New Release + Giveaway + Review: Practice to Deceive by Olivia Evans



Sometimes you find a gem. And Practice to Deceive by this new to me author is one of these rare finds.” ~Konny, Goodreads reviewer

I wasn’t always a bad guy, but betrayal has a way of finding your darkest inner demons. Great friends and family weren’t enough to save me. I wanted revenge. When the opportunity presented itself, I felt justified. That’s karma, right?

Turns out, karma has a way of circling back.

If only I hadn’t been so stupid.

If only I’d known what my deceit would cost me.

It will take a lot of work to unravel the damage I’ve done, but I’ll do it. I’ll do anything to keep from losing her.


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For the next couple of hours, we lay together on her couch watching reruns, wrapped up in each other. We didn’t talk, but we didn’t need to, we’d done enough of that. Even though there was still so much I was keeping from her, a part of me felt lighter, better. Because now I had one less secret, one less thing hanging over my head. I also knew, now more than ever, that if I wanted to be completely free of all the bullshit, I’d have to come clean. She deserved it. The selfish side of me hugged her tighter, like a child with his favorite blanket. What would my honesty cost me? My subconscious whispered the answer against my ear with a hiss of air…everything.

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4 star

Ashley’s Review


Storyline: 4 stars

Characters: 4 stars

Heat Factor: 4 stars

Overall Rating: 4 stars

Practice to Deceive by Olivia Evans is the first book I’ve read from this author. This story is a new adult romance with lots of angst! The writing was very good, and the story was enjoyable but sometimes frustrating as result of the lead male character.

Brennan has his mind on one thing… revenge. Hardened and bitter due to betrayal the things he does will make you cringe. At times I didn’t know whether to hate him or feel sorry for him. I’m glad that he grew throughout the story and tried to right his wrongs.

Skylar is sweet and full of heart. An unfortunate victim to Brennan’s wrath my heart broke for her. This girl is strong though.

I loved that Brennan and Skylar had depth. They were each flawed in their own ways but were so relatable to readers. I enjoyed watching the evolution of their relationship as the story progressed and how they dealt with the issues at hand. They had obvious chemistry together.

This story is riddled with angst, heartbreak, deceit but it also has love and forgiveness too. If you are looking for a book with depth, development and heart then this is a must read.

4 stars!

Olivia Evans is a writing obsessed, world traveling, thrill seeking, music junkie. A true Gemini, she follows her heart blindly and lives life to the fullest. Wife. Mother. Oscar Wilde lover. ~To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.


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