Deception & Consequences

Romance - Suspense
472 Pages
Reviewed on 05/23/2024
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Author Biography

Marcy Bialeschki is a central Illinois native whose most recent writing adventure is a four-book romance-suspense fiction series titled The Vengeance Series.
Marcy is a retired high school English teacher and avid writer. Over her 36-year career in education, she has taught everything from 7th grade language arts to high school AP classes and college writing courses. She also spent several years working as a school counselor, but of all her teaching positions, teaching writing was her favorite.
During Covid, Marcy enhanced her writing resume by working as a staff writer for Otter Public Relations. During this time, she wrote dozens of promotional online articles for influencers, authors, musicians, public figures, and more. The bulk of her work in this arena can be found in the online publication Mentors Collective. Additionally, a short stint working as a ghostwriter for UpWork also created opportunities for Marcy to have her work published in major online magazines.
Marcy met her husband Vince at her first teaching position in Cerro Gordo, Illinois, back in 1988. Marcy and Vince have been married 34 years and have two amazing daughters, Abby and Andrea. They live in rural Cerro Gordo, Illinois.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite

In Marcy Bialeschki's Deception & Consequences, Aria Donaldson enjoys her vacation when she meets the enigmatic Simon Longoria. It is like a dream come true for her. He is charming and handsome, and quickly, they are in a romantic dream filled with steamy sex for two weeks. Little does Aria know that Simon is not what he seems to be. Her connection with Simon is a trap that pulls her into the radar of a dangerous man and his crime family - Deuce Halprin, a man determined to destroy her family at any cost. Attempts are made on Aria’s life, and Simon is behind them. Aria's journey is marked by harrowing encounters, from this fleeting romance with Simon to a dangerous game of cat and mouse orchestrated by Halprin. Along the way, she finds solace and strength in her budding romance with Mac Brunner, whose unwavering support becomes her lifeline in a struggle for survival. But can they beat Deuce Halprin, a man who kills without remorse and who has a powerful network?

Bialeschki's tale explores themes of love, loss, and redemption, drawing readers into a web of deceit that stretches back generations. Scenes like Aria's visit to her dying grandmother, Tess, reveal cryptic premonitions that set Aria on a journey toward self-discovery. Tess's wisdom is a guiding light in Aria's darkest moments, offering glimpses of a destiny intertwined with fate and family secrets. The tension escalates with each chapter as Aria and Mac race against time to uncover the truth behind Halprin's devious plans. Amid the chaos and deception, there are moments of domestic bliss, and friendly banter provides respite from the turmoil. Scenes like Mac and Aria's romantic evening or Manny's discovery of family secrets are skillfully crafted. Marcy Bialeschki infuses the writing with realism, balancing sparkling dialogues with highly descriptive scenes of strong imagery. Deception & Consequences is a delightful read with complex characters, stellar prose, and robust conflict —a page-turning read brimming with surprises and an equally lovely denouement.

Jennifer Ibiam

Deception & Consequences by Marcy Bialeschki follows a realtor named Aria Donaldson. Aria and her brother, Manny, visited St. Lucia to honor their parents’ memory because that’s where they died. Distracted from the purpose of her visit, Aria fell hard for Simon Longoria when he turned on the charm. He was supposedly a banker, handsome, and everything perfect, but little did she know he wore a mask. Simon worked for a sex trafficking ring headed by Deuce Halprin, who was hell-bent on getting Aria. However, she discovered his obsession went beyond wanting to traffic her. Deuce and the Halprins have a personal vendetta against the Donaldsons in a feud that started one generation before. Aria’s life and everything she loves are on the line, and it gets worse when a third and more dangerous player steps in.

Deception & Consequences by Marcy Bialeschki is the perfect book for lovers of mystery stories. It centers on love, heartbreak, romance, survival, bravery, and sacrifice. It also shows the reader that shiny packages may carry a death warrant. This is a fast-paced novel laced with suspense and intrigue. The twists and turns felt like layers, and I enjoyed the surprises. I loved the plot and character development, even though Aria annoyed me many times. She should have been a little cynical and not so headstrong and trusting, but that’s life. Mac was my favorite character as I felt every emotion he expressed. Manny didn’t deserve such a fate, and I couldn’t believe Veech and Pickett. Wow! I was indifferent about Maria and Simon, but the thought of a Tre and Calysta team gives me the chills. I await the second volume. In the end, our choices can make or mar generations after us.

