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The Ultimate Betrayal

(Maximum Security #3)

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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  861 ratings  ·  104 reviews
To prove her father’s innocence, she’ll have to turn a terrorist’s sights on herself

When journalist Jessie Kegan’s father is accused of espionage and treason, Jessie has no doubt the man she looked up to her entire life is innocent. Worse yet, before Colonel Kegan can stand trial, he’s found dead of a heart attack…but Jessie knows it was murder. Forcing down her grief, she
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Published July 28th 2020 by HQN Books
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Anita
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romantic-supense, arc
Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

Another great romantic-suspense by one of my favorite authors. I can always rely on Kat Martin to deliver a great plot and a hot romance. I love the guys and girls of the Max and look forward to the next book.

Jessie Kegan is an investigative journalist on a mission. Her father was accused of treason, jailed and died suddenly of a heart attack. After getting over her shock, she
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Melanie
The Ultimate Betrayal was a fast-paced, action-packed read with a fantastic romance.

After Jessie Kegan’s father is accused of espionage and treason, Jessie knows he's innocent. But before he can clear his name, Colonel Kegan dies of a heart attack. Convinced her father was murdered, Jessie uses her skills as a journalist to begin digging into his case but her investigation attracts unwanted attention and soon Jessie finds herself the target of a killer. For protection, Jessie turns to bodyguard
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Robin Loves Reading
Journalist Jessie Kegan always stands by her stories, often making her career a priority in her life. However, when her father has been accused and jailed for espionage and treason, Jessie is determined to do anything she can do to clear his name. It is quite clear that a terrorist is at bay and Jessie is thrust into a maelstrom of events. For one thing, her father never made it to trial. He died of an apparent heart attack, but Jessie doesn't believe that for one minute. So, she now has a doubl ...more
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Sep 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
This is not the type of book that I normally read. I read it in a day but I had to make my self sit and read it. It had a little bit of romance and a mystery so that was a plus the writing was good but the storyline was just different for me.
Jennifer
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
ARC received for review

Good read with chemistry, romance, and a mystery to solve (which I did before they did), but it was slow in places and they got shot at way too much.
Pj Ausdenmore
I've enjoyed many of Kat Martin's romantic suspense novels but her newest, The Ultimate Betrayal, is one of my favorites. This book opens with a bang and the intensity never lessens. I was sucked in immediately, flipping pages with rapt attention until the very end.

Jessie and Bran are both intriguing characters with whom I engaged almost immediately. They're likable, honorable, determined in their quest for justice, and have incredible chemistry. I admired them as individuals and rooted for them
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Pj Ausdenmore
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've enjoyed many of Kat Martin's romantic suspense novels but her newest, The Ultimate Betrayal, is one of my favorites. This book opens with a bang and the intensity never lessens. I was sucked in immediately, flipping pages with rapt attention until the very end.

Jessie and Bran are both intriguing characters with whom I engaged almost immediately. They're likable, honorable, determined in their quest for justice, and have incredible chemistry. I admired them as individuals and rooted for them
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Cathy Geha
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Ultimate Betrayal by Kat Martin
Maximum Security #3

Brandon “Bran” Garrett likes what he sees when Jessie Keegan walks into his place of business and the interest Jessie has in Bran is intense, too. Bran is soon involved with helping Jessie try to clear her father’s name, find out who killed her father while he was in prison, following clues and doing his best to keep Jessie safe. This was a fast-paced, complicated, thrill ride from beginning to end.

What I liked:
* Jessie: dedicated, intellig
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BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Fast paced and bullets flying, Ms. Martin fires off this new book in the series off with an adrenaline rush in chapter one. I love how Jessie is pragmatic. She is straight to the point: hello my name is... my brother knew you and trusted you... by the way, people are trying to kill me... Sorry! Jessie is the kind of character I like because she is good with communication, prepared and owns her own mistakes. She is a bit headstrong but that comes with the territory as an investigative journalist. ...more
Jenna
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Quick pace, non-stop action.
Good chemistry & sexual tension build up b/w Jessie & Bran.
Great supporting characters. Good story.

