Deadly CharadeDeadly Charade by Virna DePaul
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Linda Delaney is a district attorney with aspirations of becoming a judge. But Linda has the biggest daddy and trust issues I’ve ever read in a heroine. She was in a relationship with a man that she loved but he had been addicted to pills in the past. Even though she loved him she just knew that one day his addiction would take back over and he would use again. Not being able to stand waiting for the other shoe to drop she dumped him. Sometime later due to him being an informant on one of the largest drug dealers in California she is beaten within an inch of her life in retaliation by the drug lord. Now its present day and it’s her turn to do the felony arraignment calendar. She is shocked when her ex lover is called to stand up and is accused of murdering the drug lord.

Tony Cooper has always loved Linda from the moment he met her. But he knew he was never good enough for her. He never used during their time together but its always been a struggle to fight the urges. After Linda and his sister were beaten by the drug lord he goes into Witness Protection with his sister where he decides he is going to become a cop. After graduating from the Academy he is asked to go undercover to bring down the drug lord who is now distributing the most dangerous drug on the market – bath salts.

I liked this book for its portrayal of a different type of hero. Tony wasn’t the typical macho alpha. He got his butt kicked many times, he allowed the heroine for far too long in my opinion to keep tearing him down about his past drug use. But he never wavered in his pursuit to bring down the men responsible for distributing the scariest drug out there.

I don’t usually preach in a review but I have to say if you know someone that is sober whether it be for 30 days or 5 years or 20 years you don’t keep telling that person I know its only a matter of time before you use again. There are plenty of people that have successfully gone through treatment, beat their addiction and live normal lives where they don’t constantly think about getting a fix. If each person that has ever gotten clean was constantly told once an addict, always an addict (meaning they will eventually go back to using) no recovering addict would stay clean with the constant shaming and lack of support from loved ones. That was my only quirk with this book was how Linda treated Tony at times. I know this was due to her issues from childhood that she never faced but to throw her issues onto a man trying to stay clean and do the right thing there were times I just wanted to shake her.

With that said I do applaud the author for not writing a typical heroine and hero and showing that sometimes love does conquer all demons.

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