The Deception (Maximum Security #2)
“Fans of romantic suspense won’t be able to put this book down until the final page is turned.”—Publishers Weekly on The Deception When missing turns to murdered, one woman's search for answers will take her to a place she never wanted to go… After searching for her sister for two long years, Kate Gallagher is devastated when she’s called to the morgue to identify Chrissy’s body, the runaway teen the victim of a brutal attack. Guilt and grief send Kate into a tailspin. She failed Chrissy once…she won’t do it again. Even if finding her sister’s killer means following a lethal bounty hunter into the heart of darkness, placing both their lives in danger. Working at Maximum Security has taken Jason Maddox down some dangerous paths, but never for a client he’s so drawn to, or for a case so monstrous. As clues lead them deeper into the city’s underbelly, connections to human trafficking draw them closer and closer to peril, but even Jase’s warnings can’t convince Kate to walk away. As the deadly operation puts a target on their backs, they’ll have to decide what matters most: the truth…or their lives.

The Deception (Maximum Security #2) Details

TitleThe Deception (Maximum Security #2)
Author
ReleaseSep 10th, 2019
PublisherHQN Books
ISBN-139781488054327
Rating
GenreRomance, Romantic Suspense, Fiction, Adult, Suspense

The Deception (Maximum Security #2) Review

  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    The Deception was another great installment in the Maximum Security series with a suspenseful plot and an incredible romance.Kate Gallagher has been searching for her missing younger sister for two years. She never imagined finding her would involve identifying her body at the morgue. Kate failed Chrissy once and she’s determined not to do it again leading Kate to hire Jason Maddox to locate Chrissy’s killer and bring him to justice. With Kate insisting she be involved in the investigation, Jase The Deception was another great installment in the Maximum Security series with a suspenseful plot and an incredible romance.Kate Gallagher has been searching for her missing younger sister for two years. She never imagined finding her would involve identifying her body at the morgue. Kate failed Chrissy once and she’s determined not to do it again leading Kate to hire Jason Maddox to locate Chrissy’s killer and bring him to justice. With Kate insisting she be involved in the investigation, Jase knows he’s got his hands full trying to keep her safe while hunting a killer. But when their investigation leads to human trafficking and puts a target on their backs, the pair will have their work cut out for them if they hope to make it through the investigation alive.The investigation into Chrissy’s death was interesting and there were definitely a few surprises uncovered along the way. Kate knew nothing about her sister’s life from the past two years and her death provided little information to find a starting point. It was interesting watching Jase make connections and find leads, the man is definitely good at what he does. After the pair made the human trafficking connection, the suspense element definitely ramped up and the pacing picked up as well. I thought the ending to the investigation was well done and I was happy with the way everything wrapped up. One of the nice things about these books is how the author incorporates the other characters from Maximum Security. The dynamics between all the characters is well done and it’s nice getting to see characters from previous books pop up.Kate and Jase’s relationship starts out as mutual attraction and quickly develops into something more. As the two begin working together on Chrissy’s case, they try to set their attraction aside believing it will be a distraction from the task at hand. Eventually the pair aren’t able to fight it anymore and give in leading to some fantastically done scenes. One of my favorite things about their relationship was that they developed a wonderful friendship while working together. Jase is initially hesitant for Kate to be so actively involved in the case but Kate refuses to be sidelined leading to Jase accepting her involvement. At times Jase could still become overprotective, but given the circumstances and the people they were chasing, that made sense.Overall I really enjoyed The Deception and I’m looking forward to reading more books in the series in the future. I highly recommend the series if you’re in the mood for some great romantic suspense.**I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**
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  • Anita
    January 1, 1970
    Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.A steamy almost one night stand turns into a search for a killer. As always, Kat Martin delivers a fantastic romantic-suspense that has you weeping and cheering. Lots to love about this book and nothing to hate. The characters come together and learn to respect each others strengths and work together to find not only a killer, but to take down a trafficking ring operating throu Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.A steamy almost one night stand turns into a search for a killer. As always, Kat Martin delivers a fantastic romantic-suspense that has you weeping and cheering. Lots to love about this book and nothing to hate. The characters come together and learn to respect each others strengths and work together to find not only a killer, but to take down a trafficking ring operating throughout Texas. Then on to the corporation that was the top of the food chain.Kate Gallagher hasn't seen her sister, Chrissy, since she ran away at age 16 two years ago. She is devastated when she receives a call from the morgue with a request to identify her body. The police have just written her off as a runaway prostitute who died at the hands of an over zealous john. Kate wants the killer found and goes to Maximum Security to hire a PI to do just that. Jason Maddox normally works as a bounty hunter for Maximum Security, but when the woman he almost bedded the night before walks in, he puts on his PI hat to help her. What he didn't expect was that he would be so attracted to Kate that he would actually let her assist him in the hunt for her sister's killer. The battle against their mutual feelings didn't take long. The battle to keep Kate safe from what looks like a well connected human trafficking ring was a lot tougher. But Kate proves very resourceful and helpful in ways Jase never expected.
