Release Blitz - Excerpt & Giveaway - Deceived by Elisabeth Naughton


by Elisabeth Naughton 
Publication Date: May 15, 2018 
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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Some doors were never meant to be opened… I made a fateful mistake. I should never have peeked behind the doors into his forbidden world. But I did, and now I’m a prisoner. Trapped by the man I thought I loved. The man I once foolishly trusted. The man who, despite his lies and deception, I continue to crave. He can melt my resolve with one rough, whispered demand, and I feel myself giving in to the desire he still stirs inside me. And yet, if I want to survive, I must find a way to escape. Because if I don’t, I’m afraid I’ll be consumed by a shadowy world that will ultimately destroy me. Lost forever in his wicked House of Sin…


by Elisabeth Naughton 
Publication Date: April 24, 2018
  Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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She has no idea what lurks behind the forbidden doors of the House of Sin… He is temptation. Forbidden fruit. A craving I can’t seem to resist. I went after him in search of answers, certain he had blood on his hands. Now I’ve fallen prey to his seductive looks and commanding charisma. I know he is a threat. He’s entwined in a dangerous world I don’t understand. But that doesn’t stop me from aching for his touch, for the taste of his wicked lips. Before I can truly surrender to the fire smoldering between us, I need to know more. I have to see behind the doors he keeps firmly locked. I need to discover what he’s hiding in the shadowy world known as the House of Sin…

**WARNING!** This book is very sexy, very dark, and very addictive! Contains consensual kink and a dark and dominant hero with a dangerous secret.


She stepped around me and headed for the crumbling stone staircase. “I’ve seen enough.”

I reached for her arm before she could get three steps away, not wanting to give up on what had been the nicest moment between us in weeks. “Natalie.”

“Don’t.” She whipped around and jerked her arm back as if my touch had burned her. “I’m not interested in your lies. I just want to get to the helicopter.”

“I wasn’t lying. That’s the story I was told.”

“So it’s your version of the truth. You tend to have a lot of those.”

I clenched my jaw, hating how she immediately assumed I’d try to mislead her. But before I could think of a way to prove that wasn’t my goal, her eyes widened, and she moved further back.

“Oh, I get it now. There is no helicopter, is there? This was all a ploy to get me out in the jungle so you could do what?” Her eyes hardened. “Get rid of me?”

My stomach pitched as if she’d punched me. “Do you honestly think I would do that?”

“I don’t know. You killed that man in my house.”

“He was trying to hurt you. I was protecting you. Most people would be thankful someone saved their life, not pissed off about it.”

“Most people wouldn’t need protecting from a man like that. He never would have found me if it weren’t for you.”

“I didn’t lead him to you.”

“No. But he came after me because of you.”

There was so much hatred in her voice, I suddenly wondered how I’d ever thought taking her on this stupid hike would make a difference. Drawing in a calming breath, I brushed a hand over my forehead and forcibly gentled my voice when I said, “Look, I know you’re still mad at me—”

“Mad? You think I’m mad?” Her eyes widened with a fury I didn’t know was in her. “You kidnapped me, drugged me, forced me into a marriage I never consented to, then you branded me like a fucking animal. I’m not mad, Luc. I’m furious, and if you think one stupid hike into the jungle is going to change that, then you’re a bigger piece of shit than I thought.”

She turned for the steps, and I felt my grip on what was left of my sanity begin slide. My lungs constricted with the knowledge I was going to lose her if I didn’t make this right. More than that, I was going to lose the chance for us, which was even worse.

“I had to get you somewhere safe,” I said at her back, knowing better than to reach for her right now. “After you ran from me in Italy, I knew you’d fight me, and I had to get you out of there quickly without anyone seeing. What the hell was I supposed to do?”

She whipped back to face me. “You were supposed to let me go. I didn’t want you anymore.”

I knew she hadn’t. As she stared up at me with those blue eyes blazing, I knew she didn’t want me now either. But I still wanted her. And after everything that had happened between us in Italy, I couldn’t believe that some small part of her still didn’t care for me. I’d seen it in her eyes. That kind of connection couldn’t be faked, and it wasn’t something a person could turn on and off like a light.

“I couldn’t do that,” I said calmly, choosing my words carefully so I didn’t say the wrong thing. “They wanted to hurt you, Natalie. They still want to hurt you. I was willing to do anything to keep that from happening including, yes, drugging you, kidnapping you, and even marrying you because spouses are protected in my family.”

She held up her hand and twisted it so I could see the ugly tattoo darkening her ring finger. “And this? What was this? A wedding present so the whole world knows just what kind of loving spouse you are?”

Regret gathered in my gut. “That...was a mistake. I might have panicked a little.”

“You panicked?” Her eyes widened in a fuck-you mock I didn’t miss. “Oh, you poor thing. That must have been really hard for you. Panicking over all the disgusting ways you could mark me as your property.”

Frustration welled inside me because no matter what I said, she was twisting it into something vile. “I needed a permanent mark on your finger you’d want to keep covered so I could be guaranteed you’d wear your ring. It was the first word that came to mind because I knew you’d hate it.”

She dropped her hand. “What ring?”

I drew a breath for courage. “The wedding band I haven’t given you yet because I’ve been too afraid you’d chuck it at my head if I did.”

She was silent for several moments as she stared at me. And though her eyes were still hard as stone and flickering with rage, I sensed—or maybe I hoped, I wasn’t sure—a softening at the edges of all that anger. “Well, that’s the first smart thing you’ve done in weeks.”

About Elisabeth Naughton

Before topping multiple bestseller lists—including those of the New York Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal—award winning author Elisabeth Naughton taught middle school science. A voracious reader, she soon discovered she had a knack for creating stories with a chemistry of their own. The spark turned into a flame, and Elisabeth now writes full-time. Elisabeth has penned over thirty books and continues to write in multiple genres. Her books have been translated into numerous languages and have earned several award nominations, including three prestigious RITA® nominations from Romance Writers of America. In 2017, REPRESSED, the first book in her Deadly Secrets series, won the RITA® for best romantic suspense. Her work has been praised by the Chicago Tribune as being filled with “deadly intrigue, high adrenaline action, and scorchingly hot passion.” Kirkus calls her “a writer talented enough at weaving a yarn to get her readers ensnared in it.” When not dreaming up new stories, Elisabeth can be found spending time with her husband and three children in their western Oregon home, wrangling two needy cats, or chasing after one very rambunctious Dalmatian.

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