Review of Burned By Her Deception

Burned By Her Devotion

Rogue Vows, Book #2

Melinda Leigh

5 Stars


In the second Rogue Vows novella, the town of Solitude, Oregon, will learn that good TV makes for terrible reality.

When Chase Ryan, a popular crime TV star, turns up dead, the entire town of Solitude is shaken—but the show isn’t over yet. The confessed murderer is violently abducted on the way to the county jail, and now Detective Seth Harding must find both the killer and the kidnapper.

Seth’s investigation unearths unsavory secrets from the celebrity’s life that incriminate a cast of suspects: Chase’s family, his sleazy agent, and a fanatical stalker with a troubled thirteen-year-old daughter. When that same teen disappears from her temporary foster home, Seth’s wife, social worker Carly Taylor, is drawn into the search.

Dodging paparazzi and peril, Seth and Carly track the girl. But as they get closer to uncovering the truth, the abductor sets the stage for a chilling finale… (Goodreads)


This is the second novella in the Rogue Vows series and it is a great read.  Although it is a novella, there is a complete story with great characters and plot.   I absolutely love these novellas.

The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional.  Carly is a hard working dedicated social worker who will do whatever it takes to keep those in need safe. Especially if that person is a child.  Although her husband, Seth, worries about her, he knows he has to let her be her and keep his worry to himself.  Carly also worries about him, because he is a detective with the police force and she knows he has a very dangerous job.  I love reading about the relationship between the two, you can tell how much they really love each other.  Carly comes from a big close knit family and they always have each other’s backs.  The secondary characters add a lot to the story and I enjoy spending time with them.

The mystery is carried on well throughout the entire novella and there were enough twists and turns to keep this reader guessing.  There was enough suspense and tension to keep me engaged and wanting to read more.   

I would recommend this novella (and all of the Rogue River novellas) to anyone who enjoys a well plotted mystery suspense.  Now I have to wait patiently for more of this series to be published.  If you have not read any of these, then you can start at the beginning and enjoy them all.

I received a free copy of this novella from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Montlake Romance for the opportunity to read and review this novella.


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