who can Brooke trust - the man she just met or the man she has known since grade school?

I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Teresa Reitnauer
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read from this author, and I plan to read more. The storyline was well-written, full of intrigue and romance. The characters were well-developed. Declan and Brooke have trust issues from past romances and the issues run over into their business dealings. They are both strong and fight for what they want.
Debra Richardson
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Superbly written, well developed consistent plot, twists and turns, ups and downs, suspense, likeable characters with instant and hot chemistry between them, deceit, and embezzlement make this book a masterpiece and one not to miss. This is a must read!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The storyline was well written, the plot flowed smoothly from page to page and the characters were written with such great detail and depth that hooked me right from the very beginning! This story had a little bit of everything, twists and turns and chemistry between the characters that was off the charts which kept me totally engaged until the very last page!
Tabatha N
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love this book. Cany wait to read the next book in the series.
Laura Johnston
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! So much happened to Declan and Brooke it's a wonder they ever got together. It was good reading a guy chasing a girl so hard it makes you believe anything is possible. The characters are well written and awesome. One of the best suspence romance I've read in a while.
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To say that this was an excellent story is putting it extremely mildly. I could not get enough of it and actually rather sad when it ended. It is definitely a keeper. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book in exchange for a free copy.
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved Brooke & Declan's story. Great characters. This was a new author & loved her writing. I'm voluntarily leaving an honest review for a free copy of the book via booksprout. ...more
Mawgan Dipple
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-reads

I loved this suspense romance, it kept you on you toes. Brooke has trust issues, but ends up giving the trust to the wrong people, even knowing it to be wrong. As for declan, has goals and fears are held back by his family but his perseverance with the woman he loves turns his life in a new direction. This is a three way story, telling who is the bad guy and the girl doesn't know who to believe. Great read.
Merry Jelks-Emmanuel
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For Brooke this is a trial by fire. Declan the man she is in love with has been arrested and he claims that he was framed. She has lost her parents and is thrown into the family too soon. One man she trust and one she can't stand. When the truth comes out who will she stand with? This romantic suspense will catch you off guard with the story and its characters.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Deborah Cantillo
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am amazed at all the twists and turns in this romantic suspense book. The author did a great job of creating her characters: the heroine Brooke, the hero DeClan and the crazy antagonist Matt. Both the hero and heroine have their share of trust issues with each other while trying to form a relationship, not to mention dealing with their jobs, a recent tradgedy for the heroine and all the evil plans of the crazy bad guy, Matt. With each new development in the book comes the twist and turns cunni ...more
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really well written. Just the right amount of suspense and romance mixed perfectly together.
Debby M
Jul 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Sep 23, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the first book I have read from this author and it was provided by Hidden Gems in exchange for an honest review. From the description, I was expecting a bit more suspense and action, but I felt a bit let down by how the story unfolded. This is the story of Brooke, who having recently lost her parents, and is therefore trying to keep the family winery. From the beginning of the story, you meet Matt, who has been in her life since childhood, and now acts as the business manager of the wine ...more
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Who can you trust? Brooke knew that one day she would take over her family’s winery and learn everything she needed to know from her father but unfortunately fate had other plans. Now she is dependent upon the man controlling the finances, Matt, who gives her a bad vibe. Declan has been working for his family’s business with aspirations of one day heading up the entire company. However, he has to convince his father that he is a better man than his brother for the position. When Brooke and Decla ...more
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is book one in the Dare to Risk series. I enjoyed meeting Brooke and moving through her story with her. Brooke has pictured herself working for her families winery, maybe even running it one day but she never expected it would be after her parents pass suddenly and she has not had nearly enough time to learn everything involved. Brooke has two men that are trying to influence her, the accountant (Matt)that she is not she should trust him completely and then there is the landlord (Declan). B ...more
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Who has been Deceived and who is doing the Deceiving............Sometimes you just can't tell!

Deceived is the first book that I have read by Danielle Pays so I was not sure what to expect. But the description looked interesting so I thought I would take a chance on discovering a new author. I was really surprised at just how well she has written a well thought out story with nicely developed characters and fast pace. It mixes suspense, romance, mystery, intrigue, and a whole bunch of sizzling se
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's love at first sight for Brooke & Declan but they really don't know who the other is. When they do it's on for young & old. Add in a weirdo & obsessed accountant Matt & it turns out to be a comedy of errors for this couple. While Matt plods along he does his best to intimidate the playboy Declan. Poor guy finally finds a decent girl & everything is blowing up in his face! So who really is the one who has it in for Brooke? There's a few with ulterior motives all wanting to get their hands on ...more
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
The author was new to me, but I was pleasantly surprised. She can create a world that I am totally engrossed in by her words and situations she presents on paper. The characters were amazing with real, relatable pasts. The plots were attention-getting because you feel for the men, hope the woman makes the right choice, and what an ending! The suspense was on target as well. It was a tale of twists and turns that will leave you on the edge of your seat. The way she does the three people point of ...more
Gwen Shafer
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read from this author. It was given to me as a gift. I absolutely loved this one. It was interesting, had some suspense in it, intriguing and some romance. It hits and grips you right from the start. Brooke now has to run the family business. Unfortunately she doesn't know the accounting side of the family business. But Matt the person who does she believes she can trust. Little does she know she will soon learn that she will not know who to trust. I loved the story ...more
Jessica G
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this story of Declan and Brooke. Declan has been burned in the past and when he finds out that Brooke is the owner of the winery he is trying to evict, he has already been on a date with her and has feelings. Thanks to the deceiving Matt who has always been burning a candle for Brooke, he doesn't get the chance to tell her himself before she finds out. This causes a bit of back and forth throughout the book where he doesn't tell her a few things up front, things that are understan ...more
Christine Woinich
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story a lot. Brooke was a bit naïve but a strong determined-to-succeed woman. Her past colored how she viewed men, but her heart allowed her to see beyond to the right person. Declan was a man trying to prove himself yet he had a morale compass that he followed. Despite the ups and downs of their relationship, these two made a wonderful couple, and I loved them. I look forward to the next story in this series.

I received a copy of this story through Enticing Journey Book Promotions
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Danielle Pays writes steamy romance novels with a touch of suspense. When not trying to write her characters into some kind of trouble, she can be found guzzling coffee at her kids’ soccer games. Black coffee is a requirement as she lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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