I'm glad there'll be more books to come in the series. I look forward to reading them.

While this is a series with recurring characters, I like that they can be read out of order or as stand-alones and the reader won’t be lost.

This series is similar to: the Deep ops series by Rebecca Zanetti & the body armor series by Lori foster, so I’d recommend those if you liked this.
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Amy
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
A really good story, even though it was obvious who the Mastermind was, about halfway through this tale.
McKenzi
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved the adventure of Bran and Jessie’s book!
Tammy Casteel
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love it
Donna Repsher
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Ultimate Betrayal, the third novel in Kat Martin's Maximum Security series should be subtitled, "How to Write One Heck of an Addictive Romantic Suspense Novel," because this novel starts off with a bang and never lets up, and it gets 5 enthusiastic stars from this reader.

As the novel opens, no sooner does Jessie Keagan race into the Maximum Security office in Dallas, Texas, when someone shoots out the windows, trying to kill her. She's raced to the office to find help in the form of her late
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Barb Lie
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Ultimate Betrayal by Kat Martin is the 3rd book in her fantastic Maximum Security series. We meet our heroine, Jessie Kegan at the beginning, when she goes to Maximum Security and asks the help of Brandon Garrett. Brandon, our hero, was best friends with Jessie’s brother, Danny, who was killed in Afghanistan, as he was also injured. Brandon promised to always be there for Danny’s sister, if ever she needed help.

Jessie’s father died of a heart attack, after being accused of treason, and sent
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Patti Lucas
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved The Ultimate Betrayal by Kat Martin, the third book in the Maximum Security series. I could not out it down and I loved every page. Kat Martin has once again proven that she is an incredible storyteller. I love how the The Ultimate Betrayal is told from the perspective of several of the characters in the story, I love reading books where the story is told from different character's viewpoints. I loved the characters in The Ultimate Betrayal, I especially loved catching up with ...more
Teresa (Reads_Romance)
**2.5 Stars**

The Maximum Security series has been very hit or miss for me. THE ULTIMATE BETRAYAL has broken that trend, mostly because this was the most “meh” romantic suspense book I’ve read recently. Jessie Kegan hires her deceased brother’s best friend Brandon Garrett to help her solve the mystery of her father’s death and protect her from the people suddenly shooting at her.

The pros: I liked Brandon more than most Kat Martin heroes. He was alpha without beating the heroine over the head with
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Sue Gosland
This is part of the Maximum Security series, telling the story of Brandon Garrett, who works with his brother at their Dallas Security company. Bran is ex Delta Force, the best of the best in the Army, so when Jessie Kegan needs help, Bran is the one she reaches out to. Her brother Danny, was Bran's best friend and died saving Bran's life, so Bran feels an instant connection to Jessie. Especially when the office gets shot up the minute she walks in the door. Bran takes on her case, and finds him ...more
Becky Baldridge
After reading the first two books in the Maximum Security series, I was hopeful about this third in the series. The first book was okay, and the second was a little better, leaning more toward the positive, so I was really hoping that this one would move further in that direction. Instead, The Ultimate Betrayal went the other way, and the strange thing about that is Jessie and Brandon are both the types of characters I like. He's an alpha male without being obnoxious about it, and she's a strong ...more
Donna
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Ultimate Betrayal by Kat Martin is a smoldering romance and an intriguing mystery. The opening scene sets the pace for the action and suspense. Jessie comes to Brandon for help in proving that her father did not betray his country. Jessie is not the stupid female that you yell at in the book to not make stupid decisions.

