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Deception Island

Deception Island

4.6 7
by Brynn Kelly

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A stolen boy

A haunted soldier

A cornered con woman…

Rafe Angelito thought he was done with the demons from his past—until his son is kidnapped. Blackmailed into abducting an American heiress, the French Foreign Legionnaire soon finds himself trapped in paradise with a woman who's nothing he expects


A stolen boy

A haunted soldier

A cornered con woman…

Rafe Angelito thought he was done with the demons from his past—until his son is kidnapped. Blackmailed into abducting an American heiress, the French Foreign Legionnaire soon finds himself trapped in paradise with a woman who's nothing he expects…and everything he desires. But when he uncovers her own dark secret, Rafe realizes he's made a critical mistake—one that could cost him everything.

Playing body double for a spoiled socialite was supposed to be Holly Ryan's ticket to freedom. But when she's snatched off her yacht by a tall, dark and dangerous stranger, the not-quite-reformed con artist will make a desperate play to turn her captor from enemy to ally, by any means necessary.

Yet as scorching days melt into sultry nights, Holly is drawn to the mysterious capitaine, with his unexpected sense of honor and his searing touch. When they're double-crossed, they'll have to risk trusting each other in ways they never imagined…because in this deadly game of deception, it's their lives—and hearts—on the line.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Kelly’s debut novel unites an unwilling kidnapper and his unlikely victim in an unusual romance. Holly Ryan is enjoying being paid to impersonate Laura Hyland, a wealthy U.S. senator’s daughter, while sailing near the coast of Indonesia. Then she is abducted by someone who believes she is Laura. French Foreign Legion officer Rafael Angelito was forced to kidnap Laura in order to obtain the ransom money he needs to rescue his stolen son. As Rafe and Holly end up on a secluded tropical island meant for honeymooners, Holly can’t help her attraction to her handsome captor despite her mistrust of him. When Rafe learns Holly’s identity and reveals some hidden truths about himself, Holly starts to realize that under the battle-hardened exterior lies a man whom she has come to care about. Nonstop action and romantic tension sizzle, and readers will eagerly follow Rafe and Holly’s quest to discover whether they can elude their pursuers and build a future together. (June)
Library Journal
★ 06/15/2016
French Legionnaire Rafe Angelito would do anything to get his young son back from the villains who took him—even kidnap Laura Hyland, the spoiled daughter of a powerful American senator. But when he learns to his horror that he's kidnapped instead Laura's double, Holly Ryan—and the real Laura has been "rescued"—the situation devolves into an even deadlier game of deception and betrayal as Rafe and Holly must learn to trust each other if their plans have any hope of succeeding. On a remote tropical island, a desperate father and a streetwise heroine who's living a lie struggle to save themselves and a young boy—and stay alive in the process. VERDICT A taut romantic thriller readers won't want to put down. Debut author Kelly lives on New Zealand's North Island.
From the Publisher
"The romantic suspense genre just got a hot new talent with the release of Kelly's debut book, Deception Island...[it's] one truly unforgettable tale." -RT Book Reviews, 4 stars

"Intense and exciting...romantic suspense at its best!" -New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers on Deception Island

[S]moldering chemistry, cunning twists and a whole lot of heart. Brynn Kelly delivers everything I love in a romance." -New York Times bestselling author Heather Graham on Deception Island

"Kidnappings and pirates and romance-oh my! Deception Island is a keeper." -New York Times bestselling author Cindy Gerard

"Deception Island is the perfect book...one you'll never forget." -New York Times bestselling author Sharon

"Brynn Kelly pens a raw, dark, emotional novel of danger and intrigue that will keep readers turning the pages." -New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin on Deception Island

"Deception Island is nothing short of brilliant. I love this book and am salivating for more!" -Award-winning author Lena Diaz

"Sexual tension, mystery, and danger crackle off every page!" -New York Times bestselling author Laura Kaye on Deception Island

"A taut romantic thriller readers won't want to put down." -Library Journal, starred review, on Deception Island

"Nonstop action and romantic tension sizzle...." -Publishers Weekly on Deception Island

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Meet the Author

As a journalist Brynn Kelly once spent her days chasing stranger-than-fiction news reports. Now she spends them writing larger-than-life novels, in a happy bubble of fiendish plots and delicious words. Brynn has a journalism degree and has won several prestigious writing and journalism awards, including the Valerie Parv Award and Pacific Hearts Award. Her debut novel Deception Island was a Golden Heart finalist. She’s also a bestselling non-fiction author in her native New Zealand.

