Born of Deception (Born of Illusion #2)

By Teri Brown
Published on June 10, 2014
Published by Balzer + Bray
Source: Edelweiss
Budding illusionist Anna Van Housen is on top of the world: after scoring a spot on a prestigious European vaudeville tour, she has moved to London to chase her dream and to join an underground society for people like her with psychic abilities. Along with her handsome beau, Cole Archer, Anna is prepared to take the city by storm.

But when Anna arrives in London, she finds the group in turmoil. Sensitives are disappearing and, without a suspect, the group’s members are turning on one another. Could the kidnapper be someone within the society itself—or has the nefarious Dr. Boyle followed them to London?

As Cole and Anna begin to unravel the case and secrets about the society are revealed, they find themselves at odds, their plans for romance in London having vanished. Her life in danger and her relationship fizzling, can Anna find a way to track down the killer before he makes her his next victim—or will she have to pay the ultimate price for her powers?

Set in Jazz-Age London, this alluring sequel to Born of Illusion comes alive with sparkling romance, deadly intrigue, and daring magic

There was not nearly enough Harry Houdini in this book!  And in saying not enough, I mean , other than a mention, none!  Outrage!  Anyway, Born of Deception was an excellent second book in the Born of Illusion series.  There was danger, excitement, jealousy, passion, and a cute cowboy with piercing blue eyes- everything a cheeky and great book of the 1920's should be.

I will be honest, this book didn't shock me- I had it figured out by the first quarter of the book.  That being said, getting there and seeing how Anna was making stupid mistakes was pretty entertaining.  I am so glad that things didn't turn out the way I expected between Cole and Anna (and something else I can't talk about).  Such a relief.  There wasn't as much magic in the show. And by saying that I mean, there was plenty of magic, but a majority of it was done off of a stage.

All in all this was a solid book.  (And one that had me so absorbed that I was convinced that when a hockey player called called out for possession on TV- I was convinced he was taken over by a ghost- oops.) It didn't shine as much as the first book *coughcoughHarryHoudinicoughcough* but I am hoping that will be fixed for the next book *coughcoughIrepeatHarryHoudinicoughcough*.

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