Played (Deception, #2) [NOOK Book]

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From #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy comes a romantic and suspenseful story of a cunning con man, a jewel heist, and an intense romance. PLAYED is Book #2 in the Deception Series, TAKEN is book #1.

Christina Alberti, an expert art historian, has run from the shadows of her past, hiding the truth and building her name as a reputable jewelry specialist at the Barclay Auction House. Everything is perfect -- until a legendary...
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Played (Deception, #2)

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Overview

From #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy comes a romantic and suspenseful story of a cunning con man, a jewel heist, and an intense romance. PLAYED is Book #2 in the Deception Series, TAKEN is book #1.

Christina Alberti, an expert art historian, has run from the shadows of her past, hiding the truth and building her name as a reputable jewelry specialist at the Barclay Auction House. Everything is perfect -- until a legendary and priceless diamond makes her a target for a diabolically charming con man determined to pull off the heist of the century at her expense.

FBI Agent J.T. McIntyre is determined to catch the thief who conned his father and destroyed his family. He wants revenge as much as he wants justice, and he won't let anyone stand in his way, not even Christina, whose secrets make him wonder just which side she is on.

When the diamond goes missing, the game turns deadly. Christina and J.T. take a dangerous journey deep into a world of greed and desire, secrets and seduction -- until there's no betrayal left hidden and nowhere the shocking truth can hide.

"Mix together a jewelry heist that hinges on old family secrets and the possibility of a dangerous curse, and you have an exciting page-turner that picks up where Freethy's June release, Taken, left off." 4 1/2 STARS - Romantic times Magazine
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Romantic Times
"Mix together a jewelry heist that hinges on old family secrets and the possibility of a dangerous curse, and you have an exciting page-turner that picks up where Freethy's June release, Taken, left off."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013653979
  • Publisher: Fog City Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/15/2014
  • Series: Deception , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 5,522
  • File size: 523 KB

Meet the Author

Barbara Freethy is a #1 NY Times Bestselling Author, a distinction she received for her novel, SUMMER SECRETS. Her 35 novels range from contemporary romance to romantic suspense and women's fiction Her books have won numerous awards - she is a six-time finalist for the RITA for best contemporary romance from Romance Writers of America and a two-time winner for DANIEL'S GIFT and THE WAY BACK HOME.

Known for her emotional and compelling stories of love, family, mystery and romance, Barbara enjoys writing about ordinary people caught up in extraordinary adventures. She is currently writing a contemporary connected family series: The Callaways. Books include ON A NIGHT LIKE THIS (#1), SO THIS IS LOVE (#2), FALLING FOR A STRANGER (#3), BETWEEN NOW AND FOREVER (#4) and ALL A HEART NEEDS (coming February 27, 2014). There is also a novella entitled NOBODY BUT YOU (A Callaway Wedding Novella. All the books in the Callaway Series feature new love stories as well as mystery and adventure.

Barbara has lived all over the state of California and currently resides in Northern California where she draws much of her inspiration from the beautiful bay area. Barbara loves to hear from readers so please feel free to write her.

For a complete listing of books, as well as excerpts and contests, and to connect with Barbara:
Visit Barbara's Website at www.barbarafreethy.com
Join Barbara on Facebook at www.facebook.com/barbarafreethybooks
Follow Barbara on Twitter at www.twitter.com/barbarafreethy
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  • Posted October 28, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    LOVED IT

    Read it in one night and it was hard to put down! Great characters and great plot.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Excellent weekend read

    As a fan, I've read all of Barbara Freethy's books and loved each one. Played was no exception.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    In San Francisco, Barclay Auction House will sell the Benedetti Diamonds especially one special gem with a heart inside. Local security and a team from Italy guard the treasures, but are unaware of the tunnels below the auction house. Meanwhile at a gala, art historian and genealogist Christina Alberti wears the fabulous star diamond of the collection. Attending the party is FBI Agent J.T. McIntyre who thinks his college roommate sociopath thief Evan Chadwick will try to steal the gem. Stefano Benedetti worries Christina might help her father steal the gem.--------------- Christina checks the gem and overall it looks okay but there is no heart inside. She wonders if a mistake occurred or her father somehow pulled a switch. J.T. and Christina are attracted to one another and he warns her that if the diamond is stolen, she will be blamed due to her father. He begs her to come clean with him for he believes she is hiding something. She says he will arrest her anyway so why should she trust him. When the gem is stolen, he joins her on the investigation that leads to her father in Italy not his former friend in California, but J. T. fears Evan is coming for father and daughter.------------ This is a terrific romantic suspense made more powerful by the complex relationship between the lead couple as her father comes between them. She believes her father would not hurt her so he must be innocent while he thinks otherwise that her dad is the thief. The strong support cast augments the fast-paced tale while a terrific final twist that will surprise readers. In spite of the improbable scenario that the villain, who has no grasp of reality, employs deep analysis of the logic of others that enables him to learn information faster than the Feds or others, fans will appreciate his cat and mouse game.---------- Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2011

    Highly Recommended!!!

    This book is a continuation of "Taken" (Deception, #1) and is a masterpiece from the author again. I would definitely say that this is another one of Barbara Freethy's books that I can't put down. I read it in one seating!!! You just can't put it down!!! And....of course, with the Nook, it is so easy to read!! Love it!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2006

    Played is a definite must read

    For suspense, mystery and more twists than a San Francisco street, this book has it all! The police investigation could have used more research, but the plot did not suffer. A definite romantic mystery!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2013

    played

    i love this book... they keep u going...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2013

    Turned off

    The plot was good. But I am continually disappointed in the language used. It is so hard to find authors who don't use vulgar language or lengthy detailed love scenes. I won't read any more of her novels.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    Very good reading

    Well-written suspense, complicated characters and plot, even if not totally believable. Would have liked a bit more tying up of some loose ends (what happens with Christina's mother for instance).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2014

    Enjoyable Read

    This book was as hard to put down as the first book in the series, Taken. I enjoyed the romantic suspense and there were plenty of surprises as the story unfolded.

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  • Posted February 13, 2014

    Awesome love story! A must read.

    Awesome love story! A must read.

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  • Posted January 23, 2014

    I just finished Played and I loved it. I read Taken in one day

    I just finished Played and I loved it. I read Taken in one day and Played the next day. I truly enjoyed both of them.

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  • Posted August 24, 2013

    Recommended if you like romance & suspense.

    Enjoyable, an easy read, fast paced, doesn't make you think too hard,
    which I personnally like much of the time. Life is complicated enough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    Dan

    Hi

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    I thought the book was great. I could not put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2012

    Breakdown

    "Knockout, i think i heard her" he says, walking over to where Nightslash was. Knockout looks around

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Nightslash

    Iz back @ base.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2012

    Played

    Excellent,

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2012

    Captivating

    Author draws you in from the first book and keeps you reading to end of this book and you never know whats gonna happen next its a great read action adventure love drama everything you could want in a book!! Amazing!!

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  • Posted May 21, 2012

    Very good. Enjoyed the characters and a good twist at the end.

    Highly recommeded-love that the characters are so likeable and in their 30's.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2012

    Worst book to read and then the best!!!

    I think it is just drama talking and is also really boring you should read warriors by erin hunter (bluestars prophecy)i bet you that it will touch your heart so much it will make you cry.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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