This is my first book by Virna DePaul and it will definitely
not be my last. DEADLY CHARADE is a suspenseful story full
of love, betrayal, and forgiveness.
The story opens with Tony and Linda in the beginning of the
end of their relationship and we watch how three years of
separation has changed the path of their lives. When they
reunite in the courtroom things really take off. We learn
they still have that true love of one another that is hard
to find, but have quite a few battles to overcome if they
truly want to be together. A couple of those battles include
bringing down a huge drug operation and learning to forgive
one another for past mistakes.
Virna DePaul knows how to write romantic suspense. She does
a really good job of setting up a few people to be the
villain in the story and you will be questioning it all the
through. The pacing along with the balance of romance and
suspense are very well done. There are times in the story
where your heart beats fast and you are a little anxious as
the scenes play out. You will also find yourself tearing up
over the more gentle moments between Tony and Linda. I love
it when books can pull all sorts of emotions out of you
The character growth in DEADLY CHARADE is amazing. Linda and
Tony are flawed people and are more concerned about how they
were hurt in the past, which is so common in real life
relationships. They are dynamic when they are intimate but
we all know a relationship cannot survive on sex alone. The
two of them rarely catch a break while searching for the
drug supplier and fighting for their lives, but when they do
have a few moments to escape we get to see the sweeter,
softer side to their relationship.
If you are looking for a romantic suspense story that will
engage you from the beginning and provide you with lots of
action and suspense but also love and romance, I recommend
you read DEADLY CHARADE.
Mad, bad and dangerous to know…
District attorney Linda Delaney never imagined she would
reunite with her former lover in a courtroom. Tony Cooper
has been accused of murdering a notorious drug lord. In
order to distance herself, Linda assigns Tony's case to
another. But she can't escape him….
A threat to their lives brings Linda and Tony together once
more, and their passion resurfaces. Despite his feelings for
Linda, Tony can't reveal his true identity as an undercover
cop. In order to bring a drug supplier to justice, he must
convince Linda that he is a criminal. Will he complete the
assignment…or will his mission be jeopardized by new desires
and hidden enemies?