Deadly Deceit (Harbored Secrets, #2)
Independent and tenacious journalist Vivian DeMarco is back in Walton, Georgia, for one reason -- to do her job and get out. When her boss suddenly dies under suspicious circumstances, Vivian's only hope for finding the truth -- and the next big story -- is small-town law enforcement's lanky poster boy, Deputy Ryan Frost. But the deeper they dig, the more twisted the truth becomes. False leads, incriminating emails, and someone called the Watcher force Vivian to fight for answers -- and her life.

Deadly Deceit (Harbored Secrets, #2) Details

TitleDeadly Deceit (Harbored Secrets, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 5th, 2019
PublisherRevell
ISBN-139780800735333
Rating
GenreChristian Fiction, Suspense, Fiction, Romance, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, Mystery, Christian Romance, Crime, Christian

Deadly Deceit (Harbored Secrets, #2) Review

  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    January 1, 1970
    I did not read book one in The Harbored Secrets series. I can say that I was not lost in book number two Deadly Deceit. It engulfed me from the very beginning and It was that way until the very end. The characters were wonderful. The whole book was very well written. I am now on the lookout for more of Walters books. I gave this book 4 stars.The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
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  • Jen. (JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    “Leave it to Harold to die with a story on his lips.”Deadly Deceit is a fantastic book! This story has it all – small town charm, great friendships, witty banter, tenderness, humor (oh, so much humor!!), a well-plotted mystery, nail-biting suspense and a completely believable (and adorably geeky) romance!This book deserves a group hug! You totally need to read this book! Be sure to read Living Lies first! Both stories are almost standalones, but really…just read Living Lies because it was “Leave it to Harold to die with a story on his lips.”Deadly Deceit is a fantastic book! This story has it all – small town charm, great friendships, witty banter, tenderness, humor (oh, so much humor!!), a well-plotted mystery, nail-biting suspense and a completely believable (and adorably geeky) romance!This book deserves a group hug! You totally need to read this book! Be sure to read Living Lies first! Both stories are almost standalones, but really…just read Living Lies because it was awesome, too!I’m looking forward to the final book in this series, Silent Shadows, releasing in March 2020. Pecca Gallegos was a super strong supporting character in Deadly Deceit and I can’t wait to see her in the spotlight!I absolutely recommend this book!! Deadly Deceit is available TODAY – visit Christian Book to purchase a copy for yourself!To learn more about Natalie Walters, check out her website and newsletter at www.nataliewaterswriter.com Don’t forget to follow her on social media!I received a copy of this book from Natalie Walters and Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing. A positive review was not required. Opinions expressed are completely my own.
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  • Sarah Monzon
    January 1, 1970
    I’m kind of a hard sell on romantic suspense because I either find the romance too corny or the suspense not suspenseful enough. This book had a good balance with some fan humor thrown in. I liked the cyber crime angle and it’s not done as much in fiction and really showcased the hero’s brainiac skills. Fans of romantic suspense should really pick this book up! It won’t disappoint.
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  • Abigail
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my word, this book y’all....ugh it was amazing!!! Mrs. Walters has a beautiful and amazing gift with words. Just like I’m Living Lies, this book sucked me in from page one and refused to let go.As I mentioned in my review about Living Lies, I really wanted a book written on Frost because hello, he is amazing and I loved him in the first book and my love for him only grew in this second one. If I could just have a Ryan Frost in my life, my life would be pretty amazing!I loved getting to know Oh my word, this book y’all....ugh it was amazing!!! Mrs. Walters has a beautiful and amazing gift with words. Just like I’m Living Lies, this book sucked me in from page one and refused to let go. As I mentioned in my review about Living Lies, I really wanted a book written on Frost because hello, he is amazing and I loved him in the first book and my love for him only grew in this second one. If I could just have a Ryan Frost in my life, my life would be pretty amazing! I loved getting to know Vivian more too in this book. I loved her personality and her development throughout this book. It was fabulous. The action and suspense had me on my toes the whole book and that is part of the reason why I could not put it down even though I probably should have.....Mrs. Walters definitely knows how to craft a suspense book in ways a few authors can master. One of my all time favorite parts about this book was how geeky it was. I am a huge nerd and geek - just throwing that out there. I love when books include fandoms in it and Mrs. Walters did that and more. I loved how Vivian refused to Ryan as “Captain America” throughout this whole book. It made it perfect.I honestly could gush for hours about how amazing this book was and how I wish that I could just have my own Ryan Frost in my life (Um yes please!). If you have not picked up this book or even Living Lies yet, then I highly recommend doing so. This series is so good and ugh...it’s amazing so just go read it!! *FTC: I received this book from the author and publisher in exchange for my own review. All thoughts are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.*
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  • Jes Drew
    January 1, 1970
    This romantic suspense seemed different from others in its genre; fresh. Of course, the nerdy hero who was lovingly nicknamed Captain America was the best part. But the major crime in this one was exploitation, and what the mysterious Hacker forced the people he had bad footage of to do dwarfed all the other crimes in this book. I loved watching our main characters as they dealt with the baggage from their past and tried to figure out what to do with themselves in the future, all while trying to This romantic suspense seemed different from others in its genre; fresh. Of course, the nerdy hero who was lovingly nicknamed Captain America was the best part. But the major crime in this one was exploitation, and what the mysterious Hacker forced the people he had bad footage of to do dwarfed all the other crimes in this book. I loved watching our main characters as they dealt with the baggage from their past and tried to figure out what to do with themselves in the future, all while trying to see where their present flirtation fit in. I almost had to dock a star for saying Hulk and Black Widow were a proper couple, though...A fresh twist to a classic genre that I had a hard time putting down. I received a copy of this book from the publisher and the opinions are my own.Review to be published on my blog: https://agencyofbooksandspies.blogspo...
