by Maria Greene

February 2004
ISBN: 0-8217-7645-2
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Mass Market Paperback

Double Deception is an interesting and maybe even a unique book insofar as it depicts the follies of men in love. In love with themselves, with their family, an unobtainable object of desire, the idea of love and the one woman destined to be the one to share their life, thoughts and happiness.

Who is the stranger daring to read Lenore Andrews diary and leaving his own thoughts for her to discover? And who is the handsome stranger intriguing and challenging to be with but who refuses to talk of his scandalous past? Lenore is not to know that both men are one and the same. Not until she is willing to succumb to Eric Ramsdell charms. After all, were she to know that he is also the one deemed responsible for her brother’s death, she’d shun him like the rest of the ton. Trust comes difficult to Lenore, so Eric knows that their secret correspondence, no matter how revealing and helpful, won’t further his suit. Eric never had a reason for pursuing the truth of who murdered his best friend. But now, as he desires Lenore, he needs to clear his name to gain a chance at winning her heart and her trust.

Maria Greene is rather cruel in how she shows men in all their ridiculous endeavors to obtain their goals. However, the women in her story don’t fare much better, which makes this an interesting read indeed. Pride, misplaced honor, adultery and fatal choices in lifestyles fill the pages and leave no doubt that romantic love, as such, is dead. Grown up and mature love is something to work for, to work at. Something to treasure and to nourish as it is so very fragile.

Definitely not a light and frothy read Double Deception is sober and sometimes ruthless in bringing forth its message. All the more challenging and worthwhile to read. That is if it weren’t for the abrupt and sadly unsatisfactory and sobby ending. A wonderful premise and intriguing characters are not enough to earn the status of a stand out novel, but at least it is enough to wet my appetite for more from this author.

Reviewed in May 2004 by Kris Alice.

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