Title: Deception (Rogues of the Red League #1)
Author: Briana Blackburn
Living a double life means twice the trouble.
As the daughter of the most powerful gangster in all of Adalin, Tiana Di Rossi is living a double life. By day, she works as an apprentice librarian in The Glitter–the wealthiest part of the city. By night, she’s the leader of the notorious Red League. Tiana’s burning the candle at both ends, which comes naturally to the daughter of a fire wraith. While secretly posing as her missing twin brother Killian, her obsidian eyes oversee her father’s rowdy gang of rogues as they establish a black market for magically-modified weapons. Everything was going great (or at least better than bad)…
…until she poisoned a son of the king.
For Prince Roland, captain of the city guard, the helm of a soldier holds more appeal than a crown ever could. He’d give it all up if it would keep his family and his people safe from the gangsters that lurk in the shadows of the foul underbelly of his city, otherwise known as The Sludge. The last thing he wants to see is the streets turn blood red from another war made worse by the selection of weapons being smuggled into Adalin.
Not on his watch.
Roland’s plan was to go undercover and blackmail Killian de Rossi into giving him access to his trading partners…it was not supposed to include being poisoned. Nor did his plan require being nursed back to health by a snarky apprentice librarian…or falling for her complete lack of feminine charms. But as the two of them grow closer, their secret double lives become twice as tangled in the deception between them.
Tiana’s story begins with action and ends the same way. Being involved in a gang means her life is always intense, but going undercover to pose as her missing brother, Killian, gave the story its own unique story. When Roland tries to blackmail “Killian” he is in for a lifechanging surprise.
Tiana was everything I could ask for in a female lead. She was in charge, strong, and knew exactly how to assert herself against the men in the story. While her strength came with arrogance at some points, I felt that she really developed throughout the story, becoming a well rounded character.
Sometimes, I felt that the story was a little hard to keep up with because it had so many moving parts. Even though I was able to read the book in one setting, I had to backtrack a few times to ensure that I read some things right or for clarification.
Other than that, this is a great read for fans of romance, action, and suspense.