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From Chapter Two:
Marcus sat up in bed, covered in sweat. The room was cold, like death itself had made an entrance, namely because it had. He looked over to see the one person he hated most in the world—Nicolas.
Nick stood tall and defiant in his usual attire of black pants, a tight black t-shirt and black boots.
That color matches his soul. Marcus breathed in deeply, exhausted at the mere prospect of dealing with Nick.
Nicolas looked around Marcus’s room and sneered. “This place looks almost inviting. I mean with the warm, beige and black color scheme matching the furniture and even the picture frames on the walls. God, Marc you’re such a pansy.” Nick smiled devilishly. “Did a girl decorate it for you?”
Marcus walked over to the corner and stood before his brother. It was like looking into a twisted mirror, as their physical appearances were identical. Marcus had never understood their intertwined existence, and his mother never was one to give up family secrets. Much to his annoyance, the mystery remained.
Each year he’d encounter Nick once, possibly twice if he was truly unlucky. Once upon a time, long ago, seeing Nicolas would be the highlight of his day, but that was irrelevant now.
“I hate you,” Marcus growled.
A white cloud of smoke rose from Marcus’s feet, filling the room. He was ready for a fight and there was no one better to beat than his worthless half-brother, Nick. As usual, Nicolas crossed his arms across his chest, lowered his head and gave Marcus his best sardonic smile.
“What’s the matter, little brother? Not up for some healthy competition? Worried she’ll choose me?” Nicolas deepened his smile and arched a playful eyebrow, though Marcus knew from their sordid past that Nick had no intentions of being friendly nor playful, not anymore.
Marcus charged forward. The strength of his opponent equaled his own, as if they were two halves of a whole, which is what Nicolas believed to be true.
Ridiculous, Marcus scoffed.
As always, he plowed into an invisible shield and cursed. “Don’t call me little brother. I disowned you a lifetime ago. Don’t call me anything. Regardless of your belief that we are two parts of a whole, I refuse to believe the words of some jacked up prophecy. I’ll warn you for the last time, Nicolas—she’s mine. If you cross this line again, so help me, I’ll find a way to break the disgusting curse that protects your pathetic existence.”
“Bravo. Good performance. Bravo, Marc.” Nick applauded. “I’ll leave you to your craziness shortly, Brother. Just let me reiterate what a fool you are to actually believe that you love her. Your feelings are far beyond your control. Fate’s reared its ugly head and created in you an unbreakable bond. Sounds poetic, but really it’s all a crock, Marc. Wake up and regain your independence, Brother.”
Marcus growled low in his chest.
Nick laughed and held up his hands. “Fine, fine. I know I’ve said this all before, and yet you still refuse to believe my words. But you’re the poor, ignorant schmuck that’ll get what he deserves.”
Marcus responded with another violent punch that resounded off the invisible shield.
“Calm down before you wake your guardian, little brother,” Nicolas said, rubbing his jaw in mock pain from the punch that had never landed. “Besides, it’s not like I did anything with her tonight you haven’t done yourself. You should really try tasting her while you’re in spirit form—she’s just … What’s the word people use today? Oh yeah, the same as we’ve always used … delicious.” Nick winked and licked his lips.
Marcus knew better, but lunged again with resolve. Nicolas vanished as quickly as he’d appeared, flipping the bird on his exit.
What’ve I done to be so cursed? To be immortal with no one other than him to haunt me for all of eternity?
This is such a hard review for me to write. I read Deceived and going into it, I was very excited to start as it seemed like the kind of story I love, but I struggled to get through it, and really only just liked it after much thinking about it.
My biggest issue is that I couldn’t relate or really accept this idea of the love triangle going on between Sam, Marcus, and Nickolas. For a good portion of the book, they hadn’t even met and Sam knew the two guys via dreams she had. This to me was a weird concept. I was really hoping right from the start it was going to be a clear love triangle and was able to see it interact all together. It just felt like it took forever to get to this point. That leads my other big issue with Deceived…
My second big issue was the pacing of the story. I very much felt the first half of the book or so was a bit slow and I struggled to keep my attention on it. That being said, the second half of the book was the saving grace with the pace picking up an grabbing my attention.
I have to say, I do enjoy Marcus and Nickolas as characters. I think they each have their own characteristics that they bring that make the story much more interesting. I also like seeing how each one interacts with Sam not only in the dreams, but in person as well.
One thing I want to rave about it is cover art. I am the kind of person who can be bought on a book based on it’s cover and well Deceived is one of those books. I absolutely adore the cover of it, as well as the other two books in the series (I looked them up). I mean if I was at a store and saw this cover and read the synopsis, I would have this book in my cart ready to checkout.
Overall, Deceived is worth checking out. It wasn’t my favorite book, but once the story gets going it is actually quite good. So go and give it a shot!