Deception by Design

Romance - Suspense
298 Pages
Reviewed on 09/29/2013
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Author Biography

Trish Beaudet has been an Interior Designer for over twelve years. Having a passion and flair for design, she decided to pursue that passion and opened her own Interior Design business in 2001.
In 2008, Trish was chosen out of over 10,000 applicants to appear on HGTV’S Design Star; a reality based competition where nine interior designers vie for their own show on HGTV. Praised highly for her on camera ability and natural hosting skills, Trish found herself placing third in the highly competitive competition. Being a part of the show not only solidified her passion for design, it also made Trish realize how much she enjoyed the television production process and with her natural on camera abilities, could pursue a career as a host for design television.
Since the show, Trish was asked by a local TV station to develop a concept for a five episode design show. Trish developed the Refined Design series that showcased the renovation process of a 10,000 sq ft home which aired locally in Michigan in 2010. Trish acted as one of the producers, writers, head designer, as well as the host.
Trish has worked on several projects with, appearing on seasons 3-5 of Homestretch. Trish has also utilized her talents as a host for ten sheknows how-to videos.
In August 2013, taking her creative side to another level, Trish became a first time fiction author. Her newly released Suspenseful Erotic Romance, titled Deception By Design is currently available on

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

In the suspenseful romance novel Deception by Design, Isabella Hughes is a successful interior designer and owns a firm in Manhattan. A farm girl who hailed from Ohio, her past is left behind as she becomes a successful businesswoman with a great career and a dreamlike marriage. But some good things never last. Her husband, Grayson, becomes unhappy with his inability to match up with her success. Then, there is also a matter of personal issues from her past that never quite disappear from her life. When she receives a grand design project from an important client, Isabella sees it as rewarding but unfamiliar ground. When a new project manager, Julian Groissaint, comes aboard, her life starts to spiral more out of control.

I absolutely love the premise and Trish Beaudet is able to deliver a story that engages readers emotionally in an instant. The catalyst for Isabella and Grayson’s marriage woes is a familiar situation that I believe many readers can relate to. The multi-layered plot is one of the best I have read so far; unpredictable and full with suspense. Not all writers can master characterization that easily, but Beaudet really nailed it with hers. Despite her many flaws, I found myself rooting for Isabella again and again, hoping that she could overcome her personal demons and the obstacles that she has to face. Coupled with the sensuality of the story, it is hard not to fall in love with Deception by Design. As such, romance fans should not miss this.

Jean Hall

From her humble beginnings on a rural farm in Ohio, Isabella Hughes has created a glamorous life for herself in downtown Manhattan. As the owner of an upscale interior design firm, she has carefully and successfully climbed her way to the top. Unbeknownst to Isabella, danger is waiting in the wings and threatens to destroy everything she has built. In Deception By Design, Trish Beaudet shows us the life of beautiful Isabella Hughes as she makes shrewd controlling decision in the boardroom, and lets all her inhibitions go in the bedroom. Her dashing husband Grayson seems to support her, but he is consumed with insecurity. Grayson is an artist who has never lived up to his famous mother's reputation in the art world. Grayson turns cold and callous as Isabella is awarded a design project of her dreams. With their marriage on the rocks, she begins to rely on her new business manager Julian Grossaint more then she should. Julian presence calms her. He seems to know her every thought and feeling, but his infatuation with her borders on obsessive. With Grayson's odd behavior threatening Isabella picture perfect life, she hangs on, trying to salvage their marriage and her sanity.

Isabella is seen as a self-sacrificing angel, a loving and forgiving wife, a sexually satisfying partner, and an astute businesswoman. The story offers some good twists when the reader isn't sure what is fantasy and what is reality, as Isabella tries to discover where the danger lies and who she can trust. She is lost in a fog of manipulation and the reader is drawn into rooting for her as she tries to emerge back to reality. In Deception By Design, Trish Beaudet shows us her heroine's high-flying and sexually charged life in the Big Apple. The mystery and deception will be revealed in the author's next book called Night Minds...

Melinda Hills

Isabella Hughes had it all - a fabulous husband, an increasingly successful business, and trusted friends - or at least she thought she did. Deception by Design by Trish Beaudet follows Isabella's journey along the rocky road of a faltering relationship that creates more issues than she can handle. Finding that she can't reconcile what she thinks she wants with what she thought she had, Isabella struggles with the question of 'doing the right thing' and second guessing the choices she has made. She learns that you can’t please everyone and that you have to be careful who you hurt. In spite of the meteoric rise of her design company, Isabella becomes increasingly torn and insecure with her personal life as the people she trusts most begin to treat her harshly, resulting in severe emotional distress. Can she be rescued from her dilemma or does her world truly get turned upside down?

In an excellent, suspenseful story, Trish Beaudet skillfully tells about the effects of psychological pressure that lead to self-doubt and hard choices. Deception by Design follows Isabella Hughes, a woman who seems to have everything, as she falls into a spiral of doubt and withdrawal through manipulation by the key players in her life. With excellent character portrayals, plenty of interesting details, and wonderful descriptions of a high-quality interior design firm, Beaudet draws the reader into the depths of Isabella’s thoughts, fears, and insecurities. From amazing highs to crashing lows, Isabella experiences a wide range of emotions as she confronts tremendous success and heart-breaking disappointment and despair. This is a must-read psychological thriller!