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  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    Deadly Deceit combines romance with solid investigation as a detective and a reporter work together to uncover the work of a deadly blackmailer. Vivian found a second chance in Walton. Fired from her last position for refusing to release harming details in her article, the kind-hearted Harold offered her a position at his newspaper. But when Harold dies with his last words to Vivian to find the details on a big story, she knows she must uncover what he was talking about. Ryan Frost has returned Deadly Deceit combines romance with solid investigation as a detective and a reporter work together to uncover the work of a deadly blackmailer. Vivian found a second chance in Walton. Fired from her last position for refusing to release harming details in her article, the kind-hearted Harold offered her a position at his newspaper. But when Harold dies with his last words to Vivian to find the details on a big story, she knows she must uncover what he was talking about. Ryan Frost has returned from training at Quantico and resumed a position as Deputy on Walton’s force. He has offers from the CIA and FBI but he doesn’t want to leave his family, like his father once did. When Ryan responds to the death of Harold, he and Vivian cross paths. She isn’t the dogged reporter he remembers and he isn’t the scrawny police officer she recalls from their past run ins. But, if Ryan wants to keep Vivian safe, he will have to work with her.Deadly Deceit is the second book in the Harbored Secrets series by Natalie Walters. While the setting and characters from the first book have carried over into this second instalment, the main characters and plot are complete and so the two books can be read as standalone titles. I rather enjoyed Ryan and Vivian’s romance. While they might have annoyed each other in the past, now they can’t help but share a mutual admiration, especially for the changes each can see in the other. They are also both huge geeks, and I loved the superhero and Star Wars trivia and references scattered throughout the book. And despite a few hiccups and arguments, they work well together. The death of Harold and his last words lead Vivian and Ryan to uncover a whole network of deceit, blackmail, murder and crime. There are misdirections, false leads and multiple suspects to keep readers guessing. I enjoyed reading Deadly Deceit and look forward to the release of the third book int the series, which I’m really hoping will feature Vivian’s dramatic and loveable best friend Pecca.The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library
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  • Libby May
    January 1, 1970
    Deadly Deceit by Natalie Walters.Y'all I don't ever read this genre but this book was so fuuun! Ok well let me take a step back. I enjoyed the plot line. I loved the writing style. I loved loved loved the dynamics between Vivian and Ryan. I liked Vivian as a character, and I loved the way you could tell the change in Vivian over the course of the book. I didn't take the chance to read Living Lies when I had the chance and can I just say I'm super sad about that. I'm not turning down the chance Deadly Deceit by Natalie Walters.Y'all I don't ever read this genre but this book was so fuuun! Ok well let me take a step back. I enjoyed the plot line. I loved the writing style. I loved loved loved the dynamics between Vivian and Ryan. I liked Vivian as a character, and I loved the way you could tell the change in Vivian over the course of the book. I didn't take the chance to read Living Lies when I had the chance and can I just say I'm super sad about that. I'm not turning down the chance to read the third when it comes out!There were only a few plot things I didn't like in the story. Chapter 13 made me sick. Physically I felt sick to my stomach. I hated it. If I hadn't pressed forward it may have ruined the book for me. Thankfully it was the only one that was that way and the rest of the book was good.Content wise, this is not a children's book. Personally I recommend no younger than 16 years old. CONTENT LIST:There's a lot of kissing, but none of it is detailed.There's a few scenes that are describing an inappropriate video and even though it's not actually describing anything in particular, it made me very uncomfortable and I did skip over that scene. (chapter 13) There was also a scene where a man makes advances on a woman that she didn't welcome but nothing happened.Several inappropriate glances and suggestive mentions are present. There is also talk and discussing children out of wedlock. There's mention and discussion of human trafficking. Drug abuse by minors. Graphic wise, there are mentions of gunshot wounds, lots of pain described. A man dies, but it's not graphic in any way. Four stars! I got a free copy in exchange for an honest review and a positive review was not required. All opinions are my own!
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  • Denise Hershberger
    January 1, 1970
    Another fantastic book from Walters! This one was full of intrigue, suspense, and romance.The crimes in this book were especially interesting because they were kind of a mix of old school and cyber crime. The plot kept me interested the whole time and I wasn't able to figure out the bad guy.I did get a little bigger down by some of the Capitan America and Star Wars references, but that is good news for fans if those. They will probably love those references.DeMarco is pretty much your Another fantastic book from Walters! This one was full of intrigue, suspense, and romance.The crimes in this book were especially interesting because they were kind of a mix of old school and cyber crime. The plot kept me interested the whole time and I wasn't able to figure out the bad guy.I did get a little bigger down by some of the Capitan America and Star Wars references, but that is good news for fans if those. They will probably love those references.DeMarco is pretty much your stereotypical journalist and will do anything for her story. But I really loved Frost. I may not be a Capitan America fan, but I got the gist of the references to mean he was hero material. I Ioved his protective side and also loved his level of cyber intelligence.Walters is a fresh new voice in Christian Fiction. Her stories so far have been unique and engaging. I'm looking forward to her third!I received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley. This is my honest review.
