Deadly Deception by Lorelei Confer addresses human trafficking, one of the most prolific and profitable businesses in the world. Though this reader often dismissed human trafficking as a third world epidemic, Confer brought it to our backdoor. I was shocked by how prevalent the sex trade market is in America – very scary. So I say kudos to Confer for shining a light on human trafficking so that others may be saved from Isabella’s plight.
In the book, heroine Isabella Donnelley finds out about human trafficking through personal experience when she’s abducted from a friend’s home. Drugged and transported from Colorado to Virginia, they plan to sell her to a crime boss for use as a sex slave. The story is hazy during this initial phase, though I believe it suits the haze in which Isabella is immersed as she is kept in a drugged state. It was unclear to the reader that we’d even traveled across country until subtle mention was made – perhaps this was intentional but it did make it a bit confusing.
Escaping from her abductors, Isabella finds refuge in a house in the woods and safety in the arms of Wyatt, the man inside. Wyatt Bowman, former-cop-turned-detective, is assigned to the Task Force of Human Trafficking. He immediately begins investigating Isabella’s story and calls in his old partner to help him. Distrustful of police, Isabella now must rely on them to keep her safe as her abductors continue searching for her.
In the midst of the drama, they find themselves drawn to one another. With a well-developed background story, the reader is happy for these two lost souls to connect. However, my main concern in the storyline is that little time or focus was given to her healing. Isabella, as vividly described in the beginning of the book, went through a horrendous ordeal. She was badly injured during her escape and certainly must have been in need of physical treatment but this was glossed over, making the experience seem less real. Once the romance began, the drama was downplayed. A leveled balance between the two would’ve strengthened the story.
Overall, Deadly Deception was a suspenseful romance that tied together an important message (the sex trade market) into a story that will keep a reader flipping the pages quickly until the very end.
RATING: 4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
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