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The Deception

(Maximum Security #2)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  157 ratings  ·  69 reviews
“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 Chriss
ebook, 384 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by HQN Books
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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
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars, netgalley
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
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
[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
Kathleen Gray
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Aug 01, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
Barb Lie
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*•*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
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

This 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
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it
THE DECEPTION follows Jase (Jason) and Kate (Kathryn) as they work her sister's case together and find a partner in each other. Kate's sister, Chrissy, ran away from home when she was 16, never to be heard from again- until now, two years later, when Kate was called to ID her body at the morgue. Chrissy was murdered, but since she was a prostitute, the police are not making her murder a high priority case.

Kate decides to hire a private investigator to look into the case. When she shows up at the
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read a free ARC from 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
Eva Millien
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Donna (More Than a Review)

The 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
Becky Baldridge
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
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
Patti Lucas
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 floo ...more
Jessica Figueroa
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kate's sister went missing two years ago and is finally found but unfortunately shes dead. Now shes on a mission to find her sisters killer and bring justice to him. Not feeling like the police are doing enough she comes across Jason Maddox who is a bounty hunter who is known for getting the job done. As they find her sisters killer they end up coming across a trafficking ring as well as so much more then they planned but Kate is willing to risk everything.

Wow this book was something! First off
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
“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 ...more
Kate (kate_reads_)
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a great read! The Deception was the first Kat Martin book I’ve read but I’m excited to work my way through all of her backlist now - starting with the first book in this series. While this was book #2 - you can definitely start here - this worked well as a stand-alone story.

In The Deception, Kate learns that her sister who ran away 2 years ago was just found murdered. When she feels the police aren’t investigating it enough - she decides to hire a private investigator. Jason “Hawk” Maddox
Melissa Nance
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Ann Bollendorf
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Colleen  (The Book Lover Blog)
3.5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐💫
The Deception is the second installment of the Maximum Security series but it can be read easily as a standalone novel.

The pacing of the first half of the story was on the slow side, but the suspense aspect of the plot kept me intrigued. There was enough action, intensity, and mystery to keep me turning the pages.

Unfortunately, I didn't feel overly invested in the romance between the main characters. While Jason and Kate shared some sweet and heated moments, the romantic connectio
Linda Tierney
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Nancy Ku
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Shelleen Toland
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-tbr
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 ...more
Book Him Danno
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kat Martin never disappoints with her action, romance, and characters who come alive keeping readers wanting more.

Readers will keep the loss Kate Gallagher feels when she finds her sister is dead and is determined to save others after not being able to save her sister.

The story is raw look at human trafficking how it truly effects the world around us and while the every day person turns a blind eyes to it these Characters are driven to end it.

Kat Martin made sure to research to make the story re
Deborah Betscher
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
4 Stars

Two 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
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Kathleen Kelly Martin (aka Kathy Lawrence, Kasey Mars)

Kathleen Kelly was born on 14 July 1947 in the Central Valley of California, USA. She obtained a degree in Anthropology and also studied History at the University of California in Santa Barbara. She was a real estate broker, when she met her future husband, Larry Jay Martin. A short time after the two became acquainted, Larry asked her to read

Other books in the series

Maximum Security (3 books)
  • The Conspiracy (Maximum Security #1)
  • The Betrayal (Maximum Security #3)