Publication Date: October 13, 2015
Series: The Wicked Woodleys #2
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Josie Westfall spent a lifetime feeling alone and bullied and an unfortunate incident involving her best friend’s brother, Evan, only made things worse. Still, when she and her mother are invited to the wedding he will be attending, they can’t exactly refuse. She hopes to avoid him, but instead they are thrown together and she is shocked to find that she actually begins to like the man she’s thought of as an enemy for years.
Evan has always felt terrible about what he said to Josie years before, but he’s never quite been able to make it up to her. When he tries, he discovers Josie may have a few secrets and some information about his missing sister. Now he must decide, should he betray her by trading on the unexpected attraction between them and discover what she knows? Or could the possibility of love be worth more than anything else?
Deceived by Jess Michaels is the second book The Wicked Woodley’s series and it tells the story of Josie Westfall, a spinster who was being bullied by the debutantes of the ton during her season. Now, ten years later, she is still haunted by that one incident that started it all.
Deceived follows right after the first book Forbidden ends. It is now Lady Audrey and Jude Samson’s wedding and Josie is invited. Josie also grew up with the Woodley and has been their sister Claire’s (who has been missing) best friend. Forced by her mother to attend, Josie tried to make herself invisible. Naturally, she is not missed by Evan, Claire’s brother who has become her nemesis.
Evan and his twin brother start to cook up a plan to find out everything Josie knows about his sister’s disappearance. Everything doesn’t go according to plan when he starts to fall for Josie.
I am a little bit disappointed with the lack of sexual tension Evan and Josie have. There is a lot of witty banter going on that I absolutely love. I also felt that the story was too fast for me. In that, I felt that there should have been more character and relationship development in the story. So yes, I did feel a little bit unsatisfied with how the story was paced.
Deceived is another amazing book by Jess Michaels and I love the way she weaves in old, new, and future characters in the story. I especially love the secondary love story that is a hint of what to expect when the next book comes out. Obviously, the last book in the series will be Claire’s story and I am dying to find out what happened to her. We see bits and pieces of what happened in the first and second books and it’s enough to whet my appetite.