Deception – Patricia Bradley

Deception by Patricia Bradley
Also by this author: Obsession, Obsession, Crosshairs, Counter Attack, Fatal Witness
Series: Natchez Trace Park Rangers #4
Published by Revell on August 1, 2022
Genres: Fiction, Christian, Romance, Suspense
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When ISB Ranger Madison Thorn arrives in Natchez to investigate a white-collar scheme, she has no idea she will be thrown back into the violent crimes division--or that it will get so personal. She'll have to work with her childhood-enemy-turned-handsome-charmer to unravel the clues before it's too late.

Originally, I was going to take a break from reading romantic suspense novels. I tried…for two weeks. Patricia Bradley drew me back into the genre with Deception, the final novel of her “Natchez Trace Park Rangers” series. I have followed the series from beginning to end, and this one does not disappoint! Madison and Clayton make a believable pair whose relationship seems to naturally transition. There is no force. A dash of romance, a sprinkling of suspense, and a pinch of mystery all combine to make a fantastic story that leaves readers guessing until the final page.

Deception by Patricia Bradley is everything a Christian romantic suspense novel should be. Madison and Clayton are both imperfect, and there is no doubt, they are different people. But their differences make for a superb partnership as they seek to unwrap a compelling mystery with lives on the line. And to think, Madison only came to town to investigate a white-collar crime case with the FBI. She did not expect to plunge back into the violent crime investigations that she left behind four years ago. And Clayton definitely didn’t believe he would ever see Madison again.

It took me two weeks to read one hundred pages of a different novel before I plunged into Deception by Patricia Bradley. Deception? It took me maybe five hours to finished, split into two days. For the first time in a long time, I experienced a novel that could have kept me up at night, had I read Deception in bed. That is saying something, because it is actually rather hard to achieve. Bradley’s newest book has the thrill you need to take breaths away and the humor necessary to break up tension. If I had to choose, Deception may be my favorite of the entire “Natchez Trace Park Rangers” series.

Deception by Patricia Bradley stands as its own novel; there is no need to read the others in the series to understand its context. The plot is complex and well thought-out but not so much that it is confusing. You may need to remind yourself of some character names as you go along (I did), but outside of that? Deception is an easy, fast, and very exciting read. It’ll keep you guessing, as it did me. If you give it a shot, you won’t regret it!