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Peek Inside Lost in Deception

When Peach’s uncle disappears in a crane accident, she teams up with charming investigator Tom Riley to prove he’s innocent. The duo must work together –– inside and outside the bedroom––to unravel the mystery.

Lost in Deception

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Private investigator Esmeralda “Peach” Morales watches in horror as the crane her uncle is operating topples into Lake Erie. He disappears and she’s convinced he’ll be the scapegoat. She’ll do anything to prove he’s innocent. Seducing the lead investigator is just part of her strategy, at least that’s what she tells herself.

Thomas Riley is at Elderberry Farm when he learns of a deadly crane accident in Cleveland. The forensic investigator suspects sabotage and amid the rubble and mangled metal he uncovers a web of lies and deception. At the center of it all is a beautiful brunette who always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Both fiercely independent, they must learn to work together––inside and outside the bedroom––to unravel the mystery and clear her uncle’s name.

Each book in the Lost series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.

Lost novels by author Anita DeVito:

Book one: Lost In Tennessee
Book two: Lost in Shadows
Book three: Lost in Deception


“LOVED this book! This is a smartly written romantic suspense that fans of the genre will love - this one is a must read! I've added the author to my must read authors' list!” –Linda Q., Goodreads

Holy habanero, now that was one hell of a romantic suspense! DeVito splendidly balances the heat, drama, suspense and action with Lost in Deception, bringing this original storyline to life...not to mention it really sets it apart from other reads out there. A must-read!” –Katrina H., NetGalley

“Interesting intrigue along with good action was found at the heart of this romance. A really nice read!” –Tami, Queen Editing

“Smart romantic suspense with edge-of-your-seat action and plenty of sexy times!” –Erika C., NetGalley

Thomas Riley is my new favorite romantic suspense hero!” –Chris, Book Boyfriends Anonymous

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640631359
Series: Lost, Book 3
Release Date: Jul 31, 2017
Page Count: 376
Imprint: amara next
Genre: mystery & suspense, romantic suspense
Tropes: overcoming odds

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By Elaine August 01, 2017

The story starts with Peach Morales going to give her uncle his lunch. She stops en route, talking to him by phone and watching him operating the huge crane. She videos it to share with her grandfather, not expecting to record the crane toppling over into the near Lake Erie . . . . She knows it isn’ ...more

By Hannah August 03, 2017


Esmeralda Morales, call her Esmeralda at your own risk it's Peach, is a badass private investigator former Air Force staying with her grandfather while she gets stuff sorted in her personal life. She was watching and on the phone with her uncle, a seasoned and expert crane operator, when ...more

By Coral December 06, 2017

Plot: 4/5 (while the plot is interesting, its a bit convoluted)
Characterisation: 4/5
Prose: 3.5/5
How much I enjoyed it: 5/5 ...more

By Elizabeth August 07, 2017

Esmeralda (Peach), a private investigator, is devastated as she watches the crane her uncle is operating tip over, sending it and her uncle into Lake Erie. She just knows all the blame will be placed on him, and that's something she will not allow to happen. Her plan? She'll seduce the lead investig ...more

By Bec August 02, 2017

Esmerelda 'Peach' Morales is determined to find out what happened to her uncle after she witnesses the crane he was operating topple into Lake Erie. Determined to make sure her uncle isn't blamed for the terrible tragedy, she'll investigate until she has the answers. Tricking forensic investigator, ...more

By books are love July 31, 2017

Received in exchange for a honest review.

Tom and Peach have pasts that have them want to flee from the idea of love. For Tom he was burned for Peach it is a culmination of many people.

Tom is a strong smart guy who needs someone like Peach to break his barriers. She was smart, sassy and stubborn. She ...more

By Jennifer August 08, 2017

Esmeralda, aka Peach, Morales is a private investigator, who is currently staying with her grandfather in order to put her life back together. While she goes to give her uncle some lunch one day, she sees a deadly crane accident that left several more injured, and her uncle missing. When she learns ...more

By Lynn July 31, 2017

Rating; 4.5 Stars

Esmeralda “Peach” Morales sees something she doesn’t ever expect to see. She shows to what lengths some people will go to for family – do not try this at home. But the story is about the love of family and that can be tried at home. The scene is one that will grab the reader’s atten ...more

By Victoria August 09, 2017

Please note: I received a copy of LOST IN DECEPTION from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the publisher and author.

FIVE STARS! Here’s why:

Anita DeVito wrote a sassy and smart romantic suspense that kept me turning the pages until the very end! Peach is a private investigator ...more

By Linda July 21, 2017

LOVED this book! Peach is a sassy and clever private investigator that watches her uncle fall from a crane in a tragic accident. Tom is the engineer called by the company's owner to investigate the accident and determine what happened. Peach begins her investigation by eavesdropping and snooping, le ...more

By Katrina July 21, 2017

Holy habanero, now that was one hell of a romantic suspense! DeVito splendidly balances the heat, drama, suspense and action with Lost in Deception, bringing this original storyline to life...not to mention it really sets it apart from other reads out there. A must-read!

Please note that an ARC was ...more

By Amanda August 14, 2017

I was asked by the author for an honest review.

I would like to have given Lost in Deception 4.5 stars.

Many of the events in the story seemed far-fetched, but it was still an entertaining book and I enjoyed it. I haven't read any other books from this series yet, but I am planning to go back and rea ...more

By Tami July 20, 2017


Interesting intrigue along with some good action was found at the heart of this romance. Nice read.

This review is based on the ARC provided by the author and/or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. ...more

By L.A. August 30, 2017

Great Addition To The Series

Each book is better than the last. Romance, intrigue, and a bit of hear - what more do you need? ...more

By Susan September 09, 2017

I won this book through Goodreads. Really enjoyed this story. The characters were very likeable and fun. The story was full of suspense but a nice love story too. Really good ...more

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Anita DeVito

About the author

Anita DeVito

Anita's rapid paced storytelling style pulls readers into a parallel universe where mystery, mayhem, murder are the order of the day. Her stories are an addictive diversion, trading the heavy, gray world of real life for a fantastically colorful world where bad is good, and cool is smoking hot.

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