Author: Megan Derr
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Length: 88,000 words
Rating: 5 Quills
Tags: historical(ish), alternate world, anthology, royalty/nobility, family drama
Five stories of men and the secrets and lies that shape their lives...
First off, let me say that Megan Derr is a master of the short story. She always leaves me wanting more but feeling satisfied (Is that possible?). Deceived is no exception. Originally I waffled on whether to buy this book because I had read the first story, Deceived, while it was free on her website. However, the allure of four new stories in the same universe won out. Since last Wednesday when it was released I have re-read the whole thing once and parts of it three to four times.
I am not going to rehash the plot of each story here as that will force you to go forth and read in order to discover what happens in each of these stories about truths finally being revealed. While some of the situations the characters of these stories find themselves are improbable, that is what makes them all the more fun. Megan draws you into the world she has created and forces you to enjoy yourself there. Her main characters are stubborn and blind and sweet and loyal. They do the exact wrong thing for all the right reasons. They find themselves in situations beyond their ken and react badly but do so endearingly. Through the throwing of small objects, much yelling, misunderstandings, bad weather, lying relatives, smugglers and secret loves these ten men find the happily ever after they deserve. This collection of stories gets a solid 5 Quill rating. So go out and read it!!!!
Deceived can be found at Less Than Three Press for $6.99 in multiple formats.