From Goodreads - Breaking and entering to reclaim her corrupt late father's ledger comes surprisingly easily to Sophia Darnly. But is it mere coincidence that her misdeed unexpectedly reunites her with Kier, the outlaw lover who abandoned her years ago? Time has not erased Sophia from Kier's heart, nor tamed her fiery spirit. She boldly insinuates herself into Kier's plan for revenge, believing the ledger will ensure her survival. But Kier knows that with or without the ledger, she's as good as dead.
Kier is a dangerous, intoxicating potion for Sophia, but he's on a mission of revenge, and can't allow even the woman he once loved to stop him. The danger mounts as they take on the leader of a powerful consortium who needs the fabled Darnly ledger—and all its damning details about the wealthiest merchants of England—to execute his nefarious plan. He also needs Sophia—the last witness to his scheme—dead.
The coals of their rekindled passion burn hot as Sophia and Kier set their trap. But when the duo discovers they too are the targets of a deadly deception, the fate of their love, and of England itself, lies in the balance.
I love reading about cons and trickery. It messes with my mind and I challenge myself to keep everything straight. With Deception, I really had to work hard to stay on top of everything. Sophia's dad was not a business man on the up and up. He had alot of shady dealings going on over the years and his deceit finally caught up with him. He ends up a hanged man, and with a bit of cleverness of her own, Sophia gets his ledger, where all of the shady transactions are recorded.
Kier was the victim of a shady deal and he means to have his revenge. He's been seeking the ledger as well, so when he runs into Sophia, a romance from his past, things become to heat up. They put their two heads together - keeping her alive from those that would wish her harm (She is her father's daughter and does have the ledger), and for Kier to extract his revenge. What they don't plan on, though, is falling for one another all over again.
Deception is a stellar romance with elements of suspense and clever dialogue. As I said previously, I was challenged to keep up with the trickery and cons but I highly enjoyed myself. I wish we had known Sophia and Kier in their past to know what their new relationship is based upon previously, but it is what it is. The writing is splendid and the action and character dialogue kept me engaged in the story. Danger, sizzling passion and dark secrets set the tone for this historical romance. You won't want to miss it!
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.