Book Blitz & Review: Sweet Deception by Grace Henderson
Book Crushin recently did the cover reveal for Sweet Deception (Truth #1) by Grace Henderson and decided to go ahead and review the book even though we don’t normally branch out into typical romance novels. This book is mature and for readers over 18. In this blitz we will have all the book information, an excerpt, book trailer & a spoiler-free review. Hope you enjoy!
Sweet Deception (Truth #1) by Grace Henderson
Category: British, Contemporary Romance
Publication: August 21, 2013; Independent
Three years ago, tragedy struck Cassie Wilson’s family and pushed her away from her hometown. Now, one phone call pulls her right back…
Cassie’s had more than her fair share of heartbreak and the last thing on her mind is finding love. But when she meets the charming, arrogant and drop-dead gorgeous Blake Richards, she has to decide whether she can open up her heart to him.
Blake has a bad rep with women but that doesn’t stop them lining up to spend the night with him. What he wants, he gets. And he wants Cassie.
The attraction is obvious, but Cassie soon realises he’s holding something back. When his past threatens to destroy his future, will he share his most guarded secret with her? A secret that connects them both, in ways neither could have imagined.
Sweet Deception is a fun, quick read. Great for a beach day or a nice pool-side read! The concept kept me intrigued and reading. The romance is sweet although a little quick, but that isn’t odd for a romance book these days. It is hard to do this review without giving anything away, so I am trying to avoid discussing the plot completely. Don’t worry about the British-isms as they aren’t too crazy, like some of the others we’ve read recently. Oh and Blake…super hot!
Grace Henderson has a conversational writing style and used shifting POVs which helped keep the book moving. I loved the characters, very well developed and I especially liked Cassie & Blake’s best friends, Laurel & James. I seriously expect those two to get their own book next! This book has a great blend of emotions: suspense, mystery, romance, sadness and laughter. You’re taken on the emotional ride with Cassie and Blake as they try to overcome their pasts and move forward together.
The one thing I take away from this, is it solidifies my secret dream to own a flower shop! You get to know everyone’s gossip and little secrets and possibly meet that hottie that buys a lot of flowers!
I took a long sip of my drink watching her do the same, then she leant forward against the bar, “So, what has got you so distracted tonight that you are here with me instead of them?” Her eyes held mine captive and I was taken aback at how direct her question was. She must know it was because of her. I eyed her carefully before responding. I didn’t want to come on too strong but she needed to know I was interested. “I saw you on your own and wanted to make sure you were okay.” Had to wind her up though, ‘cause it was fun. She’d get all flustered like she did when we met before. “And I saw you checking me out earlier, so I thought I’d give you what you obviously can’t keep your eyes off. Me.”
I smiled and took another slug of my drink, but nearly spat it back out as some manicured nails with sickly pink nail polish slowly slid round my waist. Candy. The blonde hair followed as she peered round and popped up in between us. “Blakey, I can’t find Amber, come and keep me company will you?” She looked up at me seductively, ignoring Cassie completely and tip- toeing her fingers up my chest. I just wanted to rip her hands off me and tell her that she was nothing to me. I looked over to Cassie, worrying what her reaction would be but she was laughing silently. Then she mouthed ‘Blakey?’ to me as a question. I just shrugged and rolled my eyes, and turned to Candy, trying my best to detach myself from her grip, “I’m busy. You need to just find her yourself.” She pouted and stroked her hand up my chest again. Cassie shifted in her seat, she was obviously feeling awkward. I watched her and was about to say something when she knocked back her drink in one, and looked at Candy, “I’ve got to find my friend anyway, he is all yours.” My eyes met hers as she hopped off the barstool and shouted over her shoulder, “thanks for the drink.” Her hips swayed as she strutted away and all I could think about was how her butt looked in the tight dress she was wearing. If she looked back, it meant she wanted me. Her head moved. Was she…nope, she didn’t look back. I let out the breath I didn’t even realise I was holding.
Author Bio: Grace Henderson
When Grace isn’t working her day job, she is huddled in the corner writing or reading romance novels. Having always loved reading, it was only after changing jobs and having to put up with a long commute that it took over as an obsession. Now there isn’t a day goes by that she lets her iPad out of sight. She lives in the UK with her husband and two cats, and has a BA in Business Management. She is a compulsive tea drinker and a sucker for a ‘happily ever after.’