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Deception Island 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
LibbyMcKinmer More than 1 year ago
When Holly is mistaken for American heiress, Laura, by kidnapper, Rafe Angelito, her life takes a turn for the worse. Well rewarded for body doubling for Laura, who is supposed to be sailing the world solo, Holly thinks she has a solid re-set for her life. But first she has to survive her kidnapping and encounter with some real-life pirates, out to collect a big payday. Little do they know Laura’s father isn’t about to lay out any money to save Holly. When Rafe’s son is taken and used as a pawn to control this sexy legionnaire, he kidnaps former con artist, Holly. Then he realizes the real socialite isn’t who he is sharing a deserted island with, and he is devastated by what may happen to his son. Two desperate people with secret pasts and current secrets come face to face with danger and neither may make it out alive. Tossed together by circumstances and attracted to one another, can they beat the odds? Can they defeat ruthless pirates who want to take everything from them? Can they trust the love growing between them? Can they find a future or will they pay the ultimate price on Deception Island? 4 Stars
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
Gripping romantic suspense doesn't get much better than this! “He cradled her neck, urging her closer. A bead of sweat trailed down his back. She dug her fingers into his waist, giving him all the invitation he needed to explore her mouth. She tasted salty and sweet. The breath of her sigh danced over his tongue. She untangled their hands and swiveled onto his lap, wrapping her bare legs around him, linking her feet behind his back. Mon dieu. It was too much - and not nearly enough.” DECEPTION ISLAND by Brynn Kelly is an exciting, heart-stopping romantic thriller with a suspenseful built-up through-out. Let me make this clear: This is not a book to pick up to put yourself to sleep as I absolutely could not put it down until I'd finished it. Fate throws two broken individuals together in circumstances that seem to guarantee that neither will win. I loved the dynamics between the hero and heroine and how trust and feelings grew between Rafe and Holly as the story progressed and the danger increased exponentially. You should expect a plethora of dreaded perils including deadly pirates, snakes, sharks and snakes, fast paced adventure and high-stakes action in lush tropical settings. The book actually derives its name from the initial island where Rafe held Holly hostage; It was a remote honeymoon destination whose name translated to 'Deception Island.' Supporting characters will pluck at your heartstrings including a spunky little boy and a strong woman in a camp where Holly is held. Just thinking about the story now after finishing it weeks ago still makes my heart flutter. Following please find a few of my favorite quotes from this thriller: “Pretending to him that she felt something would be easy. Pretending to herself that she didn't? That was a whole other story.” --- “How do I say 'kiss me' in French?" she whispered. "Embrasse moi." Oh yes, even that sounded better in French.” --- “I'll shower, then we can go. I smell like a zombie." Hell, if the undead looked like that, bring on the zombie apocalypse.” This book marks the debut for this author and I look forward to reading more from her! If you enjoy romantic suspense, DECEPTION ISLAND should be on your to-read list! Gripping romantic suspense doesn't get much better than this! 4 1/2 out of 5 Stars!
PrincessFiona More than 1 year ago
Where do I begin with this book? For a start, I'm not a big suspense reader but when I saw this pop up on Netgalley, I had to try it. Rafe Angelito is a soldier in the French Foreign Legion. He's taken French Leave (see what I did there) to rescue his son who has been kidnapped by a former associate of Rafe's from a past that he doesn't want to remember. Holly is quietly minding her own business, on behalf of an American senator's daughter, standing in for the heiress on the dangerous legs of a round the world solo sailing attempt. Puts an interesting sidelight on American politics if this is the quality of their presidential candidates. But lets not go there. Under orders from his son's captors, Rafe must kidnap the senator's daughter so she can be held for ransom. You can see where this is going, can't you? Instead of the wimpy heiress, he gets scrappy Holly. Holly is just out of prison after taken the fall for her confidence trickster boyfriend. All she wants is to do this last con, take her money and live happily ever after without any men to cause trouble. Deception Island is a roller coaster ride from start to finish, beginning with the kidnapping, right up to the final confrontation at the end. Both Rafe and Holly have trust issues going and of course