Waking up in a desolate cell, Gaia realizes she has been kidnapped by a human trafficking organization, doomed to be sold to the highest bidder and unable to remember anything before her capture. An opportune rescue by Raoul, the Prince of Kayamato, saves her from a gruesome future and throws her into a world of luxury and privilege. 

As she struggles to regain her memory, Gaia learns that her rescue was no accident and finds herself in even more danger.

Fighting for sanity and survival, she works to unravel the truth behind her capture, each revelation more shocking than the last. The intricate web of deceptions spun around her will shatter her world, leaving her unsure if she will ever trust again.

Intricate Deceptions may be a fantasy novel but the themes within the story are incredibly real, poignant, and brutal ones; themes that should be explored more in literature so already I thank the author Jennifer Rayes for writing such an in-depth look into a scary event while adding a twist of entertaining fantasy! Before I discuss the themes in Intricate Deceptions, I first want to explain how brilliant the book is. Intricate Deceptions is a novel I love, the unique and compelling nature of the story combined with Rayes phenomenal literature captivated me very early on and ensured that I would not get bored once.

Intricate Deceptions is a unique, profoundly moving novel that follows the protagonist and heroine of the story, Gaia. Gaia wakes to find herself in a desolate and damp cell only to soon realize that she has been kidnapped by human traffickers and whats worse, is that she is to be sold to the highest bidder.

Gaia’s luck may soon turn however when Raoul, the Prince of Kayamato rescues Gaia and seems to secure her from a gruesome and violent fate and when Gaia is saved, she will be thrust into a world of opulence, luxury, and privilege. However, nothing is as it seems as Gaia will soon discover. Gaia finds herself in more danger than ever, running from a ruthless drug lord and targeted by a pirate who knows no limits. Gaia will have to fight her way to survival and fight to keep herself sane amongst the turmoil. The reader will follow Gaia on her journey as she tries to discover her memories, find out why the powerful drug lord wants her and where she was kidnapped from. What unfolds is a brutal, thrilling, exciting journey that will keep readers entertained for hours on end!

The story of Intricate Deceptions is one I found profoundly moving, do not get me wrong, this book is thrilling as well as wildly entertaining but the themes explored in the core story are affecting, and sometimes upsetting. Gaia is a woman who has been kidnapped and trafficked and trafficking and human kidnapping is a core theme throughout this novel, one that needs to be explored more in literature to evoke change. I adore Jennifer Rayes for including such a poignant topic in her book because it will bring about awareness on the real world issue. I think it is incredibly genius that Rayes has decided to lace this theme in her fantasy novel as it will challenge its readers to think about the topic while also being entertained and that to me shows us that Jennifer Rayes is a phenomenal talent and an author to watch out for.

Jennifer Rayes story is outlandish but brilliant, the vast scope of the land she has created as well as the enormous amount of characters is phenomenal. As I read Intricate Deceptions I felt like my heart was in my mouth from beginning to end, I thought that this novel was wrapped in suspense as well as tension and so whenever I reached the end of the chapter I felt compelled to turn the pages thanks to the pent-up tension in Rayes work. Not only is Rayes brilliant at creating suspense, but she is also fantastic at her characterization of her core characters. Rayes characterization of Gaia, in particular, was terrific, I loved how the reader is in the same position as Gaia… the position of being kept in the dark. In other words, the reader does not have a backstory on why Gaia wakes in a cell. Instead, the reader will have to invest in Gaia’s journey to find out the answers and that to me makes for exciting reading.

As well as Rayes being brilliant at writing intriguing characters, she also has a talent for her descriptive chapters. There were points in this novel that I honestly felt as if I was at the place being described thanks to Rayes talent to describe and place her reader right in the thick of her novel. As Intricate Deceptions is a truly stunning book, I have no choice but to award this book a remarkable Five Stars thanks to its flawless literature, poignant themes, and enthralling scenes. So please, read this book and get lost in a terrifying but entertaining world!

Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much and love discussing wonderful books with all of you so please, comment below and let me know your thoughts on Intricate Deceptions; do you see yourself reading this book? Let me know all of those brilliant thoughts of yours below! Thank you so much again for reading!

Goodbye for now book lovers, 

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Aimee, thank you so much for such a fantastic review. I am so glad you enjoyed it and were able to pick up on the underlying messages I was trying to convey. As you said, the purpose of the book is to be a light, entertaining read, but touch on real social issues we deal with in everyday life that a lot of people are not aware of. Even though the book is fiction, every part of it was inspired by a real-life event. I’m so glad you were able to escape into that world as you read, and I wish the same for every reader that picks up the book. Thank you again for your kind words, it is wonderful to know Intricate Deceptions had such a positive impact.

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Jennifer you have made my day! Thank you so very much for your kind words. You have no idea how delighted I feel knowing that you are happy with the review and knowing that I was able to pick up on the themes you were trying to get across!

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