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  • Mass Market Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Forever; 1 edition (30 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446542016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446542012
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 887,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dee Davis has a BA in Political Science and History, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration. During a ten-year career in public relations, she spent three years on the public speaking circuit, edited two newsletters, wrote three award winning public service announcements, did television and radio commercials, starred in the Seven Year Itch, taught college classes, lobbied both the Texas State Legislature and the US Congress, and served as the director of two associations.

Her highly acclaimed first novel, Everything In Its Time, was published in July 2000. Since then, among others, she's won the Booksellers Best, Golden Leaf, Texas Gold and Prism awards, and been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award, the Holt and two RT Reviewers Choice Awards. To date, she has written twenty-one books and four novellas, including the A-Tac series and A Match Made on Madison.

Dee also works as an adjunct instructor at NYU, teaching a continuing education course in writing. When not sitting at the computer, Dee spends tim exploring Manhattan her husband, daughter, and Cardigan Welsh Corgi.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Dark and Dangerous 5 May 2010
By Dark Faerie Tales - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Quick & Dirty: An intense tale with an equal mix of romance, suspense and rapid-fire action.

Opening Sentence: "So do you think we're ever going to feel like a normal couple?"

The Review:

Nash Brennon leads an elite black-ops team known as American Tactical Intelligence Command (A-Tac). The team is comprised of the best covert agents in the business. They operate under cloak and dagger at an Ivy League university, waiting for the next high-level assignment to show up on their radar. The team is pulled in to stop an assassination attempt on the U. N. Ambassador and unfortunately for Nash, the assassin is someone he knows. Annie Gallagher is an ex-CIA operative with a long history with Nash. Former lovers and partners, their relationship ended on an explosive note when Anne left Nash twisting in the wind mid-op. Anne has surfaced eight years later, blackmailed into assassinating the U.N. Ambassador. Despite Annie's betrayal, Nash is reluctant to believe that Annie would commit treason. When Annie's son is kidnapped, she will stop at nothing to get her son back.

Dark Deceptions is a perfect blend of action, romance, suspense, and danger that will keep readers captivated. Ms. Davis does a wonderful job of keeping the danger intense and weaves an intricate web of betrayal, espionage, and political intrigue. I especially appreciate strong female characters. It was great reading about kick-butt female operatives that had no problem going toe-to-toe with men twice their size. Annie is no mere damsel in distress, proving herself just as capable as Nash. Annie had her flaws, but overall I found her to be a very believable character. Nash on the other hand was a bit disappointing at times. I expected him to be more Alpha, but he is surprisingly agreeable. Nash is more of the cool, calm and collected variety. After certain events unfold and new things are brought to light, Nash's acceptance was immediate. This was a bit predictable, but not enough to detract from my enjoyment of the story. Annie and Nash have an undeniable chemistry, but they oftentimes couldn't see past their disagreements. It's an understatement to say that their relationship suffered from lack of communication and trust, which is odd given the business they're in. Great secondary characters and complex villains make Dark Deceptions a thrilling read.

Overall, Dark Deceptions is worth reading. Ms. Davis delivers a fast-paced, action-packed thrill-ride that will leave your pulse-pounding and your heart skipping a beat. Full of suspense, twists and turns, Dark Deceptions is a strong addition to the genre.

A-Tac Series
1. Dark Deceptions
2. Dangerous Desires (07/2010)
3. Desperate Deeds (08/2010)

Notable Scene:

As if he'd heard her, Drake bent down, and Annie closed an eye as she gently squeezed the trigger, the motion at once intimate and deadly, everything coming back to her with one fluid motion. She was a trained killer and nothing-not her life in Creede, not her absence from the Company, not even her love for her son-could change that fact.

Using the scope, she ascertained that the man was indeed down. Nash and Drake had already pulled his body deeper into the shadows. She struggled for breath, the past and present coming together in nightmarish fashion. Angrily, she pushed away her rioting emotions. There was no time for introspection. Her son's life and quite possibly Nash and Drake's depended on her ability to keep a cool head.