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  • Eva Millien
    January 1, 1970
    She searched for two long years, but now Kate Gallagher has been called to the morgue to identify her sister’s body. Guilt and grief send Kate into a tailspin but she won’t fail her sister again, even if finding her sister’s killer means following a lethal bounty hunter into the heart of darkness, placing both their lives in danger. Jason Maddox has been down some dangerous paths before, but never for a client he’s so drawn to, or for a case so monstrous. The deeper into the city’s underbelly th She searched for two long years, but now Kate Gallagher has been called to the morgue to identify her sister’s body. Guilt and grief send Kate into a tailspin but she won’t fail her sister again, even if finding her sister’s killer means following a lethal bounty hunter into the heart of darkness, placing both their lives in danger. Jason Maddox has been down some dangerous paths before, but never for a client he’s so drawn to, or for a case so monstrous. The deeper into the city’s underbelly they go, the deadlier the operation becomes, placing a target on the backs and they will have to decide what’s matters most…the truth or their lives.This ‘Maximum Security’ suspense story is an intense, emotionally gripping and riveting tale. The characters stand out and speak to readers as they dive deeper and deeper into a world of horror while dealing their vivid sizzling chemistry and magnetic attraction. The romance between them is full of danger and emotional angst due to situation, but it is obvious to readers that these two are belong together and readers can’t help but become caught up in their story as they empathize with what they are going through. The story is set at a steady pace with the suspense building continuously and some fast paced and adrenaline pumping excitement happening as Jason and Kate’s mission draws them closer and closer to the answers they seek and the target on their back becomes exponentially more deadly. Lots of unexpected twists keeps readers on the edge and the heroine of the story is strong with some surprising attitudes that makes her a perfect fit for a lethal bounty hunter. Once again, the author has given her fans a juicy, gut clenching and riveting suspense that they can take their eyes off of.
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  • Zoe
    January 1, 1970
    Suspenseful, steamy, and action packed!Another adventure-filled, entertaining tale in the Maximum Security series!
  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second book in the Maximum Security series by Kat Martin, but not reading the first one did not cause me any issues following or enjoying this story. It seems they are standalone stories involving various employees of the company.Kate Gallagher has been searching for her missing younger sister for two years. She is heartbroken to "find her" by identifying her body at the morgue. Kate feels like she failed Chrissy when she was a teenager, so she is determined to find out who killed he This is the second book in the Maximum Security series by Kat Martin, but not reading the first one did not cause me any issues following or enjoying this story. It seems they are standalone stories involving various employees of the company.Kate Gallagher has been searching for her missing younger sister for two years. She is heartbroken to "find her" by identifying her body at the morgue. Kate feels like she failed Chrissy when she was a teenager, so she is determined to find out who killed her sister. She hires Jason Maddox, an employee of Maximum Security, to locate Chrissy’s killer and bring him to justice. Kate doesn't just hire him, but insists she be involved in the investigation. Jase is determined to keep her safe, as well as find Chrissy's killer. It turns out that there is a lot more involved in this case than finding Chrissy's killer. Both Kate and Jase were great characters. They were both smart, determined and perseverant. They wanted to bring Chrissy's killer to justice, but when they found out that there were other victims, they were determined to protect and save them as well, even putting themselves at risk. The beginning of the book almost put me off, with the accidental meeting of Kate and Jase and his chauvinistic attitude towards the attractive woman he observed in the bar, but it was short lived as the story picked up. I liked that even though Jase was the investigator, he allowed Kate to take the lead a few times and this wisely got them some information to help them along. As the case went along and the human trafficking storyline became evident, the story moved along quickly. It was tense as I listened nonstop, to see what was going to happen. They were in danger and the suspense kept the story moving quickly. This was a well-written story that ended well, with great characterizations, an interesting plot, and some romance and sizzle. I will definitely go back and read the first story in this series. I listened to the audiobook narrated by James Anderson Foster. This audiobook was basically read to me with expression and intonation. James Anderson Foster did not try to use female voices, but when a female character was speaking, his voice did soften a bit. Having said that it was still an enjoyable listen, but I will not be putting him on my favourite narrator list. The publisher, Harlequin Audio, generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    4 StarsTwo years after Kate Gallagher’s younger sister Chrissy ran away from home, Kate has now bee brought in to identify her body. Unable to simply accept that her sister died after her time on the streets, Kate hired Jason ‘Hawk’ Maddox to assist her in searching for Chrissy’s killer.The search takes them into the seedy underbelly of Dallas, with pimps, drug dealers and motorcycle gangs. Its is believed that Chrissy fell into the hands of a sex trafficking ring and Kate and Jason are determin 4 StarsTwo years after Kate Gallagher’s younger sister Chrissy ran away from home, Kate has now bee brought in to identify her body. Unable to simply accept that her sister died after her time on the streets, Kate hired Jason ‘Hawk’ Maddox to assist her in searching for Chrissy’s killer.The search takes them into the seedy underbelly of Dallas, with pimps, drug dealers and motorcycle gangs. Its is believed that Chrissy fell into the hands of a sex trafficking ring and Kate and Jason are determined to find her killer and bring that person to justice.This is the second book in the Maximum Security series, but the first that I have read. It is not, however, the first Kat Martin that I have read. This book was thoroughly enjoyable and exactly what I have come to expect from a Kat Martin novel. It was full of suspense and tension with just the right amount of romance and steaminess in the mix. Great, relate able, characters and a very interesting plot that keep me reading well into the night. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good romantic with some real world issues and exciting suspense. Special thanks to @NetGalley and @Harlequin for providing me with an eARC copy to review.
