I read the first book in this series back when it came out, so when I got the chance to read Deceived, I jumped on it. I really enjoyed the first book, so I figured the second would be just as good. And it was. And there were things that I liked about it more than I liked about the first one.
So, Mac was in the military. But, he was injured, rather severely, and was medical’ed out. He decided that he would start a bounty-hunting agency. He would go out and hunt down people who have skipped bail, or who need to get got. As his nephews got out of the military or needed a job, he hired them on. Now that they are there, he lets the younger men go out and do all the field work, while he stays at the office and runs things.
Ten years ago, Mac was on leave and met a woman in a bar. He and Avery spent an amazing week together, but she disappeared in the middle of the night. He’s spent the last 10 years comparing every woman to Avery. Now he has the chance to look for her, and he’s finally found her.
Avery thinks back fondly to that week. It came at a horrible time in her life and was a little bit of light. But, it’s nothing more than a fond memory. Right until she walks out of her son’s school and sees Mac standing there, waiting for her. Now her past has hit her present and she’s not sure what she’s going to do.
So, right off the bat, here’s one of the things I really liked about this book, Avery is an older heroine. As a 40something, it’s nice to see a heroine close to my age. Don’t get me wrong, I generally have no problems reading about pretty young things, but sometimes reading about someone closer to my age is really nice. Especially when paired with an older man. I liked the premise, we all know that I like a good second-chance romance, even when it’s not totally a second-chance, 1.5-chance, maybe. Yeah, I think that works well. Either way, I like that whole trope, so it’s no surprise that I liked the story. There isn’t a whole lot of drama in this book, which isn’t a problem. I mean, there was still some conflict in the story, but not a lot of external drama and angst. You can’t have a story without some kind of conflict going on, but it’s not overwhelming and is enough to move the story along and make things better.
I really don’t have anything to put down here, I just wanted an excuse to post a picture of a grill, since Mac and his guys do have cookouts.
OK, I lied, I do have one thing. I do like that Avery’s son isn’t Mac’s son. It’s a change from other stories in this trope.
So, that’s all I have to say now. Go check out the books in this series. Happy reading!