Friday, December 7, 2012

Unwrapping: Review of CIRCLE OF DECEPTION by Carla Swafford

Since I'm already a fan of Carla Swafford's exciting, action-packed, and steamy erotic Circle suspense romances, when Avon Romance offered me an eARC of her newest and last one releasing at the end of December, I not only leaped at the chance but clawed at the ereader as if it might hurry the download! CIRCLE OF DECEPTION didn't disappoint, in fact, I think this is my favorite one yet. I'm going to miss the Circle and all of the excitement of this series. How 'bout that cover? Hot enough? Wait till you read what's inside.

***eARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.


Carla Swafford's erotic Circle series comes to an exhilarating finale as the team of sexy spies and assassins goes undercover—under the covers.

After disappearing days before her wedding to fellow Circle agent Rex Drago, Abby Rodriguez discovered that trying to reclaim a life—and a love—lost is a whole lot harder than she thought. When her family's safety is threatened by an arms dealer, Abby must go undercover with the one man who sees right through her as they play the scariest roles yet: husband and wife.

Mission or no mission, Rex Drago wants answers from his ex-fiancĂ©e. Forced to play along as a rival arms dealer and the husband he once wanted to be, Rex is finding it hard to stay professional—especially since Abby is just as hot as ever. And when they find themselves in a very intimate position, Abby and Rex must act the part—or risk blowing their cover entirely.

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The Circle is a covert operation that flies far below the radar even more so than the FBI or the CIA. In fact, most of what the Circle does would be considered illegal throughout the world but their work insures that groups like the Inferno don't succeed and the world stays safe for at least another day. But even covert operatives have secrets that they keep from each other.

Rex Drago and Abby Rodriguez were once in love, or possibly lust but either way, they planned to marry until Rex was told that Abby was dead. Then Abby was told that Rex was dead. Fate had thrown them a curve ball that separated them and led them to other people, Abby to Rex's brother, Jack - and Rex to Nic Savage - but what neither knew about the other was that it was love and it had survived their separation.

The Inferno (the bad guys) are up to no good with a new bullet that not only blows its target to smithereens but can be programmed to actually zero in on a particular person. This means everyone is in danger and can't possibly hide. It's up to the Circle operatives to discover the source and stop the production. Rex has been working undercover as Rurik Volkov, an arms dealer, and already has the inside scoop so Abby is assigned to go undercover with him as his wife. Neither are very happy about their assignments but do manage to make the best of a bad situation.

Bad guys abound, twists and turns keep the reader thinking and even as my suspicions were already heading in the right direction, the identity of the real bad guy, shook me. Action-packed, intrigue-filled, lust driven and emotional when not everyone survives the mission, CIRCLE OF DECEPTION by Carla Swafford is one you won't want to put down once you start reading.

If you haven't read any of this amazing series from Avon Red, you need to - as soon as possible. If you love exciting intrigue, covert action and mystery, you will love this series and this final installment is the best. I'm sorry to see it end because I don't think the mission is finished but I'm not Carla. Of course, maybe if we all bug her, she will continue - after all, the bad guys are still out there.

I highly, highly recommend CIRCLE OF DECEPTION by Carla Swafford if you love James Bond adventure, STRIKE BACK hotties and undercover action, and especially if you love under the covers steamy action. CIRCLE OF DECEPTION is red-hot, action-driven, and the charisma between Rex and Abby will have you reaching for a fan to cool you down - or someone  with whom you want to share all that heat. Put this one on your wishlist now!

Happy Reading Everyone!

CIRCLE OF DECEPTION by Carla Swafford, Avon Red, release date - December 26, 2012, available in ebook formats.