When Avri Lawrence’s high school sweetheart leaves her to enlist in the military, she nurses a broken heart. When Dillon returns four years later, their attraction to each other is stronger than ever, but life’s experiences has changed them. When her life is threatened she’s not sure he’ll come to her rescue or like what he finds. She has secrets and she’s not ready to share.
Dillon Davidson wants to advance in his military career but didn’t plan on having to kill so many people to do so. On a Special Opps mission he’s captured and tortured for eighteen long months. After his escape, he ends his four-year career in deception. He wants to start over with his soul mate, Avri in Saddle Creek, Wyoming.
But are there too many years of separation, too many secrets, and too many memories between them for them to overcome?
About the Author
I live on the west coast of mid Florida with my husband, two cats and AJ, my long haired chihuahua. I've been writing since I was in fourth grade when I wrote a play that was actually produced by the teacher for the students and parents. I've written four full length novels and too many to mention 'short stories'.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
SECRETS AND DECEPTIONS by Lorelei Confer is a well-written romantic suspense novel and is book three in the Saddle Creek series. It worked well as a stand-alone novel. This story takes place in and around Saddle Creek, Wyoming. Avri Lawrence and Dillion Davidson were high school sweethearts. While Avri heads to college to become a lawyer, Dillion enlists in the military and leaves her broken-hearted despite his promise to return. He returns four years later and they are still attracted to each other, but both of them have also changed and both have secrets. However, when Avri’s life is threatened, she wonders if Dillion will help her. Avri and Dillion are compelling and complex characters and definitely a couple you can root for. They felt real and three-dimensional and both had flaws and virtues. Their motivations were believable and the secondary characters were well-rounded and contributed to the story rather than detracting from it. The story has a lot of tension and several intense scenes. Themes weaved into this novel include PTSD, picking up relationships after several years, feelings of betrayal and abandonment, trust, long-term friendships, communication, and much more. Overall, I was fully engaged from the beginning and hoping for a happily ever after ending. Does it happen or do they go their separate ways? I recommend this book to those that enjoy their romance with some suspense. I look forward to reading more books by this author. Thanks to Backlit PR and Lorelei Confer for a digital ARC of this novel via NetGalley and the opportunity to provide an honest review. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way.
Secrets and Deceptions is book 3 in the Saddle Creek series by Lorelei Confer. This book stood alone as I have not read the other books in the series and didn’t feel that I had missed anything. I do think Chase’s story would be great. This is a book of high school sweethearts finding their way back together after several misunderstandings. Dillon enlists in the military to find his way right after high school. Dillion ends up in special forces and on missions that are classified. He was captured and help hostage for 18 months. After escaping he gets out of the service to come home to Avri. Avri has put herself through law school and is now a successful lawyer. She has been waiting for Dillion to come home and has not understood why he never wrote her. She has some secrets of her own. They come together when her life is being threatened. You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.
Read/get reviews: http://www.goodbookswithtea.blogspot.com Perfect Ending To The Perfect Build This story is the real deal when it comes to the saying "page turner"! Secrets and deceptions is an excellent source of thrill and suspense! Lovers Avri and Dillon reunite after fours years of separation. Their love for one another is quickly rekindled, (Kind of like a slap in the face, really. The reunion, itself, was suspenseful and brought on several questions that would later be answered.) but at what cost? What's real? What's a lie? Do they even know each other, anymore? Both have secrets they're keeping from one another, but neither can hold onto them for long. Eventually, the truth is gonna come out. I thought the concept and play out of this story was very realistic. People have secrets and as time goes on, those secrets/happenings change people. I'm glad a writer explored the affects lies can have on a relationship, romantic or otherwise. It creates uncertainties, as well as misunderstandings. It's clear Avri and Dillon still love each other deeply, so of course readers want these two darlings to open up and just spill the guts (oops. Spoiler?) already, but the suspense was well played!! I honestly think this is the fastest I've ever read a novel of this length! The pacing of this story teeters back and forth from nice, steady, slow builds to fast, adrenaline pumping scenes and developments. There's really a lot going on here what with the past/present plots (and fantasies/night terrors) of two characters on their own as well as together, but it's nicely explored. I never felt lost in the text. This author does an excellent job of keeping the reader's attention on the book in hand! Because, really, ya gotta know if they're gonna make it! Read and/or get reviews at- http://www.goodbookswithtea.blogspot.com