ARC Review & Giveaway: Desire and Deception by Sahara Roberts

Published on May 27, 2014
Source: Entangled, Publisher

Copy for review provided by Entangled, Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Tessa Marshal has fulfilled her long awaited dream of homeownership. She celebrates by taking a vacation with a friend but gets more than she bargained for when her adventure becomes a terrifying ordeal. 

Deep cover agent Kristopher "Kris" Harmon has spent years climbing the ranks within the Mexican cartel. He walks a tight line between vicious drug runners with agendas of their own and working with the cartel leaders he’s trying to organize. Any distraction could prove fatal for him—and for the hundreds of undercover law enforcement officers his own cover protects.

Their worlds collide when Tessa is mistaken for a drug mule and taken captive. As time runs out for both of them, Tessa has to reach beyond her fears and trust a stranger while Kris must choose between his lifelong ambitions and saving Tessa's life. If they want to survive, both must trust that there is more to the other than what meets the eye

Desire and Deception


Ok.  There is potential here.  BUT, this book really confused me at times.  It felt choppy and discombobulated at times and I feel like it could’ve used tighter content editing.  It was…action packed, suspenseful and very sexy.  There needed to be more explantation in parts of the book…I mean, does Kris only speak Spanish to Tessa?  Who speaks and understands English where Tessa is being captive? We aren’t tipped off on any of this but it’s randomly mentioned that she doesn’t know if he understands her when she speaks English, so I was unclear about that.  When they talk to each other, how do they understand each other?  I don’t know why that bugged me so much but it did. But he was an American who had been working deep undercover for years and I assume he spoke Spanish to her? None of that felt clear to me… I was just confused.  But don’t let my confusion keep you from reading this one.

The story of Tessa’s captivity was good and I knew that Kris was a “good guy” even though Tessa knew him as a cartel “baddie”.  Tessa was pretty cool. She took care of and defended herself quite well and she was very smart and shrewd.  She was a good match for Kris and they very good chemistry with each other.

I’d probably read more from this author and this book may be suffering a little from first bookitis a bit.  If there is another book, I expect it to be tighter than this one and I think this author is totally capable of writing an even better book than this one 🙂


Hi, my name is Tessa Marshal. We met not so long ago on the pages of Desire and Deception. I hear some people out there aren’t familiar with Mexican food. You don’t know what you’re missing! Here’s a few of the dishes I enjoyed while I was in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. Hopefully you can find a good Mexican restaurant in your area so you can have a taste.

Huachinango a la Veracruzana – Veracruz style red snapper

Yes, I’m still practicing how to say this in Spanish because it was so good. The red snapper is prepared with onion, tomato, capers, and green olives. I’m so glad Monica suggested that seafood restaurant by the hotel.

Chef was such a flirt…not that I should be saying that where Kris could read it.

Fajita tacos

I’ll be honest, these tacos are pork carnitas, but they’re the closest I could come to what I had. Every time I fix fajita tacos for a picture we end up eating them before I can think to pull out a phone or a camera. :/

Pan dulce – Sweet bread

Mexican style sweet bread isn’t really sweet. I found I liked the conchas Kris brought, especially when I had them with hot coffee. Though I’m still trying to decide which flavor I like best.

Coctel de camaron – Shrimp cocktail

Now this is a very different way of having shrimp cocktail. In Texas we dip shrimp in sauce. But after trying this tangy version, there’s no going back.


I saw Cruz out in the yard with one of these huge pork skins. I didn’t know they came in a jumbo size.


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About Sahara Roberts

Sahara Roberts caught the writing bug early in life. She enjoys writing Romantic Suspense and Contemporary Romance. Her days are filled with international trade issues (the legal kind) and her evenings writing steamy romance. When she’s not at her usual hangout, Savvy Authors, she enjoys socializing on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Google+, Pinterest and her website, or watching Castle, NCIS, Supernatural, and The Walking Dead (Following Daryl).
Sahara lives in South Texas with her husband and two very spoiled cats. She enjoys cooking, baking, and cake decorating, but she would certainly prefer to have someone else do the dishes.