by Lisa Clark O'Neill


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Samantha Martin's carefully reconstructed life is teetering on the edge of disaster. After surviving an abusive childhood, Sam is only months away from completing her hard-won college degree when she gets devastating news about her brother. Donnie, her protector and best friend, lies in a coma in a Charleston hospital.
Sam struggles with the question of who shot her beloved brother as well as the monumental expenses of his ongoing care, and in desperation seeks ready cash by agreeing to act as the "entertainment" for a local man's bachelor party - where to her everlasting mortification, she encounters the one man who'd ever meant enough to her to break her heart.
Forensic artist Josh Harding recognizes the butterfly tattoo on the curvaceous hip of the wig-bedecked stripper. After all, he'd spent hours sketching her lovely figure while a student at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Now here she is, eight years later, and it becomes clear that Sam is in trouble. Seemingly unrelated threads weave into a pattern surrounding her and her brother. Exposing criminal enterprise among the upper echelon of local society and the shocking truth behind the city's most famous murder, the unexpected connections that neither Josh nor Sam saw coming draw them both into a tangled web of love and Deception.

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ISBN-13: 9781484921418
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/02/2013
Pages: 514
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.15(d)

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Deception 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Sheree2u More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the series. I was at the edge of my seat the entire time. What a wild & exciting ride! The plot was so intense, emotional and complex. I kept finding myself wondering how in the world was everything going to come together. Whenever I tried to predict what would happen next, I was wrong. That's a good thing. Way too many books are way too predictable.  This book made me laugh, gasp, scream & hold my breath. There was one scene that had me howling with laughter. I was reading in bed and woke my husband up at about 1:30am. Yes, I lost sleep over this book and did not win appreciation from my hubby. I loved Josh's job. I found t fascinating. I loved the intelligence & how this book had me really thinking, trying to think things out. I loved that characters made appearances from the last book(s) in the series. Great details to add that was like getting visits from past friends & family.  I loved the mystery so much. The good guys were so fascinating. Really. I loved them. They were complex, interesting, witty and deep. They felt real to me. I seriously HATED the bad guys. I'm talking pure evil... sick-in-the-head evil bad guys. Man, did I want them to die a thousand deaths! I did think that Josh might have become a bit too much of an angry Neanderthal. I mean, I totally understood his protectiveness, desperation & feelings of helplessness. But it didn't seem to totally jive with who I thought that I knew about his character. Of course, desperation & love can change a person.  I highly recommend this book and especially this series! Keep the books coming, Lisa Clark O'Neill! I love them!!!
SharonCCooper1 More than 1 year ago
In exchange for a gifted copy of Deception (Southern Comfort book 3), I agreed to give an honest review. This is the first book I've read by this author and I'm pretty sure it won't be my last. I enjoyed Deception! The story had great main characters! Samantha Martin (heroine) had spunk, loved her heroic brother enough to almost die for him, and her ability to function under pressure truly added to the story's adventures. Josh Harding was a sweetheart and the perfect hero. A boy scout until he realized his beloved Samantha was being stalked- then he became the perfect alpha male (loved him). Though the story had a ton of characters (some I assume are from previous books and books to come), the author did a good job in not just throwing them into the story, but making sure their roles were very clear. I was thrown a couple of times by a character but mainly because of some names starting with the same letter, for example there was a Kim, Karen, and Kathleen. Despite that issue, the story had some wonderful twists and turns that readers will love! Expect the unexpected. Just when you think you have everything figured out - it changes. It was clear the author either did some serious researching of police (CSI) work/roles or she's had some personal experience. It's nice to read books that are not only entertaining, but also ones that educate as well - which Deception did. With all of that said though, I did struggle through a chunk of the book due to an extensive amount of description, that, in my opinion, bogged down some of the story. After the first few chapters (which were entertaining) there was a lull and a great deal of description that almost made me stop reading, BUT I'm so glad I didn't! I would have truly missed out! Ms. O'Neill TOTALLY saved the story (in my opinion) about midway through and I couldn't put the book down until it was finished. If you enjoy stories that have a nice mix of suspense and humor, along with info. on forensics, science, CSI, romantic suspense, and a great deal of description (in every area), you're going to enjoy this story. I definitely recommend this book! Overall Rating = 4.5 Stars Book Cover = 4 Stars Book Blurb = 4 Stars Writer's Voice /Style = 5 Stars Character Development = 5 Stars Story Appreciation = 4.5 Stars Sharon C. Cooper Author of Rendezvous with Danger (Reunited Series)