Deception by C.J. Redwine Author of Defiance ~ Review by Fallon
Authors Book Description:
Baalboden has been ravaged. The brutal Commander's whereabouts are unknown. And Rachel, grief stricken over her father's death, needs Logan more than ever. With their ragged group of survivors struggling to forge a future, it's up to Logan to become the leader they need—with Rachel by his side. Under constant threat from rival Carrington's army, who is after the device that controls the Cursed One, the group decides to abandon the ruins of their home and take their chances in the Wasteland.
But soon their problems intensify tenfold: someone—possibly inside their ranks—is sabotaging the survivors, picking them off one by one. The chaos and uncertainty of each day puts unbearable strain on Rachel and Logan, and it isn't long before they feel their love splintering. Even worse, as it becomes clear that the Commander will stop at nothing to destroy them, the band of survivors begins to question whether the price of freedom may be too great—and whether, hunted by their enemies and the murderous traitor in their midst, they can make it out of the Wasteland alive.
In this daring sequel to Defiance, with the world they once loved forever destroyed, Rachel and Logan must decide between a life on the run and standing their ground to fight.
Ballboden has been destroyed. Rachel is heart broken from the loss of her father and Oliver. Rachel is fierce, strong, stubborn and beautiful. Rachel can go toe to toe with any man. In this second book Rachel is haunted by all the loss she has had to endure. Rachel's hatred for the Commander is burning more fierce then ever.
Logan is now in the position of leading Balboden survivors. Logan is so torn by his priorities. Torn by being there for Rachel who is broken or the survivors who need him too. This second book is a discovery of who need him too. This second book is a discovery of who Logan is, who he can trust in this world where everyone is desperate to survive.
I love the supporting characters in deception. There is Sylph who is Rachel's best friend. Even through everything these two endured. They endured the destruction of Ballboden and loss of family. Through all of this they still love each other. Rachel and Sylph still understand each other and care for one another. Then there is Quinn and Willow both not from Ballboden and considered outsiders. Quinn and Willow are brother and sister and are born killers. Both are loyal to Logan and Rachel. Willow is a beautiful girl who can fight but seeks approval. Quinn struggles with his past. He is willing to protect Rachel at all cost. They are all still in fear of the cursed on who seeks to destroy their world.
This book was a little slow at the very beginning but built quickly after Chapter 3. There were times I was in tears but I won't say why because that would spoil the book for you, other times I was blushing from scenes with Rachel and Logan. If you can push through the first couple chapters then you won't be sorry. I am giving this book 4 1/2 out of 5 stars. It would have been 5 out of 5 if the beginning had built up quicker.