Brandon feels like he owes his life to Jessie and her family. Her brother died saving his life in the war. He agrees to help Jessie with researching what happened to her fat
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Books and Spoons
A wildly entertaining, action-packed tale with explosive action, intrigue that keeps you on the edge, and ardent swoon-worthy romance that had me at the meet-cute... So far my favorite book in the series, it seems as the stories are getting more intense with each installment.
Jessie Kegan and Brandon Garrett had amazing chemistry and connection between them. Brandon is a smart, kind-hearted, considerate, protective warrior who can accept his limitations and asks for back up when needed, who appr
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Kathy
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
When his best friend's sister asks for his help in proving her father innocent of being a traitor what's a guy to do? Brandon Garrett is between jobs as a body guard when Jessie Kegan walks into his Maximum Security Office and explains why her father is innocent and how she wants to prove it. When gunshots explode through the windows of the office and a black SUV with tinted windows speeds away, Brandon is convinced that Jessie needs protection. Colonel Kegan can't defend himself against the cha ...more
Danielle Bush
I received this book from netgalley for an honest review..
So Im not really sure how I feel about this book. I think that it was well written and the story moved along well. The sexual tension between Bran and Jessie was fire.. I just couldn't really connect to the story or its characters.. I found myself not really caring at all what happened. Also two side characters became romantically involved after what felt like them knowing each other for 5 min, and all of a sudden they were planning a fa
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Book Him Danno
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kat Martin writes a great blend of Romance, mystery and suspense but this time the romance took over the story having readers skipping several pages to get back to the plot hoping for answers that is haunting both Jessie and Bran.

This can be read as a stand alone novel.

The characters are likable and Jessie isn't your typical stand in the way female. She is able to take care of herself and knows when to ask for help. So no need to yell Do not go in that room!

Bran is typical characters for his typ
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B.
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know what you will get from a Kat Martin novel: a gutsy heroine and an alpha hero who is most likely former military and extremely protective of the heroine. Together they must fight off numerous baddies while trying to figure out who is out to get them. The action will be practically non-stop with the hero having to save the heroine over and over again. Then they’ll stop and make love and then continue their battles against the bad guys. It’s a pattern with most of her novels, but I still r ...more
Dolly Sickles
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kat Martin has long been an instant buy for me, and her latest book in the Maximum Security series did not disappoint. THE ULTIMATE BETRAYAL is a tale of espionage, treason and cover-up, with investigative journalist Jessie Kegan at the heart of the solution. Jessie’s father was accused of espionage, but dies before he can stand trial. She’s convinced that his reported heart attack is murder, so she does her thing and finds herself on the radar of the killer who wants her father’s secrets (and, ...more
Karen
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Ultimate Betrayal by Kat Martin is Book 3 in the Maximum Security Series. It’s the story of Jesse Keegan who is determined to clear her father’s name of betrayal to the country, but before that can be done he dies. Jesse is convinced that he has been murdered, buy by whom? Since Jesse is a journalist she decides to investigate the case but is soon becomes a target. Because of this she decides she needs some help. Enter bodyguard Brandon Garret a member of Maximum Security, but more important ...more
Ashley Jasper
Confession time, The Ultimate Betrayal is my first book from Kat Martin. After starting with bang, it slowed down a bit. That being said, about a third in things really started to pick up again.

I liked Jessie. She was tenacious and determined to get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding her father's death. And what a tangled web of lies, deceit and corruption she uncovered. Thank goodness she had Bran to help keep her safe and unravel the mess she found herself in the middle of. And in the m
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Cynthia LeVally
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this series! I pre ordered the book, got it yesterday and read it in one sitting. I loved the primary couple and the progression of their relationship. My husband is a Lt. Col. U.S. Army Special Forces, Retired. Kat Martin did a very good job providing insight into what the United States Army Delta, Special Forces and Rangers have to do to protect us. She gives us a glimpse of what these men have to live with. Our entire military is the 1% that makes the lives of the other 99% possible. I ...more
Perrin Larton
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finding herself the target of person or person's unknown, Jessie Kegan goes to the person her brother said would always be there for her if he couldn't be, Brandon Garrett, Her investigation into her father's death has made someone or some organization want to silence her. Was her father murdered? Who is behind the attempts on Jessie's, and now also Bran's lives?

Their attraction to each other is almost instantaneous, but neither wants to admit the attraction since Bran was her brother's best fr
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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
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