The Mistress Deception
Author: Susan Napier
Genre: Category Romance
Rachel is a 30-something personal trainer who co-owns a failing security business. After so kindly helping a rich guy, Matthew, out of his wet clothes at a party where she was working guard duty; Rachel is outraged when incriminating photos and a harassing letter show up on her doorstep.
Matthew was the original person the photos were addressed to, but instead of thinking rationally about who could’ve sent them, he immediately jumps to the conclusion that it was Rachel. This resulted in the letter and photos making their way to her. After trading some loaded barbs, they manage to clear up the misunderstanding and start to work together to find out who is attempting to blackmail Matthew.
This happens around the half-way point and quite frankly it’s where the story started to lag for me. The villain was painfully obvious and descriptions of Rachel and Matthew’s new found bliss with each other got old quick.
What this book did that racked up some serious points with me was subvert some of the typical romance tropes. For instance, Matthew is the unbelievably old virgin and he’s the one sticking his nose in an investigation that the heroine is more qualified to properly handle. The only way this could’ve made me happier is if Rachel would’ve had a scene where she got to rescue Matthew. But unfortunately, the big confrontation with the villain was rather lack luster. In fact, they basically just talked it out. This was a little disappointing after having such a huge build up.
All in all, a fairly enjoyable read. Kudos to Napier for shaking things up a bit. If you’re looking for a decent category romance, I would suggest giving The Mistress Deception a shot.