Title: Deception's Web
A soldier looking for redemption falls into the arms of the empire's Black Widow...
Galerius, former Captain of the Legion, is honored to be given a chance to redeem himself by discovering who is behind the failing barrier. A series of anonymous letters all point to Hostilius, governor of Lucrilia, but Galerius thinks he'll learn more about the plot by seducing the governor's thrice widowed daughter, Claudia. Although he warns himself not to fall into snare of the empire's most deadly temptress, one kiss leaves him begging for more.
Claudia has spent years as a pawn in her father's political games and longs to break free of his rule, even it means betraying him to the emperor. When Galerius arrives in Tivola, she's not sure if he's there to aid her father or stop him. She willingly submits to his seduction, despite their class differences, in order to find the truth. What she doesn't expect to find is a man who indulges her secret fantasies, satisfying her in a way none of her previous husbands did, and treats her as something more than a conquest. As time runs out to thwart her father's plans, she must decide if she can trust Galerius not only with her life, but her heart.
Author: Crista McHugh
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Tangled Web, Poisoned Web
Series: Deizian Empire
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Tangled Web, Poisoned Web
Published by Self Source: Author
Published: December 9, 2013
Genres: Sci Fi Romance
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The third installment of Crista McHugh’s Deizian Empire series takes readers outside of the Deizian palace and to a neighboring providence. Titus and Azurha have tasked Galerius with some investigative spying work. Someone in Tivola has been sending anonymous letters with accurate information involving plots against the empire. Titus and Azurha need the people behind the nefarious plots stopped. They also need to know who is behind the anonymous letters. They see Galerius as the perfect man for the job even though he has his own doubts about his abilities to protect the Imperial Majesties.
Due to her father’s scheming deceptions for more power and money Claudia has become known as the black widow. Claudia knows that she is nothing more than a means to an end for the man that fathered her. She knows that she is one of the expendable people in his life. She also knows many of his secretive plots to gain power and his desire to overthrow the ruling bodies of the empire. Claudia is about to do something courageous and selfless. She wants freedom, her desires to no longer be a pawn in his games has pushed her to take a stand and reveal him for the traitor he is.
I love reading the villain turned hero, or in this case heroine. Readers first meet Claudia in Tangled Web. While she is not really a villain she is also not someone you can like as a human. She is being used by her father for his political gains and shoved into Titus’s harem. Flash forward many months and she is trying to protect Titus’s empire. Galerius is doing the same thing when their paths cross and he must figure out if she is in on her father’s plots or if she is the informant he has been sent to find.
Galerius and Claudia work well together. They both have some confidence issues due to how their fathers treated them. They also have this ability to give each other compassionate love that each has never dreamed of experiencing much less actually finding in one another. As with all the books in the Deizian Empire, Poisoned Web needs to be read in order. This series has a great blend of futuristic sci fi, steamy romance, and elements of some far off ancient era of times far gone.