Title: Deceive Me
Series: Broken People Duet, Book One
Author: Vi Carter
Genre: Dark College Bully Romance
Release Date: March 7, 2022
They say love and hate dance together along the same line.
My feelings for Layla didn’t dance on the line; they destroyed it.
It’s been seven years since she disappeared without a trace.
And now she’s back, but things have changed- I’ve changed.
I’m no longer the Jared she remembers - the boy who wanted to protect her.
I’m very much my father’s son, and I take what I want, and what I want is Layla.
But this time, I’m keeping her forever.
Seven years, that’s how long it has been since I’ve seen him.
After years of putting myself back together, I’m finally ready to start a life without his memory chasing my every step.
Imagine my surprise when my first step leads me straight back to him.
Only he’s not the boy I remember.
Hiding secrets that want to destroy him.
He hates me. He wants me.
I’m not sure I will survive the man he has become or his demons that threaten to destroy us both.
From the start, Jared and Layla were a duo. He looked out for her and protected her at all costs from the abuse of their foster parents. Layla was his everything, until the day that she disappeared. Imagine the surprise he felt when after 7 years, she strolls into his class at school. Jared has a new name and a new life. What he never expected was her. There is so much hatred (which stems from hurt) that he just can’t seem to get past. So many times throughout this book I wanted to shake him and make him see that it wasn’t her doing. It seemed as if he never wanted to tell her who he really was and have her believe that she was just purely insane. Sooner or later, he has to let her in. I’m just waiting on that shoe to drop!!
The beginning of the book was very slow. I put it down and came back, only to put it down again. Ultimately, I did return and finish the book. It just seemed that there was a lot of filler that could have been removed. Deceive Me is a good book, with a great hook, you just have to work through it. There are amazing characters with a tumultuous storyline and an expected cliffhanger, as it is a duet. I am looking forward to boom two, which will be released soon, so make sure to get to pick them both up!
Also available in special edition paperback
Everything in me stills as Jay walks towards me, his face tightening the closer he gets. It transforms him from someone I used to know with dimples and light eyes, to an angry God.
“Hi.” I sound so breathless as he stops in front of me.
He glares at me and rubs his jaw before speaking. “The three days you were missing, where were you?”
My throat aches again; my heart beats rapidly as I stare up into the dark abyss that wants to consume me. I need to speak, but for the first time with Jared, the words are lodged in my throat.
His large hand touches my jawline, and my eyes flick up at him. His eyes have darkened even further, and I’m not sure what has prompted him to touch me. He looks revolted by the action, yet he hasn’t let me go. When we were younger, I knew exactly what he was thinking, but right now, the unknown is scaring me.
His hand travels down to my neck, his thumb flicking back and forth, his touch burns into me. I swallow.
“Where were you…?” His words trail off as he looks at me with haunted eyes.
Coming soon ....
Releasing April 7, 2022
When Vi Carter isn't writing contemporary & dark romance books, that feature the mafia, are filled with suspense, and take you on a fast-paced ride, you can find her reading her favorite authors, baking, taking photos, or watching Netflix.
Married with three children, Vi divides her time between motherhood and all the other hats she wears as an Author.
She has declared herself a coffee & chocolate addict! Do not judge.