Romance - Sizzle
289 Pages
Reviewed on 08/27/2020
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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Deception by Victoria Saccenti is a well-written sizzling romance and has great potential to entice readers. Joe is a marine who, while serving in Afghanistan, loses one of his friends, thanks to a letter from home. That letter drove his buddy to commit suicide. Now back home, he lives his normal life, and one day he goes out to a bar with Dan, one of his friends, and stumbles upon the woman who sent the letter that made his fellow comrade commit suicide. While he is irresistibly attracted to Hunter, his desire for revenge is so strong that he devises a plan to make her pay for what happened to his friend. At least, that is what he thinks, but can his plan for revenge be executed, or are they headed on a completely different route? The outcome will blow the reader’s mind.

Victoria Saccenti is a terrific writer. That is an understatement! Her romance has a powerful premise and I was blown away by how she uses that premise to build a story that is both fascinating and gripping. Her gift for character is exemplified in this novel. Joe is a wounded man, a character who carries painful memories of war, and meeting the woman who is the root cause of one of his biggest losses creates a situation of conflict that is at the heart of the narrative. Saccenti keeps the characters and situations as real as they can be. The story has twists that I never saw coming. The prose is gorgeous and it is filled with images that are strong. The way the author explores the emotions of the characters had me flipping the pages. Deception is a page-turner and a novel that fans of romance won’t put down.

Gobi Jane

Deception by Victoria Saccenti is a most suitable read for fans of sizzling romance. Meet Joe, a marine who, while serving in Afghanistan, loses a fellow fighter to suicide. His teammate commits suicide because of a letter from home. Joe takes it very badly. When he returns home, he visits a bar with Dan, his buddy, and discovers the woman who sent the letter. She is Hunter. His desire to avenge his teammate is so strong that he creates a plan for revenge: seduce Hunter and then dump her. But what he doesn’t know is that he is going to be the one who won’t want to be dumped.

This is a novel with a strong premise and the reader can easily understand why Joe lays the blame for his mate’s suicide on Hunter. But as the story progresses and he begins to implement his plan for revenge, he starts getting new revelations. I liked the idea behind the story and the twist in the plot. Imagine going after someone for revenge then finding yourself falling head over heels for them. Victoria Saccenti captures strong emotions in the writing and I adored her characters. They feel like people I have met in real life. The emotional pulse of the story is strong, the plot well-imagined, and the writing gorgeous. There is suspense in the story and it compelled me to keep on turning the pages. From the moment I knew what Joe wanted, I was keen on seeing what would become of his plan. Deception is a great title for anyone who enjoys romance and who loves characters that are real.

Rabia Tanveer

Deception by Victoria Saccenti is the story of love between two people who weren’t expecting it. Joe had vengeance on his mind when he met Hunter. She looked sweet, charming, and obedient, but he knew that was all a façade. Joe was positive that she was responsible for the death of one of his brothers in arms when they were both serving in the military. Angry and wanting revenge, nothing would stop Joe until he got what he needed. Meeting her at a bar turned out to be the best thing for him. But the more time he spent with her, the more he started to fall under her spell. She was everything he needed in a partner and it seemed like she thought the same. But he was on a mission: to make her fall in love with him and then break her heart. At this rate, he could be the one to end up with a broken heart. What will Joe do?

The protagonist wasn’t a random Joe. This Joe was smart, he had a plan from the beginning and he knew how he was going to get what he wanted. However, he was not expecting Hunter to be like she was. He was expecting a conniving woman who only went after what she wanted, but she looked up to him and that turned out to be the turning point for them. The chemistry between the two protagonists is off the charts. It is hot and they sizzle with tension on the pages when they appear together. I loved the intensity of the dialogues, I also loved how they complemented each other and drew readers in with their complexity. Deception by Victoria Saccenti is the perfect novel for readers that enjoy steamy romance with a solid plot.