Christina Dodd's heroes are so realistic and well-drawn that they leap off the page and grab your heart. Rafe Di Luca is one of these heroes, sexy and a bit of a bad boy, he's the one that got away. Brooke Petersson isn't exactly thrilled that he is back in town, but at the same time she's thrilled to her toes because one thing about Rafe is that she has never stopped loving him. Ms. Dodd takes us on a thrill ride of sensual tension and romantic suspense in the first book of her latest trilogy the Scarlet Deception. The first book has set the bar high for the following novels.
At first Rafe doesn't seem like a very likable character, but as the reader gets to know him a bit better he becomes much more likable and definitely sexier. Brooke is a woman filled with emotion and easily relatable, and realistically drawn. The story is fascinating and enjoyable, and watching these two spar on the page is entertaining. The suspense and mystery elements in the story are very well done and keep the reader guessing until the very end. Definitely a keeper.
Brooding and sexy Rafe Di Luca has returned to his family's luxurious vineyard resort for one reason: to find out who attacked his beloved grandmother. His homecoming stirs up a decades-old feud, forcing him to work with Brooke Petersson, the woman he once seduced and betrayed...but never forgot.