Beneath Deception by A.L. Long

My rating: ❤ of 5!

Beneath Deception


Thank you NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review.


 

This is the first book I read by A.L. Long and unfortunately, this first instalment in her Unbreakable series left a lot to be desired. The only thing cheesier than the plot, was the underwhelming characters.

Xavier London is supposedly some ruthless and shady man. He’s faked his own death to get away from Manhattan and start over. Somehow, that leads him to work for Colin the master of bad guys when someone needs killing, he sends Xavier to do the dirty deed. This seems to be working right until it’s not. Turns out that Xavier is, I don’t know, saving(?) people, urging them to disappear so he doesn’t have to kill them. I don’t know why, but when I came to that part of the book it reminded me of Santa and I was howling with laughter. I kept thinking and singing to myself:

He’s making a list,
And checking it twice;
Gonna find out Who’s naughty and nice.
Santa Claus Xavier London is coming to town

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But when Colin’s young trophy girlfriend catches Xavier’s wandering eyes, he’s loyalty completely disappears. Especially, when he finds out that Colin is being a right bastard towards young Tessa. So, Xavier tries to help her and re-unite her with the family she never knew she had.

The entire plot and the characters, main and secondary, are so underwhelming its almost funny. Like when Tessa’s dad and Xavier tries to come up with a way to save him, Xavier has to convince him to sacrifice his beloved car. Seriously, who has to convince a father that it’s better for him and his daughter to be alive, than the car? I don’t know if this was some attempt at offering up some humour in the midst of it all, but if so, it fell flat.

After explaining to him every aspect of the plan, he was more than on board with it. The only thing that bothered him was parting with his car. After a lot of convincing, he realized it could be replaced and his life was more valuable to him now that Tessa was back in his life.

Give it up for daddy dearest, the man that needs convincing that metal on wheels isn’t more important than his life. I think if I was in Xavier’s shoes I just wouldn’t have bothered.

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And the main dude, oh Xavier, I pray to whatever god that may exist that my fate will never be in the hands of someone like him. Why? Well because for a contract killer he is pretty useless and downright stupid.

Waiting until it was dark, I swept my apartment, finding a total of seven bugs and eight cameras in the span of two hours. The person who bugged my place knew exactly where to hide them. I would have never thought to look for a camera hidden inside a throw pillow disguised as a button. Most of the other bugs, some of which were equally hidden, were found in the smoke alarms, doorbell, and of all places, on top of the shower door. A place I would have never thought to look. It was a comfort knowing where all the bugs were in case I wanted to remain unseen and unheard

So, that’s how Colin’s goons knew to look for Tessa in Xavier’s penthouse, they SAW or HEARD her there. And yet, when they’re there to look through the place to find her, they look under the bed, but not in the enviously big walk-in closet. That is definitely not sense making at its finest. Actually, Xavier doesn’t have many fine moments. I think one of my favourites on the “why I dislike Xavier list” is:

“How could you do that? Tell me that I might have a brother and then not tell me his name? That’s like telling someone they may look at the menu, but they can’t order,” she rationalized.

She was one hundred percent right.

I love food and books more than some people, so I get why Tessa would be against looking at a menu without being allowed to order food. I myself am not sure I could ever forgive such deception. Especially not if I was hungry. However, I’m not sure that food and family should ever compared. I love my brother dearly and I’d like to imagine that he means more to me than food and so, I’m not sure that the comparison is that heartfelt  – and it is a bit concerning that Xavier London needs it explained at a child’s level.

I don’t even know why he would need it to be simplified for him, since he throughout the book know exactly what people think.

I knew exactly what she had been thinking, because I had been thinking the same thing.

These telepathy tendencies occur a lot, especially considering that this is not a Paranormal Romance book.

 

I won’t be recommending this book and I certainly won’t be reading the rest of the series.

Have you read this book? Any other books by the author? Let me know in the comments.

 

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