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  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second book in this series, and yes, it is as good as the first, but it can be read alone, previous characters do play a part in this story, but you won’t be lost.A cyber-crime that is destroying lives, and where will it stop, and who will be next, and who is responsible? Answers are forthcoming, but past hurts have to be dealt with in order to get there.We are also offered a sweet romance, but will either of these individuals be able to accept what is offered. Also, will they make This is the second book in this series, and yes, it is as good as the first, but it can be read alone, previous characters do play a part in this story, but you won’t be lost.A cyber-crime that is destroying lives, and where will it stop, and who will be next, and who is responsible? Answers are forthcoming, but past hurts have to be dealt with in order to get there.We are also offered a sweet romance, but will either of these individuals be able to accept what is offered. Also, will they make it to the end, there are some hold your breath times ahead here.I see we are given a teaser at the end and another friend is about to get their own book! Yes!You don’t want to miss these captivating books!I received this book through the Revell Reads Program, and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    'It didn't matter how much she dressed up on the outside....it wasn't enough. She wasn't enough.'I thought Natalie Walters' debut novel was good. But she has done an even better job this time around! Seriously, this book is just good. Walters takes us back to Walton, Georgia, and we get to meet up with Deputy Ryan Frost again. The same Deputy Frost who was so geeky in book one. BUT...Ryan has changed. He is a rather swoon worthy hero this go round. And Vivian is so very likeable now. And the 'It didn't matter how much she dressed up on the outside....it wasn't enough. She wasn't enough.'I thought Natalie Walters' debut novel was good. But she has done an even better job this time around! Seriously, this book is just good. Walters takes us back to Walton, Georgia, and we get to meet up with Deputy Ryan Frost again. The same Deputy Frost who was so geeky in book one. BUT...Ryan has changed. He is a rather swoon worthy hero this go round. And Vivian is so very likeable now. And the banter between her and Ryan is so refreshing and precious. I loved every minute!The suspense is great. Walters ramps it up with each chapter until you are hanging on, wondering who in the world this culprit is! I never once guessed, either. A cyber criminal is targeting people and no one has any idea what is even going on, or how, much less who this person is. Vivian is determined to find out, being an investigative reporter, no matter if it puts her life in danger. Ryan decides the best way to keep her safe is to let her work with him. That doesn't stop the bad guys, though. All through the novel, we see the spiritual theme woven delicately that we are all worthy in God's eyes. He loves us, plain and simple, and we are worthy of His love. Well done! Highly recommended.*My thanks to Revell Publishing for a copy of this book. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
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  • Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this story!Full review to come.4/5 stars
  • Sarah Grace Grzy
    January 1, 1970
    Natalie Walters does it again! Deadly Deceit is an action-packed story full of humor and epic dialogue, heartwarming scenes, sweet romance, and more. I loved getting to read Ryan Frost's story, and Vivienne was the perfect counterpart to his character! Walters is an incredibly talented author and her beautiful writing style quickly and easily draws you into the story. The fictional small town of Walton, GA, is the perfect setting for the series, and I can't wait to read book three! If you're a Natalie Walters does it again! Deadly Deceit is an action-packed story full of humor and epic dialogue, heartwarming scenes, sweet romance, and more. I loved getting to read Ryan Frost's story, and Vivienne was the perfect counterpart to his character! Walters is an incredibly talented author and her beautiful writing style quickly and easily draws you into the story. The fictional small town of Walton, GA, is the perfect setting for the series, and I can't wait to read book three! If you're a romantic suspense fan, this one definitely belongs on your shelf!FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for promotional purposes. I was not required to write an honest review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.
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  • Erin Laramore
    January 1, 1970
    When it comes to romantic suspense, Natalie Walters is now one of my absolute "go to" authors. This one is book 2 in the Harbored Secrets series, but can definitely be read as a stand-alone. You see the characters from book 1 in this one (and it's good to see how they are doing!), but you won't miss out on anything if you start with this one. This book follows Vivian DeMarco, a reporter who has found herself in the small town of Walton, Georgia. When she gets a call to her boss's house to get When it comes to romantic suspense, Natalie Walters is now one of my absolute "go to" authors. This one is book 2 in the Harbored Secrets series, but can definitely be read as a stand-alone. You see the characters from book 1 in this one (and it's good to see how they are doing!), but you won't miss out on anything if you start with this one. This book follows Vivian DeMarco, a reporter who has found herself in the small town of Walton, Georgia. When she gets a call to her boss's house to get the information on a big story, she finds him dying with just a name on his lips. As she works with police to figure out what story killed her boss, she gets more than she bargained for. Natalie Walters is known for her small town mysteries, deep intense story lines, and quirky romances. This book absolutely fit that bill. The crimes are intricate and in-depth. I was absolutely appalled at the Watcher in this book, particularly as it related to the high school girl on his "list". The faith thread was solid as the characters sought where God was in all of this. The romance was fun with banter that alluded to all things geek (don't worry - if you're not a Marvel or Star Wars fan, she spells it out nicely, but doesnt overdo it if you do "get it"). The characters were completely relatable with their abandonment issues and flaws. I loved how they worked through those things together to grow stronger - both individually and as a couple. Basically, this story did all things right. Great characters, great story, in-depth mystery that had me guessing till the very end, and even though I'm not keen on the romance aspect in most books, I enjoyed the romance in this one. I highly recommend this one to fans of romantic suspense!Special thanks to the publisher for an advance copy of this book. I was under no obligation to post a review and the thoughts contained herein are my own.
