Deadly Deceit by Natalie Walters
Book #2 in Harbored Secrets series
Acquired novel through publisher
Length: 336 pages
Publisher: Revell Books
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: November 5, 2019
Independent and tenacious journalist Vivian DeMarco is back in Walton, Georgia, for one reason — to do her job and get out. When her boss suddenly dies under suspicious circumstances, Vivian’s only hope for finding the truth — and the next big story — is small-town law enforcement’s lanky poster boy, Deputy Ryan Frost. But the deeper they dig, the more twisted the truth becomes. False leads, incriminating emails, and someone called the Watcher force Vivian to fight for answers — and her life.
**I received Deadly Deceit through Revell Books in exchange of a honest review**
Deadly Deceit is the second installment in the Harbored Secrets trilogy. It follows Vivian DeMarco, a reporter temporarily living in Walton, Georgia while she gets her career as a journalist back on track. Things take a shocking turn when her boss Harold Kennedy is found dead. Vivian reluctantly enlists the help of Ryan Frost, a detective who’s unsure as to where his future job leads should take him. Both characters have growing feelings toward one another, yet they each focus on solving the mystery at hand…and they discover a deeper plot mired in cyber threats and blackmail, led by a dark figure named The Watcher.
I loved the unexpected turns Deadly Deceit took throughout the novel. Walton, Georgia is indeed a small town, with many people playing a prominent role in the community. It makes me wonder exactly who might be the suspect in Vivian’s case.
I also loved the overall wholesome messages in the story. Both Ryan and Vivian both have feelings for each other, yet the the developing attraction was described cleanly. You can see both people fighting their feelings as they’re trying to solve the case at hand. Ryan and Vivian also have un-resolved issues with family, and this matter is discussed as well. It’s always important to fall back on family when one is enduring a challenge.
Deadly Deceit was a very good read, with a good blend of mystery and romance within a small town. If you love a wholesome romance story within a mysterious backdrop, this story is for you!
Rating: 4/5 Stars