Review: Color of Deception (The Sullyard Sisters Book 1) by Ruth J. Hartman

Print Length: 179 pages
Publisher: esKape Press (January 09, 2016)

From When artist Kitty Sullyard draws a strange symbol in her toy panorama, she doesn’t expect it to be life threatening. Tossed into a situation she never asked for, she learns the hard way who not to trust. 

After Kitty mysteriously disappears, Nathaniel Bexley has only a single clue with which to find her. It’s something only he would know. Will he be able to decipher the secret message she’s hidden in a drawing, or will Kitty be doomed to the hands of her kidnappers? 


My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

This was another sweet and enjoyable read from the mind of Ruth J. Hartman! This book contained everything that I have come to expect from reading one of her stories - there were flawed characters that were well developed, a sweet (and clean aside from a few kisses) romance, a cat (seriously - all of her novels manage to sneak at least one adorable cat in), and enough suspense and intrigue to tie everything into a nearly perfect package. 

I do have to admit that I would have loved to read more about certain aspects of the overall story (that I unfortunately can't go into too much without giving too much away), but I wish there had been more when it came to their cousin Robert, and again when it came to the kidnappers. I felt there was a great potential for a showdown that was just never fulfilled. 

However, even without that, the romance between Nathaniel and Kitty more than made up for what I felt was missing. Theirs was not an easy road, but somehow they made it work. I especially liked the fact that these were not your typical characters. Nathaniel had a physical disability that he worked hard to hide, whilst Kitty came from a family who needed to work in order to make ends meet (not to mention the fact that she was a self-proclaimed flirt). It was a refreshing change from the characters you usually see within these types of novels. 

In closing, I have to say that I cannot wait for the next installment in this series. I absolutely loathed Nathaniel's cousin Stratford in this story - however Ruth has an unusual gift of taking even the most despicable of characters and giving them redeeming qualities later on - and since the next book centers on him - I can't wait to see what she comes up with! It is sure to be brilliant! 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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