Cautionary tales don’t usually have happy endings… Raised in foster care. The sister of a whore. The fool who fell for the wrong guy. Paisley James is all too aware that sometimes fairy tales just don’t exist. There is no telling where hearts belong or loyalties lie when deceit is in bloom. Author Note: Deceit in Bloom is book one of a series and ends in a BIG, dramatic cliffhanger (No joke). The story continues in book two, Vengeance in Bloom
Deceit in Bloom by Jennifer Michael
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
*** I voluntarily reviewed this book, I gained no monetary incentives nor was I specifically requested to review the book, these are my honest ramblings and I hope you enjoy reading them - kat***
This debut novel by Jennifer Micheal is not a fairytale, it's quite raw and brutal, you would not want to be Paisley or Braelyn, foster sisters that were thrown together as children, escaped the brutal foster care system to the streets. Brae soon figures out her body can earn her an easier life, but Paisley bless her goes the hard route of waiting tables. They exist together, both are scarred by their upbringings Paisley and Brae only have each other... until they don't. When Paisley goes with Brae to a party in a swanky part of town, she runs into Burke, arrogant, alpha and totally Hottt! Paisley butts heads with him in their first encounter, but her stare down and smart smack down to his assumptions gets Burke interested.
Burke, his best mate Kai, and his younger sister Teagan run a Tattoo shop, and other not so Legal businesses, and have been a family unit since Teagan was orphaned at 10 and the boys were 18, They are loyal to each other, but lo behold anyone who crosses them or threatens Teagan!
Paisley's path crosses with the 3 at the Diner she works at, and eventually Paisley decides to let fate take its course, and the pair are soon hot and heavy.
Now I thought this was going to turn into a typical Dark romance - bad boys, shady dealings and the not so pretty side of the street. But this book actually has more.
There is no telling where hearts belong or loyalties lie when deceit is in bloom.
THIS is so true
This book really will have you head scratching, kindle throwing and wanting to go shout at the author for that Cliffhanger... BUT look she warns you in the blurb, so we shouldn't be that surprised.
Jennifer has done a very good job at both creating the relationships between the characters, they are flawed, selfish at times but overall they make sense. Teagan seems the most innocent, and I do worry about what will happen in book 2 with her.
(cryptic much, but I do not do spoiler reviews and I really think this book is best read with not much information.)
There are a whole bunch of twists and half truths that will have you madly trying to think of what the heck is really going on. Seriously I hardly got any sleep last night, my mind would not quit trying to figure out what was going on!
Author Note: Deceit in Bloom is book one of a series and ends in a BIG, dramatic cliffhanger (No joke). The story continues in book two, Vengeance in Bloom.
and has promised book 2 will be out in March, but boy it will be a long wait.
The book has some violence and there are plenty of hot scenes, so it's definitely 18+ but I for one will be adding Jennifer Michael to my Authors to follow, and I can't wait to find out what the heck is going on with Paisley... I hope I get a HEA, but the author did say that its NOT a fairytale so I may have to toughen up!
As a child, Jennifer Michael dreamed of being an author. Life and adulting eventually pushed that dream down to a mere fantasy, which was where it stayed for years. Then, through a stroke of luck and a Kindle, she found the indie romance world, and the dream that was long ago deemed unattainable became a reality. Writing fulfills pieces of her she lost long ago. Jennifer writes stories that range from sweet and sultry to dark and daring. Behind her computer, she’s constantly dreaming up where she’ll go, what new characters she’ll meet along the way, and what genre she will concur next. From her house in southwest Florida, she spends far too much time wishing she were at the beach with a good book. She’s an avid reader of fiction, but is a huge fan of gritty stories with deep emotion or dark twisty plot twists. She’s also known to indulge in guilty pleasure television shows. She gets sucked into the world of characters from all mediums. She loves to hear from her readers so make sure to check her out on social media.