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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Betrayal by Lucy-Anne Smith

Betrayal by Lucy-Anne Smith
Publisher: Xynobooks, LLC
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (160 pages)
Heat Level: sensual
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Fennel

Life in the English suburbs has always been boring and loveless for Bethenny Anne Dempsey. When her sister Samantha returns from America with tall, tanned new boyfriend Russell in tow, Beth's life no longer seems so dull.

The Californian stirs forbidden desires within her. Desires that would surely destroy her family. Desires upon which she and Russell must not act.

Fleeing to a Swiss ski resort, Beth tries desperately to purge her heart, body and mind of Russell. While there, she throws herself headlong into a rebound romance whose final destination, Beth hopes, will be the altar.

But, Beth and Russell's desperate yearning for one another ignites a firestorm of deceit that threatens to consume their entire world.

Will Beth be left being the one who commits the worst betrayal of all?

Ms Smith takes the title of this book, shakes it vigorously and then settles down to offer a tale of betrayal that seems obvious and turns out to be anything but as the betrayal comes from almost every direction and on many levels.

The author presents characters who engage the reader and you either love them or hate them, just as she wants us to. Stories written in the first person are not normally my favorite point of view, but Ms. Smith’s cast of characters moves the pace forward with a speed that sometimes takes your breath away as does the emotional switchback her characters experience

The list of characters is long and handled skilfully by the author, while some of their actions and reactions did not always come across as realistic they worked well within the story plot.

Ms. Smith has a wonderful capacity for description and she had me falling in love with Russell within minutes of describing him. Her writing style is economical and yet full of life and energy.

Bethany, caught and held my sympathy as she struggled with the unfolding dilemma she faces. There's a saying, ‘you don’t always like the people you love’ and this becomes so true in this story.

For me ‘engaging’ describes Betrayal.