Web of Deceit by Lauren Reign
Published by The Wild Rose Press on March 9th 2016
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FBI Special Agent Colton Brady is an important person in Kalliope Winters’s life. He’s been her savior, pulling her out of the darkest of days and rescuing her from herself on more than one occasion. She trusts him implicitly, but he’s hiding something, and it may cost them their lives. A cracked serial killer obsessed with Kalli is stalking her. She’s completely unaware of this until she wakes up painfully zip-tied to a chair, severely beaten, and close to death. Now she has to rely on Jaxxon, Colton’s twin brother, a man she’s craved since adolescence, to keep her safe. Jaxxon is moody, arrogant, and bossy as all hell. His demeanor is as lethal as his sinfully good looks and he will stop at nothing to keep his current assignment, Kalli, alive. But Jaxxon is also lying to her.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Web of Deceit is a suspense filled romance with lots of twists and turns, a crazed serial killer, plus a boatload of angst. There was a lot to like about this book, however, several things had me shaking my head.
Not wanting to give away anything, I’m not going to get into what the exact plot is or any of the twists. The main players in this web are Kalli, the heroine who is the target of a sick stalker, her best friend, Colton, an FBI agent, and his identical twin brother Jaxxon, also an agent. Kalli has had the hots for Jaxxon since she was a kid. Unfortunately, he doesn’t buy that Kalli and Colton are just extremely close best friends, and even though he wants her, he won’t go there.
I wanted to like Kalli, I really did, but she was just a huge ball of angst. I get being traumatized because her parents died, but she visited their graves twice a week and had drinks and cigars with them. I gotta say, I hope my kids love me enough to be upset if I die before my time, but if they wallow in it and act like their world has come to an end for freaking years, I will come back and haunt them. Just as I was beginning to look past this character flaw of hers and even started to like her a little, she pulled something so asinine she ended up on my top ten TSTL heroine list.
I did like Jaxxon, as long as I didn’t think too hard about how stupid it was for him to not have figured out what the true relationship between Colton and Kalli really was. It didn’t give me a lot of hope for his investigative skills as an agent. Other than that, he was hot, alpha, and grumpy. I’ll look past a lot for a good alphahole hero and Jaxxon fit that bill nicely.
The search for the serial killer provided most of the action and suspense for the book. I enjoyed this part of the book the most, but it was yet another part that I had to put my blinders on and ignore the glaringly huge plot holes, especially when all the twists are thrown in.
Overall, a decent read, but I got the sense the author was trying too hard. There was lots of unnecessary angst, and the twists that kept on coming were unrealistic, felt contrived and just didn’t work with the story, at least for me. If you like angst filled suspense books with a damsel in distress, grumpy alpha’s and don’t mind plot holes, I think you will enjoy this. There was some obvious set up for at least one if not two more books around a couple of the other characters which I’m sure will be angsty, twisty suspense filled books.
3 Plot Twists R Us Stars.
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