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Reckless Deceptions by Karen Rock #Review #RomanticSuspense #Terrorism #CIA #BlogTour


Title: Reckless Deceptions #3
Author: Karen Rock
Series: Dallas After Dark
Publication date: December 18th, 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

My Review:

This is one of a series of books based around the top male strip and burlesque club in Dallas but it works well as a standalone. In this story, CIA officer Ryan Arnell is instructed to make contact with one of the club’s dancers, Erica Keeley, as she has information to help stop a terrorist group. She used to work with him but was kicked out of the CIA when her innovative techniques broke too many rules. That was a double blow as the two were lovers and she feels he betrayed her. . . . .

Sparks definitely fly between these two as their attraction is as strong as ever but there’s a serious threat to national security to be thwarted, a terrorist plot to be squashed and traitors to be revealed in this action packed, steamy, romantic suspense. It is a real page turner, with many surprises along the way. Ryan’s ‘by the book’, unemotional way of working and his need for control is in direct contrast to Erica’s impulsive, ‘follow your gut’ and openly emotional attitude but this is definitely a case of opposites attracting! Can they work together again to keep themselves and others safe? Can they prevent the terrorists causing more deaths and destruction? Does their love really have any second chance?

The family pressures on Ryan, his relationship with his twin older brothers and his father, are all explored as part of the story. I loved how Erica was able to coerce and help his father without upsetting him. This is an enthralling romantic suspense and a great addition to the series.I requested and was gifted a copy of it without obligation. I have chosen to read it and this is my honest review after doing so. I’ve actually read the earlier books in this series and others by this author and I’ll definitely be looking out for more from her in future.


Erica Keeley has always been willing to break the rules to catch a criminal, until her unorthodox tactics get her booted from the CIA and betrayed by the man she trusted. Now, gone rogue to stop a terrorist group, she’s working undercover at Dallas’s top male strip and burlesque club, dancing alongside sexy, sculpted men. Not that any of her co-workers give her the adrenaline rush she got from her former life. Erica hits the jackpot when she overhears her targets discussing a homegrown terrorist plot. But her last shot at redemption means getting up close and personal with her traitorous ex.

Control is what CIA officer Ryan Arnell values above all things. Yet he was irresistibly drawn to Erica’s impulsive, uninhibited nature in the field—and in bed—until her bull-headed tactics risked the agency’s mission. Teaming up to stop a deadly attack, he’s falling again for this spontaneous, high-octane woman. And with Erica’s ties to the terrorists proving closer than either of them expected, the riskiest mission of all might be this second chance at love . . .

“A highly entertaining and cohesive suspense novel with an emotionally satisfying romance that will keep readers glued to the page.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars on Dangerous Moves

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Other books in this series and links to my reviews of them:

Dangerous Moves


Deadly Games

Author Bio:

Award-winning author Karen Rock is both sweet & spicy—at least when it comes to her writing! The author of YA and adult contemporary books writes spicy suspense and small-town romances. A big believer in Happily-Ever-After, Karen loves creating unforgettable stories that leave her readers smiling. Karen is an avid reader and baker who loves having the Adirondack Park as her backyard, where she lives with her husband and daughter who make her life complete.

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3 comments on “Reckless Deceptions by Karen Rock #Review #RomanticSuspense #Terrorism #CIA #BlogTour

  1. Karen Rock
    December 10, 2018

    Thanks so much for hosting me today and for your amazing review! Wow- so excited to hear you loved it 🙂 Wishing you a Happy Holiday season ahead.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Giselle [Xpresso Reads]
    December 10, 2018

    Great review! The romance sounds hot and full of chemistry! Glad you liked it! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. bicted
    December 10, 2018

    Thank you both – I definitely loved reading it and look forward to reading more by Karen in future, I hope!


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