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  • Kav
    January 1, 1970
    Once again Natalie Walters has left me so gobsmacked I'm tongue-tied! What an incredible, deeply satisfying and intriguing romantic suspense!The author takes us back to Walton, Georgia and I absolutely love the small-town drama and mirth that brings a special light to some seriously sinister darkness. While Deadly Deceit reads totally fine as a standalone novel, fans of Walters' debut, Living Lies, will be thrilled to catch up with Charlie and Lane in this one. Along with some much loved Once again Natalie Walters has left me so gobsmacked I'm tongue-tied! What an incredible, deeply satisfying and intriguing romantic suspense!The author takes us back to Walton, Georgia and I absolutely love the small-town drama and mirth that brings a special light to some seriously sinister darkness. While Deadly Deceit reads totally fine as a standalone novel, fans of Walters' debut, Living Lies, will be thrilled to catch up with Charlie and Lane in this one. Along with some much loved secondary characters. There's a vibrancy and candor to the characters this author creates that make them memorable long after the story is finished.Both Ryan and Vivian had secondary roles in the first book and it was so much fun to see them a year or so later with Vivian just as singularly minded on making her mark as a reporter. This woman is driven and guarded and isn't about to share everything she knows with a certain deputy investigating a murder. She's all big city girl biding her time in small-town Georgia until a breaking story carries her into loftier journalistic circles.But Ryan is all small-town boy -- the town's beloved geek who made a name for himself at Quantico. Now every agency in the country wants to sign him up but his devotion to family keeps him in Walton. And he has a super crush on Vivian. A kinda nerdy super crush which is so much fun to read. Be still my heart -- the flirty banter! The multiple superhero/lady love references. The teasing! The nicknames! Zings of humour in unexpected places. Happy swoons and giddy toe-curling all the way to the end! :-)Riveting suspense with a complicated plot full of twists and turns and danger galore add to the rabid-page-turning quality of this read. Natalie Walters is definitely high up on my list of favourite must-read romantic suspense authors.
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  • Monica
    January 1, 1970
    I so loved Vivian and Ryan in Deadly Deceit. I enjoyed their lighthearted banter and their relationship all the way through the book as they worked together to find someone called the Watcher. I wanted to pace myself with this book because I knew I would want book 3 in the Harbored Secrets series. However, both the romantic relationship and the plot kept me turning pages. I didn't have it all figured out and it kept me guessing until close to the end. I enjoyed all of the characters and getting I so loved Vivian and Ryan in Deadly Deceit. I enjoyed their lighthearted banter and their relationship all the way through the book as they worked together to find someone called the Watcher. I wanted to pace myself with this book because I knew I would want book 3 in the Harbored Secrets series. However, both the romantic relationship and the plot kept me turning pages. I didn't have it all figured out and it kept me guessing until close to the end. I enjoyed all of the characters and getting to see Lane and Charlie again. I also liked the small town vibes in Deadly Deceit and how people came together to encourage each other and to form friendships--something we need more of in real life. I also liked that theme of forgiveness and learning to love each other in spite of some flaws. There was one small thing that didn't work for me in Deadly Deceit--I couldn't understand why Ryan's Mom kept her romantic relationship a secret without telling her son until he came back from FBI training. There is a reason given but I thought it was flimsy and I understood while he was upset about that. Again, that was a minor thing and I truly enjoyed Deadly Deceit as a whole. Now I am once again anxiously awaiting the next book in the series, Silent Shadows. We get a brief glimpse at that book at the end of Deadly Deceit.I received a copy of this book from the publisher and author. All opinions are my own.
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  • Gloria
    January 1, 1970
    Deadly Deceit is a great addition to the Harbored Secrets series. We are back in small town Walton, Georgia where journalist Vivian DeMarco has been given a job with the local newspaper, The Gazette, by owner Harrold Kennedy after she lost her job with a larger paper. Harrold has been like a father to her, something that she has missed out on most of her life. So when Harrold is murdered she is devastated. Determined to find out who is responsible for his death and to fulfill a last request from Deadly Deceit is a great addition to the Harbored Secrets series. We are back in small town Walton, Georgia where journalist Vivian DeMarco has been given a job with the local newspaper, The Gazette, by owner Harrold Kennedy after she lost her job with a larger paper. Harrold has been like a father to her, something that she has missed out on most of her life. So when Harrold is murdered she is devastated. Determined to find out who is responsible for his death and to fulfill a last request from him to find out the story about someone named Lauren, she sets out to investigate. Deputy Ryan Frost is drawn to Vivian and finally is able to get her to work with him and the Sheriff's office. What they find out is a complicated plot from someone to harm many people's lives and the culprit is impossible to find. Ryan has been trained by the FBI and is being sought by different agencies. He is able to call on the FBI for help but even they are having problems finding the person responsible.With lots of danger and action, this is a real page turner full of suspense and mystery. I highly recommend this story.I received a complimentary ARC from Revell through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.
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  • Suzie Waltner
    January 1, 1970
    A report, a hint of a story, an unexpected death (within the first pages), and blackmail are all pieces to the puzzle that is Natalie Walters’s sophomore release.Deadly Deceit returns readers to Walton, Georgia with a couple of crimes, plenty of twists and turns, and some lively banter between Vivian and Ryan. Plus, the added bonus of these two characters from book 1 of the Harbored Secrets series in the spotlight.Walters balances the suspense and romance (rife with superhero references, A report, a hint of a story, an unexpected death (within the first pages), and blackmail are all pieces to the puzzle that is Natalie Walters’s sophomore release.Deadly Deceit returns readers to Walton, Georgia with a couple of crimes, plenty of twists and turns, and some lively banter between Vivian and Ryan. Plus, the added bonus of these two characters from book 1 of the Harbored Secrets series in the spotlight.Walters balances the suspense and romance (rife with superhero references, comparisons, and compliments) well while keeping readers guessing who is behind the crimes. Just when you think it’s all worked out, a curveball is thrown and you’re back to square one. Disclosure statement:I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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  • Inspirationalfictionreader
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t even know where to start with this review. How about the bottom line first? Go. Buy. This. Book. I loved it! I was sucked in from page one and I did not want this story to end! I loved everything about it! There’s humor - the scene involving a “monster” had me laughing out loud - great banter, great characters, a murder mystery that totally kept me guessing, a wonderful romance, and some fun references to super heroes- namely Captain America.I absolutely loved Vivian and Ryan! Their I don’t even know where to start with this review. How about the bottom line first? Go. Buy. This. Book. I loved it! I was sucked in from page one and I did not want this story to end! I loved everything about it! There’s humor - the scene involving a “monster” had me laughing out loud - great banter, great characters, a murder mystery that totally kept me guessing, a wonderful romance, and some fun references to super heroes- namely Captain America.I absolutely loved Vivian and Ryan! Their banter added so much fun to the story. Their relationship progressed so naturally and felt so real. The action was perfectly paced and believable. The secondary characters really added to the story and I can’t wait to read Pecca’s story next! This book is excellent from the cover till the very last page! With this story, Natalie Walters has become one of my favorite romantic suspense authors -right up there with Lynn Blackburn and Lynette Eason!I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts are my own.
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  • Abbi
    January 1, 1970
    I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book since both the heroine and the hero didn’t make the best impression in book one. But my worry was unfounded and the author brilliantly turned them around!Ryan was a bit of a gangly nerd but in a Captain America-esque move, months of intensive training from the FBI made him a strong gangly nerd. After Living Lies I wasn’t sure he’d be believable hero but he kept his charming personality while adding the capability of coming to the rescue that really I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book since both the heroine and the hero didn’t make the best impression in book one. But my worry was unfounded and the author brilliantly turned them around!Ryan was a bit of a gangly nerd but in a Captain America-esque move, months of intensive training from the FBI made him a strong gangly nerd. After Living Lies I wasn’t sure he’d be believable hero but he kept his charming personality while adding the capability of coming to the rescue that really made him a hero you could root for!As for Vivian, she was the typically annoying reporter that only cares about the story in book one so I honestly thought I’d hate her in this one. But after the fallout from the events of LL she really had to reevaluate things and began to realize that there’s more to life than the next big story. Getting into her head and seeing what made her tick also made her so much more likable and I actually enjoyed her character.It was cool to see both Ryan and Vivian come into their own and find happiness together.The mystery of figuring out who the Watcher was and trying to stop him was very compelling and I was invested throughout!Overall this was a sequel that outshone its predecessor and I’m looking forward to watch Natalie Walters has in store for us next!I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Abby Breuklander
    January 1, 1970
    Love love and love this story!! We all will experience times in out lives where we feel like we'll never measure up or be enough for some people. It's never a fun feeling. But in the end it doesn't really matter if other people don't see our worth, we're always good enough, if they can't see it then they're going to be the ones missing out in the long run. Once we realize this truth it makes it a lot easier to stop adding pressure to our lives that we were never meant to carry. Those around us Love love and love this story!! We all will experience times in out lives where we feel like we'll never measure up or be enough for some people. It's never a fun feeling. But in the end it doesn't really matter if other people don't see our worth, we're always good enough, if they can't see it then they're going to be the ones missing out in the long run. Once we realize this truth it makes it a lot easier to stop adding pressure to our lives that we were never meant to carry. Those around us who see us and love us for who we are should be those who we ultimately want around us anyway.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars"I've got a marmalade dropper, and I think . . . . I think it's the story you've been waiting on."Harold Kennedy's cryptic message took Vivian DeMarco straight to his front door. At nearly midnight, what awaited her was not a news story, but a tragedy; bringing her face to face with the one person from her not so distant past who might be willing to help assuage her guilt and unravel some very confusing clues. Deputy Ryan Frost is pretty certain that Vivian DeMarco is not telling him 3.5 stars"I've got a marmalade dropper, and I think . . . . I think it's the story you've been waiting on."Harold Kennedy's cryptic message took Vivian DeMarco straight to his front door. At nearly midnight, what awaited her was not a news story, but a tragedy; bringing her face to face with the one person from her not so distant past who might be willing to help assuage her guilt and unravel some very confusing clues. Deputy Ryan Frost is pretty certain that Vivian DeMarco is not telling him everything she knows about the death of her beloved editor. And as the case morphs from accidental to homicidal, he becomes convinced that working alongside the tenacious journalist will keep her safer, but neither of them could have predicted the magnitude of the case nor the "unexpected, but not awkward" steps towards attraction.While the story line steadily advances, it's about half-way through the book before the depth of its characters really begin to impact the outcome. Ryan and Vivian are both bruised by their pasts and tend to tip-toe around issues that could ultimately make a difference. Will their walls remain built with bricks of "abandonment, rejection, alone and unloved" or can they be replaced with "family, friendship, belonging, and love"? Ultimately, it's a race against time and a matter of life and death. Enjoy this ingenious suspense with its many "harbored secrets", while being reminded that hope shines brightest in the darkest of moments.I received a copy of this book from Baker Publishing through Interviews and Reviews. The opinions stated are entirely my own.
