I received a copy of Tainted Deception through #quirkyblinddate.
Chase leads a secret double life. During the week, he’s running Hudson Industries, but on the weekends, he’s rocking out with his band, Hardcore as Chaser. Ivy is an artist who comes from an extremely wealthy family, but she abhors the wealthy lifestyle.
When Chase approaches her at a charity benefit she was forced to go to, she shoots him down thinking she knows exactly who he is despite her attraction towards him. He refuses to give up, though, making Ivy give into him. Ivy is living her own form of a double life, too. When both of them reveal their deception after months of dating, will they be able to get over it and move on?
Standalone new adult romance with a HEA. Mature audiences only.
So while I really enjoyed the story, I did find a few problems with it. First of all, I found the writing style to be rather stilted and choppy, and much of the dialogue just seemed awkward to me. The author has a very descriptive writing style, but I just couldn’t seem to click with it. The ending also seemed very rushed to me.
Secondly, I didn’t much like Ivy at all for a while. In the beginning, she’s very judgmental. She’s quick to judge Chase based on what he looks like and dresses in, so she immediately assumes he allows money to rule his life. She constantly talks about money. Whether it’s putting someone down for enjoying having money or how little she spent on something, she almost comes across as obsessed with it. It makes her sound stuck up and like she thinks she’s better than the people who enjoy having money.
There was also just an awkward plot point thrown in about how she and Chase met when they were children at a carnival. I wish it would have, in some way, been alluded to prior to that.
All in all, I did enjoy reading this book. I really look forward to reading Aleya’s future books. She has a great story, the presentation of it just needs work, and I think that will come with practice and experience.