ARC Review: Deadly Charade by Virna DePaul

Posted May 10, 2013 by Angela in Reviews / 5 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review:  Deadly Charade by Virna DePaul
Deadly Charade
by Virna DePaul

4 Stars


Released: May 7, 2013
Published by Harlequin
Pages: 288
Format: ARC


“Deadly Charade is definitely a great addition to Ms. DePaul’s work.” ~Under the Covers Book Blog

Jaded to his lies and past drug use, Linda Delaney had finally ended her relationship with Tony. Trust was always her issue, and it’s just not something she gave easily. Years later, she had built a career that may lead to a position as a judge. Of course, Tony shows up in the courtroom charged with murder and her quiet, safe life is shaken out of order. Being on this case will threaten her reputation as a district attorney, so she gives the case to her colleague. Whether her reasons are due to conflict-of-interest or a way to avoid him completely, it doesn’t matter. The bottom line is their paths had crossed, and there is no turning back. The question is…is she prepared to know what he’s been doing all these years?

Tony was crushed when Linda left him, but he couldn’t really blame her. Due to his connection with drugs and many other circumstances, he had to let her go. Even after all this time, his feelings have not changed but pursuing Linda is not in his plans. He’s gone too deep into his work, and his goal for revenge and protection is a top priority.

I had mixed feelings about Linda. She annoyed me when she doubted Tony especially when he needed her most. I feel like she kept expecting the worst from him and I hated that. I can’t say I blame her though; someone you love using drugs is a hard situation to deal with. It didn’t take long for Linda to warm up to me though, and in the end, she proved herself worthy for our hero. After all, Tony truly deserves someone who will support him despite his past. I just love heroes with a dark side, and Tony indeed falls in that category. His dark side comes in a form of past drug addiction and a secret life. I love that he had a weakness, and his love for Linda was his driving force to overcome it. He’s really given up a lot for Linda. There’s nothing like a dose of sacrifice to prove your love, right?

Overal all, I enjoyed Tony and Linda’s story. Deadly Charade is definitely a great addition to Ms. DePaul’s work.

*ARC provided by publisher

Did you like this review? If so, please tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

About Virna DePaul

A former prosecutor, Virna DePaul writes "heat, heart, & HEA" for Harlequin and Random House. She is also a bestselling Indie author, with Bedding The Wrong Brother being a top 100 contemporary romance on Amazon with over 150 5* reviews.

Follow me


Blogger/Reviewer at Under the Covers Book Blog
I am young at heart and a die hard romantic living in California.I am happily married to a man who understands my love for reading, blogging and my book boyfriends. I have two beautiful girls who are also avid readers but forbidden to any of my books.I like running, CrossFit and eat healthy but not necessarily good at it.My motto is “I have the right to choose my calories” and often, my choice of poison is a bag of Flammin’ Hot Cheetos.

I coblog and review here at Under the Covers and occasionally review for Hot Listens.I love to read PNR, UF, Contemporary, New Adult, and Romantic Suspense. Occasionally, I will venture to Erotica, BDSM reads and rarely Historical Romance. There are some sub-genres that I don’t always enjoy, but I’m open to stepping out of my comfort zone.For the most part, as long as there’s a hint of romance, I’m pretty much in.
Follow me

Related Posts

Tags: , , , ,


Under the Covers Book Blog Comment Policy
Please read our comment policy here.

Leave a Reply

5 Comment threads
0 Thread replies
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
5 Comment authors
Under the Covers Book BlogLori MeehanTimitraMaria D.Virna DePaul Recent comment authors
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Virna DePaul
Virna DePaul

Hi Angela! Thanks so much for reviewing Deadly Charade. Hugs, V

Maria D.
Maria D.

Thanks for the review – I like reading romantic suspense and I like reading about a hero who’s a bad boy that’s been redeemed. Thanks!


I can’t wait to read it…thanks for the great review Angela!

Lori Meehan
Lori Meehan

Thanks Angela.

Under the Covers Book Blog
Under the Covers Book Blog

Thanks for passing by Virna, much appreciated. =D

Lori, Maria and Timitra, THank you as always!