Book Review: Prime Deception


When Lorna Thomas is found dead in her car everyone believes she killed herself. But the day after her death Lorna was set to sell a scandalous story to one of Britain’s biggest tabloid papers. For six months she had been the Deputy Prime Minister’s mistress.

Will Lorna’s secret die with her? While her family try to move on and come to terms with her death one person refuses to believe that Lorna killed herself. Her twin sister, Laurie is convinced that Lorna was murdered and she’ll stop at nothing to prove it, even if that means teaming up the very man her sister had been having an affair with…



ashley | I don’t remember requesting to have Prime Deception by Carys Jones sent to me, but one day it just showed up on my Net Galley shelf, so I figured why not give it a go. The description sounded alluring and I’m a fan of mysteries and secrets, so what did I have to lose?

I should have paid attention to some of the other reviews and the publisher. This is a Harlequin romance. Not that there is anything wrong with that, it’s just not the type of book I gravitate towards and I probably wouldn’t have read it had I known otherwise.

As far as writing goes, the style and conversations make a solid foundation, but I couldn’t move past the inconsistencies with the story. I also couldn’t believe that Lorna’s twin sister, who was suspicious of Lorna’s death, would go to the high-profile lover for help as opposed to going to him with her suspicions. If you knew that Lorna was going to tell a reporter about the affair, and then Lorna ended up dead, wouldn’t your first conclusion be to suspect the high-profile lover who would be thrown under the bus if the story of the affair got out?

A lot of elements just seemed slightly out of place to me and the details about this mystery and the evidence being unraveled seemed kind of loosely put together. I guess that’s normal in a book like this, a relatively simple plot, but I need a bit more substance to really enjoy what I’m reading. That said, I was still interested enough to make it to the end and ultimately find out the truth. Things flowed quickly and the story wrapped up nicely, though not all that surprising.

This was been my first Harlequin novel. I likely won’t read another, but it was a short and sweet Friday afternoon read, a nice way to start the weekend.


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