K.C. Finn

Deception & Consequences is a work of fiction in the romance, suspense, thriller, and interpersonal drama genres. It is more suitable for mature adult readers with strong language and sexual scenes throughout. Penned by author Marcy Bialeschki, this is a gripping tale of romance, danger, and family secrets. Aria Donaldson's vacation romance with Simon Longoria in St. Lucia turns into a nightmare when she becomes entangled with Deuce Halprin, a menacing figure intent on wreaking havoc on her family. As Aria's childhood nightmares start manifesting, she suspects Simon's involvement, plunging her into a world of peril. Amidst the chaos, she finds solace and love in Mac Brunner, but their relationship is tested as they uncover dark family secrets protected by Deuce Halprin.

Author Marcy Bialeschki's thrilling romantic read is filled with twists and turns to keep readers on their toes throughout. Aria's journey from a carefree vacationer to a woman facing life-threatening danger builds with some fantastic pacing and a great command of the different strands of the plot, bringing together her emotional and romantic journeys in between the nightmarish thriller elements. Bialeschki masterfully crafted a suspenseful atmosphere in every aspect, from the moody, tense settings that match the tone of the most harrowing moments to the bold, visceral descriptions of the characters themselves. The chemistry between Aria and Mac is evident in every word of their dialogue. The exploration of family dynamics is equally well-handled with emotional sensitivity and dialogue that allows you to read between the lines without ever being spoon-fed the feelings of the cast. Overall, Deception & Consequences is a captivating read that I would certainly recommend to romance and thriller fans everywhere.

Romuald Dzemo

Deception & Consequences by Marcy Bialeschki is a tale of intrigue, danger, and romance. Aria Donaldson's seemingly idyllic vacation in St. Lucia quickly becomes a nightmare when she meets Simon Longoria, whose charm masks a sinister connection to Deuce Halprin, a man bent on destroying her family. As Aria struggles with the haunting memories of a prophetic dream from her childhood, she finds herself in a dangerous situation that forces her to confront hidden family secrets and navigate a web of deception. The story opens with a disturbing encounter between Aria and her dying grandmother, Tess. Tess's cryptic yet urgent revelations about their shared prophetic dreams create a foreboding atmosphere that permeates the entire narrative. This young woman must unravel family secrets while figuring out how to stay alive.

The whirlwind romance between Simon and Aria is wonderfully crafted. The author does a great job of transforming Simon into a mysterious character, one who frightens Aria. The juxtaposition of her passionate yet doomed affair and current predicament highlights her flawed nature and makes readers sympathize with her. The tension builds up as deeper layers of deceit are uncovered and vicious characters like Halprin are developed. Marcy Bialeschki has a knack for crafting characters that are multidimensional and captivating. The scenes are focused and imbued with tension. Readers will read with bated breath about Aria’s escape from Simon’s unreliable associate, hired to kill her. The connection between Deputy Mac Brunner and Aria will also interest readers as they follow the story to the pulsating climax. Deception & Consequences is a breathtaking romance seasoned with family secrets, drama, and intrigue. It is well-plotted and delivered with flair and beauty. From the gorgeous writing to the exceptionally well-written characters, this novel packs an emotional punch.

Divine Zape

Deception & Consequences by Marcy Bialeschki is a gripping exploration of crime, betrayal, and hidden family secrets, a tale of romance with the potential to entertain fans of crime fiction. Against the backdrop of the stunning beaches of St. Lucia, readers are drawn into Aria Donaldson's world. This world transforms from a dreamy vacation romance into a chilling battle against dark forces set on destroying everything she holds dear. The story starts with Aria's encounter with the charismatic Simon Longoria, a man whose charm hides a sinister agenda. Aria does not expect her fleeting romance with Simon to entangle her in a web of lies spun by the enigmatic Deuce Halprin, a figure with a shadowy past and a vendetta against her family. The transformation of Simon from a passionate lover to a foe is a shocking twist that propels Aria into a dangerous game of cat and mouse. With Mac, her new love interest and possible soulmate, she must uncover the secrets in her family and disarm the wicked Deuce Halprin. Does she have enough fight in her?

