I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Breath of Deceit by Selena Laurence
Published by Golden Age Press on May 15, 2018
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The Departed gets a modern upgrade with the injection of cybercrime and four sexy Irish mob brothers fighting to stay alive amidst drug deals and FBI probes.
Cian MacFarlane is the oldest son of Chicago's reigning crime family. Now the defacto boss of the organization after his father's retirement, Cian is feared by his enemies and revered by his brothers. But what if Cian isn't all he seems to be? What if his end game isn't to maintain his father's empire but to topple it? As the MacFarlanes broker a deal with the owner of the world's largest dark web site, Cian brokers a deal with the FBI. But when he meets Lila Rodriguez, a genius hacker working with the dark web, his feelings for her only make life more complex.
Determined to save his brothers, even if it means sacrificing himself, Cian lives moment to moment in a deadly underworld of cybercrime, drug deals, federal agents, and a vengeful parent who won't hesitate to remind his oldest son what it means to be a MacFarlane. Through it all, Cian fights for his brothers to make it out of Chicagoland crime. But will the pieces fall into place before his breath of deceit is discovered?
Cian MacFarlane is head of one of the most powerful crime families in Chicago. It is a job he never really wanted or asked for, but being the oldest MacFarlane brother comes with a price. Now, that his father, Robbie, is no longer able to run the family business due to health reasons, it is up to Cain to take over the reins. Cain and his brothers, the Dublin Devils, have never lived up to their father’s expectations. While Robbie still tries to rule with an iron fist, Cain has other ideas. Cain is working with the feds to ensure his brothers safety while trying to dismantle the empire his father has built.
In order to keep up appearances, Cain is brokering a deal with one of the top hackers in the dark web to move product all across the country. This, in turn opens up a host of other problems for Cain. One being Lila Rodriguez. Lila has not had an easy life growing up. Like Cain, she is on the wrong side of the law working as a computer hacker, but it is the only life she knows. She can’t help feeling an attraction to Cain, one he seems to reciprocate as well. What happens though when she stumbles on information that directly relates to Cain and his organization? Does it have the potential to put all of their lives in danger?
Breath of Deceit gives us a wonderful start into the Dublin Devils series. Here we learn the inner workings of the MacFarlane crime family. Not only are we introduced to Cian, eldest brother and in charge of the business, but we also meet his three younger brothers as well. They each play an integral part to the story and set things up to come.
I really connected to Cian as he has a love for his family, his brothers especially, and he will do all he can to make sure they stay safe and out of the game. There is no love lost when it comes to his father, though. When Cain was eighteen his father, determined to make a man out of him, led Cian to do something that he never fully recovered from. Even through his father’s cruelty, Cian is a good man deep down and you can see that as he interacts with his brothers and with Lila as well.
The plot moves along at a steady pace and really held my interest the entire way through. There is some action and it falls in line with the story taking place. I wouldn’t say that Cian is the main character as there are a lot of scenes with his brother, Connor and his ex-girlfriend, Jessica, but it worked well for me. I loved getting to know them all and it really has me wondering what their stories will be in the series.
All in all, if you love crime families with to die for sexy brothers, an intriguing story line, action, and romance that will suck you right in from the very first page, then you can not go wrong with Breath of Deceit. Be warned, the story does end in a cliffhanger, so if you are anything like me, you will be stalking Selena Laurence’s page waiting desperately for the next installment to hit the shelves.