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  • Jenny
    January 1, 1970
    I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review.I've heard a lot of good things about this author, so I came into this book with a lot of high hopes. I was definitely not disappointed. The book was a good plot and well-developed characters. The characters drive the story and the story firmly grabs your interest. It's a very high suspense book so if you enjoy that, then this book is for you. I will be looking out for more books by this author for sure!Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and t I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review.I've heard a lot of good things about this author, so I came into this book with a lot of high hopes. I was definitely not disappointed. The book was a good plot and well-developed characters. The characters drive the story and the story firmly grabs your interest. It's a very high suspense book so if you enjoy that, then this book is for you. I will be looking out for more books by this author for sure!Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Lynne
    January 1, 1970
    This is only my second book by Kat Martin and I'm still trying to figure out what took me so long to pick up her novels!! Love this series - can't wait for more!! Thank you NetGalley for the advanced copy.
  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    Kate's little sister Chrissy disappeared when she was 16 and now, two years later, Kate's been asked to identify her body. She then goes to a bar and almost takes a guy home. Imagine her surprise when she decides to hire a private detective and it turns out to be that guy. Jason/Jace/"Hawk" is a bounty hunter and PI who works for Maximum Security and he's a smart one. He's also a vet. I didn't read the first book in this series and it didn't matter because the series is about different people wh Kate's little sister Chrissy disappeared when she was 16 and now, two years later, Kate's been asked to identify her body. She then goes to a bar and almost takes a guy home. Imagine her surprise when she decides to hire a private detective and it turns out to be that guy. Jason/Jace/"Hawk" is a bounty hunter and PI who works for Maximum Security and he's a smart one. He's also a vet. I didn't read the first book in this series and it didn't matter because the series is about different people who work at the company and the novels are linked only a little. In this case, the hunt for Chrissy's killer takes the two of them- because Kate feels she has to be directly involved- into the topical horror of sex trafficking. It's a well done plot with good characters. Thanks to edelweiss for the ARC. A page turner.
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  • Donna (More Than a Review)
    January 1, 1970
    SummaryThe Deception by Kat Martin is a romantic suspense book in the Maximum Security series. I am a huge fan of Kats; she wrote one of my favorite romantic suspense books.In The Deception, I’m having a very hard time liking the main character Kate. She’s stupid; she makes stupid decisions. I hate that in the female character. You need to be smart enough to know when you need to get involved and when you need to let the professionals handle it. She even gets herself in bad situations and the pe SummaryThe Deception by Kat Martin is a romantic suspense book in the Maximum Security series. I am a huge fan of Kats; she wrote one of my favorite romantic suspense books.In The Deception, I’m having a very hard time liking the main character Kate. She’s stupid; she makes stupid decisions. I hate that in the female character. You need to be smart enough to know when you need to get involved and when you need to let the professionals handle it. She even gets herself in bad situations and the people taking care of her bad situations and continues to do it. It’s not being a male chauvinist when you’re working these situations and you make the unqualified person stay back.With all that said; Jace is a great character and I cannot wait for Bran’s story. Kat did a great job at giving us the intrigue behind Bran that I cannot wait for his book. Jace is a good character; he’s likable and totally hero material.Their relationship seemed more physical than emotional; this could be because I didn’t like Kate.Kat writes about the tough subject of human trafficking. The book opens with the body of Kate’s sister and the story is of them trying to find her killer.Sexual content - 4 several physical scenes, they were more physical than emotionalViolence 3.5 - Human trafficking, drugs, deaths, physical abuse,drugs - not the main characters but they drugged the girls, dealing drugsalcohol - both characters were drinkinglanguage f-word 12 times, [email protected] - 24, sh!t - 10 timesI received this book from Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review.You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    Jase and Kate make a great couple in this romantic suspense. They are united behind a common goal, to stop the sex-trafficking ring that ended Kate's sister's life. Jase is a tough bounty hunter. Kate runs a consulting firm but in working with Jase discovers she can be tough too. There is a lot of action, a lot of bad guys, some violence that is inevitable but all is handled genuinely. Kate is determined to work the case to the end which frustrates Jase as he works to protect her, which makes fo Jase and Kate make a great couple in this romantic suspense. They are united behind a common goal, to stop the sex-trafficking ring that ended Kate's sister's life. Jase is a tough bounty hunter. Kate runs a consulting firm but in working with Jase discovers she can be tough too. There is a lot of action, a lot of bad guys, some violence that is inevitable but all is handled genuinely. Kate is determined to work the case to the end which frustrates Jase as he works to protect her, which makes for some interesting interactions between the two. The story flowed well and the ending was very satisfactory.
