author: Sarah Peis
published: 28 July 2022
genre(s): romance, suspense
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Not all villains deserve redemption.
When Everleigh Bennet’s brother disappears without a trace in the wilderness of Guyana, she sets off on a trip to bring him back home. But instead of finding answers, she gets caught up with the local cartel.
Out of options and time, she finds solace in the most unlikely of places.
Lucius Costa never thought he’d be capable of betraying his team. But to save his daughter, he became the very thing he’d always despised: a traitor. Cast out, he takes on an impossible mission that leads him back onto a dark path he thought he’d never walk again.
But when shy Everleigh bursts into his life, he knows in order to save her, he’ll risk it all. Even if it means missing his one chance at redemption.
Deception is the second book in the Locked Security series, a romantic suspense series. In this book, Everleigh is searching for her missing brother in the jungles of Guyana. But things quickly go awry when she is captured by the local cartel and held.
The book had the bones for a great story with lots of twists and turns, intrigue, and suspense. But the romance element of it just didn’t do it for me. It was very much a Stockholm Syndrome trope, in which Everleigh falls for one of her captors, Lucius. No, he’s not completely the bad guy he seems, but the trope still feels cringey to me. And the trope was found in more than in just the romance but in other relationships, too.
Cringe elements take me right out of a story, which is unfortunate as the rest of it was well crafted.