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Deception by Patricia Bradley: Book Review

  **I received a complimentary copy for consideration. All thoughts are my own. 

After being forced to kill an FBI agent gone rogue in self-defense while working in the violent crimes unit for the Investigative Services Branch, ranger Madison Thorn is comfortable with her move to the fraud and cyber division. At least numbers don't lie. So she's less than thrilled when a white-collar crime investigation in Natchez, Mississippi, turns violent. She could also do without being forced to work with former-childhood-enemy-turned-infuriatingly-handsome park ranger Clayton Bradshaw.

When a woman who looks just like Madison is attacked on the same night Madison's grandfather is shot, it becomes clear that there is something much bigger going on here and that Madison herself is in danger. Madison and Clayton will have to work together--and suppress their growing feelings for one another--if they are to discover the truth before it's too late.

USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Patricia Bradley closes out her popular Natchez Trace Park Rangers series with this complex story of family secrets, mixed motives, and learning to trust.

Patricia Bradley is the author of StandoffObsession, and Crosshairs, as well as the Memphis Cold Case novels and Logan Point series. Bradley won an Inspirational Reader's Choice Award in Romantic Suspense, a Daphne du Maurier Award, and a Touched by Love Award; she was a Carol Award finalist; and three of her books were included in anthologies that debuted on the USA Today bestseller list. She is cofounder of Aiming for Healthy Families, Inc., and she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Sisters in Crime. Bradley makes her home in Mississippi. Learn more at www.ptbradley.com.

Deception is the fourth book in Patricia Bradley's Natchez Trace Park Rangers series. While there are some familiar names that pop up, I do feel like this could be read just fine as a standalone. While I had personally read the previous books in the series, my recollection of them was fuzzy and I didn't feel like I was missing anything. 

This story had a lot going on. That made for a really great and interesting story... though I'll admit at the beginning I found myself a little confused as to who was who and what was going on. Once I got it all sorted out, I was 100% invested in each and every character. As someone who reads a lot of suspense novels, I find that I often figure out what is going to happen fairly early in many stories. This one had so many twists and surprises that kept me guessing from start to finish. I enjoyed the suspense, I enjoyed the romance and I enjoyed every little surprise that popped up. There were great messages of forgiveness mixed in there as well that helped take the story to another level too.

Overall, I thought this was a great read and one that fans of romantic suspense are sure to want to experience for themselves.


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