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  • Barb Lie
    January 1, 1970
    The Deception by Kat Martin is the 2nd book in her Maximum Security series. We meet our heroine, Kate Gallagher, when she must identify her sister’s body in the morgue. Kate has not seen her sister for over two years, when she left home at the age of 16, and after viewing the body, she goes to a bar to bury her pain, grieving that she wasn’t there for her sister. Though she owns her own successful business, Kate is determined to find out who did this to her sister; when the police do not have an The Deception by Kat Martin is the 2nd book in her Maximum Security series. We meet our heroine, Kate Gallagher, when she must identify her sister’s body in the morgue. Kate has not seen her sister for over two years, when she left home at the age of 16, and after viewing the body, she goes to a bar to bury her pain, grieving that she wasn’t there for her sister. Though she owns her own successful business, Kate is determined to find out who did this to her sister; when the police do not have any clues, she will take matters in her own hands, and hire a private investigator.Jason Maddox (Hawk), is a bounty hunter, who works for Maximum Security, and when Kate comes to the office trying to hire someone, Jason recognizes her as the hot girl in the bar the night before. He immediately offers his service to help Kate find out the truth, and warns her that from what he sees, this could be drug and sex trafficking related. Kate wants to find the culprits who murdered her sister, and doesn’t care how dangerous it is. She also tells Jason that she wants to work with him on the case; something he isn’t too happy about, since it is very dangerous.The chemistry between Jason and Kate was off the wall steaming hot; though they both try to fight off their attraction to each other and concentrate on the case. But best plans do not always work out. They were such a great and sexy couple together.What follows is an exciting, suspenseful adventure where Jason and Kate find themselves in intense and dangerous situations as they get closer to finding the people behind the murder. Each discovery may have brought them closer, but they were also stymied as to who killed Chrissy (Kate’s sister). Some of the Maximum Security team, would come to help Jason, when they expected violence. The last half of the book was not only exciting, but had us on the edge of our seats, worried that our heroes would not survive. When the evidence begins to point out that there was another group more deeply involved in the sex trafficking and drugging of young girls, Jason is determined to keep Kate away, for fear of her getting hurt. Kate was a smart and strong heroine, but she was also stubborn, and determined to kill those responsible. I did loved Kate and Jason together, and they were an awesome team. The Deception was an intriguing, suspenseful, exciting story line that was also very intense throughout. The wonderful romance between Jason and Kate was perfect, as we rooted hard for them to stay together, despite Jason belief that his life is too dangerous to be with Kate. I also liked the secondary characters who make up Maximum Security and look forward to future books showcasing them. Once again, Kat Martin gives us another exciting thriller. If you enjoy action, suspense, romance and intense crime thrillers, you should read anything by Kat Martin. BarbThe Reading Cafe
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  • Toni
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsThis is the second book in the Maximum Security series by Kat Martin. It is another great episode of the series. It is one I couldn’t put down once I dove head first into it.Kate Gallagher has just identified the body of her baby sister, Chrissy at the morgue and to quell the growing river of tears inside her, she goes dancing at a local bar where Jason “Hawk” Maddox is waiting to meet a client. He works for Maximum Security as a private investigator and bail enforcement agent. Things g 4.5 StarsThis is the second book in the Maximum Security series by Kat Martin. It is another great episode of the series. It is one I couldn’t put down once I dove head first into it.Kate Gallagher has just identified the body of her baby sister, Chrissy at the morgue and to quell the growing river of tears inside her, she goes dancing at a local bar where Jason “Hawk” Maddox is waiting to meet a client. He works for Maximum Security as a private investigator and bail enforcement agent. Things get hot and heavy between the two of them. But before they get much past the kissing stage, Kate bolts never revealing her name to Jason.Quite coincidently they meet days later when she is looking for someone to investigate her sister’s death. She wasn’t sure the police were spending enough time on the case. Jason wants to do that for her.Jason had decided from the very beginning that being in a relationship isn’t for him and spends most of the book trying to talk himself out of the fact he has feelings for Kate. Kate, on the other hand, spends most of the book trying to either get herself killed or give Jason a heart attack.I felt like the act of them getting together and acknowledging their relationship took so much longer than it should have given the length of the book. Despite that, I thought this book was great. It kept me interested the entire time and all the characters were well crafted and I could see them appearing in another book in the future, especially the undercover FBI guy Mark.I have yet to read book one in the series called THE CONSPIRACY. Some how I have acquired two different paperback copies of it. There is no doubt I will get to it eventually. I have read the novellaSHADOWS AT DAWN and thought it was wonderful too. Book three in the series already has a title but doesn’t have any info on Goodreads yet. It is titled THE BETRAYAL. I am already totally curious about that one.This is a great romantic suspense series that you will want to follow from the beginning… so hop into it now!I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    [I received a physical copy from @harlequinpublicityteam for an honest review]To be honest I was a bit nervous to start The Deception by Kat Martin because I did not enjoy the first book in the series. Yet, when I saw the cover and read the synopsis for the second book in the Maximum Security series , I decided to give the author a second chance. This book has won me over and I will be definitely looking out for future releases in the series."You've never disappointed me, Jason. The day I walke [I received a physical copy from @harlequinpublicityteam for an honest review]To be honest I was a bit nervous to start The Deception by Kat Martin because I did not enjoy the first book in the series. Yet, when I saw the cover and read the synopsis for the second book in the Maximum Security series , I decided to give the author a second chance. This book has won me over and I will be definitely looking out for future releases in the series."You've never disappointed me, Jason. The day I walked into your office and you agreed to help me was my lucky day."The Deception is the story of Kate Gallagher's pursuit of tracking down her sisters' killer and seeking out justice for girls who have found themselves in similar situations. To accomplish her goals she teams up with PI / Bounty Hunter Jason Hawk Maddox. They work side by side to uncover what happened to her sister, and she finds herself digging into a world filled with drugs and human trafficking. It isn't long before the bad guys set their sights on them, and they have to catch them before they get caught."No man had ever kissed her the way Jason did, as if he couldn't get enough, as if she were part of him, as if he could go on kissing her forever."Kate and Jason have intense sexual chemistry and work just as well in the sheets as they do out of it. This book has a lot of hot and heavy scenes that were executed perfectly in my opinion. Yes they are trying to find her sisters killer and their lives are at risk but their intimacy is a way to relieve stress and remind themselves that they are still alive. I really enjoyed both characters, Kate was beautiful and smart, and completely steps up and holds her own when things get dangerous. Jason is rough and handsome, charming and protective of Kate without being controlling. He supports her independent streak and it was refreshing."Couldn't Kate see he was trying to protect her? Or maybe he way trying to protect himself."The story line was entertaining from beginning to end. It had action, high stakes scenarios, heart stopping moments, and passion. The details of their investigation seemed to go deeper and deeper but it flowed consistently, there was no point where I thought 'this is ridiculous'. Overall, I am completely satisfied with The Deception by Kat Martin and I can't wait to read the next book in the series.******Also Follow Me On : Blog  📚 Instagram****** 