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  • Paula Shreckhise
    January 1, 1970
    Deadly Deceit by Natalie Walters is the second book in the Harbored Secrets series.After reading her debut novel, Living Lies, I have thoroughly jumped on the Natalie Walters bandwagon. Ms. Walters crafts believable characters, puts them in jeopardy and helps them resolve the mysteries, all within the kind of home town I really want to visit. Vivian DeMarco is a journalist who is trying to recover from a job loss. She lands in Walton, Georgia at a small newspaper headed by Harold Kennedy who Deadly Deceit by Natalie Walters is the second book in the Harbored Secrets series.After reading her debut novel, Living Lies, I have thoroughly jumped on the Natalie Walters bandwagon. Ms. Walters crafts believable characters, puts them in jeopardy and helps them resolve the mysteries, all within the kind of home town I really want to visit. Vivian DeMarco is a journalist who is trying to recover from a job loss. She lands in Walton, Georgia at a small newspaper headed by Harold Kennedy who explains the purpose of The Gazette: “God gave us the gift to bring light out of darkness... As a reporter, I have two choices. I can report on the darkness in the world or I can write the news in a way that restores hope.”The catchphrase for the book is: “Where everyone knows your name- but no one knows your secret.” But The Watcher is targeting some whose secrets must stay hidden at any cost.Vivian undertakes an engrossing journey to uncover The Watcher and get the story. This story has become personal. Because of the closeness of the people in the town, she has many to help her, including deputy Ryan Frost. The story is not limited to the deceitful mystery of The Watcher, there are light moments, too. I loved the banter between Ryan and Vivian, especially references to Marvel heroes and Star Wars. Neighbor and friend Pecca is a great sarcastic foil for Vivian to interact with. It was lovely to get to know the owner and workers in the Way Station Cafe.Bring on book number three please! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher on behalf of the author. I was under no obligation to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
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  • Andrea Cox
    January 1, 1970
    FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Reads. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts.This story was fascinating. I enjoyed the psychological vibes strung throughout. The pacing was great, as was the setting of small-town Georgia. The journalism angle was well used, though I would have liked to see Vivian working on articles or something even while working on unraveling the mystery for the bigger piece. I thought the journalism was FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Reads. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts.This story was fascinating. I enjoyed the psychological vibes strung throughout. The pacing was great, as was the setting of small-town Georgia. The journalism angle was well used, though I would have liked to see Vivian working on articles or something even while working on unraveling the mystery for the bigger piece. I thought the journalism was perfectly countered by the other lead’s being a cop. There was a natural push-pull chemistry between the news writer and the police officer, which made the romance quite believable and organic.One plot twist—no spoilers here, don’t worry—seemed to be used mostly for a shock factor, which was disappointing rather than a shocker for me. There were zero hints or clues that I saw (even looking back on the path to get there after I was already to that moment), so it didn’t seem very logical. I’m not saying I have to figure out everything along the way; I love it when I’m surprised or shocked or whatever over good plot twists that I don’t see coming but can usually see hints of in hindsight. The surprises work better for me, however, if they don’t feel like they’re being used mostly to manipulate my emotions. This was a big moment in the story that ended up pulling me out of the climax for a few minutes when I really wanted to stay invested.Overall, this was a great mystery. It was a good addition to the Harbored Secrets series, and it left me ready to read the finale when it comes out.Content: one expletive, drugs, alcohol, teen prostitution (mentioned but not shown), gambling, one crude sexual term, skimpy clothing (mentioned only a couple of times)
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  • Nancee
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first occasion to read a book by Natalie Walters. Deadly Deceit is the second in a series, but could easily be read as a stand alone. I don't feel that I missed anything by not reading the first in this series. Characterizations are well done, depicting their serious sides and their sense of fun. Suspense runs high in this whodunit, but also included are scenes that include humor, compassion, romance, and a sense of growing relationships. The plot moves along swiftly, with suspense This is my first occasion to read a book by Natalie Walters. Deadly Deceit is the second in a series, but could easily be read as a stand alone. I don't feel that I missed anything by not reading the first in this series. Characterizations are well done, depicting their serious sides and their sense of fun. Suspense runs high in this whodunit, but also included are scenes that include humor, compassion, romance, and a sense of growing relationships. The plot moves along swiftly, with suspense creating a sense of urgency at times throughout the book. I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery romance, and look forward to reading more from this author. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. All expressed opinions are honest and my own.
