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Deception [Kindle Edition]

Kris Kennedy
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Book Description

Award-winning author Kris Kennedy brings the treacherous world of thirteenth-century England to life in this scorching romantic adventure!

A dashing con man

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?

A lady skilled in trickery

Time has not erased Sophia from Kier’s heart, nor tamed her fiery spirit. She boldly insinuates herself into his plans. But Kier is on a mission of revenge, and can’t allow even the woman he once loved to stop him.

A game that could get them both killed

The danger mounts as they lure 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. Their rekindled passion burns hot, but when they discover they too are the targets of a deadly deception, the fate of their love, and of England itself, lies in the balance.

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About the Author

Kris Kennedy is the author of The Conqueror, The Irish Warrior, and Defiant. She lives in Washington State with her family.

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Five years later, June 1294
Last Fells, England

So it had come to this, after all.

Sophia Darnly had known it would, eventually. It was as inevitable as spring flooding and salted meat in winter. She was tipping over into corruption and vice like a pitcher off the table.

It had only been a matter of time.

There was no shame in making a mistake. There was not even shame in committing the same manner of error a second time, by virtue of being “precipitous” or more inaccurately, “foolish”—they never named it “bold” or “ambitious,” for she was a woman, and therefore occupied the same mental construct as all confusing, vaguely frightening notions, such as shipwrecks and comets in the sky and how one stocking always ended up missing in the wash.

No, none of these were the problem.

It was when one found oneself hurrying through the cobbled streets of the rich port town of Last Fells, en route to break into the offices of one of the most venerated money-changers of all of England, to steal—retrieve, she reminded herself firmly—a ledger that could mean the demise of many a powerful man, and perhaps of her, it was then one began to suspect one was entirely cut out for a life of crime.

It was a sobering realization.

Additionally, as Sophia had been explicitly warned off, and as she was determined this matter would not cause any (more) deaths, that left trickery.

Fortunately, Sophia was very good at trickery.

Or had been.

She was diminished this far, then, to make use of corruption straight on.

It had only been a matter of time.

Your name is unfamiliar but the matters to which you allude are, unfortunately and unwisely, not, Tomas the moneychanger’s terse missive had informed her. I shall ignore the latter and address the former: my business is entirely by referral, Dame Silk, the only ones who make it through my doors are the ones who can make it through. Unless you are utterly unlike the tree from which you fell, and therefore full of surprises, it is difficult to imagine how that ever would occur, it went on in blatant challenge. My world is a dangerous one, and does not deal kindly with conspiracies. Return to your widowhood and your silk trade. Do not contact me again.

Or perhaps it had not been a challenge, she reflected.

Never mind. She was here now.

But when neighbors informed you men had shown up at your door whilst you were away, bearing weapons and asking questions, questions that oughtn’t be asked, you knew the time had come. When you found your silk warehouse burned to the ground, a threatening note nailed to the tree nearby, demanding the ledger or you would suffer the destruction of your livelihood, a note read through the ashen clouds of smoke still wafting off the warehouse, well, then you knew the time had come to arm yourself.

Thus, the ledger.

A sensible woman would face the truth. A practical woman might even see the benefits. Accept it as a way out from under the drawn-back trebuchet of her unwanted past. Simply give them the ledger.

Sophia had seen herself as all of these things. Sensible, reasonable, practical. Above all, law-abiding. She’d aimed at these things the way one aims an arrow.

Unfortunately, she was also angry.

The thought of her trade and livelihood being subsumed so completely, so swiftly, was terrifying. The realization that her will and efforts could be so cheaply commandeered was maddening.

These men who took, these men who plundered, these raptors in their finery, brigands in their brocades, they were worse than a pestilence. These men like her father.

She could be harvested like wheat, or she could pose some sort of defense.

Thus, the ledger.

They really shouldn’t have pushed her so far.

Furthermore, two hardly counted as a conspiracy, she thought irritably. Tomas Moneychanger, of all men, should know that.

It took a minimum of three.

She gave her tunic another tug down and looked down the street. Time to make Tomas Moneychanger understand she was not a woman to be trifled with, nor ignored, nor set aside like a wooden spoon when the stirring was done.

He ought to have just agreed to meet with her the first three times she wrote.

One could almost say it was his fault it had come to this.

She stepped onto the bridge where his shop was located, and as soon as the guard at its door came into view, she affected a noteworthy—nay, pathetic—limp.

When she was close enough, she stumbled directly into the guard, then pushed a stray lock of hair out of her eyes, and aimed a small, pained, apologetic smile up at him.

He stared a moment, blinking, then he slowly smiled back.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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My Synopsis:
Sophia Darnly's world was tumbling down around her. She'd tried to escape her past, but the past has a habit of coming back to bite you. Her father, once a respected Judge, had been found to be corrupt and had been executed for his crimes. Sophia had gone into hiding and had married. Her husband, however, had died a year ago and now someone was coming after her, or more specifically, after her father's ledger. A ledger reputed to contain a detailed account of the corrupt dealings that transpired between her father and those rich and powerful men who had bribed him.

Even though almost four years had passed since his death, there is still pertinent information documented in the ledger which could be used as a potential weapon. Someone wants that information and has burnt down Sophia's silk factory to make a point that they meant business. If she doesn't hand over the ledger she'll forfeit her life. So after several attempts to retrieve the ledger from Tomas Moneychanger, a ledger which was rightfully hers, she finally decided to resort to stealing it. That's where she unexpectedly ran into someone from her past. Someone who five years ago left without a goodbye and had broken her heart.

