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An Affair of Deceit

An Affair of Deceit - Jamie Michele Abigail Mason is a driven lawyer who keeps her emotions well buried. She is still mourning her father's abandonment of her and her mother and self-identifying her feelings for her father as both anger and indifference. While she and her Chinese mother have made new lives for themselves in the USA, they are estranged.When charismatic CIA agent James Riley comes to see Abigail, she finds that she isn't as over her father's abandonment as she had thought. James tells her that her father has recently disappeared in Europe and was possibly kidnapped by gun running loony Lukas Kral. While Abigail professes not to care about her father, she still wants some sort of closure and wants to know why he abandoned her. She decides to investigate herself.She and James meet up again in Europe and combine their investigations. Each is fascinated with the other but, while James is more open in his feelings, both of them have hidden secrets. There were a vast number of coincidences in this story. James' and Abigail's parents knew each other when they were children. Both were raised by their mothers after James' father's death and Abigail's father's disappearance. Both have mothers who know a lot more than they are willing to tell their now grown children about the past. Abigail was a hard character for me to understand in this story. She was so closed off emotionally that I didn't really connect with her. James was apparently much more open, cheerful, and optimistic but he still had a lot of hidden depths.There was something about this story that kept me from really engaging in it. I can't identify what is was though. The writing was nicely descriptive and flowed well but somehow I just wasn't swept into the story. While there was nothing wrong with the book, it just wasn't the book for me.