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Ultimate Deception (The Harden Series Book 2) by [Stookes, Lynn]
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In a matter of months, Dani Delaney's world drastically changed. Now, she faces the toughest challenge of her life and is determined to handle it on her own.

Detective Sawyer Woods will do anything to be with Dani, the woman he's dreamed about since he first laid eyes on her, but she'll have nothing to do with him, no matter how much charm he uses.

It isn't until Dani receives threatening messages and criminal activities happen around town that she's forced to accept the help of the one man who can bring her to her knees. Can Sawyer protect the one woman who doesn't want him and convince her to give him a shot? Or can one lie destroy it all?

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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B013PWZOF0
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-moving 5 star read 27 September 2015
By Cassandra Lawson - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I first met Dani and Sawyer in book 1, and I was hoping to see more of them in this story. Dani has suffered more than her share of pain, and this last year has been really rough on her. Of course, her life doesn’t just fall into place for her. She’s has some pretty big shocks to deal within this book, including a lunatic who is targeting her. She wasn’t happy when Sawyer was the detective assigned to protect her in Fatal Obsession, and she’s not at all sure how she feels about being in that position again. Sawyer is sexy as sin, and she finds it hard to resist him. She’s also not comfortable with his bossy ways and man whore reputation.

Sawyer hasn’t had an easy life, and he doesn’t believe he’ll ever have a relationship or family. Casual affairs are more to his liking, but he finds he can’t walk away from Dani, no matter how hard she tries to convince him to. This story gives a lot more depth into Sawyer’s character. In book 1, he seemed like kind of a jerk, but there is much more than his cocky flirting. Even if I only saw the scenes involving him and Lily, I would have fallen in love with him. There was so much more to make him good book boyfriend material.

Ultimate Deception is book 2 in the Harden series, and it is a fast-moving 5 star read. I loved the way these two interact, and the suspense made it hard for me to put this book down. I also enjoyed reading about the other quirky residents of Harden. There are so many possibilities for future stories! I will admit that Tristan’s protective big brother act got on my nerves a few times. There were also a few moments where I wanted to reach through the pages and smack Dani and Sawyer for their communication issues, but I still thoroughly enjoyed this story. While both books could be read as standalone novels, I highly recommend reading both in order because the stories are so intertwined. This is the second book from this author, and I am hooked.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can one lie destroy it all? Maybe, but it definitely makes an entertaining book 27 September 2015
By Courts422 - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Ultimate Deception is the second novel in the Harden series by Lynn Stookes and starts shortly after the climax in Fatal Obsession. This novel focuses on Dani and Sawyer. I loved Sawyer in the first book, so I was ecstatic to learn more about him in this one. Sawyer had a rough childhood that definitely affected his attitude about the present, especially women. Dani’s past continues to haunt her and she clashes with Sawyer on all levels. I loved all their interactions.
A number of secondary characters are introduced throughout, which made me really happy. I can already see possibilities for them to have their own novels, so I am looking forward to the next few books (at least what I am hoping will be the next few books).
This book is a wild ride right from the beginning; just when you think you know what’s going to occur next, something unexpected happens that you couldn’t have guessed in a million years (my mouth literally dropped open multiple times).
This is the 2nd book in the Harden series, but there is not a cliffhanger for the main characters. Future Harden books will focus on other characters.
I received an eARC from the author in exchange for a honest review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible, sit on the edge of your seat read!! 28 September 2015
By Amers - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian I Dig Good Books.
5/5 (Exceptional)
*I received a copy of this book from More Than Words in exchange for a fair and honest review.*

I loved this book! It was just as good, okay a little better, than the first book. I love the romantic suspense in this book. The incredible thing about this author is she is GREAT at keeping the story flowing, keeping you guessing, and keeping you on the edge of your seat. There were some great twists and turns in this story. It’s not a story that you want to put down while you are reading.
If you’re looking for some hot and steamy bedroom scenes too, well there were definitely a few of those. She uses pretty heavy detail and description so I don’t think they would disappoint you if you need that in a story.
This story will have you smirking and laughing out loud. It will also leave you gasping in awe. There is one particular scene where a particular person gets punched and I kind of wanted to do a fist pump in the air for that part. I loved it!
I think this author is an author to definitely keep a watch for and read her books as they come out. You won’t be disappointed!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twist and Turns Galore (and i loved it!!!!) 29 September 2015
By SEnriquez - Published on
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Lynn Stookes has done it again! For a beginning author she sure sucks you into the story. I cant say much since I do not want to spoil any of the twists and turns in this book, but I will say is that I did not see that ending coming.

Oh and Sawyer ::calm down my heart:: He has definitely made it to the top of my list for book boyfriends. Now where is the 3rd book?!?!?! I want to keep living in the Harden World.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Must Read!!!! FANtastic!!!!!!!!!!!!! 9 October 2015
By Gretchen A - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Such an amazing book. Loved the story and adored the characters. This is such an fantastic series!!!

Dani and Sawyer have such difficult past it’s almost impossible for them to trust. Not only the other gender but to have trust in themselves. They are going to have to really work on this past in order to move on to the future.

Dani’s past is completely about being young and stupid when it comes to men. She was a freshman in college before having a serious boyfriend and he was older than her and even though things started out good they became bad pretty quickly. He demeaned her and alienated her from her family. Her brother finally came to pack her up and make her leave him. She has finally gotten back to her true self and she can’t handle having a bully for a boyfriend, even if it is for her best interest.

She’s also trying to gain custody of her niece, Lily. Which is becoming difficult. On top of everything she finds out her x is out of jail, some Russian is trying to take Lily AND someone is trying to kill her and Sawyer.

Saywer’s past consist of having terrible parents and a long list of one night stands. To me he didn’t feel quite as scorned as Dani is but he’s more in-his-own-head about it. He is constantly trying to prove he can be there for Dani and Lily and his issues are more about being a father. Thank goodness because he needs to be up front and in Dani’s face in order to keep those walls she’s constantly putting up down.

Sawyer loves Dani but she’s keeping a pretty big secret lie from him. It’s huge and she’s scared that he’s going to leave her when he finds out. On top of that she doesn’t trust that he won’t bully her or cheat on her. She’s going to have to learn to trust him. Can she? Will she tell him her secret? Can Sawyer come to terms with his past and open up to Dani?

Loved this book!!! Lynn Stookes is an amazing storyteller! The characters are real and I love the multiple point of views. It allows you know what both main characters are thinking. It’s sweet and funny; there’s love and fighting; and most important….IT’S HOT!!!!!

Highly Recommend!!!!!