Series Review: Bella Terra Deception by Christina Dodd

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Secrets of Bella Terra by Christina Dodd

4 Stars

Secrets of Bella Terra by Christina Dodd
Series: Bella Terra Deception #1Scarlet Deception #1
Published by Signet
Pub Date: August 2nd 2011
Pages: 421
Format: Paperback | Source: Publisher
Genres: ContemporaryRomanceSuspense
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Three powerful brothers tormented by their pasts, a priceless bottle of wine, and a precious pink diamond lost for generations collide in this suspenseful new contemporary series from New York Times bestselling author Christina Dodd!

The Story Begins…

Brooding and sexy Rafe Di Luca has returned to his family’s luxurious vineyard resort and discovers that a long-ago quarrel has ignited once more, forcing him to work with Brooke Petersson, the woman he seduced…and betrayed.

As the danger escalates and their passion threatens to rage out of control, Brooke fights her treacherous longing for a man who will never truly share his life with any woman. Remembering the anguish of the love they shared, she vows that Rafe may possess her body, but never again will he reach her fiercely guarded heart.

The peril they face will either bring them together, or destroy them both…unless they uncover the secret that will change everything.

This trilogy was a breath of fresh air. I loved the setting: California, wine country. I loved the strong family bonds and the deep roots they have in Bella Valley. The Di Luca family arrived from Italy and made a name for themselves making wine, among other things. But they are most famous in their town for a years old feud with another family in town, over one infamous bottle of wine. This bottle is the cause for the recent trouble that has descended on their doorstep, and in the course of these three books, we get to unravel its mystery.

Let’s talk about the Di Luca brothers…

In Secrets of Bella Terra we meet Rafe, dark, rugged, sexy Rafe. Rafe and Brooke have had a relationship since they were in teens. They really, really love each other. But once they graduate from high school, they realize that they want different paths in life, sadly break up. Brooke has always had a weak spot for him and anytime Rafe is in town, they end up together…then Rafe leaves again. It’s a cycle Brooke doesn’t care to repeat this go ‘round. There’s attraction and sexual tension and some really great chemistry between them.


Revenge at Bella Terra by Christina Dodd

4 Stars

Revenge at Bella Terra by Christina Dodd
Series: Bella Terra Deception #2Scarlet Deception #2
Published by Signet
Pub Date: September 6th 2011
Pages: 431
Format: Paperback | Source: Publisher
Genres: ContemporaryRomanceSuspense
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Ruthless Eli Di Luca hides the torment of his past beneath a façade of iron control. No one suspects the anguish he suffers, or the reasons why he has sworn never to marry. Only blackmail could change his mind…Beautiful young author Chloë Conte’s first book zoomed to the top of the bestseller lists. Now, struggling to write her second mystery, she retreats to an isolated cottage in a private vineyard. But with his magnetic appeal and his fascinating tales of Bella Terra’s violent past, Eli Di Luca proves an irresistible distraction, and Chloë finds herself falling in love with a man she hardly knows. Soon she discovers that Eli has been keeping secrets from her, and the truth will bring more than heartbreak…it will put them both in mortal danger.

When murder and peril threaten, the only way Chloe can survive is to trust the man who has betrayed her…and that’s a price her stubborn heart may not be willing to pay.

In Revenge at Bella Terra we learn more about the eldest Di Luca; the very stoic, controlled, Eli. Eli has a dark past that he hasn’t shared with anyone. And he has just been screwed out of millions of dollars by his best friend and accountant. He wants to resolve this problem secretly and on his own, so he takes a deal offered to him by a very wealthy man. He agrees to marry the man’s daughter for money. Without her ever knowing this, of course. So we meet the very charming, Texan author Chloe. She is the complete opposite of what Eli is….or at least, of what he pretends to be, because once she gets under his skin and gets him to open up, he became my favorite Di Luca brother.


Betrayal by Christina Dodd

3 Stars

Betrayal by Christina Dodd
Series: Bella Terra Deception #3Scarlet Deception #3
Published by Signet
Pub Date: April 3rd 2012
Pages: 427
Format: Paperback | Source: Publisher
Genres: ContemporaryRomanceSuspense
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At nineteen, Noah Di Luca was Bella Terra’s golden boy, handsome, confident, and untouched by the shadows that tormented his brothers…or so it seems. Driven by ambition, beautiful teenage Penelope Alonso fought her way out of the ghettos. During one hot summer, they came together in the sweetness of first love…until his past reared its ugly head and Noah walked away.

Nine years later, Penelope returns, never imagining she’d see Noah or that one glance would wake their fiery passion. As peril builds around them, Penelope has one choice: to survive, she must once again trust the man who betrayed her.

Even with terror stalking through Bella Terra’s streets, love may be the most dangerous choice of all.

In Betrayal, we get to know our youngest Di Luca, Noah. He is charming and smart and funny…and has the most secrets out of all of them. He really surprised me! But his book is also my least favorite out of the three. I just didn’t feel as connected to him or his love interest, Penelope. There were lots of twists by this book regarding the infamous bottle of wine, but it never really felt as exciting as the previous two. I did love seeing everyone in this book though. I loved seeing them all as a family and seeing them happy by the end.

If you’re looking for a romance with some mystery, intrigue, a great setting, and tons of interesting history, this is a series to pick up.


Jess @ Gone with the Words

2 Responses to “Series Review: Bella Terra Deception by Christina Dodd”

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    Ooo – great review of the whole trilogy!!! 

    I hadn’t heard of this series, and I’ve never read anything by Christina Dodd, but it sounds like something I’d LOVE! (Definitely a departure from my recent reads!)  And the Di Luca brothers all sound like my “type” LOL!

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

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