Thursday, January 27, 2011

Title: Decadent Deceptions
Author: Keta Diablo
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing, LLC
ISBN: 978-1-60592-013-9
Genre(s):  Historical Romance Erotic (warning: voyeurism)
Reviewed by: Sue Roebuck

4.5 Blood Drops

A deliciously decadent read. We’re thrust back into the 19th century where Olivia Breedlove (what a name), forced by the conditions of her father’s will, has to marry within six months or live dependent upon her brother.

Olivia, a feisty heroine, knows exactly what she wants, and is determined to get it. First, she needs to “observe” how a future husband can satisfy her so she goes to the local bordello to “peep”. The results are hot and hilarious. The hero, and victim of Olivia’s unrequited love, is hunky, brooding, and well-endowed Morgan, renowned for his “voluptuaries”. His love isn’t exactly unrequited since when the pair are together they heat each other up better than a cauldron. But Olivia’s father’s will stipulated her husband must be free from scandal and a respected member of the gentry. Morgan is neither. Little does Olivia know that he is the owner of the bordello and can manipulate what she sees.

So begins a “cat and mouse” game with both alpha-types alternating between failure and triumph. Added to the nail-biting suspense comes the fact that there is a maniac at large who has killed two prostitutes and has made it known (via a black rose) that Olivia is next.

I’m astounded by Keta’s writing versatility (having read and loved “Where the Rain is Made”), and her ability to paint scenes so that the reader lives with the characters. Fizzing with mystery and sizzling with sex, there is never a dull moment in her books and “Decadent Deceptions” will not disappoint her fans one bit.


Amy J Ramsey said...

Thank you, Sue.