“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.
Martin revs the power from page one of this fast-paced romantic thriller, the second novel in her Maximum Security series (after The Conspiracy). After Kate Gallagher's runaway younger sister, Chrissy, is murdered, she's determined to find the killer, no matter what it takes. Bounty hunter Jason "Hawk" Maddox, a former Marine, doesn't do relationships, but he's quite willing to dance with Kate and start nudging her toward his bed; then she blurts out that her sister was killed. When Kate hires Hawk's employer, Maximum Security, to investigate the murder, Martin immediately begins leading her well-drawn characters through a high-octane plot with hair-raising twists and turns, skillfully dragging red herrings everywhere. A subplot about a terrified, trafficked 13-year-old crackles with undeniable energy, as does the hot romance between Kate and Hawk. Even Martin's most despicable characters (especially pedophile Denny Rayburg) are complex, adding to readers' emotional investment. Fans of romantic suspense won't be able to put this book down until the final page is turned, and Martin is likely to recruit thriller readers as well as romance fans with this snappy story.
The Deception by Kat Martin is the second book in the Maximum Security series. The Deception is an outstanding story and Kat Martin is an amazing storyteller. The Deception is the story of Kathryn "Kate" Gallagher and Jason "Hawk" Maddox, bounty story. The story begins with Kate identifying the body of her runaway younger sister Christina "Chrissy" at the Dallas morgue. Kate is guilt ridden and goes to the Sagebrush Saloon to forget about it. She encounters Jason at the bar and on the dance floor. They get into the back seat of Jase's Yukon, but "Just Kate" puts and end to things before they get to far. Kate wants to learn what happened to Chrissy and after doing internet research, decides to hire Chase Garrett at Maximum Security. When she arrives at Maximum Security, Kate encounters Jase and he offers to help her find out what happened to Chrissy. They soon learn that Chrissy was murdered and had a red lipstick tattoo behind her ear, marking her as the property of Los Besos. Chrissy was a teenage prostitute going my Tina Gallen and was trying to clean up her life at New Hope Rehabilitation Center. Working together is both dangerous to Kate and Jase's hearts and lives. There are multiple surprise plot twists that only Kat Martin can deliver, and I loved everyone of them. The book is filled with action, danger, and of course romance. I loved every page of The Deception and how it all came full circle at the end. Cannot wait for Brandon Garrett's story in book three.
Great Mystery, Bad Characters and Romance
I love these series, the plots are great. But there’s no diversity and it makes the characters basic and boring. The first couple of books (0.5, 1, 1.5) it was noticeable but tolerable, yet now I’m way over it. All the men are the same, all the women are the same. Even racially, almost all the black and brown characters are the bad or scary guys. All the protagonists are stereotypically white attractive with the same personality. Like the rating title says the mysteries and plot is great, but it’s like the exact same characters just with different names. All the romance and sex scenes are also pretty much the same. All the romance drama issues are also the same (the guy on the “I’m not good for you” trip before they realize they’re in love and get back together) It’s really annoying and quite boring at this point. If it weren’t for the mystery plots I would’ve been done after the first book. But sadly this will be my last book. I can’t anymore. I just feel like if the author is creative enough to come up with these plots, then she should be creative enough to bring more diversity and personality to the characters.