Review: Intricate Deceptions by Jennifer Rayes
When Jennifer Rayes contacted me asking if I’d like to read and review a copy of Intricate Deceptions, I jumped at the chance. Focused on the victim of a human trafficking operation, it sounded unlike any book I’d ever read before. With the amount of five star ratings that it has on Goodreads, I thought it was bound to be brilliant.
Sadly, it ended up being one of the most terribly executed novels I’ve encountered. It’s rushed. It’s monotone. It’s flat. Gaia is kidnapped, taken to the human trafficking location and rescued within the space of a few pages. After that the story evolves into a corny romance between Gaia and Raoul, the Prince of Kayamato, who “would’ve liked to say in bed with Gaia, just to hold her” after having just one conversation with her. Barf.
Then there’s the appearance of pirate captain Dominique, who kisses Gaia without her permission but who she’s oh-so attracted to. Can you hear me heaving? Of course, it wouldn’t be a cheesy romance without a love triangle, but when both of the love interests are blander than plain flour it’s hard to see the appeal of either of them.
This book is completely two-dimensional. The events that go on feel reported: this happens, then this happens, and there’s no life in the story. It’s impossible to get emotionally involved, even with the harrowing events that are occurring.
Luckily, Intricate Deceptions is a short novel, so it’s a very quick read. I read it in a few hours, and because there’s not really much world-building (despite being set in Ica and Kayamato, we don’t really know anything about the places or their cultures) and all of the events are rapidly delivered one after the other, the pace is ridiculously fast.
It ends on an unexpected cliffhanger, which – irritatingly enough – kind of makes me want to continue on with the series… But considering the fact that it took four years for the sequel to be written and released seems that it was only done because the author didn’t know how to finish it. If I’d read it any earlier I would have been frustrated. If the ending had been more satisfactory I would have given Intricate Deceptions three stars, because I was ambivalent towards the story as a whole, but the cliffhanger left me with no choice but to drop my rating down.
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