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  • Kathryn
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come!I read Natalie Walter’s first Harbored Secrets novel, Living Lies, at the beginning of the year and loved it. Honestly, I couldn’t imagine how this one could be better than the first, but it was. Oh, Deadly Deceit was so good!So, what was it that I loved so much about this book??The characters. I don’t know how to explain it, but these characters were so well-developed. Ms. Walters did a phenomenal job of both crafting and writing unique and wonderful characters. They weren’t so Review to come!I read Natalie Walter’s first Harbored Secrets novel, Living Lies, at the beginning of the year and loved it. Honestly, I couldn’t imagine how this one could be better than the first, but it was. Oh, Deadly Deceit was so good!So, what was it that I loved so much about this book??The characters. I don’t know how to explain it, but these characters were so well-developed. Ms. Walters did a phenomenal job of both crafting and writing unique and wonderful characters. They weren’t so unique that I couldn’t relate to them, they were more of a “real” unique. They had real quirks and real struggles, they were just so…real. And, really, if you read any of my reviews, you know how much I love realness.The plot. I find that oftentimes, in the romantic suspense genre, the story is basically the same, no matter which author wrote it, but this one wasn’t like that. If the characters in Deadly Deceit were unique, so was the story – but in a good, no, the best, way. I think it was the mix of the wonderfully different and real characters and the unusual suspense/mystery threads that made the plot so unique, and I loved it!The suspense. As I said above, the suspense/mystery elements were different than what is normally found in romantic suspense books, with the cyber crime and all that, but I still really enjoyed the book! Actually, that’s one of the reasons I loved it so much! The story as a whole didn’t have a ton of edge-of-your-seat suspense moments, but there was so much mystery and intrigue that I really didn’t want to put the book down. Honestly, I can’t think of a place in the entire book where I found it to be slow at all.The faith elements. The characters were so real and unique, yes, and so were the struggles that they went though, but so were the ways that they got through those struggles. I could relate to Vivian especially in the fears and lies that plagued her. I almost cried with her at some points because, like I said, I can relate. That faith element was so wonderfully written and so beautiful and the story wouldn’t have been the same had that not been in it.So those are my thoughts about Deadly Deceit by Natalie Walters. It was so wonderfully unique and different (how many times have I used those words in this review??) in comparison to the other romantic suspense books that I’ve read and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good mystery/suspense story! Also, I will for sure be reading more by this author because Natalie Walters is positively amazing! Just thought you should know.**I received a complementary copy of this book but was in no way required to write a positive review. All opinions and thoughts in this review are my own.**
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  • Donna (More Than a Review)
    January 1, 1970
    Deadly Deceit by Natalie Walter is a romantic suspense that will keep you attention. Natalie was able to create a jourlaist that I actually liked; that does not happen often. He boss tells her he has a marmalade dropper (I loved that). You will learn what it means in the story. This is what makes her agree to go to his house late at night. When she arrives he is almost unconscious. There are so many secrets in this story and you try to unravel which ones matter and how are they tied together. Deadly Deceit by Natalie Walter is a romantic suspense that will keep you attention. Natalie was able to create a jourlaist that I actually liked; that does not happen often. He boss tells her he has a marmalade dropper (I loved that). You will learn what it means in the story. This is what makes her agree to go to his house late at night. When she arrives he is almost unconscious. There are so many secrets in this story and you try to unravel which ones matter and how are they tied together. Ryan was my favorite character. I enjoyed how they talked about him going away to training as Clark Kent and coming back Superman. They both had a plethora of superhero one liners to add some humor to the book. Ryan and Natalie eventually work together to try to figure out who is causing such havoc. The ending was a little too predictable but not the culprit. Quirky characters & surprising plot twists create a very fine story that is as unusual as it is entertaining. The secondary characters were well placed and added depth and enjoyment to the story. Sexual content – kissingViolence – deaths, blackmail, kidnappingI received this book from Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review.You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Originally posted on Inkwell Inspirations“All it takes is a whisper to ignite a flame.” With heart-pounding suspense and intense action, author Natalie Walters is sure to delight readers in Deadly Deceit, the second installment of her Harbored Secrets series. After the death of her boss, journalist Vivian DeMarco’s determination to find justice places her in close contact with Deputy Ryan Frost. Soon many people’s lives and reputations are in danger as The Watcher searches for his next victim, Originally posted on Inkwell Inspirations“All it takes is a whisper to ignite a flame.” With heart-pounding suspense and intense action, author Natalie Walters is sure to delight readers in Deadly Deceit, the second installment of her Harbored Secrets series. After the death of her boss, journalist Vivian DeMarco’s determination to find justice places her in close contact with Deputy Ryan Frost. Soon many people’s lives and reputations are in danger as The Watcher searches for his next victim, leaving behind a trail of destruction in his wake. This is an incredible story of family, forgiveness, redemption, and love. Readers will fall in love with the handsome Deputy Ryan Frost, who has taken on the role of protector for his mother and sister and now bears a resemblance to a muscular version of Prince Harry. Since readers were last acquainted with Deputy Frost in Living Lies (book #1 in the series), he has spent the last nine months training in Quantico with the Advanced Tactical Response Task Force. When reading Living Lies, the secondary characters of Ryan and Vivian did not deeply resonate with me. However, in Deadly Deceit, I absolutely love Ryan’s and Vivian’s character transformations and their intense chemistry. Natalie Walters definitely knocks it out of the ballpark with this novel. Deadly Deceit is highly recommended for fans of romantic suspense, and readers who enjoy novels by authors such as Lynette Eason, Lynn H. Blackburn, and Irene Hannon. After reading the sneak peek of Silent Shadows, the conclusion to the Harbored Secrets series, which is included at the end of this novel, I can’t wait to read book #3 of this series. March 2020 can’t come soon enough! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.
