Release Blitz: Deception and Chaos by S.M. Soto (book review and giveaway)

Title: Deception and Chaos
Series: Chaos #1
Author: S.M. Soto
Genre: Dark Romance/Romantic Suspense
Release Date: November 1, 2018


Sophia Cova lived a quiet, normal life, shadowed in sadness after the loss of her parents in a tragic airline accident. With her older brother being her only living relative and her anchor, Sophia is sure she’s destined for a brighter future. But that was until she was taken. 

Stolen from her mundane, orderly life, she was drugged, and woke to every woman’s worst nightmare.

With only four grimy basement walls and a rancid mattress, she loses her sense of time, and preserves what’s left of her dignity by hurtling herself into the safety of her mind. The men, the beatings, they come and go with no reaction, until she hears one word that sends an arctic chill through her body. Sold.

On the eve of Sophia’s bidding, at one of the largest sexual slavery rings in the world, all hell breaks loose in the mansion of horrors. Gunfire and screams erupt all around her, as panic rises. 

Snatched by one monster only to be taken by another, Sophia slowly starts to learn that not everything is as it seems. When secrets unravel, and the twisted game of cat and mouse ensues, The Puppeteer pulls his favorite strings and chaos brews.

Lives are lost while the clock ticks, and only time will tell who will be killed next…

WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, dubious content, strong language, and graphic violence. May contain triggers for abuse victims.

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4 stars I do not even know where to begin!  Deception and Chaos is a raw, gritty read full of intriguing revelations and a bit of a dark romance.  The author sucked me in right from the first page and I didn’t want to put the book down, but sometimes you have to go do important things like work or eat.  The first 8 chapters are an emotionally rough read as it is during the time Sophia is held captive.  The author is very descriptive and it may be a trigger for those who have suffered from abuse. 

Without giving anything away, just know that Sophia is a strong, well-developed character who has been through so much.  There are two supporting characters that I love.  The one is her brother, Garrett.  The other is dark, mysterious, and closed off with a dubious past, but a heart deeply buried underneath all those layers.   There are secrets, lies, and a big twist at the end.  This book does end in a cliffhanger so considered yourself forewarned.  Fortunately, the 2nd book will be out in a few months.

This book is told entirely from Sophia’s POV which seemed fitting for this type of book, but I really would have liked if there were just a few chapters told from Creed’s POV as I would love to get a look into his mind.
I received this book as an ARC and I voluntarily leave this review.

Author Bio

S.M. Soto was born and raised in Northern California where she currently resides with her son. Her love for reading began when she was a young girl, and has only continued to grow into adulthood. S.M. lives for reading books in the romance genre and writing novels with relatable characters. She refers to herself as a bit of a romance junkie. S.M. loves to connect with readers and eat copious of donuts that will surely lead to her demise (carbs are life). 

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