by Barbara Freethy
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From #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy comes a tale of romance and suspense. Book 2 in the Deception Series (Book 1 is TAKEN)

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781479295524
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/14/2012
Pages: 294
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Barbara Freethy is a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, who has sold over 6.5 million ebooks since 2012. Her 52 novels range from contemporary romance to romantic suspense and women's fiction. Twenty-two titles have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Lists. Her books have won numerous awards. She is a six-time finalist for the RITA for best contemporary romance from Romance Writers of America. She has also received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. Known for her emotional and compelling stories of love, family, mystery and romance, Barbara enjoys writing about ordinary people caught up in extraordinary adventures. 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 her website at You can also visit Barbara on Facebook at and Twitter at

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Played 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 144 reviews.
evanescenceSE More than 1 year ago
Read it in one night and it was hard to put down! Great characters and great plot.
bookholiday More than 1 year ago
As a fan, I've read all of Barbara Freethy's books and loved each one. Played was no exception.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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).
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
hzleyes52 More than 1 year ago
i love this book... they keep u going...
RRPNC More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
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Finally an author with a great set of books Mystery and Romance Thanks
NonniD More than 1 year ago
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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penny65PW More than 1 year ago
Awesome love story! A must read.
olcotl More than 1 year ago
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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BEK66 More than 1 year ago
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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