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Deceived: A Dark Alliance Novel

Kate SeRine

ISBN 9781420137774
Publish Date 6/28/2016
Format Paperback
Categories Suspense, Zebra, New Series

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The Dark Alliance, formed from the remnants of the Knights Templar of the Middle Ages, has thrived in secret over the centuries, growing in strength as they recruited the most skilled soldiers from around the world, regardless of race, religion, or creed, to join their ranks. Working outside the law, they strive to protect the innocent and fight to maintain a tenuous balance that keeps any one person, country, or organization from dictating the course of history.

Currently operating under the guise of a multi-billion-dollar private equity firm, Temple Knight & Associates, they are at their strongest. But their strides toward peace are at risk. For although their leaders refuse to accept the truth, their old enemies, the Illuminati, are rising once more, threatening to unleash chaos upon the world and establish their own vision for a new world order.

Enter Luke Rogan. A former member of the Special Forces who was recruited to the Alliance while working black ops for the U.S. government, this 6’4” wall of muscle is the personification of tall, dark, and dangerous. Luke prides himself on not getting too attached to anyone—after all, it’s a necessary skill in his line of work. The way he sees it, he’d only bring trouble to the door of anyone he was stupid enough to care about so it’s best to avoid relationships altogether—especially any of a romantic nature. But when Luke meets Sarah Scoffield he’s surprised to find his cold heart is powerless against the warmth of her gentle love. And with the Alliance’s enemies closing in, he realizes if he doesn’t get the beautiful young mother and her son to headquarters ASAP, he could be in serious danger of losing more than just his heart...

Widowed by what she believes was an accident, Sarah Scoffield has spent the last few years trying to make a life for her and her son Eli in their quiet Oregon town, far removed from her estranged father’s world of political influence. Little does she realize that her father is not only a prominent senator but also a member of the Dark Alliance, and he’s privy to the Alliance's most valuable secrets. Now it seems her father’s enemies plan to use her and Eli to further their own agendas. On the run and with the Illuminati closing in, Sarah will do anything she must to protect her son—even if it means trusting a man like Luke Rogan. Deadly and mysterious and yet fiercely protective of her and Eli, Luke is a riddle—and one Sarah would very much like to solve…


"Dark, dangerous, edgy, and deliciously sexy!" --Julie Ann Walker, New York Times bestselling author

"Kate SeRine knows how to pack a punch!" --Donna Grant, New York Times bestselling author

Luke Rogan's assignment is simple: secure young Elijah Scoffield and his mother and bring them back to headquarters--just an ordinary mission for an operative of the Dark Alliance. But Elijah is no ordinary kid. He's the grandson of one of the country's most influential politicians--a man privy to the Alliance's most valuable secrets, including its centuries-long connection to the Knights Templar. And someone else is attempting to capture the boy--someone who's proven he doesn't give a damn about collateral damage. . .

Heartbroken at the lies that tore her world apart, Sarah Scoffield will do anything to protect her son--even if that means teaming up with a deadly stranger. But Sarah soon finds herself falling in love with her dark hero. And as danger stalks ever closer, the fiery desire that claims them awakens in Sarah passions she'd thought dead and buried long ago. . .

"One hell of a story." --The Romance Reviews on Grimm Consequences

About Kate SeRine:

National Reader’s Choice Award Winner

Kate SeRine (pronounced “serene”) faithfully watched weekend monster movie marathons while growing up, each week hoping that maybe this time the creature du jour would get the girl. But every week she was disappointed. So when she began writing her own stories, Kate vowed that her characters would always have a happily ever after. And, thus, her love for paranormal romance was born.

Kate lives in a smallish, quintessentially Midwestern town with her husband and two sons, who share her love of storytelling. She never tires of creating new worlds to share and is even now working on her next project.

Author Q&A
Telling Tales

Around two hundred years ago a magical duel went awry, transplanting hundreds of fairytale characters from Make Believe into the human world of the Here and Now. And in 2012, I introduced the first of these “Tales” to readers with RED, sharing how Tess “Red” Little and Nate Grimm found their happily ever after while solving murders, dispensing justice, and keeping more troublesome Tales from exposing their secret lives among us Ordinaries.

And now with the release of the fourth book in the series, EVER AFTER, I’m thrilled to finally tell the story of Gideon Montrose, the mysterious and sexy fairytale bodyguard who has been wooing fans with his loyalty, honor, and gallantry since he stepped onto the page in my second Transplanted Tales novel, THE BETTER TO SEE YOU.

Surprisingly, I’d originally planned for Gideon to be just a throwaway character. But I fell in love with him after only a couple of sentences, and so gave him a bigger role in the second book. The reader response was so overwhelmingly positive, that I brought him back in the third novel, ALONG CAME A SPIDER. And when it came time to choose the protagonist for the fourth book in the series, it was a no-brainer! Gideon had experienced a lot of tragedy and heartbreak in his life and it was time to give him the happily ever after he so deserved.

Enter Arabella Locksley, a notorious thief that Gideon is ordered to apprehend only to discover she’s none other than the feisty, unpredictable woman he knew back in Make Believe as Robin Hood. Now, torn between his happiness at finding his former love alive and his anger over the lies that tore them apart, Gideon’s loyalties are put to the test. But it soon becomes apparent he’s just as likely as ever to have his heart stolen by the beautiful thief.

I think readers who have fallen for Gideon are going to love Luke Rogan, the hero of DECEIVED, the first novel in my new DARK ALLIANCE romantic suspense series, releasing from Kensington in summer 2016.

Luke’s former career in the Special Forces makes him a valuable asset to Temple Knight & Associates, a multi-billion dollar private equity firm operating as a front for the Knights Templar—modern-day warriors who’ve been secretly recruiting over the centuries to rebuild their Order as it once was before corruption and greed diverted them from their noble calling to protect the innocent. Now they work outside the law to thwart those who would bring the world to its knees.

In DECEIVED, Luke’s mission is simple: secure Sarah Scoffield and her young son Eli and bring them back to headquarters. Problem is, Sarah and her son seem to hold the key to the Templars’ undoing. And someone else has made it clear they’ll stop at nothing to capture them. Determined to deliver Sarah and Eli before the Templars’ enemies can get their hands on them, Luke’s made a vow to keep his distance and not get too close. But Sarah’s gentle love soon begins to thaw Luke’s cold heart and awakens in him passions he’d thought dead and buried long ago…

I’m looking forward to sharing Luke and Sarah’s story and introducing readers to the exciting world of the DARK ALLIANCE!


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