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Deceit can be Deadly (The Law of the Lycans) (Volume 8) Paperback – February 25, 2017
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Absolutely brilliant but then I didn't expect anything less! Action, love, sass and Alphas! … One of the best writers in this genre… - A.B.
"Another amazing read from an awesome author. All Charles' books will leave you breathless in anticipation. Roll on the next one." –S (Goodreads)
I love this series! -P.K.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Nicky Charles is an independent writer/publisher who became an author quite by accident. For many years she wrote as a hobby, seeing herself a 'reader not a writer'. Now a full-time author, she thanks-or blames, depending on the day-her friend/editor and fellow author, Jan Gordon, for the career she now finds herself immersed in. When she writes, Nicky sees the story unfolding in her head like a movie and tries to include enough detail so readers can 'see' the story just as she does. The sights, sounds, smells and sensations of a scene are almost as important to her as the actual plot. Nicky lives in Canada and tries to stick to Canadian spelling and punctuation in her work. She is an avid supporter of animal shelters, nature conservancy, food banks and a variety of other charities. Currently, she has three 'official' cats though a number of strays seem to take up residence in her garden each year. When not writing, Nicky enjoys reading - though she often bemoans that she seldom has time for it any more. She also enjoys spending time in nature, gardening, taking day trips and eating dark chocolate. You can contact Nicky Charles at her website: www.nickycharles.com --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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I adore that she uses characters who are mentioned from previous stories. It helps me instantly identify with them in a way I might not with brand new characters. I also particularly loved the huge, complicated family dynamics happening, as well as all the areas of the supernatural that were explored. Lycans, magic, curses, and murder--this novel has a bit of it all.
My favorite part is that the main characters aren't the young, naive innocents, discovering love, and all the joy and despair that it can bring, for the first time. A predictable recipe that turns me off from most romance stories. I also love that the heroine is tough, guarded, and isnt rescued by the love of a man, but chooses to rescue herself for the sake of pursuing it. Prince Charming is great, but this is a woman who said "Hell, No!" to waiting around for him to save her.
And Prince Charming would have gotten his butt handed to him by the hero. Living a hard life as a deceiver, blackmailer, and worse, for an agenda no one could guess, Dante has seen some of the darkest places this life can offer, and deliberately chose to continue seeking out those places.
Between the two of them, a traditional fairy tale might have *them* paired as the bad guys, at first. I loved that twist, too. So much.
Continuing from what I said before about how so many romances seem built around young/first love and all the starry-eyed, nausea-inducing sugariness they induce in me now, this was a welcome change. As I get older, those stories have lost my interest, because I am no longer in that stage of my life. I need something more mature. Love is needed at all ages, and I was rooting for this couple the whole time. Of course, the heroine still *looked* young, but that was tied to the story in a meaningful way, so I forgave it. I did call who the bad person was almost instantly, so I did find that a bit predictable, but I still gave this story 5 stars because I enjoyed it so much.
I could also see the setup for the couple in next book, which is great, because I was really feeling for him, too.
If you can't tell by now, yes, I recommend this book! :)
Anyway. We knew of Dante and that he'd worked with Damien when he went rogue. He was painted as a despicable person. Which in all fairness even he thinks could be mostly true. But we learn that he had a reason, sort of, as he was hunting the malefic witch that took his first loves' life and almost took his sons. He was also searching for the witch who cursed his family many many years ago and made their lives miserable. Well not only miserable but unhappy. Regardless of whether that was killing their partners, or whatever, to make sure they did not love anyone. It was kind of neat to have that 'curse' become an actual 'thing'. More so that just a vague 'curse'.
I really liked that the story wrapped up quite a few things that we otherwise would not have been able to put together. Because of this it was maybe a bit harder to make sure the puzzle pieces fit together properly. There were a few things I had to wrack my brain to remember. I bet the next book or two will be some new baby or couple :)
Other than that the book was good.
For those following the Law of the Lycan books, this will give you all the background story for Dante, Gwen, some of Damien's and Club Mystique. We meet a few more characters from the club and the Universal Coven. There are a lot of plot twists to keep you guessing who is telling the truth, who is lying and what their purpose is for the deceit. It ties up a lot of loose strings in the series and we get to visit with some favorite lycan couples.