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  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    If you’re looking for a fun romantic suspense series to read, I highly recommend the Maximum Security series by Kat Martin. I loved the first book in the series (THE CONSPIRACY) so I couldn’t wait to read the second book.THE DECEPTION focuses on Jason “Hawk” Maddox, a private investigator at Maximum Security, and his client, Kate Gallagher. Kate has hired Jason to help her find the person – or persons - who brutally killed her sister, a runaway teen. “As clues lead them deeper into the city’s un If you’re looking for a fun romantic suspense series to read, I highly recommend the Maximum Security series by Kat Martin. I loved the first book in the series (THE CONSPIRACY) so I couldn’t wait to read the second book.THE DECEPTION focuses on Jason “Hawk” Maddox, a private investigator at Maximum Security, and his client, Kate Gallagher. Kate has hired Jason to help her find the person – or persons - who brutally killed her sister, a runaway teen. “As clues lead them deeper into the city’s underbelly, connections to human trafficking draw them closer and closer to peril, but even [Jason’s] warnings can’t convince Kate to walk away. As the deadly operation puts a target on their backs, they’ll have to decide what matters most: the truth…or their lives.” Even though I didn’t like Jason and Kate as much as I liked the main characters in THE CONSPIRACY (Chase and Harper), the plot of THE DECEPTION was equally interesting, suspenseful, and fast-paced. I liked how the author balanced serious topics - the murder of a sibling, teenage prostitution, human trafficking, etc. - with a lighter-hearted writing style that made the story fun to read. I found myself envisioning modern-day Jason and Kate as characters in one of my favorite shows, “Walker, Texas Ranger,” where the good guys are all hot, successful, multi-talented, butt-kicking justice seekers while the bad guys are bumbling doofuses living in crummy apartments in the shady parts of town just hoping to make a couple hundred dollars as pimps. The story also has a positive philanthropic message scattered throughout and highlights ways rehabilitation centers help turn the lives of teenage runaways around. I can’t wait to read the third book in the series!Disclaimer: I received a finished copy of the book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Becky Baldridge
    January 1, 1970
    I finished The Conspiracy undecided about whether I would continue with this series and remained on the fence until I read the blurb for The Deception, which convinced me to give it a try. This one has good suspense and action, but there are also several similarities between it and the first book in the series, so it has its good and bad points.There is more of the same in Martin's characters here. The good guys are all pretty people, for lack of a better way to say it. I'll save the lengthy des I finished The Conspiracy undecided about whether I would continue with this series and remained on the fence until I read the blurb for The Deception, which convinced me to give it a try. This one has good suspense and action, but there are also several similarities between it and the first book in the series, so it has its good and bad points.There is more of the same in Martin's characters here. The good guys are all pretty people, for lack of a better way to say it. I'll save the lengthy descriptions on both sides, but suffice it to say the bad guys are all the opposite of the good guys. Basically, in the Maximum Security world, there are no attractive bad guys and vice versa, or that's the impression it gives. All that accomplished for me was to make the characters almost caricature-like. That's not including our romantic couple, who of course, are both sexy and hard to resist. I did like that Kate is a strong woman, and she even though she does sometimes need rescuing, she can also take care of herself.As far as the romance, there is a lot of back and forth about where things are going for both Kate and Jason, which is common in romance. However, the angst comes from the 'I'm not good for you, so I'm letting you go to protect you,' a trope that is tired at best. Kate and Jason do have good chemistry, and I liked them together, but I lost some of that when the romance is tested in that way. The story has some good intrigue, and there is plenty of danger for this couple so that extra angst just felt unnecessary.All in all, The Deception had its pros and cons for me, but I did like it better than the first in the series.
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  • Marcia
    January 1, 1970
    I read a free ARC from NetGalley.com and this is my unbiased and voluntary review. I have been a fan of Ms Martin's books for years- action, alphas, romance- what's not to like? Although this is the 2nd book in the series, it can be read as a stand alone- but why would you want to? Go back and read the first book. Kate Gallagher, business owner of a management consulting firm, is called to the Dallas morgue to ID her younger sister Crissy, who she had not seen in two years, since Crissy ran awa I read a free ARC from NetGalley.com and this is my unbiased and voluntary review. I have been a fan of Ms Martin's books for years- action, alphas, romance- what's not to like? Although this is the 2nd book in the series, it can be read as a stand alone- but why would you want to? Go back and read the first book. Kate Gallagher, business owner of a management consulting firm, is called to the Dallas morgue to ID her younger sister Crissy, who she had not seen in two years, since Crissy ran away from home. Needing some human contact, she goes to a country-western hang out that night, where she meets PI and bounty hunter, former marine, 6',4", 210 pounds, Jason Hawkins Maddox. But they are interrupted in the parking lot, much to Kate's relief, since this is not her character, but to Jason's chagrin. Kate and Crissy weren't close, as there is a huge gap in ages, but after speaking to the homicide detective police, who did not put the murder of a druggie prostitute at the top of his file of cases, she goes to Maximum Security to hire someone to find Crissy's killer. As soon as she walks in the door, Jason, who has been thinking about her since the night they met, talks her into hiring him. They agree to fight their attraction at least until the case is closed, but as the danger escalates with Kate insisting upon being in on all the action, they are forced to share quarters, and they give in to "the chemistry". Is that all it is? Will Jason do that stupid male thing when he realizes that he loves her, to sacrifice their love because he thinks he isn't good for her? Whoever said "If You Love Someone, Set Them Free" is an idiot, if they meant it to mean to push them away.Great characters, action packed age turning story make this a hard to put down exciting read.
