||December 7, 2011
Petals in the Gazbo
Danger awaits her around every corner, and he knew this day would come.
A half tank up the mountains, Big Bear winters are isolating for heiress Bayliss Jones. Circled by the same cult that murdered her parents fifteen years before, death awaits her around every corner. Her shirttail relative and trustee of her estate, Sheriff Byron McGill, never agreed with local hearsay that made her a suspect. Air crackles between two people who clash, but the spoiled princess needs his help. Besides hers, the life of a young man, her secret baby, hangs in the balance. There’s no time for error.
Bay-bay hadn’t frozen to death. He was trying to listen to sounds over the spray of the shower. He had to stay alert. They were vulnerable in the shower. Meth-heads don’t feel the cold, and they’d be back.
“You’re awfully quiet, Skip.”
“I’m listening for sounds. I can only handle one crisis at a time.” As he’d become warmer, he was aware of how good she felt pressed against him. The spray of water hit her and ran down her shapely curves. She was soft, wet, and naked, and he was running his hands down her back to create friction and heat. She breathed normally, and her stance was steady. At that moment there was nothing more important than the fact that they’d made it so far. His body and hers were still in this world. It was just them, standing beneath the warm spray. She was beautiful but had always been trouble. In the glow of the double flashlights, her hair hung in wet ringlets. When she moved, he couldn’t help but admire the curve of her back and perfectly formed buttocks. Watching her firm, perky body shift in slow movements caused his blood to heat. He inhaled and willed himself to stay calm because his bodily response was becoming powerful. He moaned at his weakness which he knew was Bayliss. With other women, he’d always been the aggressor. Around her, he was chicken-shit. Whatever kind of chemistry it was, his body told him he needed to have her or die. He’d gotten as hard as a railroad spike.
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“Byron, you have a different crisis.” Her attention was drawn to his erection, swelling between them, rock hard, thick and long. Was she turning him on? She opened her eyes and looked up into his. He was staring down at her with the same intensity, like a man who wanted sex and planned on getting it. At least she hoped so.
“Good, I can find it now.” He pushed her wet curls back from her forehead, cupped her cheek gently and moved his mouth over hers. His first kiss was a caress, but when she kissed him back, hungry and fierce, he intruded with his tongue. “I’ll stop if you ask me to.” His gray gaze landed on her, but his kiss was heavenly, and she surrendered with no hesitation.
Brittany Walters-Beardon, Chateau D'If
5.0 out of 5 stars Leaves You Anxious for the Next in the Series, December 12, 2011
Deeds of Deceit is Kathleen Rowland's first romantic suspense book in her Welcome to the Lake series. This page-turning novella takes place in Big Bear, California, offering readers both nail-biting suspense and tender romance that will keep them riveted as the relentless plot unfolds.
Bayliss Jones had been accused of murdering her parents when she was a teenager 15 years earlier. The winters on Jones Mountain take a toll on Bayliss, especially when the ghost of her mother appears to her. At some point, she realizes that her ex-boyfriend is involved; as she starts to put the pieces of the puzzle together, her situation becomes extremely dangerous.
The trustee of her estate, Sheriff Byron McGill never believed the local gossip about Bayliss being involved in the murders. There are many twists and turns as both Bayliss and Byron fight to survive danger lurking around every corner. As the story unfolds, there are intriguing side plots about a baby who was given up at birth, a cult that is possibly kidnapping children, and much more. The quest to find the truth places them both in perilous situations.
Something begins to develop between Byron and Bayliss that neither can deny, with their attraction growing stronger as they work together to solve the mystery surrounding Bayliss and the family murder. They travel to the home of Byron's parents, Mary Rose and Dunigan McGill where they devise a plan to find out who murdered Suzanne and Woody Jones. The heart-racing plot culminates in a frantic pace, binding the love that Byron and Bayliss have for each other.
Kathleen Rowland skillfully interweaves mystery with a romantic love story in this contemporary gothic novel, creating a multi-faceted story that can be enjoyed by readers of many different genres. Readers are inevitably left anxious for the next release in the gripping Welcome to the Lake series.
Mihir, Shah, Afterword
5 out of 5!
In Deeds of Deceit, the first book of Kathleen Rowland's the "Welcome to the Lake" series, Bayliss Jones is haunted by the memories of her murdered parents. Despite being cleared of any wrongdoing, much of the Big Bear Lake community shuns her. Interestingly, her life of unease is accentuated by Todd, her ex-fiancée, and his love interest, Hilary Fleisher; they will go to any length to terrify Bayliss so she will acquiesce and turn Jones Mountain into a ski resort. Complicating matters, Byron McGill, a police detective, is entrusted by Jones' grandfather with her entire property--all of Jones Mountain in Big Bear Lake.
Whether it is the Beretta-carrying Hilary Fleisher, Todd Sheffield, or an earthquake, danger lurks along every corner for Bayliss. In the process, however, she finds herself in a flaming romance with Byron McGill. Essentially, the author does a commendable job of interweaving numerous plotlines, merging them into one united purpose. The frenetic pace, nonstop energy, and powerful imagery bring each page to life and allow the audience to envision the multiple confrontations between Bayliss, Byron, Todd, and Hilary. In particular, the intimate scene inside Jones' home, after Byron and Bayliss barely escape the gun-slinging potheads and the potentially fatal Big Bear cold, captures the spirit of love, passion, and life.
Deeds of Deceit is undoubtedly sensuous and full of mystery. At the same time, however, the author's inspiration for the book arises from her own experiences with cult studies. In her book, the Hilary Fleisher-led Get Megawatts practices cult like behaviors and activities. Oblivious to Bayliss, her fifteen-year-old son, whom she put up for adoption at birth, has become a member of this cult. Can Bayliss and Byron together defeat Todd and Hilary, save Avery from the cult, and ultimately leave the cold and solitude of Big Bear Lake winters?
Overall, Deeds of Deceit is a thrilling, must-read page-turner set in the frosty confines of Big Bear Lake.
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