Friday, May 13, 2016

Deep Deception by Z.A. Maxfield

He’ll give up everything for his immortal lover…except his humanity.

Leave a note and slip away to Paris alone, Adin thought. It’ll prove to his vampire lover he doesn’t need 24/7 supervision, Adin thought. Instead, Adin lands in a surreal situation that isn’t going to endear him to Donte. At. All.

As he awaits an old foe, Ned Harwiche III, for a prearranged meeting, Adin is head butted, tossed into the back of a car…then gets the chance to acquire an artifact Harwiche had been bidding on.

Adin jumps at it, if only as payback for all the dirty tricks Harwiche has pulled over the years. To his horror, the “artifact” turns out to be an adolescent boy named Bran.

Sickened, Adin vows to help the boy out, but like Donte—like a lot of the world Adin never knew existed—Bran isn’t at all what he seems to be.

While Donte and Adin negotiate the meaning of the word “forever”, Bran is running out of time. Especially when tragedy and betrayal pit Adin’s long-cherished beliefs against Donte’s love.

Product Warnings: Contains a gothed-up college professor armed with guyliner (which is a big problem when you’re up against a little monster) and an old vampire who doesn’t like his lover out of reach. Not that he can’t administer discipline from afar…

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Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

You really need to read book one, Deep Desire, first. The love between Adin and Donte is still just as deep in this book. I just love them together. It does bother me when Donte still refers to Auselmo as his one true love and I know it hurts Adin too. I love Bran’s character, he is fascinating to me, I really would like a book about him! And Boaz, sometimes I love him and sometimes I want to throat punch him, heck I feel that way about all of them! LOL. I can’t believe I was hesitant on reading this series because I am really enjoying it!

Characters: Well written
Sex: Oh yeah!
Religious: No
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: Yes
Genre: M/M Paranormal Romance
Would I read more by this author: Yes

3 Stars in total.
5 for the dry wit.
2 for the plot.

I want to start this review by saying I adore the author's witty yet unexpectedly humorous voice. Most authors who inject humor into their stories end up with the result of over-the-top zaniness. Maxfield's dry, witty humor is exactly what the doctor ordered, causing me to laugh more than most authors accomplish.

The vocabulary is intelligent, which is a nice change of pace since Donte is 500 years old and would speak formally. Whereas in a lot of books with older characters, their voice is still that of an adolescent. So I appreciate both the dry wit and the intelligent voice of Maxfield.

This is the first and only MM Urban Fantasy series I've ever read.

Now, I'm going to be honest, and this is kind of killing me, here. There wasn't much of a plot to be found, and the world building is nonexistent, to the point Bran's origins were never truly explored, nor was anything dealing with vampires. We have an imp, but it was never explored on what that entails. It was all glossed over, like this was a transition book from book one to book three.

As with the first book, this time we are pulled into Adin's past, which I did enjoy and wanted to read more of it. This was written well, but the transition wasn't the smoothest, as there was nothing denoted the present and past, other than to read and realize the characters mentioned don't exist in the present.

Adin rescues a boy, Bran, and spends the entirety of the book going from place to place. Hotel to hotel. City to City. Donte's house to Santos's house, back to yet another house in a new location. Country to country. Continent to continent. There had to have been 20 times this occurred in only 150 pages or so. One location, and three pages later, Adin would be on the move to another, yet no one was after him. Several times, Adin was in a location for maybe 15 minutes, enough time to put his suits it the closet, then Donte would show up. They would have sex, and then be on the move to the next location. Sometimes it was so quick, they didn't even get time to unpack. One day in particular, they 'moved' four times. But later, it was made to sound like days, when it was probably the same hour from what was presently being mentioned. Deja Vu

The hopping was the entirety of the plot, and the forces they were running from NEVER present themselves, rendering the running useless. But it served as a vehicle to get it on with Donte at every turn, while professing undying love. It was a constant cycle of longing for Donte when he wasn't on scene or being 'with' Donte when he was, when I'm sure what was written (minus the ending) was only a week or so in time. Undying love that wasn't wishy washy like the rest of the plot, but definitely the only viable plot point of the story (I won't spoil it by staying what I mean by that).

I struggled while reading, it took me three separate sessions to get through the book. By sessions, I mean over months, finally resolving to sit down and read it or else, and that still took me a week to wade through when I'm good for reading two or more books in a day.

Recommended for those who are new to the genre, since there isn't much world building to confuse newbies. Also for those who are looking at romance as the focal point. The added bonus is the intelligent voice and dry wit.

Will I read more by this author: I'm starting book three as soon as this review is posted.

Also Available in the Deep Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Deep Desire post.

Book 3
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Z. A. Maxfield is a fifth-generation native of Los Angeles, although she now lives in the O.C. She started writing in 2007 on a dare from her children and never looked back. Pathologically disorganized and perennially optimistic, she writes as much as she can, reads as much as she dares, and enjoys her time with family and friends. If anyone asks her how a wife and mother of four manages to find time for a writing career, she’ll answer, “It’s amazing what you can do if you completely give up housework.”

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Deep Deception (Deep #2) by Z.A. Maxfield to read and review. Review copy was purchased by the blog.

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