About the Book
Book: Shadows of Deception
Author: Ashley Dawn
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 1, 2018
“Get to work cowboy or you’ll be too late to the table to get any pie.” A short getaway to a nice Texas ranch isn’t why Tiffany is at Colorado’s home. She is a seasoned LA PI and used to the fast paced life. The problems on the ranch are different from what she is used to but she is determined to solve them one way or another. There is one slight problem—a tall dark and handsome cowboy distracting her and occupying more and more of her thoughts. “…I would hate for anything to happen to remove you from my favor…or organization.” Danger on the ranch is real and escalating quickly. Colorado doesn’t know who to trust or what is coming next. The thing he does know is Tiffany Reiley is the woman he wants for the job. Thinking the case will be quick and easy to solve, Tiffany doesn’t anticipate the depth of the horrors she has stepped into. As Colorado and Tiffany’s attraction grows, the danger gets closer. Will God guide them to the answers they are so desperately searching for?
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This is the fourth book in a series but reads well on its own. I've read them all and I think this is the best one yet. Dawn has given readers a good balance of character development, romance, and danger. Tiffany is an accomplished private eye in a family of law enforcement siblings and in-laws (except one brother). We have met them in previous novels in the series. I really like the family dynamics as they support each other. Brothers are quick to come to Tiffany's aid when she is over her head.
The major characters are Christians and I like the discussions about God. When faced with the death of several innocents, Tiffany struggles with God allowing it to happen. There are some good thoughts on the subject in the discussion she has with Colorado.
I recommend this novel to readers who would enjoy the setting of a Texas ranch and the investigation of the nefarious events happening there. There is not much mystery as we are pretty sure who the bad guys are. The excitement and suspense arises from trying to catch them at their evil deeds. The end of the novel is good but is also open enough for a sequel.
You can check out my reviews of the previous novels in the series: Shadows From the Past, Shadows of Suspicion, and Shadows of Pain.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Author
Author Ashley Dawn was born and raised in rural Arkansas where she developed her love for writing while helping in her parent’s office. She graduated with an accounting degree from the University of Central Arkansas but is currently working as a legal assistant. Ashley has been writing professionally for the past twelve years and has four published books. Her Shadows Series include Shadows From The Past, Shadows of Suspicion, Shadows of Pain, and Shadows of Deception. She is currently working on multiple projects including the fifth in her ‘Shadows’ series entitled “Shadows in Black and White” and also a standalone suspense titled ‘One of Their Own’. She and her family make their home in Texas.
Guest Post from Ashley
Shadows of Deception was a fun book to write. I love writing my Shadows books because the characters have become so ‘real’ for me. The Reiley family is a large, close family. Each of the siblings is their own person with their own life, but they will always be there for each other. Deception focuses on Tiffany Reiley. Tiffany loves her family completely, but in such a big family, feels like she has to prove herself. She isn’t looking for a man, and certainly not a man like Colorado. Her story honestly didn’t unfold as I had planned, I wrote it one way but it felt forced and like I was making my characters do things that didn’t fit their personalities. Letting the story just ‘flow’ and the characters be themselves was scary and thrilling at the same time. There is a touch of difficult subject matter, but for me the story is more about how God is in our lives no matter what. God is always there and His love for us, even when we don’t feel loveable or deserving is ours for the taking. When we don’t understand why things are happening, He does. My hope is no matter what someone gets from the book, they see God’s love through it.
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I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Celebrate Lit.