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How steamy is it? Simmering

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Love! Julia Croft never thought she would actually fall in love with the man she set out to mislead. Surely he would forgive her if he knew the truth. Could he be so cold-hearted as to not see what her brother meant to her? Would he see that it was a matter of life and death that brought her to this deceitfulness?

Deceived! How could Caleb Armstrong, have allowed himself to be drawn into being enticed by a woman who merely used him? Now that he knew her ruse, he could easily rid himself of Julia Croft and her brother Miles. Surely there was a woman somewhere who could overlook his gimp leg. The most plaguing problem would be - could his heart ever forget her?

©2016 Barbara Goss (P)2017 Barbara Goss

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Shadow of Deceit

This is another wonderful book by Barbara Goss. I've had the opportunity now to enjoy several of her books and I can honestly say I haven't been disappointed at all. This book is another example of a good clean romance with some mystery. It's the kind of story that leaves you with a smile. Looking forward to more in this series.

Tom Jordan did a fabulous job narrating this book. He has the type of voice that is pleasing on the ears and works great in this type of genre. 😉

I received a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.

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Sweet clean historical romance

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I really loved the plot and the story it really pulls you in to the mystery of Julia who she really is, why does she needs a rich man and who is Billy? She went from almost predator preying on a rich man to this really sweet shy unsure woman. I really wanted to say would the real Julia stand up. That really throw me I was expecting her to come back as this really sassy lady who took control when she same back as the shy sweet little thing. I am not saying this is bad it just throw me and maybe me wonder if when she hit her head it may have changed her personality.

Mr. Jordan with his very talented voice blow me out of the ballpark from his tones to his deep sexy male voice and his sweet females that are sassy, sweet and just darling. His performance is outstanding as he pulls deep inside to bring out the emotion each character is feeling bring to life a very emotional story of deceit, family love and play games with people’s emotions to save the one thing that is important to one family. If any breaks where taken I could not tell, there are no background noises, no volume change nor any repeating of words. It is a very clean and clear audio that the narrator brings to life pulling on your heartstrings. You have no trouble knowing who is talking and just what they are feeling. You can hear the anger, excitement, and sorrow in his tones as he gives a compelling performance. This is the second audio of his I have listened to, it was just as wonderful as the first.

I thought this was a very meaningful story that really hooks you. There is a powerful message not only of God but of forgiveness which doesn’t always mean you forget this is very true to our normal life. It made me really wonder can you really forgive if you can’t forget. How can you forgive if the past deed keeps going through your mind? I really liked how religion was bought into it but isn’t the big part of the story. It is a story of deception it maybe for a good cause but it still is dishonest. I really think Caleb would have given the money had Julia been upfront in her defense she had no way of knowing that. The author really makes one think how far and what will you do to save a person you love. The only issue I had was the about face Julia did for me it just wasn’t smooth. She wasn’t evil and she didn’t come across as a spoiled brat just somewhere in between one minute she is so big, a little overpowering, she comes across as a user out to get what she can and the next she was shy unsure of herself. Besides that I thought it was a great story with a powerful message and one that makes us step back and think about how we deal with issues.

From the first book Caleb stole my heart wanting a family so much but with his disability making him feel that he would never find a woman. I really thought he was going to turn to someone else but there is a twist in the story which gets a little complicated. All in all it was a very enjoyable listen full of heartbreak, lies, but the important part here is learning to forgive, forget and get past so love can grow. It is learning to trust someone who let you down, if you can get past that than you can work out anything.

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Just wonderful

With Barbara Goss' stories I always take a moment to reflect at the end and see what lesson she was writing about.
In this book I think it is that the truth will out and when it does, it may hurt some people but it will probably do more good than not and also that it is preferable not to be conniving nor to lie. If you need help, then ask for it.
But these are my own thoughts and opinions on this story and yours may differ.
As usual Barbara has written a lovely story about two different, yet connected pairs of people who meet and fall in love. Their lives are interwoven and shadowed by the lies and deceit of a brother and sister. Only when these lies are brought to light and faced head-on can these two couples learn to trust again.
Tom Jordan has a 'voice' I for one could easily fall in love with. Jokes aside, it is a beautiful one and he uses it to the full to enhance this book. Just wonderful!
The audiobook version was provided by the author at no cost and this is my honest and unbiased review.

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The story continues!

This book wastes no time right out of the gate, resuming where the previous book left off; convenient if one recently finished the first book as I had, but probably abrupt for those who took some time off in between. The result is a book that doesn't have the extra burden of character and plot introduction, or an introduction, which adds up to some weight loss and a run time of a hair over 3.5 hours.

In this book, I felt there was no wasted time, and the pace was just right. Once again, Tom delivers a great performance, and it seems that everything is even more settled into place.

Initially, in the story where the deception is in the open and quickly apparent to the listener/reader, I found myself disappointed and wasn't sure I would enjoy this book nearly as much as the first. I stuck through it, and things conveniently resolved themselves and led to a happy ending, as you'd expect. There wasn't nearly the length and depth of anguish for Caleb as there was for Jonas, and for me this may have taken away from the impact of the book. It would have been all too convenient, however, for Caleb to magically find happiness and give both himself and Jonas the chance to enjoy their wealth which their father instructed to keep a secret until they were both married. Caleb was halfway down the mail-order bride Avenue at a few points, but predictably, that didn't pan out.

I'd be interested in knowing how many of these books there are in the series, and how far reaching the shadows will reach, I know there are more coming. I just hope they don't over-reach and lose all the special sauce of the first book. I've been told the books get even better, so I'll gladly stay tuned. I drive long distances for work and these books are burned through in no time.

I received a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.

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a passionate and exciting sequel to the first book

I thoroughly enjoyed Shadow of Deceit. The book was a passionate and exciting sequel to the first book of the series, poetically delivered by the narrator, Tom Jordan. Another great book to follow in the footsteps of the first. I’ll be looking forward to the next one.

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  • Marcine
  • Vienna, Ga United States
  • 06-28-17

Good historical Western romance

Would you consider the audio edition of Shadow of Deceit to be better than the print version?

Not sure

What about Tom Jordan’s performance did you like?

He has a very dynamic, clear voice. Every sentence is clear and easily understood.

Any additional comments?

I would like to listen to more in this series.

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loved it!!!

Love really does conquer all!! This book was fantastic! When you meet your true love your heart knows it even if your mind does not want to accept it.

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deceit

Julia moves to where her brother Miles lives. Julia asked him to help find a rich husband so she can get money to pay off Billy's gambling debt. Tom Jordan did a great job reading the book. The storyline was great.

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Great Read

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Shadow of Deceit by Barbara Goss was a great read. Who would think that love could come from a terrible deceit. Julia Croft has good intentions but doesn't realize the hurt she will cause. Caleb feels like no woman will ever love him since he has a limp when he walks. I loved reading this book and cant wait to read more by Barbara Goss.

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A wonderful story and terrific narration.

This is the second book I've listened to by Barbara and they just keep getting better, which isn't easy, considering how good Shadow of Shame is. The story is fun to listen to and clean, but not preachy. Such a warm, wonderful tale of love, honesty, temptation, and honor.

Tom Jordan's narration was terrific. His voice is smooth, and his characterizations are spot-on, consistent, and fun to listen to. Can't wait to hear more from him.

Grab a copy of this. I listened to Shadow of Shame first, but it's not necessary - just recommended because it's such a good book too.

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