Accidental Deception is a story about love versus loyalty, the tug-of-war that dictates every action Carter Williams will take after he stumbles upon a homeless woman, Shayla Kline, in Uptown Charlotte. Completely out of character for the usually self-centered bachelor, he puts his life on hold to spend a few nights with the stranger in the hospital.
That’s when he makes an earth shattering discovery – Shayla was the fiancée of Jacob, his estranged brother. His brother who hated him. His brother who recently committed suicide. His brother who, despite the animosity between them, wrote him a suicide note asking him to take care of Shayla.
Out of guilt and fulfillment of Jacob’s final wish, he moves Shayla into his home and gives her everything she needs to start over. The more she confides in him, the deeper their relationship grows and Carter not only wants to help her, he finds himself wanting desperately to love her, to be a man for her, to give her everything his brother could not. There’s only one problem – Shayla does not know that Jacob was his brother. Now, Carter wages an internal war within himself with his own morals – morals that tells him he should be loyal to his brother by not pursuing Shayla. But it’s hard to walk away from the only woman that has been able to awaken his heart.
Accidental Deception by Tina Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I am always saying how I like realistic endings, and I can tell you that while the ending somewhat upset me (after all, I figured I knew how it would end), I can hardly wait to read the next installment. The waiting may become interminable.
I absolutely loved this romance. The relationship between Carter and Shay was sheer delight (except when they were behaving like idiots). This truly is saying something because I often find contemporary romances very sappy. This never felt sappy; it felt real! I found a great sense of humor as well as deep pathos within this story. Real issues were dealt with, and some were hidden. This is definitely a clean book--no sex nor real profanity (my standards tend to be a little higher when it comes to Christian books, but I'll let the couple minor words I saw pass since they would not be considered swear words--just slang words). Indeed God's Word is infused into this story. In fact, I would have liked to have even seen more of God in this book).
As to the writing style and the story itself, I can give Tina Martin high praise. She knows how to spin a tale that doesn't follow the normal romance form, and I truly found myself connecting with and caring about the characters. When I realized the story would not be completed until the next installment, I nearly fell into despair! And yet though I am somewhat frustrated, I still love the book, and I can promise that as soon as the next one comes out, I want to read it at once! Her books are extremely readable and will take you away from harsh realities of this world.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
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