June 28, 2016

Loved It: Deceivedby Kate SeRine

Series: Dark Alliance 1
Format: eGalley
Release Date: June 28, 2016
Publisher: Zebra
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Luke Rogan's assignment is simple: secure young Elijah Scoffield and his mother and bring them back to headquartersjust an ordinary mission for an operative of the Dark Alliance. But Elijah is no ordinary kid. He's the grandson of one of the country's most influential politiciansa man privy to the Alliance's most valuable secrets, including its centurieslong connection to the Knights Templar. And someone else is attempting to capture the boysomeone who's proven he doesn't give a damn about collateral damage. .

Heartbroken at the lies that tore her world apart, Sarah Scoffield will do anything to protect her soneven if that means teaming up with a deadly stranger. But Sarah soon finds herself falling in love with her dark hero. And as danger stalks ever closer, the fiery desire that claims them awakens in Sarah passions she'd thought dead and buried long ago. . .

A contemporary take on a classic and infamous theme. DECEIVED, the latest romantic suspense novel from Kate SeRine's brand new series, Dark Alliance, adds a fresh spin on the legendary Knights Templar and their hidden treasures, and the notoriety of the Illuminati. If there's anything KSeRine does better than anyone, it's pulling off adaptations flawlessly while adding her own dash of magic making her tales appealing and enjoyable reads.

The set up quite simple: Knights v. the Illuminati, the former guarding some treasure while the latter is bent on taking it. What type of treasure we're talking about is still vague at this point and KSeRine didn't add a mystical slant to DECEIVED a la the Robert Langdon series or even the National Treasure movies (Nick Cage). The book is every bit an action adventure with hair-raising close calls, nerve-wracking confrontations, and expert manipulation a from both camps. If you're a bookish adrenalin junkie, you'll get a kick out of this.

And speaking of adrenalin, the romantic aspect here is high and tight. As expected, Luke Rogan is melt-in-your-mouth delicious while Sarah is a worthy love interest. But who am I kidding?! As much as I like Sarah, I could care less about her because I want Luke for myself! Then again, Sarah is capable of kicking some serious but if the need arose, this damsel doesn't play, she disarms and goes for the kill. So maybe I'll leave these two in peace...

KSeRine has officially carved a niche for herself in this genre. The lady understands what makes for a GREAT romantic suspense, alternating between life threatening situations and hot sexy time. DECEIVED will make you pant and sweat for the right reasons.

“I thought we were safe here,” Sarah said, her arms crossed over her chest.
“We’re as safe here as anywhere until we get to my place,” Luke assured her.
She lifted a brow. “Yet you’re acting like you expect someone to come barging in and attack us at any moment.”
He took a step closer and immediately realized his mistake when his heart started pounding at the nearness of her. Shit. He shoved his hands into his pockets to keep from touching her. “If being paranoid
is what’s going to keep you and your son alive,” he said, “then guilty as charged.”
“Please don’t take this the wrong way, Luke,” she began, edging closer, damn it all, “but why does it matter so much to you if Eli and I are safe? You don’t know us. I get that you’ve been given an
order, but I also heard you talking to your commander and know you’d rather be somewhere else. If you’d insisted that someone else watch over us, I would’ve understood. I can just go to the police, tell
them what happened. I’m sure it’ll be fine.”
Luke stared at her for a long moment, trying to figure out the answer to her question. Hell if he knew why it mattered so much to him that he keep them safe. In the technical sense, he protected people
every day and had for going on fifteen years when he added up his time in the military and then working for the government and now with the Alliance. But she was right—this assignment was hitting him on a level he hadn’t anticipated.
“I guess because, when I wasn’t much older than Eli, someone took my mother and me in, watched over us when we needed it,” he finally said, not sure where the explanation was even coming
from. “And someone else did the same thing for me again a few years ago when I was in a really dark place—except this time the enemy I was up against was myself. If it wasn’t for that person stepping in, I don’t know where I’d be. But dead is a damned good bet.”
Sarah straightened. “Oh. God. I’m sorry.”
“Don’t be,” Luke told her. He shook his head as his vision went a little blurry. Suddenly too tired to stand, he leaned against the edge of the sink. “I made a promise to keep you and Eli safe, Sarah. I’ll
keep it. There’s no way I’d abandon you, so don’t worry about it.”
The next thing he knew, Sarah’s arms were around his neck, hugging him tightly. He resisted the urge to wrap his arms around her and hold her close, to bury his face in her hair and let the warmth of her wash over him. But when she pressed a kiss to his cheek and whispered, “Thank you,” in his ear, he almost gave in.
Fortunately, before he could move, she stepped away and hurried back into the room with Eli, leaving Luke gaping at the empty doorway and wondering exactly what the hell he’d gotten himself

Kate SeRine (pronounced “serene”) is a hopeless romantic who firmly believes in true love that lasts forever. So it's no surprise that when she began writing her own stories, Kate vowed her characters would always have a happily ever after.

Kate lives in a smallish, quintessentially Midwestern town with her husband and two sons, who share her love of storytelling. She never tires of creating new worlds to share and is even now working on her next project—probably while consuming way too much coffee. Kate is also the author of the awar dwinning Transplanted Tales paranormal romance series and the Protect & Serve romantic suspense series.

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  1. Oh, how cool! That sounds like an interesting twist for sure. I read the first book in her Transplanted Tales series and really liked it. More of her books are definitely in my future.

  2. I agree with you about Luke lol, I want him as well! It was a nice first volume and I confess that I'm curious for more

  3. You've got my attention with this one. I love these hidden society ones and that its a rom susp makes it even better.

  4. You have peaked my interest. It's been a while sense I read a book like this. I need to meet Luke!

  5. DANG YOU! I now have to go see if my library has this. I think this is EXACTLY up my alley.

  6. So many are loving this. I really need to pick it up. Great review!

  7. Oh I've heard of this one. Curious! I so need to meet Luke! :D I have this one on my wishlist!

  8. I've now seen several great reviews for this one. Sounds good.

  9. Sounds good! Why is her name so familiar? *tilts head*

  10. Just added this to my TBR. I saw "Knights Templar" and was sold!

  11. YES..all this and more. I am so glad you are a fan as well.

  12. Hers always look so good! Yay for another good one :)

  13. I love the mystery elements in this book. Why haven't I heard of it?

  14. Great to hear about a good and tight romantic setting

  15. What a fabulous review! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  16. Good to see the romance was done well Braine... It sounds like I might like this Luke too!

  17. Yay! I've got to get this book! It has two of my faves in it - Knights Templar and suspense! I love the idea of a modern spin on this group. Great review! Hugs....RO

  18. oh wow, this sounds so neat!!! I do like an author that can create a winning story dealing with knights templar theme. Its definitely rare, so I am so picking this one up.

  19. I find the Knights Templar very fascinating! I'll need to check out this book and try out this author. Great review!

  20. I would have loved to have picked this one up for the release, but I'm so backed up with books it's terrible. Kate is an amazing author! So glad to hear this one holds up!


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