her deception is only going to make things more complicated. Especially with a politician involved with a lot to lose if Holly's masquerade is revealed. Complicating the situation is the attraction that blooms between the two, something Holly is quick to take advantage of for the sake of life insurance. Both of them have relationship baggage so the push and pull of the attraction makes for some delicious moments. This is a suspense novel so I can't really say much more without spoiling the suspense. Given this, there is some pretty graphic moments in the story if you have a weak stomach and while the smexy is rare, it's pretty hot. Overall this was a compelling read. Only time I lost the plot a bit was at a time sensitive moment when they had one of those moments and I was like...excuse me...there are things to do and time's a wasting. But it was only the one incident. The rest of the book just kept rolling on, keeping me on the edge of my seat, bed, whatever. A brilliant debut for the author.
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
Kelly’s debut is an impressive emotionally intense, pulse-pounding page-turner. Set in a stunning array of exotic locales her matter of fact, school of hard knocks dialogue is the perfect choice to bring readers her timely tale of sea pirates and human trafficking. Her characters run the gamut from innocent to irredeemable including her complicated and damaged stars. The climactic finish, the sexy French phrases and her couple’s courage make this an unforgettable premier. To save his son, who’s been abducted by a former friend turned criminal fiend, Rafe Angelito is forced to go against his French Foreign Legion code and revert back to his dark child-soldier past, kidnap an American heiress and hold her for ransom. The first thing he learns is that this US princess has claws. After six years in prison Holly Ryan accepts the ruse to pose as a US Senator’s daughter on a Pacific Island solo sailing journey. Just as she’s enjoying the wide-open spaces, she’s grabbed by pirates. Now she’s got to keep the hoax going hoping it will save her life. Alone on a deserted island Rafe and Holly fight to keep their secrets while fighting each other, their mutual attraction and outside forces too. Relying on well-honed defenses may not be enough to keep them mentally and physically safe.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! The action kept me turning pages. The darkness of both Holly and Rafe was very gritty, and I loved their connection. My heart pounded when theirs did. Tears formed at times. I laughed at the witty remarks. I highly recommend this book and look forward to more.
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
Deception Island by Brynne Kelly...what an awesome book, I was glued all the way through, there was so much going on. The story had kidnapping, killing, suspense and romance. I loved the characters Rafe and Holly, very well developed and likeable. These two had so much chemistry and so fun to watch them develope their relationship and trust for one another. I was give a complimentary book from publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
Two lost souls, fighting for a chance to survive, in the midst of fast paced, brutal action and heart-stopping suspense. I am still gasping for a breath. What an amazing suspense story, filled with gruesome, cruel action, close combat, kidnappings, human trafficking, destinies that make you want to cry out loud, with the heartbreaking doom. The twist in the plot kept coming, the events escalating, the mistakes made by characters having disastrous consequences. Everything in the story is moving fast, also the attraction between Holly and Rafe. The lies they tell to each other, to survive the situation, starts to unveil, and a fragile trust is formed in-between them. But to survive, they have to keep a clear head, and the fighting mode, or everything is lost. I loved the characters, they had survived, so far, the unthinkable, both of them. But they had not only survived, but soared to a new level, fought away from their past, and made a better chance with the future for themselves. Now everything was in peril. Yes, the feelings between them develop fast, it is fiery, and passionate as they come together, the danger around them fueling them on. The beautiful tropical scenery around them captured my mind, and lulled me into a false security of the peaceful, yet ardent, moments between Rafe and Holly. There were moments, especially with young Theo, that broke my heart, and I felt like I was right there, facing the unthinkable actions, they were forced to perform. I fell in love with the story, with the characters, the rapid action, got emotionally involved with the story, and prayed for hope, for a brighter future for all of them. What a whirlwind experience this story is, one not to be missed by any romantic suspense fans! ~ Five Spoons!