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Dangerous Deceptions [Hardcover]

Lynn Kerstan
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: San Val (Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141771445X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1417714452
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved this one!!! 25 Sep 2005
By M. Gibbons VINE VOICE
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He's a wastrel and a rogue. Lord Dering is the outcast of his family, stripped of his inheritance but not his title. Jarrett refused his father's demand to marry a woman who claimed she carried his child. So now he makes his living playing games for money and women. Who would have thought that he was the perfect man for a mission, but those are just the requirements the mysterious group known as the Black Phoenix needs.
Kate Falshaw is running from a scandalous past. Being a high-tempered actress makes her the perfect candidate to help the Black Phoenix infiltrate the exclusive club known as Paradise. Keeping the men at bay is easy for Kate until her fellow spy comes on the scene with a plan to have a fiery affair to cover up their real purpose for being there. And according to Jarrett in order to be believable, they need to be doing exactly what they say they are. What Kate didn't expect was to find love and understanding in the arms of such a rake.
Jarrett and Kate embark on a dangerous journey to unearth the evidence needed to shut down Paradise that will not only test their mental and physical strength, but the trust that they must give to each other in order to survive. The closer they get to the truth and uncovering a major scandal, the further they fall in love. But when the danger is over and the villains are caught, will Kate and Jarrett be able to explore the love they found while in Paradise or will their ugly pasts prevent them from being happy?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exquisitely Suspenseful 1 Nov 2004
By M. Rondeau - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
YOU ARE SUMMONED.....three words that would be forever imprinted on the mind of Jarrett, Lord Dering. Disowned years ago by his father, Jarrett lived a life that most of the ton described as near dissolute. He lived by his wits and gambling, courting the very elusive Lady Luck. With this mysterious summons he would be compelled to enter into a game more dangerous than anything he'd ever encountered before along with a female associate that was immune to his undeniable charms.

Kate Falshaw, was also summoned, to play a part in the machinations of a secret band of fellows that was dedicated to righting the wrongs of privileged nobles in the highest circles of Regency society. As both Jarrett and Kate work together to infiltrate and bring down the dark underbelly that operated in Paradise, Kate's distrust and antagonism towards the reputed rake began to lessen as she discovered the hidden man beneath the façade, treasuring whatever memories she could to take away with her when the job was done --- before he ever discovered the dark secrets she harbored from her past.

This was an amazing story and first installment on a wonderful new trilogy by the award-wining author Lynn Kerstan. The two very unusual protagonist's were remarkably well matched with individually complex backgrounds that sent them both on journey's of self discovery as they came to understand and help one another unravel and come to terms with their past lifes mistakes and embrace the passion that simmered beneath. Along with a plethora of well defined secondary characters and an intricate plot line, this book will keep the reader flipping pages far into the night and waiting in anticipation for the next installments in this new and promising action packed trilogy. BOTTOM LINE - This exquisitely suspenseful, action packed, and exciting tale should not be missed by fans of this mistress of exotic romance. --- Marilyn Rondeau, for [...] ---
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lynn Kerstan never disappoints 4 Nov 2004
By Author, Author! - Published on Amazon.com
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"You are summoned, for your failures, your guilt, and your debts, to undertake a mission that will test your every claim to character and courage." So begins Lord Dering's association with the secretive Black Phoenix organization that seeks to right wrongs in Regency England. Taking up the challenge, Lord Dering visits Paradise, a remote resort that caters to dissolute men and promises to fulfill their every desire...for a price. Once there, Lord Dering is assisted by a beautiful actress with her own secret past as they work together to uncover the dark secrets behind Paradise. Lynn Kerstan takes the conventional tropes of Regency England and combines them in new and unexpected ways using fascinating characters to create a story that is by turns exciting, sexy, suspenseful, and even humorous. This wonderful read is the first of a trilogy that promises to be a keeper. Don't miss it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an absorbing read 23 Jan 2006
By tregatt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Yet another time I did things backwards! Instead of reading this series in order, I read "Dangerous Passions" first, and felt a little at sea at times, then read "Dangerous Deception" many, many months later. And while it is not strictly necessary to read the books in order, I'd recommend it anyway because certain plot points like who the Black Phoenix are and what their agenda is, is explained a lot more clearly and succinctly in "Dangerous Deceptions." (And this really would have made "Dangerous Passions" a much more relaxing read). On the other hand, I have to own to finding "Dangerous Deceptions" to be the better book -- somehow the plot, intrigue and danger all gelled a lot more in this book than in the subsequent one.

