Day 9: Deceived by J. Nichole Parkins

28 days


By: J. Nichole Parkins
Genres: Paranormal Thriller
Pages: 250
Series: Burned #2
Published on: February 9, 2015
Day 9: Deceived by J. Nichole Parkins

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.**

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Also by this author: Exposed

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Deceived by J. Nichole Parkins completely gutted me emotionally. I’ve had a book hangover for 3 days because of it. There are very few books I can honestly say ripped me a part the way Deceived did.


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.

5 fangs

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About J. Nichole Parkins

J. Nichole Parkins writes New Adult, Urban Fantasy, and Paranormal Romance. She is currently working on Deceived, the second book in the Burned series. Wife, mother of three, and constant daydreamer, she is never without a story floating around in her head or a book or two in her purse. A Florida transplant, she can often be found writing poolside with a cup of Chai tea or reading her Kindle way after bedtime.

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