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  • Melissa Nance
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky to be chosen to review Kat Martin’s The Deception. The Deception is the second book in Kat Martin’s Maximum Security. Like all of Kat’s books, it was wonderful. Kat has a way of making you connect with the characters. You can feel their emotions and almost think what they are thinking. Her characters are like friends you never knew you had. The story immediately grabs your attention and holds it the whole way through. I did not want it to end! Kate and Jase are awesome characters. Wh I was lucky to be chosen to review Kat Martin’s The Deception. The Deception is the second book in Kat Martin’s Maximum Security. Like all of Kat’s books, it was wonderful. Kat has a way of making you connect with the characters. You can feel their emotions and almost think what they are thinking. Her characters are like friends you never knew you had. The story immediately grabs your attention and holds it the whole way through. I did not want it to end! Kate and Jase are awesome characters. When Kate comes to Maximum Security looking for help to find her sister’s killer, she finds someone she’s met before. Jase is just the man for the job, reluctantly Kate agrees. Throughout the investigation, Kate and Jase find themselves in the middle of more than just a murder investigation. They end up discovering a big drug and human trafficking ring, putting both of their lives in danger. Not only is Kate in danger for her life, but she’s also in danger from losing her heart. Will they survive the situation at hand? Will they end up together? Guess you’ll have to read to find out! It was truly an awesome book. I cannot wait to read more books about the employees at Maximum Security.
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  • BookTrib.com
    January 1, 1970
    In partnership with The Big Thrill, here is an exciting interview with author Kat Martin on her new book.With more than 60 romance and romantic suspense titles in print in 20 countries—17 million copies in all—over the course of her 30-year career, Kat Martin is a powerhouse. Her latest, The Deception (HQN), launches on September 10.The Deception is the second full-length book in the Maximum Security series, about a PI firm located in Dallas and owned by Chase Garrett, a main character in the se In partnership with The Big Thrill, here is an exciting interview with author Kat Martin on her new book.With more than 60 romance and romantic suspense titles in print in 20 countries—17 million copies in all—over the course of her 30-year career, Kat Martin is a powerhouse. Her latest, The Deception (HQN), launches on September 10.The Deception is the second full-length book in the Maximum Security series, about a PI firm located in Dallas and owned by Chase Garrett, a main character in the series debut, The Conspiracy.The Deception’s adventure begins when Kate Gallagher, a management consultant, must identify the body of her brutally murdered younger sister, from whom she’d been estranged. Though well-intentioned, the police put little effort into solving the teenager’s murder, because she’d become a prostitute. To find her sister’s killer, Kate goes to Maximum Security and hires investigator Jason (Hawk) Maddox. Coincidentally, a week earlier, the two had met in a bar and felt an instant attraction.The hunt for the killer will take Kate and Jason deep into the underworld of human trafficking, prostitution, and organized crime from Dallas to San Antonio to Houston, where they will have to decide what matters more—the truth or their lives.The Big Thrill caught up with Montana-based author Kat Martin as she prepared for a trip, but she was happy to tell us about her new story.The rest of the review: https://booktrib.com/2019/09/kat-mart...
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  • Shelleen Toland
    January 1, 1970
    Kate has been searching for her lost sister for 2 years then she gets a call from the morgue and has to go see if it is her sister. She was a runaway and was brutally murdered. She feels that she failed her sister and won't do it again. Jason works at Maximum Security and is also a bounty hunter. Kate hires him to help find her sister's murderer. But Kate insists on helping them. This leads them to an underground of prostitution, human trafficking and so many other things. Their lives are in dan Kate has been searching for her lost sister for 2 years then she gets a call from the morgue and has to go see if it is her sister. She was a runaway and was brutally murdered. She feels that she failed her sister and won't do it again. Jason works at Maximum Security and is also a bounty hunter. Kate hires him to help find her sister's murderer. But Kate insists on helping them. This leads them to an underground of prostitution, human trafficking and so many other things. Their lives are in danger many times. They also start falling for each other. Jason doesn't want a relationship because his job is dangerous. But he can't stop his feelings for Kate. Kate fits right in working undercover and can turn herself into any role that he needs her to be.I received this from Partners in Crime for an honest review.
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  • Alima Livzletlivz
    January 1, 1970
    A story of intrigue and suspense, "The Deception" by Kat Martin is the first in her Maximum Security Series. As always, Kat Martin weaves a story of betrayal and pain as she brings Kate Gallagher to Maximum Security and Jason Maddox, to help find justice for her murdered sister. Kat Martin is a master of romantic suspense and this story does not disappoint, as Kate and Jason get caught in the crossfire of human trafficking.A definite read!
