Book InfoDangerously Deceptive by Emma Luna
Series: Brutally Beautiful #2
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Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance
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What would you be willing to sacrifice for the one you love?
I was born a princess of the Celtic Reapers MC, but I'm definitely not royalty. I'm abused, tortured, and broken, desperate to escape.
I have two choices. I can stay with my childhood sweetheart, Jamieson aka Whiskey, who abandoned our plans for freedom when he patched into the MC. Or, I could win my freedom and live my dream life with loveable, sexy, tech geek Kellan.
But when I fall pregnant, my whole life changes and I'm forced to make painful decisions.
This is not your typical love story. It's messy, it's real, and it's heartbreaking. This is the story of how you make an impossible choice. I'm Shayla Callahan, and this is my story.
Dangerously Deceptive is a prequel in the Beautifully Brutal Series. It takes place before the events of Black Wedding. It can be read before Black Wedding, but you will get more out of reading the whole series. Dangerously Deceptive features dark, mature themes that may be a trigger for some people. If you want any further details please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
I absolutely loved Black Wedding, the first book in the Brutally Beautiful series, and love that the world has so much potential for expansion. When I read the story I was curious to know Kellan’s backstory and what really happened with the mother of his child, Hallie. Dangerously Deceptive is Kellan’s prequel and answers all of these questions.
I usually consider a prequel to be a short story or a novella, but at 315 pages this book is a whopper. You’ll want to set aside some serious reading time for this one because there’s a lot of history to cover.
From reading Black Wedding (it’s not essential to read it first but some of the back story will make more sense) we know that Hallie’s mother left when she was only hours old. When we first meet Shayla, her mother, the immediate reaction is that she must be the villain of the story. She’s not, and it quickly becomes clear that the true villains are her MC family.
The first half of the story covers how Shayla and Kellan meet; her hiring him to help her complete a task that will win her her freedom from the Celtic Reapers MC. The second half of the story focuses on the discovery of her pregnancy through to the days after Hallie’s birth.
I’m in two minds about whether it was better to read the book knowing the eventual outcome or not. If I’m honest, knowing that Shayla was going to screw Kellan over and abandon Hallie made me feel like she was less of a victim. I think I would have had far more compassion for her had I gone into the book blind. I found that I couldn’t really enjoy the tale of Kellan and Shayla falling for each other without the back of my mind screaming at him that he was being both foolish and careless because I already knew what would happen. It made it difficult to connect with the tragedy of Shayla’s character and, in that respect, probably took away from the experience I would have had, had I not already read Black Wedding.
Dangerously Deceptive is a standout book about the difficult choices a woman will make for the benefit of her child, but at the same time also discusses the challenges of loving one man while being tied to another and how to juggle the conflict between what the heart wants and duty towards family. Nothing I say here will adequately prepare you for the story you’re about to read; it’s one of those that has the potential to break you.