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  • Robin Reynolds
    January 1, 1970
    *received from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed*I loved the first book in this series so much, I was very excited to get this second book, and I think I may love it even more. Though if I went back and read the first book again, I might love it more. Maybe. I love both of them! And such beautiful covers! We met Vivian, a hard hitting investigative journalist, in the first book. I don't remember her being the most likable person in that book, but at the end she showed she was a decent *received from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed*I loved the first book in this series so much, I was very excited to get this second book, and I think I may love it even more. Though if I went back and read the first book again, I might love it more. Maybe. I love both of them! And such beautiful covers! We met Vivian, a hard hitting investigative journalist, in the first book. I don't remember her being the most likable person in that book, but at the end she showed she was a decent person by killing a story that could have hurt Lane, the heroine. Now we learn that that decision cost Vivian her job, and she is back in Walton, working for the local paper. She's not thrilled to be there, but it's just a stepping stone to a job at a larger paper down the road. We also met Deputy Ryan Frost in the first book. A computer hacker genius, he's being headhunted by practically every agency out there – FBI, CIA, along with private security firms. But he's finding it hard to make a decision when it means leaving Walton – and his mother and sister, who he's taken care of ever since his father abandoned their family. The mystery was very interesting and quite different than I've come across before, involving cyber crimes, blackmail, and murder. Vivian's boss, Harold, who had become a friend and mentor, dies in the first chapter, seemingly from an allergic reaction but later determined to be murder. With his last words he tells Vivian to find Lauren, and that becomes her mission. She doesn't know who Lauren is or what Harold's interest in Lauren is, but she is determined to track her down, and to figure out who killed Harold, as are Ryan and the rest of the police force, and of course they bump heads. Vivian and Ryan are both wonderfully written characters, both of whom come with a lot of baggage. There's a lot of internalizing, which I love. Ryan is being pulled in different directions, and feels that if he takes a job somewhere else he will be abandoning his mom and sister, just like his dad did. Vivian has her own father/abandonment issues, and feels unworthy of, well, anything that can bring happiness. She's resisted putting down roots, resisted the friendships offered her in Walton, and resists the idea of falling in love with Ryan. It was quite heart warming to watch them each grow as their values change (or at least Vivian's do), and even though the story takes place over a relatively short period of time there was nothing rushed about their relationship and the way it progressed. I love Ms. Walter's writing, and as with the first book I was completely drawn in from the first few pages and very invested in the outcome. This book can be read as a standalone but I would urge readers to not skip the first book. And I will be eagerly awaiting the next book!
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  • Perrianne
    January 1, 1970
    Welcome back to fictional Walton, Georgia – a place with warm, small-town vibes, but with much deeper and dangerous secrets lying just below the surface. Reporter Vivian DeMarco is left reeling after the death of her boss, and she makes it her lone mission to find out why he died under suspicious circumstances. Deputy Ryan Frost has recently returned from training at Quantico, and the buff sheriff’s deputy with some incredible computer code cracking skills barely resembles the gangly young man Welcome back to fictional Walton, Georgia – a place with warm, small-town vibes, but with much deeper and dangerous secrets lying just below the surface. Reporter Vivian DeMarco is left reeling after the death of her boss, and she makes it her lone mission to find out why he died under suspicious circumstances. Deputy Ryan Frost has recently returned from training at Quantico, and the buff sheriff’s deputy with some incredible computer code cracking skills barely resembles the gangly young man he used to be. These two definitely collide and sparks begin to fly along with the danger surrounding them.I love an underdog, and deputy Ryan Frost was definitely just that in the past. Now, after a stint at Quantico, he’s got the brawn to fit the brain, and his awkwardness has melted away. It’s very satisfying to see a character fully evolve and realize his value to the community and to himself. I think he’s my favorite character by far. Vivian DeMarco is a relentless reporter who is always out to get the story, never stopping to think of the consequences of her actions, even though it may harm herself or an innocent bystander. This time around it’s personal for her because she actually cared about her boss, and she’s not going to stop until she finds out what happened. I definitely remember these two minor characters from the first book, Living Lies, and it’s interesting to see where this novel takes them. I enjoyed the book from the beginning to the heart pounding suspenseful end, because there is definitely more to this small town than meets the eye! NOTE: Although this is book two in the Harbored Secrets series, they are both easily read as a stand-alone. That said, I really enjoyed the first in the series, Living Lies, and I highly recommend it. Her newest release will be Silent Shadows in March, 2020, which I will definitely be reading.I received a copy of this book from the author and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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  • Lisa Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Title: Deadly Deceit (Harbor Secrets #2)Author: Natalie WaltersPages: 336Year: 2019Publisher: RevellMy rating: 5 out of 5 stars.The first book in this series is titled, Living Lies, which was superb! The story was engrossing and full throttle suspense, so readers don’t want to miss this book! Now, in the sequel, Deadly Deceit, readers will enjoy another engaging tale of suspense, mystery, romance, and a grade “A” finish! In the story, we follow characters Vivian DeMarco and Deputy Ryan Frost. Title: Deadly Deceit (Harbor Secrets #2)Author: Natalie WaltersPages: 336Year: 2019Publisher: RevellMy rating: 5 out of 5 stars.The first book in this series is titled, Living Lies, which was superb! The story was engrossing and full throttle suspense, so readers don’t want to miss this book! Now, in the sequel, Deadly Deceit, readers will enjoy another engaging tale of suspense, mystery, romance, and a grade “A” finish! In the story, we follow characters Vivian DeMarco and Deputy Ryan Frost. Readers are taken back to the fictional town of Walton, Georgia, where Vivian is working in a small-town newspaper publishing office. When Vivian’s boss calls her and then dies after she arrives to help him, the race is on to locate the culprit behind the boss’s demise. What happens then is the attempts on Vivian’s life as she digs into the lead and unfinished story the boss started.The tension between the two main characters is palpable as they each seek to find the person(s) responsible for the death of the newspaper executive and then also locate the “Lauren” which was the last clue left behind at the executive’s home. Now, as rocks are turned over to find Lauren, people are out to stop Vivian and Ryan. Trust me there is more going on at the same time as the death investigation and trying to locate a person whose last name is unknown.What an intriguing tale the author weaves that brings back players I read from the first book. As I read, I thought a couple of times I knew who the antagonist was, and then the author would throw in a scene or tidbit of information and I was back to square one. The third books in the series due out in March 2020 is titled, Silent Shadows, and I can’t wait! So, until then, catch up on the action that happens in Walton, Georgia, with Living Lies and Deadly Deceit.Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.
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