Jarrett, Lord Derring, has lived on his wits (gambling) and on the fringes of London society ever since he became estranged from his family. Jaded and cynical, the last thing he ever expected was to become involved in a selfless quest that could cost him his life. But when a secret organisation "invites" him to help them in a mission, he suddenly finds himself in the middle of an adventure -- to enter the dark, secret and exclusive grounds of Paradise (an exclusive concern that caters to the depraved and jaded tastes of the ton) and to discover who is behind a series of murders and put a stop to it. Surrounded by danger, his only ally being the beautiful but secretive actress, Kate, Jarrett has only a week to accomplish his mission. Will he be able to do it? Or will his unexpected protective feelings for Kate jeopardise all?

In spite of the fact that "Dangerous Deceptions" was a very compelling read that had me glued to the pages, I did think that not enough time was spent on showing us how Jarrett and Kate came to fall in love with each other. I thought that the author did a wonderful job of keeping the mission subplot intriguing and tense; and I rather liked how she "fleshed" out Jarrett's character -- allowing him to develop before our eyes from a gambling care-for-naught to a man of intelligence, sensitivity and determination. The only thing that detracted was that one never really bought the notion that Kate and Jarrett had fallen in love with each other. That they admired each other and felt an empathy for each other, came across -- but not the love. Which of course make rating this novel a bit difficult. It's head and shoulders above the second installment, "Dangerous Passions" which I gave 3 1/2 stars to, and it is a good read. So that, in spite of the fact that the romance angle is slightly lacking, I'd still give it a 4 star rating for having provided me with a good afternoon's read.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fine amateur sleuth investigation 27 Oct 2004
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lord Jarrett Dering receives a letter demanding he account for his sins and meet at a chop house. He ignores the invitation, but the author visits Jarrett asking him to go to the exclusive estate Paradise at the bequest of the mysterious Black Phoenix. Though he would prefer to say no, Jarrett agrees to visit this renowned den of iniquity.

In Paradise, actress Gaetana makes Jarrett look silly as well as sexually frustrating him in front of a packed house. Later she wears a mask when she meets him in private to inform him she is his partner. Jarrett tells her he knows from her smell that she is Gaetana, but calls her Kate from the Taming of the Shrew. As they work undercover (figuratively and literally) together to expose Carrington and he makes public displays of his sexual power over her, they fall in love. However, Carrington and his minion have killed before and will do again if they strip bare either identity.

The strong lead characters must put on a sexual pretense in public, but fall in love in private. Thus, readers will take delight with this fine amateur sleuth investigation in which the hero fakes abuse of the heroine to gain access to the inner secrets of Paradise. Though the last forty or so pages occur after the good guys win seemingly too easily and come across as two padded unnecessary subplots, fans will appreciate Lynn Kerstan's erotic Regency romance and seek out her animal tales (see THE GOLDEN LEOPARD; HEART OF THE TIGER, and THE SILVER LION).

Harriet Klausner
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hack through a thicket of verbage... 7 April 2006
By C. Farley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
and find a well written tale with two strong, thoughtful characters. The author has a love of words that create lot of work for the reader. She has good research and interesting stuff

to say. Hang in there and the love story is totally worth the work. Towards the end I wasn't convinced the couple would ever get together and that kept me involved right till the ending. This would be a good travel/airplane book for when you have the time to be swept up in a story.
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