A Torrent of Deceit

Posted 09/15/2021 by Stephanie in Adult, Reviews / 0 Comments

A Torrent of DeceitA Torrent of Deceit
by Sarah M. Cradit
Published by Sarah M. Cradit
on 09/14/2021
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy / Contemporary, Fiction / Fantasy / Paranormal, Fiction / Horror, Fiction / Romance / Fantasy, Fiction / Romance / Paranormal / Witches
Format: ARC, eBook
Pages: 239

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There are no secrets in this family. Only survivors.

Charlotte is now all-in on the war between her two families. She surrenders herself to her mother and the capricious, dangerous LaViolette clan, knowing she alone can save the people she loves. She must do it from within the belly of the beast, where she has no friends. No allies. Her magic means nothing in this den of witches.

Nicolas’ distance from Lauren has allowed her budding relationship with Ashley to blossom. Burying his love for her, he shifts all his focus to helping Charlotte from the outside, spending his days with one eye over his shoulder, and his nights sleepless. But his desperate plan is even more reckless than he realizes, and soon his old life and new one will intersect in irreversible ways.

As Charlotte finds herself deeper and deeper entrenched in the perilous world of the LaViolettes, with no hope or end in sight, she realizes, too late, that Harlowe LaViolette has always been steps ahead of her. With no word from her in months, Nicolas has no choice but to take a bold chance and change course—a move that will come at a tremendous cost for everyone they love.

The Midnight Dynasty series continues in this pulse-pounding third installment.

So I read the previous books right before this one and was hooked on the story. After reading book 3, I’m definitely in for the long haul.

Something I need to point out, and having read the last pages of the book about Sarah’s other works, is that picking up book 1 in the Midnight Dynasty series will have A LOT of holes. This is because this book might start a new series but there are others that have set up the world and characters. For a lot of the mentions of past events, felt really weird that we weren’t given more than the mention but now that makes sense so I’ll be picking up the other books to fill in the gaps.

Something I’m enjoying is that we get many POVs and it’s done so well that it doesn’t get messy and it really adds to getting a clearer picture of what is going on.

Another thing I have to get off my chest, mind you I really really do like the books, but OMG how I freaking hate Lauren!!!! At first I was sympathetic and thought she would get her shit together but she’s gotten worse as the story has progressed. The biggest reason for my dislike for her is how annoyingly indecisive, contrary, and a pushover she is. From book 1, she’s had a thing for Nicolas, who could blame her?! but stays away because of his bad boy rep. Doesn’t even give him credit for all the work and changes he’s done, which are very clear for EVERYONE to see.

Lauren has to deal with the consequences from something that happened in the last bit of book 2 and the way she went about it…man, she’s a total bitch! Makes so many excuses, tries to be independent even though she’s in an environment that is way out of her league and she has very little knowledge of. Nicolas is too damn good for her. Even with his very dirty past. He’s the epitome of being judged by the past even though that’s no longer who he is.

Nicolas had started to step up as the new leader of the family in book 2 and as things are progressing with the LaViolettes, he’s carrying all that weight and thought it’s taking a huge toll on him, he doesn’t revert back to is old ways. Not even to blow off some steam. Thankfully, his family is as stubborn as he is and eventually Colleen gets through to him and is about to give him the comfort and support he was seriously needing.

The story thus far, has also revolved around Charlotte especially after the revelation from book 2. I love Nic and I love Charlotte but their hubris was going to be their downfall and it’s shaping up to be that. Charlotte is put in a position, by her choice, where her safety is very questionable but sticks it out because the alternative is jus too unpredictable and that’s not who she is. I’m just glad that after all she has to put up with at the LaViolette compound, in the end, she’s finally let “in” to a secret that can undo the LaViolettes. Which was her goal all along.

And with that ending, I really need book 4 like yesterday!