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Innocent Deception -- EPUB

  • Married to a man who thinks she is someone else, Ceana lives in fear her secret will be discovered and she’ll loose Royal’s heart forever.
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Release Date:
October 1, 2011
ISBN:
9781612520858
Cover Artist:
JL Fuller/Jenifer Ranieri

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Royal Ethan Anderson is the first-born son of the Anderson clan, cheated out of an inheritance by his father in favor illegitimate half-brother

Ceana Sinclair, a girl who has no choice but to masquerade as someone else.

An unexpected death… A forced marriage…

Can a foundation of trust and love be built upon a lie?

Or will this case of innocent deception destroy any chance of happiness Royal and Ceana might have had?

EXCERPT

Ethan stood over Ceana, heaving air into his lungs as his blade dripped with blood and gore. She stared up at him, her blue eyes huge, her battered face pale.

With a flick of his knife the ropes were cut and Sorsha slumped to the ground. The noise of battle quieted, a quick glance over his shoulder confirmed it was truly over.

Diarmad pushed past him and dropped to his knees, scooping Sorsha up with a gentleness Ethan had never seen his battle hardened cousin use.

Ethan's brows rose in shock, then sudden understanding.

All that anger and apparent hate Diarmad had displayed toward Sorsha had hidden an affection for the lass. Well, he could have her, and it would serve him right if she regained her memories and returned to her shrewish ways.

With Sorsha securely within his arms, Diarmad cupped Ceana's cheek and anger blindsided Ethan, stealing the breath from his lungs.

His voice softer than Ethan had ever heard it Diarmad asked Ceana. "How are ye, lass?"

His wife's eyes held Ethan's, as if she had not heard Diarmad's question. "Sionn?" she whispered. "Is he safe?"

More confused about his feelings for his wife than he could ever have imagined, he stood above her, mute. At Ethan's prolonged silence, Diarmad answered for him as he held out a hand. "He's well, lass, Taog has him. Can ye stand?" he asked kindly and Ethan wanted to hit him.

Ceana was his wife, if anyone should be asking about her health and offer her a hand to stand it should be him! He shouldered his way in front of his cousin. "Take Sorsha t-to the castle," he said between gritted teeth.

Diarmad gave him a barely disguised look of reproach then stood with his bundle and headed to his mount.

Ceana had not taken her eyes off him, their blue depths holding a mixture of pain, guilt and resignation.

He forced his eyes from hers, taking in the campsite instead. He was torn between wanting to gather her to him as gently as his cousin had Sorsha, and wanting to walk away and not look back.

He had believed Ceana to be unassuming, and honest.

He had also believed her to be Sorsha.

When in truth, she was none of those things.

Oh, aye, he understood Diarmad's explanation for the masquerade, and he could see the logic behind it, to a point. But that did not erase the deception in his mind, regardless that it was an innocent deception. Trust had been lost, trust of his cousin, his men, and his wife. Ethan swallowed past the bitterness in his throat. She had breached his mistrusting heart, and she had done so easily.

He would not be drawn in by her again.

Ever.

She reached for him, her slim arm trembled. "Royal," she whispered.

He cut her words short, slashing a halting hand through the air and hating himself when she flinched. "Nay," he bit out, meeting her eyes fully. "Ye h-have lost the right t-to call me Royal."


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  1. Endearing Historical romance 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Feb 2013

    Dee pens a suspenseful tale fraught with lies, greed, betrayals, and love with "Innocent Deception." Since the night Ceana and Sorsha were born, lies have dictated the path their lives have taken. When Scotland's Silent Scourge must take a wife, will something finally good come out of a lifetime of deception?

    The story opens in Scotland, 1030 AD. It's a tough time with Viking raiders attacking the coast, and surviving depends more on a man's fists than kindness. The night Ceana and Sorsha are born, the twins are separated from their mother. Sorsha is raised as the laird's legitimate daughter while Ceana is forced to serve as her maid. Several miles away, at the MacLean Castle, the laird does not find favor with his legitimate first born son, favoring his illegitimate son. After a night of heavy drinking, the laird beats his wife within an inch of her life. Secretly, she sneaks away to her father's estates to keep herself, and her sons, safe.

    Royal Ethan MacLean finds safety with his mother's family. He grows into a strong, strapping lad, earning the reputation of the Silent Scourge of Scotland for his fierce fighting skills and his silence. Ethan, however, is quiet for a reason. He suffers from a stuttering problem.

    Ethan is forced into taking a wife when Sorsha's family kidnaps his brother, Sionn, holding him hostage until the wedding. Reluctantly, Ethan agrees.

    Sorsha and her maid, Ceana, are escorted to Ethan's home, by Diarmard, Ethan's cousin. During the escort, Diarmard discovers Sorsha's temperament is despicable and her behavior toward Ceana is abusive. When Sorsha has an accident and "dies," Diarmard concocts a plan to save Ceana's life. Will Ceana's innocent deception save hers and Sionn's life or result in bloodshed?

    Dee weaves a tight, fast-paced plot which will surprise the reader and keep them guessing. The dialogue brings a nice authenticity to the story. The descriptions allow the reader to picture Ceana's world without lingering.

    Both Ceana and Ethan have obstacles to overcome. Ceana has to learn how to deal with her shyness due to Sorsha's abuse. Her inner strength is something to be admired. Ethan discovers that at times kindness is a better way to handle a problem than with his fists. His perseverance and loyalty are qualities that bring out the heroism in him. The supporting cast is interesting as each learns to deal with deception in their own way.

    The love scenes are sensual, hinting at an emotional intimacy deeper than the physical. "Innocent Deception" will have the reader on the edge of their seat wanting to learn about Ceana's ultimate fate. The story promises to linger long after the reader puts it down.



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