Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Deceived by Kathi Orem Peterson

by Kathi Oram Peterson
Adult Romantic Suspense, LDS
Paperback256 Pages
November 2014 by Covenant Communications Inc.


A storm rages outside the unassuming Los Angeles house, while within, something sinister lurks. A murderer stalks his victim, unaware of a witness to the horrific crime: awakened from a deep, drug-induced slumber, Tara Kelly hears voices in the next room. Struggling to focus through her sleep medication, the young woman helplessly observes her aunt's murder. Now she's a loose end the killer cannot ignore . . .

A family friend helps Tara as she does the only thing she can: disappear. Fleeing to the security of a remote Idaho ranch, Tara finds herself under the guard of handsome rancher Joseph White Eagle. Her unwitting protector takes his role seriously, going as far as claiming that Tara is his fiancée. But even as their relationship deepens, Joseph struggles to see past Tara's similarities to his late wife. When a series of accidents threatens Tara's life, it becomes clear that her attempt to out run danger has been in vain. The killer will stop at nothing to find her, and Joseph will do anything to protect her even if it means unraveling secrets that will have devastating consequences for them both.

My Review

Deceived was the first book of Peterson's that I've read, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Like any good suspense novel, there was a mystery (Tara couldn't remember how her aunt died), plenty of danger, suspense in not knowing who the villain is or when he/she will appear, and a climatic ending when almost all was lost. There was also an element of romance and a religious slant to this one. 

I did have a few issues here and there. One was how quickly the two main characters fell in love. There were also a few inconsistencies in the characters. Then the ending didn't completely feel realistic and it tied up almost too perfectly.

There were also several things that I liked. I really liked Joseph. I liked how his background and experiences melded together to make him into the man he was. I liked how vulnerable and mixed up Tara was because it felt authentic. She would act that way after all she had been through and the other things influencing her. I loved Digger and Bear and Joseph's dog, Scrap. I liked that I wasn't completely sure who was behind everything until a certain phone call towards the end, although I had my suspicions. 

Suspense novels should hold the reader in suspense until almost the end and this one definitely did that. Deceived was overall a sweet, suspenseful, inspirational, and enjoyable read.

Content: Some expected violence, but clean.

Source: I would like to thank Covenant for my complimentary review copy, which did not affect my review in any way.

About Kathi Orem Peterson

Kathi Oram PetersonI love to write romantic suspense novels that make readers double check door locks and sleep with flashlights, but I also enjoy writing YA time travels that take readers on adventures to historic events of the Book of Mormon and Bible. The constant thread I try to sow in both genres is faith in a higher power. 

I want to entertain readers with clean, uplifting stories. My path to publication took a detour as I raised three children. During those years, I read all the how-to books on writing that I could find. When my last child graduated high school, I went back to college and earned my BA in English. I was fortunate to do an internship for the University of Utah's Continuum magazine where I learned to edit and write articles in the "real" world. Shortly after graduation I was hired by a curriculum publisher to write and edit concept and biography books for children. It was an amazing experience. I worked shoulder to shoulder with artists and computer programmers as I watched my children's stories come to life. But the desire to write full-length books kept calling to me.When my job finished, I focused my attention of writing novels.

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  1. I like this mystery western book. ;) Good review.

  2. I am absolutely crazy about this cover! It is one of my favorites that has Steampunk elements in it! And the synopsis is amazing!

  3. I like the western look as well. Thanks, Cali!

  4. I really like this one too. There have been some good steampunk series published too. Hopefully this one will be good.


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