Thursday, December 20, 2012

Review: Dangerous Deception by Cindy McDonald

Dangerous Deception by Cindy McDonald 

Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Pages: 144
Format: ebook 
Buy the Book: Amazon 

Goodreads:  Old age ain't for sissies!

Vic Deveaux’s glory days as a winning jockey have ended, but he refuses to accept that pile of horse hockey! 

When the West family asks Vic to take an easier position at their Thoroughbred farm, Westwood, he becomes enraged and teams up with two greedy stable hands in a scheme to kidnap the youngest son, Shane.
Things turn ugly when Vic discovers that his new-found friends have murder on their minds. Suddenly Vic finds himself between a rock and a hard place. He has betrayed his good friend, Eric West, but will he participate in his son’s murder as well? 

Not content to sit at home and wait for her men to bring her brother home, Kate West convinces homicide detective, Carl Lugowski, to check out a hunch at an old abandoned mansion. Soon they’re trapped in a hornet’s nest of a notorious biker gang. 

Oh yeah, Vic’s deception has placed the West family in more danger than they know what to do with!

Kritters Thoughts:  From the beginning, there were two stories running parallel with many characters involved with each and some horses with names, so it took me quite a few pages to figure out each story line and who was involved.  Then I wanted to know immediately, how and where these two stories were going to intersect.  One dealt with the horse racing world and all of the people and logistics that go into making a stable successful.  The other story dealt with cops and drug dealers and was a little harder to understand at the beginning.

Once the two stories connected, the full book took off like a truck on an open road and the reader was just holding on for dear life and I loved it!  The mix of bikers, drugs, horses and money made for a fantastic thriller where you hoped that good win, but the reader wasn't quite sure with every bend in the road.  I fell in love with this family of horse breeders and think that this series could be a success with the family at the center. 

For a shorter book, it took a little longer to get to the story, but once it did, it was fantastic!  A first book in a series, I will be on the lookout for the next installment.

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel (and glad to hear we are!)

Ebook 2012 Challenge: 76 out of 25

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from BookSparks PR.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


  1. Fantastic review and post. Great job! Thank you!

  2. Good morning! Thank you for such a lovely review of Dangerous Deception. It is actually the third book of the Unbridled Series, and the fourth will be coming in June. As you pointed out, there were two story-lines climbing together toward the climax~all of my Unbridled books feature two story-lines~ it is a challenge to write that way, but I love giving the reader two plots to keep them intrigued.
    Thank you for hosting my book tour today!

  3. What a terrific review! It's on my read soon list but I've not made it far yet! Thanks - I now want to dig right in!!

  4. I am so sorry, for my mistake about its placement in the series, for some reason I thought it was the beginning. Now, I must go find book 1 and 2 to catch myself up!

  5. Not at all, it gave me a chance to tell your readers about the other two books. Deadly.Com (1st) is a murder/suspense like Dangerous Deception, and I wrote a romantic comedy for the series just for fun entitled, Hot Coco. Hope you enjoy them as much as you did Dangerous Deception.

  6. I'd like to thank Kritters Ramblings for hosting me today, and I'd like to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and a blessed 2013!


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