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  • Ebony
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars for me. Liked it but didn’t love it.Felt it dragged a bit in the middle
  • Marybeth
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book and think it is a great balance of romance/mystery/suspense. This is the second book in the series and I definitely need to go back and read the first although this is a completely separate story line. Jason Maddox aka Jase aka Hawk is hired or rather his company Maximum Security is, by Kathryn "Kate" Gallagher to find out who killed her younger sister who had run away when she was 16 years old, two years prior. The seedy world their investigation leads them into is quite dif I enjoyed this book and think it is a great balance of romance/mystery/suspense. This is the second book in the series and I definitely need to go back and read the first although this is a completely separate story line. Jason Maddox aka Jase aka Hawk is hired or rather his company Maximum Security is, by Kathryn "Kate" Gallagher to find out who killed her younger sister who had run away when she was 16 years old, two years prior. The seedy world their investigation leads them into is quite different from Kate's usual and is also very dangerous. Kate insists on being there and helping with the investigation something Jase struggles with. There is some hot sizzling chemistry between Jase and Kate that leads to some very steamy sexy times but also some difficult decisions because of it. Both main characters are great as are the important supporting ones. I hope there is more to come from Kat Martin and this series.
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  • Moira
    January 1, 1970
    It's been a while since I've read a book by Kat Martin and once I got started I wondered why. This was non-stop action with suspense, romance, mystery and heart stopping scenes! It was hard to put down but I went to bed and got up to finish it in the morningExcited to go back and read book one in the series about Chase and Harper while waiting for book 3. Great characters and relevant (believable) storyline about sex trafficking in the United States.I received a free ARC eBook from Net Galley an It's been a while since I've read a book by Kat Martin and once I got started I wondered why. This was non-stop action with suspense, romance, mystery and heart stopping scenes! It was hard to put down but I went to bed and got up to finish it in the morningExcited to go back and read book one in the series about Chase and Harper while waiting for book 3. Great characters and relevant (believable) storyline about sex trafficking in the United States.I received a free ARC eBook from Net Galley and the publisher for my honest opinions.
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  • Nancy Ku
    January 1, 1970
    The Deception (Maximum Security #2) by Kat Martin .....I love this Maximum Security series ...Thanks to Kat Matrin, the publisher and #NetGalley for letting me preview this book. Kate Gallagher .. has been looking for her runaway sister for two years only to find out she has been murdered. She wants revenge on the killer...she hires Jason aka Jase aka Hawk Maddox...bounty hunter/ PI..member of THE MAX. This book keep me on the edge of my seat.. there is murder, human trafficking, violence, myste The Deception (Maximum Security #2) by Kat Martin .....I love this Maximum Security series ...Thanks to Kat Matrin, the publisher and #NetGalley for letting me preview this book. Kate Gallagher .. has been looking for her runaway sister for two years only to find out she has been murdered. She wants revenge on the killer...she hires Jason aka Jase aka Hawk Maddox...bounty hunter/ PI..member of THE MAX. This book keep me on the edge of my seat.. there is murder, human trafficking, violence, mystery, angst, laughs, tears and steam all to finally get to a HEA. I can't wait now for the next book...Bran Garrett and Jessica Kegan's story.Reasons I enjoyed this book:Steamy Informative Happily Ever After Wonderful characters Funny Romantic Entertaining Great world building Page-turner Easy-to-read Action-packed Witty Tear-jerker Haunting
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  • Abby
    January 1, 1970
    *•*ARC copy was provided by netgalley.*•*•I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.•What a thrilling read! I seriously enjoyed this book. I wasn’t that surprised though cause I love me some Kat Martin!!! There was never a dull moment in this book.! Kate Gallagher is a smart , funny, sexy girl on her way to the top. She owns her own company and for anyone looking in she fits right in with the lavish lifestyle. Her company is growing and e *•*ARC copy was provided by netgalley.*•*•I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.•What a thrilling read! I seriously enjoyed this book. I wasn’t that surprised though cause I love me some Kat Martin!!! There was never a dull moment in this book.! Kate Gallagher is a smart , funny, sexy girl on her way to the top. She owns her own company and for anyone looking in she fits right in with the lavish lifestyle. Her company is growing and everyone can see she is going to make it. She has ambition! She sets a goal and she will do whatever it takes to make it there. She is well put together and modest or at lease that’s what people see. What they don’t see is how alone she is yes she is taking control of her life but she also has lost her mother, her sister ran away when she was just a baby, age 16 and her dad left to start a whole new life with his new family. Currently she is alone and she feels it. She was dating a control freak (Andrew) who only cared about their image. Finally that relationship is done! But that’s when she gets the call... the call that flips everything upside down! Her sister is dead. She will not stop till she figures out how her sister got to where she was and why someone killed her. Jason Maddox is a sexy alpha male that you just can’t help but love! Oh and he is hot sooo hot! very caveman as well!! He works at maximum security as a bounty hunter he also has his P. I license but doesn’t use it that often he is a retired vet and he loves the fact that he gets to get the scum off the street plus he gets a pretty penny for it as well! Jason or hawk as other people call him is known for being able to locate just about anyone. He is pretty much alone he doesn’t have any family except for his friends he adopted as family. He is the guy that won’t settle down. his life just doesn’t fit for a relationship believe it or not the bounty hunting and pi life is pretty dangerous you deal with the lowest of the low. That’s why he was shocked when the sexy blonde that he almost hooked up with walked into the office “just Kate” as she said did things to him he didn’t even no how to explain. He can see her she is beautiful and has a smile on her face but pain in her eyes. She briefly mentioned her sister getting killed but he didn’t know to much about it. If she is hiring anyone he is making sure it’s him. That’s how this adventure gets going! Wow the suspense the back and forth! This is a great book and I’m sure you will love it just as much as me. Kate and Jase are a strong team with even stronger attraction, a fire you can’t put out. They will do what ever it takes to get their men! They are stubborn and it’s hilarious seeing what they can’t deny.
