Deklan by Shay Savage
Published by Self-published on June 20th 2017
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My father owes a debt.
I am his currency.
I’m supposed to marry the recently crowned mafia king of the Foley family as repayment for my father’s transgressions. I don’t understand why the Foleys would want me, but I’ve grown up in a crime family, and I know the ugly consequences of not doing what you’re told.
But as the wedding date approaches, the deal changes, and I’m about to be wed to a man I know nothing about. In fact, I don’t even know his last name.Instead of becoming a mafia princess, I’m marrying the henchman.
After one look at him, I’m not sure I’ll survive the wedding night.
OMG Deklan was a dark horse who caught me off-guard!
My first impression in the early pages of Deklan was “poor Kera”. I didn’t hold much hope for her future life with the Foley family. Then we got to know Deklan and suddenly her prospects for life skyrocketed. Having led a sheltered life for some years, she had a sad acceptance of her fate.
Kera’s acceptance impacted on my appeal to her as a character. Her inability to see good times when they leaped in front of her was understandable initially, but her naivety soon became frustrating. There’s a fine line between holding back information and being foolish. In my mind she leant towards the latter more than I was comfortable with.
“I’m going to take care of you,” he whispers into my ear.
His words echo through my head.
He’s going to take care of me. Take care of me.
What does that mean?
Deklan was the complete opposite of Kera but together they were dynamic. There was never a question of the chemistry they shared as being genuine. He tore at my heartstrings with his efforts to be a man of unquestionable values making it easy to forget his occupation while I appreciated all the goodness I found in him.
The suspense was predictable but present yet the overall plot didn’t entice my excitement. The pace of the story was good and the rhythm had me turning pages faster than I imagined I was able to read. At the same time, I came across sex scenes I was tempted to skim, despite my appreciation of Kera and Deklan’s chemistry.
What I loved about the story, apart from Deklan, was a few of the secondary characters. Special mention goes to Teagan. She fascinated me with her resolve while not commandeering the roles of the main characters. I hope we get to see more of her in the future. Brian was another guy who caught my attention. His loyalty to Deklan shone light on all I loved about the guy and in turn made me pay more attention to him as an individual rather than another soldier in the Foley family.
Family time was unpleasant to say the least. Sean was a piece of work and he sent my blood boiling with each appearance he made in the story. What I hope is that this book has paid witness to a new family and what has transpired in this book will be the catalyst for books to showcase the secondary characters who caught my attention.
The final snippet I want to share is a cameo appearance from a particular sniper that got my heart racing. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall when he made it home after his meeting with Deklan that evening!
Deklan, the chemistry between him and Kera, and the secondary characters won my appreciation for this story. My disconnection with Kera’s actions and boredom as well as the plot clouded the overall appeal of Deklan’s story.
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