Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Spotlight Read & Review - Deceived by Stella Barcelona

Today's spotlight read & review is by Stella Barcelona. Deceived is Stella's debut romantic suspense novel and was released earlier this year.
Taylor Marlowe Bartholomew carries three of the most notable names in New Orleans society. She hoped to forge her own path in the world as an Assistant District Attorney, but that dream is dying as obligations pull her into the family shipbuilding business. In Taylor’s final days in the DA’s office, she receives a murder assignment that could unravel her perception of reality.

Brandon Morrissey is haunted by demons that force him to keep his life simple and detached. He pours all of his energy into his thriving legal practice, until, overnight, he becomes the single father of an infant. For the sake of his son’s future, Brandon searches for a killer and faces the truth about his family’s unfortunate past.

Someone is willing to kill to use the past for their own ends. Thrust together, Brandon and Taylor have different views of their families’ intersecting histories. As they confront a sea of uncertainty, one thing is sure…no one is safe until they discover where the truth lies.
Their destinies have been set in motion by their ancestors.
Ghosts of the past shadow every step they take.
Together they have to find the truth…before it’s too late.

When it comes to romantic suspense books, I have my short list of must-buy favorites that I love. It’s been quite a while since I’ve added a new author to that list. After reading her debut novel, Deceived, Stella Barcelona joined the list. Stella's story was recommended to me by a friend and I'm glad to have taken her suggestion. The story, the characters, the intrigue, everything about Ben and Taylor’s story kept me hooked page after page wanting to know what was going to happen next. I am looking forward to more from Stella in the future and can't wait to see what she has in store for her next book. If you enjoy a little suspense and intrigue with your romance, I would definitely add Deceived to your reading list. Stella Barcelona is a great new voice in romantic suspense!

Stella Barcelona, author of romantic suspense novels, has always had an active imagination, a tendency to daydream, and a passion for reading romance, mysteries, and thrillers. From her early days of reading, when she first escaped reality through the pages of a well-written novel, she knew that her daydreams needed an outlet, and she knew that her outlet would be writing.

In day to day life, Stella is a lawyer and works for a court in New Orleans, Louisiana. Currently, Stella lives minutes from the French Quarter, with her husband of sixteen years and two adorable papillons who believe that they are princesses. Stella loves to hear from readers on her Facebook page and can also be contacted through her website,, where there's information on appearances, her next release, and exciting contests that you won't want to miss! While she doesn't have a lot of free time with her legal and writing careers battling for her every minute, she does enjoy any chance she and her husband get to go out on their boat. In addition, she attends conferences, workshops, and retreats for writers. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Southern Louisiana Chapter of the Romance Writers of America.

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