FTC Advisory: Hachette Book Group provided me with a copy of Dark Deceptions . No goody bags, sponsorships, "material connections," or bribes were exchanged for my review. In addition, I don't receive affiliate fees for anything purchased via links from my site.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Bridget's Review 12 April 2010
By bridget3420 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Nash doesn't fall easily and has only fallen in love with one woman, his partner at A-Tac - Annie. As much as he would like to forget her very existence because of how she hurt him and then simply disappeared. Out of nowhere she reappears and is back to work. They try to extinguish the flame but it only seems to run more wild. Her son was kidnapped by terrorists and the only way they will release him is if a UN ambassador is killed. Even in the face of this disaster, they cannot fight the attraction. Will this help them with the task at hand or will their passion be the death of them?

I liked this book. I thought the writing was fun and the storyline was really good. If you like the combination of thrill, romance, suspense and drama, this is your book.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Wonderfully, entertaining!! Dark Deceptions by Dee Davis 1 April 2010
By April A. Renn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
DARK DECEPTIONS by Dee Davis is a delightful entertaining Romantic suspense.This is the first in the A-TAC series. It has suspense, adventure, sensuality, romance, action, and a twist of fate. It is well written with depth and detail. The characters are strong, with secrets that can either pull together or destroy their them. When the past comes back to try to destroy Annie, she must confide in a past love, Nash. The A-TAC team which Nash is a member of, decide to help her to save her son. The secrets from the past finally come out. The enemy has a personal stake in destroying Annie.The secondary characters are just as amazing and strong as the main characters.
I hope some of them will appear in other books. This is an action packed, page turning story. It will keep you interested from the first page until the very last. I would highly recommend, especially if you enjoy Navy Seal stories you will enjoy the A-TAC story. This is a keeper. This book was received for review and you can find details at [...]
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Exciting and Romantic 13 April 2010
By Fiction Vixen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Nash Brennon and Annie Gallagher were partners and lovers once upon a time. But Annie betrayed Nash, leaving him to die and vanishing without a trace, taking with her a secret she would keep to herself. Eight years later, Annie is back, bringing with her a whole slue of problems. She is a possible traitor to her country, and on a personal mission of her own. Her son has been kidnapped by terrorists and they want her to kill a U.N. ambassador or they will kill her son.

After receiving a tip, Nash and his A-TAC team are sent to find out who is planning an assassination attempt on the U.N. ambassador and stop it. He is shocked to find out it's the woman he has not been able to forget for the past eight years. When Annie confides in Nash, he finds himself conflicted between his duty and the woman he once loved.

Dark Deceptions is the first installment in the A-TAC series. It's an exciting, fast paced romantic suspense filled with action and adventure. Annie and Nash heat up the pages and keep the story moving with their hot romantic chemistry and their journey through love, betrayal and forgiveness. The secondary characters are strong and likeable, supporting the story well and I look forward seeing a few of them in future installments. Even if political terrorism and espionage is not your usual choice of subject matter in romantic fiction, you will want to give Dark Deceptions a try as Dee Davis has written an exciting, romantic and sensual love story.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Overall Rating: 4.90 27 Feb 2011
By LoveMy5Dogs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Overall Rating: 4.90 // Action: 5 / Emotion: 4.75 / Romance: 4 / Sensuous: 4.25 / Suspense: 5 // Humor: 0 / Tears: 1

"Dark Deceptions" is the first installment in Dee Davis's new six-book series: 'The A-Tac Series.' This book will appeal to readers who like any or all of three story line scenarios.

One: Romantic Suspense readers will be thrilled by the heated re-attraction and spicy love scenes between the hero and heroine as "Dark Deceptions" takes Nash Brennon and Annie Gallagher through twists and turns that keep the reader on the edge of their seat throughout the entire book.

Two: Military Special Ops readers will like the fact that not only are Nash and Annie former CIA operatives, but the book is peppered with a team of Special Ops operatives who add a lot of interest and depth to the story. It is particularly fascinating how Davis gives each operative a field of expertise not only in the military realm of their lives, but also as top-notch professors at Sunderland College, New York.

Three: Those readers who enjoy the romance scenario of "heroine runs away to have hero's child in secret" will also enjoy this book. While Nash and Annie are entertaining readers with pages full of action and adventure, they also have to resolve issues of betrayal and find resolution regarding their child, Adam.

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