Claire arrives in Hopetown with one plan--con the ruthless magnate who tore her life apart. But Liam Channing does not appear to be the cold-hearted villain she has plotted to gleefully ruin. Revenge on the man who stole her family farm and rendered them destitute should be reason enough for her fortitude of steel, especially when it's her only shot at winning custody of her baby sister. Yet, somehow Liam has a way of reducing Claire's defenses to fluff.
Unfortunately, Claire's nagging doubts do little to sway her cousin, Geoff, from their plan to con Liam Channing out of half his wealth. Geoff won't let his prize go without drawing more than a little blood.
When Liam awakens with no memory of his drunken Vegas wedding, the con is on. But with love and loyalties warring, Claire must decide if she will take the final steps to destroy the man who has captured her heart.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Revenge is always an interesting topic in the romance book world. Lisa Shadow's Deceiving the Groom is a great example of a well-written revenge romance, and was a quick and quite entertaining read.
Once introduced to Claire, the female lead, it is easy to see why she wants to get back at the person who she believes is the cause of so much heartbreak in her and her family's life. While I don't necessarily agree with the tactics she employs, I do like that she does consistently show remorse and hesitancy at going about things the way she and her cousin have planned. As for her cousin, Geoff...well, let's just say I'm not a fan of him at all right from the very start of the book. He's controlling and manipulative, but that does make him into a perfect negative character.
Liam on the other hand-he's a strong, protective male lead, totally dedicated to his niece and truly a wonderful all around character. It's very plain to see why Claire falls for him-it's hard not to (I sure as hell would!). And I completely understand his business side-he conducts it in a cut-and-dried fashion, keeping personal feelings out of it...which is necessary to be a good businessman, even if it doesn't endear him to all those his does business with. Unfortunately, this is what leads to Claire embarking on the plan she and Geoff are carrying out.
There is a solid plot and the story is told well, and it kept my interest the whole time reading. This was a 4-star read for me, and I'd recommend for those who like their romance served with a side of attempted revenge.
**I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review**
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