Brilliant and beautiful, Arabella has it all. Money. Power.
Or at least she thought she did.
When her carefully constructed life begins to unravel around her, she realizes that nothing is how it seems.
And that sometimes the easiest person to lie to is yourself.
**Due to mature themes this book is recommended for those 18 and over.**
Well written, emotional, and unique, Deceived gives the reader the story from Arabella’s point of view. The first book, Burned, was from Kyra’s perspective. Normally, I’m not a fan of books that seem to be the same story told by a different character. This is NOT that kind of book. While they did interact in Burned, Kyra and Arabella have very different stories. Deceived also continues past the big cliffhanger we encountered at the end of Burned. Parkins was “nice” enough to give us another, even bigger and badder cliffhanger at the end of Deceived.
In this world, we have vampires, shifters, fey, and just people with different abilities. It’s pretty cool. Arabella’s ability is that she can see when people are lying. I can see how that can be beneficial, but I can also see where that could really suck. The people she cares about are using her and it just breaks your heart knowing how stuck in her situation she really is.
One thing I really liked about this book is how the sex scenes are written. I’m not into romance. Yes, I read it, but mainly because I love vampire books and it seems like the majority of them insist on having lovey sexy times. The scenes where characters are about to get it on are passionate, and give just enough detail to let us know what is about to happen or just happened without going into detail. I very much appreciate that.
I highly recommend this book and this series to anyone looking for something that’s not your typical paranormal book. Deceived can be read as a stand alone, but reading Burned first will really help you get a better feel for the story. If you read Deceived first, it will ruin the cliffhanger in Burned.