Deadly Illusion

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Pub Date 10 Dec 2021 | Archive Date 9 Oct 2021

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FAIRY TALES AREN'T SUPPOSED TO END IN MURDER

A hopeless romantic targeted by a killer. A fighter who will die to protect her. But her assassin isn't the most dangerous threat to her life...

Jenna was determined to leave her dark past behind her and build the life she'd always wanted, but just when she thought all her dreams were finally coming true, a shocking incident shattered her fairy-tale life, and now she's hiding a terrible secret—a secret that could cost her everything.

Damian is as gorgeous as he is mysterious, keeping his own dark secrets from everyone he meets. He never thought he'd care about anything again...until he meets Jenna. He knows letting her get close to him will put her in danger, but when he suspects Jenna's in trouble, there's only one thing that matters: protecting her at all costs.

Thrust into a terrifying nightmare where a threat looms in every shadow, Jenna and Damian find themselves in a race for survival. Soon, everyone Jenna loves is in peril, and only the ultimate sacrifice can save them...

This book contains sensitive subject matter.

An emotional, tension-filled forbidden romance that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page...

★★★★★ "Deliciously dark and dangerous."

★★★★★ "I couldn't put this book down!"

★★★★★ "Countless twists and turns."

★★★★★ "Full of suspense and heartbreak."

★★★★★ "The story consumes you, fascinates you."

★★★★★ "Makes you feel so many emotions."

★★★★★ "From the first sentence to the very end this book holds you captive."

Deadly Illusion is Book 1 in The Secrets and the City series, which is made up of full-length standalone romantic suspense novels with no cliffhangers.

FAIRY TALES AREN'T SUPPOSED TO END IN MURDER

A hopeless romantic targeted by a killer. A fighter who will die to protect her. But her assassin isn't the most dangerous threat to her life...

Jenna was...


Advance Praise

★★★★★ "I am at a loss for words to describe how truly incredible this book was! The writing, the characters, the story, every part of this book was perfect. ...makes you feel so many emotions...you are on the edge of your seat the entire time." ~ Kayla, Goodreads review

★★★★★ "From the first sentence to the very end this book holds you captive." ~ Paulette Alphas Review, Goodreads review

★★★★★ "I believe this to be a novel that no one should dismiss as just another romance novel. It is so much more than that. I was on the edge of my seat the entire read and got teary eyed near the end." Katy the Sleepy Reader, Goodreads review

★★★★★ "I could not put this book down and can't recommend it enough!" ~ Amy, Goodreads review

★★★★★ "This book was full of suspense, intrigue, mystery , drama, and plot twist that keep you glued to the pages of the story as it unfolded. Great characters, brilliant storyline and easy to read." Elisha, Goodreads review

★★★★★ "I would give this story ten whole stars if I could... It captured me right from the first page, till the last (I was up all night reading)...This was a fairytale where there was a prince and a damsel in distress. However, the damsel did not wait for the prince to rescue her at any given time. This was a perfect modern day fairytale... I felt like I was right beside the characters as they went through love, loss, grief and everything in between. This is a novel you surely must not miss... I think everyone should read Deadly Illusion just to experience the emotions, the love and the eye-opening message that it has to offer. This is the kind of fairytale that would change our lives." ~ Bhargavee, Goodreads review

★★★★★ "... as much heart pounding suspense and steamy romance that you could ask for. Once I picked it up, it was very difficult to put down as the plot and characters really suck you in and keep you hanging on for the next page." Alyssa, Goodreads review

★★★★★ "I was absorbed in this story immediately. I enjoyed it at every turn." ~ Kristin, Goodreads review

★★★★★ "This is a well written book with strong characters and an emotional story line. The author does a fantastic job building the story and pulled me in with all the heartbreak and suspense as well as the strong chemistry and romance. She had me glued to the pages with all the drama and tragedy as she moves the story fluidly with her beautifully painted scenes. Loved and recommend this book." ~ Brenda, Goodreads review

★★★★★ "The book had me in a roller coaster the entire time. Couldn't put it down. I was so absorbed by the story, and by Jenna and Damian. The fact that sensitive matters were put into words had me with my heart crying, 'cause I felt everything: the heartbreak, the sadness and all that suspense. And of course, the steaminess. I love it when books have this hold on me until the very end." ~ Catalina, Goodreads review

★★★★★ "An emotional heartbreaking book with such a powerful plot that I was left reeling when I finished it... A read that truly touched my heart and broke it but mended it in equal amounts." ~ Lauren, Goodreads review

★★★★★ "This was such a powerful and emotional story. I couldn't put it down from the very beginning to the end. An exceptional story that everyone should read." ~ Maggie, Goodreads review

★★★★★ "Very powerful read that really pulls out all your emotions to the surface. Love and pain goes hand in hand. A must read, it's that good." ~ S I, Goodreads review

★★★★★ "I am at a loss for words to describe how truly incredible this book was! The writing, the characters, the story, every part of this book was perfect. ...makes you feel so many emotions...you...


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This book is one that I could not put down. Kathy Lockheart is new to me, but I will definitely be searching for more of her titles. I don't want to give away the plot, so let me just say lots of people find themselves trapped by life choices. You'll have to read "Deadly Illusion" to find out how this turns out.

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Totally unexpected, wickedly engrossing and emotionally draining, this love story has so many twists and turns you will need a moment in a dark room when you finish it. So many stories including stories of abuse start from a point when it’s come to a head and then the hero can come in and save the day. This story has two love stories, and only one has the real happy ever after. One a traditional boy meets girl scenario, the other a stealth meeting that turns into a rescue and love story along the way. I loved how all the characters, even the side characters developed over the storyline, how the story reflected the impact of these relationships shatter friendships and drive lies and unconscious estrangements. The internal monologue whilst trying to choose what to do and eventually making the stay/go decision was well written. As much as I feel I’ve gone through the wringer with this book, I’d read it again and adored both main characters. This arc was provided in exchange for my honest opinion

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Wow this book brought all the goods out… suspense, love, terror, angst, heartbreak, and love. Very emotional and an awesome book.

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Trigger warnings concerning: toxic and abusive relationships, domestic abuse, addictions, violence and death. "It's heartbreaking how long a human will hold on to hope, even as evidence mounts against it, even as months turn into years" "This was so confusing. I thought it would feel black and white, but this was nothing but gray" This book got me into a major spiral of sadness and awakening about issues a lot of people use to deal with but find really hard to admit, both to themselves and to the world. I grew fond of these characters who were there facing their own war while clinging to the people they love for support, actually finding out that some of them are their worst enemies. Appearances are not always what they seem and it's useless to try and save someone who is beyond our reach. Despite all this though I felt like I could relate to our main character in more ways than one and while it made it more painful to get through this book, it also made me aware of how many things need to change in this world to make it better. Our past shapes us but it doesn't define who we are or who we will be. I think this is probably one of the most powerful messages this author could give. As well as the idea that we cannot fight. a war that it's lost from the beginning. Especially if it involves dedicating our existence to correct other's mistakes and accept blindly other's wrong gestures. Sometimes love itself is not enough despite how much power we give it. "True love should be able to overcome anything" "And a life without the magic of true love seemed a depressing shell of an existence" "I don't want to become the person I've spent my whole life fighting" But at the end of the day, despite feeling like they're the only one to blame, it's hard for the victims to believe that they deserve happiness. That they actually weren't asking for what happened to them. They didn't ask to believe an abuser and their story. At the end of the day , they need to know that IT'S NOT THEIR FAULT.

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