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Publisher Description

From #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy comes a tale of romance and suspense. Book 2 in the Deception Series (Book 1 is TAKEN) 

Christina Alberti, an expert art historian, has run from the shadows of her past, hiding the truth and building her name as a reputable jewelry specialist at the Barclay Auction House. Everything is perfect until a legendary and priceless diamond makes her a target for a diabolically charming con man determined to pull off the heist of the century at her expense.

FBI Agent J.T. McIntyre is determined to catch the thief who conned his father and destroyed his family. He wants revenge as much as he wants justice, and he won't let anyone stand in his way, not even Christina, whose secrets make him wonder just which side she is on.

When the diamond goes missing, the game turns deadly. Christina and J.T. take a dangerous journey deep into a world of greed and desire, secrets and seduction -- until there's no betrayal left hidden and nowhere the shocking truth can hide.

If you missed the first book, be sure to read TAKEN before reading PLAYED! 


"Mix together a jewelry heist that hinges on old family secrets and the possibility of a dangerous curse, and you have an exciting page-turner that picks up where Freethy's June release, Taken, left off." 4 1/2 STARS - Romantic times Magazine

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December 10
Fog City Publishing, LLC
Fog City Publishing LLC

Customer Reviews

Grinandstampit ,

Complicated romance.

This book is a continuation of the story of Evan Chadwick, the con man from TAKEN. FBI agent JT continues his pursuit of Evan to the Barclay's auction house as Evan steals a beautiful yellow diamond. But did he really steal it? This story becomes quite complicated as JT investigates and gemologist Christina becomes a suspect. Barbara Freethy is a master at creating plot twists and turns and this book is no exception. I loved how it ended and highly recommend both Taken and Played.

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