DECEIVED by by Kate Serine: Review

Posted June 28, 2016 in Reviews / 0 Comments

DECEIVED by by Kate Serine: ReviewDeceived by Kate SeRine
Series: Dark Alliance #1
Published by Zebra
Publication Date: June 28th 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 368
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.

Luke Rogan’s assignment is simple: secure young Elijah Scoffield and his mother and bring them back to headquarters–just 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 politicians–a man privy to the Alliance’s most valuable secrets, including its centuries-long connection to the Knights Templar. And someone else is attempting to capture the boy–someone 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 son–even 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. . .



I love action-packed and well-written suspense and Ms. SeRine brings it in spades in this opening installment of her new series.  DECEIVED is a dark, explosive and exciting take on modern day secret societies and the quest for wealth, power and influence. It’s high octane action from the very beginning, the kind that leaves you at the edge of your seat, mixed with a heated attraction and really likable characters and is perfect for anyone who loves a great mystery or suspense.

When an attack on a high-profile politician threatens the security of the Knights Templar and places his estranged daughter and her son in danger, former sniper and Knight Templar operative Luke Rogan is tasked with protecting them, but a simple protection detail morphs into more when murder and an attempted kidnap become a part of the equation. The best course of action is to hide out while the rest of the team tries to figure out if there is a traitor within the ranks or if the threat is from the outside.

Sarah Scoffield had no idea the secrets her father was keeping from her but when those secrets put her son is danger, Sarah will do almost anything to keep him safe, even accept help from a stranger. What Sarah is unprepared for is the strength of the attraction between her and Luke, but with the uncertainty in her life, it would be foolish to deny herself the temporary pleasure she can find in Luke’s arms.

DECEIVED is a very captivating book and Ms. SeRine does an amazing job building a shadowy, secret world where power and wealth are the currency and life is expendable in the quest for it. I’ll admit to jumping up and down at some point because the suspense was sooo good, I couldn’t sit still and honestly, I can’t wait for the next book. The possibilities are endless with the bigger plot line and I’m bracing for lots of surprises, while already trying to imagine who the man behind the curtain is.

The characters are really great and easy to root for. Sarah brings a brightness to Luke’s dark and duty-driven life and for the first time, he finds himself wanting to hold onto happiness and a future with Sarah and her son, Eli. Eli brings a freshness to the story with his upbeat outlook on life and his trust in Luke’s ability to keep them safe.

All in all, this is a really great start to the series and I definitely recommend it!



About Kate SeRine

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. She’s the author of the award-winning TRANSPLANTED TALES paranormal romance series and soon will be releasing two new romantic suspense series: the PROTECT AND SERVE series with Sourcebooks in November 2015 and the DARK ALLIANCE series with Kensington in 2016.

Kate is a member of Romance Writers of America and of Indiana RWA and has been a finalist in the Fire and Ice Contest (2010), the Finally a Bride Contest (2010), and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence (2013), and is the recipient of The Emily (2012) and the National Readers Choice Award (2012). She is represented by Nicole Resciniti with the Seymour Agency.

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.

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