Deception by Design

Deception by Design

by Trish Beaudet


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Interior designer Isabella Hughes has created a perfect life for herself. Raised on a farm in Ohio, she has paved her way to the top of the design world and married the love of her life, leaving her meager upbringing behind her. The owner of an upscale firm in Manhattan, Isabella is the epitome of a successful businesswoman. But the demon of self-doubt still haunts her. It threatens to destroy everything: her career, her marriage, and even her life.
Yes, Isabella has issues-abandonment issues. She was left by her mother when she was younger. Professionally, she is rock solid, but personally, she is unsteady. When Grayson Hughes came into her life, he was her knight in shining armor. Now, ten years into their supposedly happy marriage, Grayson becomes hostile and cruel. Unbeknownst to Isabella, Grayson is harboring a dark secret.
While Isabella maneuvers through the turmoil of her personal life, she is awarded the design project of her dreams. To help her down this unfamiliar path, she relies on her new business manager, Julian Grossaint, seeking not only his guidance, but also comfort in his arms. As Isabella's life spins out of control, the ramifications of her betrayal turn deadly. Is Grayson's bizarre behavior to blame, or has Isabella unknowingly concocted her own Deception by Design?

This book is intended for mature audiences.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940354033
Publisher: New Friends Publishing
Publication date: 08/16/2013
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

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Deception by Design 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite Isabella Hughes had it all - a fabulous husband, an increasingly successful business, and trusted friends - or at least she thought she did. Deception by Design by Trish Beaudet follows Isabella's journey along the rocky road of a faltering relationship that creates more issues than she can handle. Finding that she can't reconcile what she thinks she wants with what she thought she had, Isabella struggles with the question of 'doing the right thing' and second guessing the choices she has made. She learns that you can’t please everyone and that you have to be careful who you hurt. In spite of the meteoric rise of her design company, Isabella becomes increasingly torn and insecure with her personal life as the people she trusts most begin to treat her harshly, resulting in severe emotional distress. Can she be rescued from her dilemma or does her world truly get turned upside down? In an excellent, suspenseful story, Trish Beaudet skillfully tells about the effects of psychological pressure that lead to self-doubt and hard choices. Deception by Design follows Isabella Hughes, a woman who seems to have everything, as she falls into a spiral of doubt and withdrawal through manipulation by the key players in her life. With excellent character portrayals, plenty of interesting details, and wonderful descriptions of a high-quality interior design firm, Beaudet draws the reader into the depths of Isabella’s thoughts, fears, and insecurities.  From amazing highs to crashing lows, Isabella experiences a wide range of emotions as she confronts tremendous success and heart-breaking disappointment and despair. This is a must-read psychological thriller!
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jean Hall for Readers' Favorite From her humble beginnings on a rural farm in Ohio, Isabella Hughes has created a glamorous life for herself in downtown Manhattan. As the owner of an upscale interior design firm, she has carefully and successfully climbed her way to the top.  Unbeknownst to Isabella, danger is waiting in the wings and threatens to destroy everything she has built. In Deception By Design, Trish Beaudet shows us the life of beautiful Isabella Hughes as she makes shrewd controlling decision in the boardroom, and lets all her inhibitions go in the bedroom. Her dashing husband Grayson seems to support her, but he is consumed with insecurity. Grayson is an artist who has never lived up to his famous mother's reputation in the art world. Grayson turns cold and callous as Isabella is awarded a design project of her dreams.  With their marriage on the rocks, she begins to rely on her new business manager Julian Grossaint more then she should. Julian presence calms her.  He seems to know her every thought and feeling, but his infatuation with her borders on obsessive.  With Grayson's odd behavior threatening Isabella picture perfect life, she hangs on, trying to salvage their marriage and her sanity. Isabella is seen as a self-sacrificing angel, a loving and forgiving wife, a sexually satisfying partner, and an astute businesswoman. The story offers some good twists when the reader isn't sure what is fantasy and what is reality, as Isabella tries to discover where the danger lies and who she can trust. She is lost in a fog of manipulation and the reader is drawn into rooting for her as she tries to emerge back to reality. In Deception By Design, Trish Beaudet shows us her heroine's high-flying and sexually charged life in the Big Apple. The mystery and deception will be revealed in the author's next book called Night Minds...
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite In the suspenseful romance novel Deception by Design, Isabella Hughes is a successful interior designer and owns a firm in Manhattan. A farm girl who hailed from Ohio, her past is left behind as she becomes a successful businesswoman with a great career and a dreamlike marriage. But some good things never last. Her husband, Grayson, becomes unhappy with his inability to match up with her success. Then, there is also a matter of personal issues from her past that never quite disappear from her life. When she receives a grand design project from an important client, Isabella sees it as rewarding but unfamiliar ground. When a new project manager, Julian Groissaint, comes aboard, her life starts to spiral more out of control. I absolutely love the premise and Trish Beaudet is able to deliver a story that engages readers emotionally in an instant. The catalyst for Isabella and Grayson’s marriage woes is a familiar situation that I believe many readers can relate to. The multi-layered plot is one of the best I have read so far; unpredictable and full with suspense. Not all writers can master characterization that easily, but Beaudet really nailed it with hers. Despite her many flaws, I found myself rooting for Isabella again and again, hoping that she could overcome her personal demons and the obstacles that she has to face. Coupled with the sensuality of the story, it is hard not to fall in love with Deception by Design. As such, romance fans should not miss this.