Trust Doesn’t Come Easy in April Hunt’s ‘Fatal Deception’ [REVIEW]

Placing your trust in the wrong hands can be dangerous. (Photo courtesy Canva)

She’s desperate for help. He’s slow to trust. Will two strangers be able to join forces in time to save the world from a deadly threat? Find out in April Hunt’s newest Steele Ops thriller, Fatal Deception.


Ever since his time spent serving his country, Roman Steele hasn’t trusted anyone easily. It isn’t surprising since putting his faith in the wrong person cost him his leg. Once again a civilian, he’s happy with his life, so long as he doesn’t have to deal with other people. But then he’s called in to investigate a break-in at a high-security lab, and his time as a recluse is brought to a screeching halt.

Isabel Santiago is the gorgeous, but headstrong, lead virologist at the facility and she’s terrified when the pathogen she’s been testing vanishes. She has no idea who has taken it or why, but she feels compelled to stop whoever stole the deadly virus before it’s too late and she will do whatever it takes to get back what’s hers. But first she must find a way to put her faith in a man who sees danger at every turn. Together they discover there’s more at stake than they ever thought. Will they be able to find the enemy in time?

From the very first page until the last sentence, April Hunt crafts an action-packed novel filled with more twists and turns than a country road through the Ozarks. I loved the carefully crafted characters and how different they are from one another. Isabel is this ultra put-together woman while Roman has an edge and is jaded from his past. It creates for some intense situations between them, and really propels the story along at a nice clip.

After he noses around a bit and realizes that the crime they’re investigating is an inside job, it only adds to the tension between them. But due to the pressure of when and where the pathogen will be released, Roman and Isabel must put personal differences aside and focus on saving humanity. I thoroughly enjoyed watching their banter along the way.

Hunt is a talented storyteller who weaves fast-paced, tension-filled suspense with a little bit of romance. If you love military or private security novels, you won’t want to miss any of the Steele Ops series. But Fatal Deception may be her best adventure yet, filled with all of the brooding glances and testosterone-charged action her fans have come to expect.

Add to Goodreads badge
April Hunt
April Hunt
(Photo by Amie Otto)


April Hunt blames her incurable chocolate addiction on growing up in rural Pennsylvania, way too close to America’s chocolate capital, Hershey.

She now lives in Virginia with her college sweetheart husband, two young children, and a cat who thinks she’s a human-dog hybrid.

On those rare occasions she’s not donning the cape of her children’s personal chauffer, April’s either planning, plotting, or writing about her next alpha hero and the woman he never knew he needed, but now can’t live without.

For more information, visit, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Goodreads, and BookBub.

By April Hunt
368 pp. Forever. $7.99

Purchase Fatal Deception direct from Jathan & Heather Books or from one of these other fine online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Half Price Books, Hudson Booksellers, IndieBound, Powell’s, Target, or Walmart.

About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: