MY HEART! I don’t know if it’s going to fail because its broken or because I am suffering from a drama-induced heart attack. This book started out by getting my blood pumping and finished with me in a full freaking sweat.
What an amazing journey – honestly. Despite this book including some pretty dark themes that include serious violence, it is so well written. I want a book to make me feel engaged, and with Deception and Chaos, there were parts that were SO REAL that it was hard to read. You were in every second, every minute, every HOUR of the pain that was inflicted upon Sophia. Despite the story line losing me a little bit at the end, I know Soto is going to give me all the details to piece this puzzle together.
I’m gonna be quick on this review because I’m about to fucking DEVOUR the next books.
Sophia Cova is living a normal life until one day, upon entering her apartment, she’s is hit in the back of the head and drugged. When she awakes, her eyes open to a living, breathing nightmare. She has been taken by men who have kept her in cell, beat her, and starved her, with the ultimate goal of selling her to the highest bidder.
That is until a rag-tag team of former-criminals turned operative bust in to save her at the last minute. Little does she know that her brother is one of those operatives. It doesn’t dawn on him that the girl in the back of the vehicle with him is his little sister until she mutters Big Brother Garrett.
Keeping her safe is now Garrett’s main responsibility and that means taking her to a secure location with his group of men – including the mysterious Creed.
There’s a lot of mystery around these group of men who live together in close quarters with their housekeeper / nurse and now, the broken sister of one of their team members.
Sophia: Christ, what this girl endured. I will admit that I have read a lot of storylines that are relatively similar – the girl being taken and beaten – but I have yet to read one that puts you IN THE HORROR like Soto does in those first few chapters. Holy. Hell. Some authors think that they have to make the heroine in this situation UBER strong, but I think the beauty of this story really lies in Sophie’s rawness. At some point, she even states that she’s broken. I don’t think that makes her weak, I think she just knows her old self is gone.
Creed: I WANT ONE. The walking man of mystery with gray eyes, tattoos, and a sexy AF body. YASS QUEEN. Nothing quite gets me all fired up more than a mysterious man with his own secrets that are just DYING to surface on the pages. Because of his past, he doesn’t think he dervces
Because of his past, he doesn’t think he deserves anything good in his life, and that good includes Sophie. He fights his feelings for her because of his current lifestyle and the fact that her brother is part of his close knit team. But she’s relentless in pursuing him and when he finally gives in, you’re so bought in.
‘Look at me, Sophia,’ he breathes hotly in my eat, forcing my gaze back to his. I stare up at him through heavy lidded eyes. ‘You’re mine now,’ he says gruffly.
Let’s Talk About (the) Sex, Baby!
Calling this a slow burner isn’t quite fair because this is more like a freaking gas leak and you put one little measly flame and this whole mother is gonna burn down. That may not make sense but holy moly.
I just kept thinking, “is this when it’s finally going to happen?”. Sometimes slow burns can lose the attention of serious-pervs like muah, but Soto is a master of telling the story, putting the main characters in “will they / won’t they” scenarios and she manages to do all of this with a touch of agnst.
With eyes locked on min, he slides into me, and everything I’ve ever known changes within a blink of an eye. With each stroke of his cock, my eyes roll into the back of my head, and Creed ingrains himself into my heart, and my brain. He has me. Mind, body. and soul.
Brilliant writing overall in this story. I think the middle dragged a bit but all of the bits and pieces that were written were all designed to foreshadow the conclusion of Book 1. I specifically love Soto’s ability to write you IN THE SCENE. That’s such a hard perspective to master and Soto does it flawlessly.
BRB GONNA GO INTO HIBERNATION TO FINISH THE REST OF THIS SERIES, KBYE.