Monday, July 17, 2017

Dark Deception (Defenders Of Justice 02) by Nancy Mehl

Dark Deception is the second book in the Defenders Of Justice series by Nancy Mehl. Without having read the first book in this series, I found myself very grateful for the prologue and first chapter, which left me feeling as though I'd been filled in on everything I needed to know in order to follow the plot and storyline of the book, and the series in general. I'm sure that reading the first book (Fatal Frost) before reading Dark Deception would be ideal, but I appreciate being able to jump straight into the second book of a series without feeling lost and clueless as to what's going on.

In Dark Deception, we find Kate O'Brien in witness protection after having survived an attack by a serial killer, who claimed her sister's life. All has been going well for her new small town life, until new evidence leads the courts to believe that the man convicted of the murders may be innocent, and he has to face trial again. This time, her eye-witness testimony is the only shot at keeping him behind bars.

While Kate has moved on in her new life, she has no intention of digging up her past and facing buried nightmares. She reluctantly agrees to testify if Tony DeLuca, the deputy Marshal who protected her during the first trial, takes lead on escorting and protecting her.

What starts as a simple mission for Tony soon becomes complicated when he arrives in the small town only to discover that no one is who they seem to be. Then, as the shadows start to emerge from Kate's past, Tony finds that his job of protecting her includes sheltering her from the darkness brewing inside herself, and that is going to be a lot harder than he'd bargained for.

Nancy's descriptive writing allows for a vividly realistic portrayal and a captivating story that pulls the reader in further with every turn of the page. 5/5 stars.

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary print copy of this book from Bethany House for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.*

About The Author (copied from back cover):
Nancy Mehl is the author of more than twenty books, including the Road To Kingdom and Finding Sanctuary series, and a 2015 finalist for RT Book Reviews' Reviewers' Choice Award. Nancy writes from her home in Missouri, where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their puggle, Watson. Visit to learn more.
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