Deception & Consequences's strength lies in its well-crafted characters, from the resilient Aria to the steadfast Mac Brunner, whose burgeoning affection for her only leads to greater danger. And then there's Deuce Halprin, the epitome of villainy—a master manipulator who will stop at nothing to protect his dark secrets. His portrayal is convincing, from his viciousness to his involvement in a sex-trafficking ring. He is the enemy no one wants, a man who kills to protect his family's secrets. The narrative opens with the meeting between Aria and her grandmother which announces difficult days ahead. The author excels at crafting scenes imbued with premonition and does a beautiful job of writing strong motivation into the characters. For Aria, it is the quest for the truth and the will to stay alive; for Halprin, everything is about keeping his family's secrets. Marcy Bialeschki writes sophisticated characters, creates conflict that moves the story forward, and infuses the writing with tension. The key characters are pulled to breaking point. I loved that the moments of tense encounters are balanced by realistic dialogue and camaraderie.

Christian Sia

Deception & Consequences by Marcy Bialeschki is not your run-of-the-mill romance but a tale that explores crime, betrayal, and family secrets. Set against a picturesque background in St. Lucia, the story follows Aria Donaldson's journey from a carefree vacation romance to a harrowing battle against sinister forces determined to destroy her family. The narrative begins with Aria's encounter with Simon Longoria, a charming stranger whose allure hides a darker agenda. Little does Aria know that this fleeting romance will entangle her in a web of deceit orchestrated by the enigmatic Deuce Halprin, a man with a sinister reputation and a deep-seated vendetta against her family. She doesn’t know that the man who awoke her sexual urges will become the enemy who hires someone to assassinate her. As Aria's idyllic vacation takes a dark turn, she finds herself embroiled in a dangerous game of cat and mouse, where the stakes are life and death.

The characters are rock solid from Aria to Mac Brunner, whose growing affection for Aria leads to more danger, to Deuce Halprin, a master at convincing people crime is the way to get what they want in the world. The characters come to life in this intriguing tale of romance. Deuce Halprin is so well-written that readers will loathe everything about him. He is vicious, the leader of a sex-trafficking ring, and kills to protect his family’s secret. Tess, Aria's dying grandmother, is a wise mentor figure, imparting cryptic premonitions that set the stage for Aria's journey of self-discovery. Manny, Aria's protective brother, is another likable character, while characters like Kellen and Officer Pickett provide a sense of camaraderie and support. Marcy Bialeschki plots like a pro, creating a sense of urgency and impending danger in each chapter as Aria and Mac race against time to uncover the truth behind Deuce Halprin's sinister machinations. From heart-pounding chase scenes to intense confrontations, the narrative grows in tension until the climax. Deception & Consequences is written in exquisite prose, featuring extraordinary characters and a conflict that steers the story in unexpected directions and contains excellent doses of family drama and intrigue.

Tammy Corwin

When I first signed Marcy B to Words Matter Publishing, I knew she was the best first-time author I had ever encountered.
Marcy‘s ability to craft complex stories into a stay-up-all-night read was mind-blowing. The back stories, the subplots, the ability to shift into flashbacks, then right back into the present, was astounding for a first-time author!
Marcy crafts her stories in small towns to boost local businesses which is a cause she is very passionate about because she is a small town girl with a big dream!
Start today making Marcy one of your go to reads. Get in on the beginning of her journey and buckle up it’s going to be a wild ride!


Be prepared for some suspense and thrill. Once I picked it up it was hard to put it down. I can not wait for the rest of the series!! If you like Drama, Romance, and Suspense this is your book. Be sure to pick it up when you a have a lot of down time because you won’t want to put it down.


May 24, 2024
Deception & Consequences is a “ keep you on the edge of your seat” book. MarcyB grabs your attention and keeps it. Her characters are so real and brought to life that we are pulled into their lives. Deception & Consequences has many twists and turns with a shocking aftermath that you didn’t see coming. Sitting on pins and needles waiting for the second book!!!

Kim Nein

May 19, 2024
Excellent book. Looking forward to the next book in this series. Very interesting and suspenseful. Couldn’t put this book down.

Abby Helm

May 20, 2024
Great book! Loved it.