Kieran (aka Kier) was also looking for the ledger. It was part of his plan to exact vengeance on the man who had once wronged him in the worst way. Kier had set up an elaborate scheme which featured a mysteriously absent benefactress who owned a shipping company named Mistral Company. It transported luxury goods and was looking for clients and financial backing. The story was that Kier was Lady Mistral's factor (broker) and confidant. He planned to destroy the man who had once tried to destroy him. He knew him well enough to know how he worked, for he had once worked beside him.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Live To Read February 15, 2013
By Chels
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Right off the bat I knew that I was going to enjoy this novel; just look at/read the covers! Sophia is being chased by seriously bad men that want information about the location of her corrupt father’s business ledger. Someone else is after the ledger, too. Sophia and Kier, the lover who left Sophia five years ago, break into the office where the ledger is being kept simultaneously and reach an agreement to work together. Kier wants the ledger for different reasons than Sophia; he needs revenge on the men because they tried to kill him. He lives with constant reminders of their acts of violence and will not rest until they are dead. The harder the two try to stay away from each other, the closer they become. The romance in this novel is fantastic. It moves the plot smoothly, flowing with the events and the scenes that take place. I was never bored while reading Deception and think anyone who likes romance could enjoy this novel.

Kris Kennedy’s Deception has all the traits of a good book. Plot, action, and romance all wrapped up in one little novel that makes an excellent rainy or snowy day read. I give this novel five out of five stars.

*Received a copy for review, this in no way affects my review*
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5.0 out of 5 stars super medieval romantic suspense July 31, 2012
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In 1294 in Last Fells, England, Sophia plans to steal her odious late father Judge Roger Darnly's ledger on the wealthiest merchants; a tome that would destroy many people. Kier recognizes her by just seeing her neck as they were once lovers until he abruptly left her after being outlawed.

He is on a vengeance quest so has no time to deal with an obstinate Sophia. However, he quickly realizes she has not changed at all when she persuades him to team up with her on both of their missions. She comes up with a scheme to gain access to information; Sophia will masquerade as a shipping magnate with Kier as her trusted employee. However, neither anticipated that their love remains strong or that an unknown powerful adversary wants Darnly's damning ledger to become the most powerful person in England.

Deception is a super medieval romantic suspense starring two lead characters who find their second chance at love more dangerous than their first time. With a fully developed cast, Kris Kennedy provides a fabulous historical as Sophia and Kier follow clues to try to identify the villain who will kill for the ledger.

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4.0 out of 5 stars This author needs more attention May 28, 2014
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For the life of me I can not understand why Kris Kennedy isn't more popular. I guess it could be due to the medieval genre not being popular right now, but boy howdy are people missing out. I love love her books,(The Irish Warrior my favorite and reviewed here: [...] her writing style kind of reminds me of Teresa Medeiros. Anyway, per the usual with her, this book was great.

As much as I love reading her books, I hate reviewing them because her plots are so intricate, complex, and a thing of beauty that I'm left flummoxed trying to create an articulate summary.
This particular story involves Kier, a man who worked with Sophia's father for a corrupt group of merchants and Lords, who Sophia loved. Sophia has been in hiding due to a ledger that details these corrupt merchant and lord doings and everyone thinks is in her possession. Sophia and Kier have not seen each other for five years. Everyone wants the ledger and Kier wants vengeance for what was done to him five years ago. This story is a swirling vortex of betrayal, lies, and underhanded deceit.

Kier and Sophia meet up after the five years and what follows is labyrinthine plan developed by Kier to exact revenge on individuals who did him wrong. Sophia's added presence alternately helps and hinders as her life and well-being are wrapped up in this crazy cat and mouse game with the ultimate stakes not only concerning Kier and Sophia but England's very future.

I also feel it very important to note that not only does the action suspense stakes keep rising as the story goes on but also the sexual tension and bedroom scenes. Hot damn did I have to fan myself a couple times. Their sexytime was heavy on the sexy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars hard-to-put down tale
I love reading about cons and trickery. It messes with my mind and I challenge myself to keep everything straight. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Wendy L. Hines
4.0 out of 5 stars Treachery at it's finest! 4 1/2 stars!
Kier is dark and deadly and is carrying anger from being deceived that runs so deep it has become his life's ambition to ruin the men who tried to kill him. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Leah Weller
5.0 out of 5 stars Deception~
The energy that pulses between Sophia and Kier is as palpable as the sweltering heat pressing down on them. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Coffee Time Romance & More
5.0 out of 5 stars Deception
I really love Ms. Kennedy's Books, she is one of my favorite authors for the medieval period. She puts her characters, tall and sexy Kier and beautiful heroine Sophia in a story of... Read more
Published on November 1, 2012 by Nicole Laverdure
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, intense, and sexy historical romance!
4.5 Stars. This is going on my Best-of-2012 list, and no one could be more surprised than me! I didn't make it very far into Kris Kennedy's first novel, The Irish Warrior, and I... Read more
Published on October 23, 2012 by Jenny Q @ Let Them Read Books
4.0 out of 5 stars Kennedy takes the medieval telling to new heights!
Sophia Darnly is in a load of trouble. She's being hunted, her merchandise has been destroyed and she's in desperate need of a bargaining chip. Read more
Published on October 1, 2012 by Smitten by Books
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Kris writes hot, adventure-filled historical romances set in England and Ireland. Her latest release, DECEPTION received 4 1/2 stars from RT Book Reviews and their K.I.S.S. award for its half-Irish, con man hero, Kier. Visit her website to sign-up for the newsletter, read exclusive excerpts, or just drop Kris a note!

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