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  • Joy
    January 1, 1970
    “The Deception” by Kat Martin is a wonderful written story that pulls at the heart strings from the first page. Put tears in my eyes! The trafficking of underage girls is a subject that we would all like to ignore but still exists. In “The Deception” we meet Kate who is very strong willed, independent business owner who just found her murdered sister and the Bounty Hunter/PI Jason(Hawk) who she hires to find out what happened to her sister. Kate is determined to be apart of the investigation int “The Deception” by Kat Martin is a wonderful written story that pulls at the heart strings from the first page. Put tears in my eyes! The trafficking of underage girls is a subject that we would all like to ignore but still exists. In “The Deception” we meet Kate who is very strong willed, independent business owner who just found her murdered sister and the Bounty Hunter/PI Jason(Hawk) who she hires to find out what happened to her sister. Kate is determined to be apart of the investigation into her sister’s murder but Jason is against it. I love the way Kate keeps surprising Jason with her different ways of helping, such as dressing and playing the part of a prostitute. Their personal and sexual interest in each other is smoking hot! This story is a fast pace romance with suspense. I love the way we are introduced to new characters (that maybe have their own book) and old ‘friends’ who we fell in love within past books. Another great read by Kat Martin, it has all the twist and turns she is know for. I am very impatient to read the next book in the “Maximum Security” series.Thanks to the author and publisher for the ARC in return for my review. This is my opinion, any mistakes are mine.
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  • Ann Bollendorf
    January 1, 1970
    Kat once again delivers a fast paced, enthralling romance, sending your imagination on a ride of decadence and suspense from the first page to the climactic end. The story of Kate's journey to uncover her sister’s killer and delve into the underground world of sex, deceit, and murder. She entrusts Jason, an experienced and shockingly bewitching, bounty hunter/private investigator to escort her to find the culprits responsible for her baby sisters grisly fate. Kate's professionalism does not stop Kat once again delivers a fast paced, enthralling romance, sending your imagination on a ride of decadence and suspense from the first page to the climactic end. The story of Kate's journey to uncover her sister’s killer and delve into the underground world of sex, deceit, and murder. She entrusts Jason, an experienced and shockingly bewitching, bounty hunter/private investigator to escort her to find the culprits responsible for her baby sisters grisly fate. Kate's professionalism does not stop her from getting her hands dirty when necessary, and with the guilt of her sisters disappearance and untimely death she is driven to do anything necessary to get justice for Chrissy. Caught off with Jason and his mysterious allure, she must not let her curiosity of him and his past, detour her from her ultimate goal of justice for her sister. This book thrusts you into the story, captivating your attention from the first suspenseful twist to the last sentence; leaving you salivating for more.
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  • Linda Tierney
    January 1, 1970
    After 2 years of searching, Kate Gallagher finally got the news she had been dreading, her baby sister Chrissy has been found... murdered. The morgue needs Kate to come identify her. After leaving the morgue she just couldn’t face going home so she stops at the Sagebrush Saloon to have a few shots and asks a gorgeous cowboy to dance maybe he can help her though the night. Hawk is more than willing but she has second thoughts leaving him with nothing but a name “ only Kate” Her chance encounter t After 2 years of searching, Kate Gallagher finally got the news she had been dreading, her baby sister Chrissy has been found... murdered. The morgue needs Kate to come identify her. After leaving the morgue she just couldn’t face going home so she stops at the Sagebrush Saloon to have a few shots and asks a gorgeous cowboy to dance maybe he can help her though the night. Hawk is more than willing but she has second thoughts leaving him with nothing but a name “ only Kate” Her chance encounter turns out to be Jason “ Hawk” Maddox and she’s just walked through the door of Maximum Security to find a private investigator and Hawk insist on taking the job. Kate is determined to get justice for her sister no matter what it takes or the cost, even though they are plunged into the depths of hell to find out how Chrissy ended up dead! No on can weave a tale like Kat Martin she’s a master storyteller and you won’t be able to put The Deception down !
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  • Deborah Betscher
    January 1, 1970
    From the very first page, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat! I couldn’t put it down. Kate Gallagher is devastated to find out that her missing younger sister was murdered. Her quest to find the person or persons responsible leads her to Maximum Security and Jason “Hawk” Maddox, private investigator and bail enforcement agent. Together their investigation will lead them further into danger and intrigue as they find a human trafficking ring operating in deadly fashion. Meanwhile the From the very first page, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat! I couldn’t put it down. Kate Gallagher is devastated to find out that her missing younger sister was murdered. Her quest to find the person or persons responsible leads her to Maximum Security and Jason “Hawk” Maddox, private investigator and bail enforcement agent. Together their investigation will lead them further into danger and intrigue as they find a human trafficking ring operating in deadly fashion. Meanwhile their attraction to each other grows more intense and cannot be ignored. Well written romantic suspense! Don’t miss this one. Can hardly wait for the next in the Maximum Security series from Kat Martin.
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