Ever since her mother died while serving time for a murder she didn’t commit, Bell’s been focused on one thing: revenge. She knows her mother was set up by the powerful Gable family, international bankers who will crush anyone for profit, or amusement. Now she’s determined to take the Gables down.
Seducing her way into the life–and bed–of the family’s rebellious youngest son, Lander, she figures it should be easy to uncover the secrets she needs to destroy his family. But Lander turns out to be more complicated than Bell expected. He’s intelligent, mysterious–and their sexual chemistry is off the charts. Lander is still the target, but once Bell gives in to her desire to touch him, he starts seeming much less like an enemy–which is why her anger is more necessary than ever.
Vengeance: punishment inflicted or retribution exacted for an injury or wrong.
Deceptive Innocence is the story of Bellona “Bell” seeking vengeance for her mother, who was set up by the ever powerful Gable family for murder and was then convicted, leaving Bell a young girl going from foster home to foster home. Eventually Bell’s mother dies while in prison.
Bell has set her sites on Lander Gable, one of Edmund Gable’s two sons. She has followed him and studied him for years, reading all his favorite Shakespeare novels, learning to play chess and tennis, studying finance and art, all to understand and manipulate her opponents, the Gables. She is now ready to play her game and taker her revenge and slowly she weaves her way into Lander’s and the Gables’ lives, she plays the part so well at times she wonders truly who is the real Bell.
Revenge: To seek or take vengeance for (oneself or another person); avenge.
I really loved Bell, she is seeking vengeance for her mother’s being wronged which then led to her taking her own life. Bell is not a mean person, her anger over what has happened is driving her. When she is carrying out her plan, you see that she is not being hateful, she has a conscious that at times she has to push away so she will follow it through. She is just a poor young girl who has lost the one person to ever love her, the one person has made her to want to be that Disney princess and get her HEA with prince charming. Her revenge has been the only one thing to make her get up every day, to give her a reason to carry on and live her life, it’s the only thing that has ever given her purpose to go without her mother.
I fell in love with Lander right from the start, there is mystery to him and you just know not all of it is good but he’s complex, he’s very deep and he’s not like the rest of his family. There is just so much more to him, he seems like a cold, spoiled rich kid, but there are moments that shows so much more to him, you are left wondering what is his story, and truly how much was he involved or know about her mother being framed, you just want him to be the good guy, nothing like his brother or father.
I love these two together, there is instant and very hot chemistry happening between these two. I love their banter, they are trying to figure this all out, they each have their own agenda but we don’t know yet what his is, there is just something that he keeps hidden and those drawings, there is more than meets the eye with Lander. I love that they both have agendas but you can see their feelings for each other, yet they won’t truly admit to them, is so much more powerful than any plan they have set in motion.
This book is a quick read, it’s sexy hot, it’s a bit dark with lots of mystery and intrigue going on and is one that will definitely leave you on the edge of your seat and then going OMG right at the very end. I am now counting down the days till Kyra Davis releases Part Two. Yes this book is shorter than most books I normally read but I was so glad to see that it wasn’t instant love and that it sucked me in right away, the book wasn’t over just moments after I got into it. I also really like the fact that both Part two and Three release within a month of the previous book, not leaving a long period of time waiting for the next one, especially when you have a bit of a Cliffhanger ending.
I was given a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review and have to say that I absolutely love it. It is my first Kyra Davis book and she truly has a new fan and I will definitely checking out her other books.
I’m the internationally published author of the Sophie Katz mystery series, and So Much For My Happy Ending. My first Erotic Fiction Trilogy will be released in January 2013. Aside from that, I’m a single mom; I’m addicted to coffee and True Blood (the show, not the drink). I’m happy with who I am yet I’m always striving to be better; I have more bad hair days than good ones, I love a challenge but I am not fearless, I’m….well…just me.