Desperation is not an option for Vanessa Adams. When her stepmother forces her to go through with her late father’s arranged marriage to an older man, Horace Taylor, for financial gain, Vanessa knows she must fight back by any means possible. On her wedding night, Vanessa runs away, but is soon captured by river pirates. Not since before the Civil War has a gang of pirates threatened the safety of river transportation. A rescue by Captain Nicholas Bertram leads her into a tangled web of lies, love and deceit. Deceptive Hearts is a story of a strong-willed woman seeking her independence at any cost with a man whose love is tested beyond his endurance and control.