Indie Book Review: Decoy by Michaela Debelius + GIVEAWAY

 Michaela Debelius- Decoy

Genre: Paranormal Romance

 Format- ebook

 Source- Review copy

 Publisher- self-published

 Publication date- 2012

 Synopsis- Lieutenant Noel Casey is taken aback by her newest military assignment. Her usual routine of vaccine development is interrupted when she’s assigned to analyze Killian, a genetically engineered soldier designed for exceptional strength and intelligence. She’s not accustomed to working with human subjects, especially a person created for warfare, and Killian’s indifference is making it difficult to see past his robotic demeanor.   When Noel is attacked outside Killian’s containment quarters, he is forced to intervene. The altruistic act instantly transforms their relationship, though neither will admit to the shift in sentiment. The predator is now the protector in Noel’s eyes, and she’s thrown off by her growing captivation.   As if her infatuation with a virtual stranger isn’t enough of a distraction, she begins having terrifying nightmares. Her cryptic dreams appear to harbor an elusive warning as she watches them materialize into existence, proving the nightly visions foretelling. She starts to suspect the military base is concealing far more than an experimental soldier, and she can’t shake the feeling Killian is the axis of the chaos. Noel must decide whether she’ll accept the unconvincing explanations offered by her peers, or reject her comfortable environment for an unimaginable truth. With her premonitions pointing towards a violent outcome and her irrational draw to Killian becoming impossible to ignore, she realizes the choice has already been made for her. Noel’s understanding of science is about to be shattered.

 Review- When Lieutenant Noel Casey, a scientist is assigned to an isolated Military mission in Fort Braden she is of the belief that her scientific experience and skills are required. Instead, when she arrives at the male dominated military base, it is her intuitive and personal skills that are needed. She is assigned to determine whether a genetically engineered soldier, Killian, is loyal to his service prior to serving for the country.

Although, Noel is disgusted by the treatment of Killian, she is also fascinated by this handsome, strong and intelligent man. Initially he is indifferent towards her, but she is drawn to him and determined take her assignment seriously. But when Noel is attacked by a colleague, Killian comes to the rescue and her professional relationship with him becomes blurry. Despite her professional integrity, she is drawn to him; his candidness is reflected in her own open expression of feelings which surprises them both. At the base, Noel befriends playful lieutenant, Taylor who she has an immediate connection with and one of the only personnel she can trust. Most of the men at Fort Braden ogle her, especially Quinn who has his sadistic eyes set on her from the outset.

Noel realises she is quite vulnerable on the base and when she starts having vivid nightmares that come true, she wonders whether there’s something else going on at Fort Braden that she is not being privy to.

I was instantly hooked with Decoy. The eerie setting of Fort Braden, the mysterious and intense Killian and fun, loyal Taylor made this a very interesting story. There’s plenty of suspense and action and some twists that surprised me. Noel is a strong female protagonist, who is smart and fiercely independent. But those qualities are challenged when her feelings for Killian are sparked.

Decoy by indie author, Michaela Debulius is an intriguing start to a paranormal series and I look forward to reading more.  With paranormal and fantasy elements, suspense and romance, it makes for a great addition to your virtual bookshelf .

3.5/5 rating

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About the author: Hello. My name is Michaela, and I’m a paranormal romance writer. Originally from New England, I now live in Arizona with my husband and two furry children.  As a child, books were a form of escapism. No matter what troubles may have found me I was only a page turn away from a place where bad people got punished, good people were rewarded, and everything ended with a happily-ever-after.  I believe there is nothing better than a book that engrosses you. It should be so titillating you’re thinking about it at work, relishing in the thought of getting home and snuggling into bed with a delicious three hundred pages of bliss. That is what I hope to offer you. Thank you for giving me that opportunity. Author Blog:



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