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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 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’s determined to use her investigative skills and resources to clear her father’s name. But going after the truth means Jessie soon finds herself in the crosshairs of a killer who wants that truth to stay buried with her father. Protecting Jessie Kegan is a job bodyguard Brandon Garrett can’t refuse. Jessie isn’t just a client at Maximum Security—she’s the sister of his best friend, Danny, killed in Afghanistan. With dangerous forces gunning for Jessie from every angle, keeping her safe will mean keeping her close and Bran finds their mutual attraction growing, though being Danny’s sister puts Jessie out of bounds. With their backs against the wall, Jessie and Bran will have to risk everything to expose her father’s killer—before his legacy dies with his daughter.


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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 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’s determined to use her investigative skills and resources to clear her father’s name. But going after the truth means Jessie soon finds herself in the crosshairs of a killer who wants that truth to stay buried with her father. Protecting Jessie Kegan is a job bodyguard Brandon Garrett can’t refuse. Jessie isn’t just a client at Maximum Security—she’s the sister of his best friend, Danny, killed in Afghanistan. With dangerous forces gunning for Jessie from every angle, keeping her safe will mean keeping her close and Bran finds their mutual attraction growing, though being Danny’s sister puts Jessie out of bounds. With their backs against the wall, Jessie and Bran will have to risk everything to expose her father’s killer—before his legacy dies with his daughter.

30 review for The Ultimate Betrayal

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    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 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 stuffs her grief deep down and takes a long hard look at what happened. As she digs deeper, the baddies come after her. She runs to the only man she knows will help: Captain Brandon Garrett, US Army Special Forces Delta, retired, now working for his brother's business, Maximum Security, as a bodyguard and boy does Jessie nee her body guarded. When Jessie shows up at Maximum Security with an absolutely unbelievable story about her father and a conspiracy and espionage and treason, Bran is more than a little shocked. When the bullets start flying, he knows she just might be onto something big, really big. He also knows he could never refuse her anything she wanted or needed if it was within his power to do it. Her brother, Danny, died in Afghanistan saving Bran's life. He had a debt to pay. Finding the baddies and protecting Jessie is going to be the easy part. Keeping his hands off the beautiful Jessie, now that is the hard part.

  2. 4 out of 5

    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 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 Brandon Garrett, her late brother's best friend. To honor his promise to his friend, Bran will do whatever it takes to keep Jessie safe. With time running out to clear her father's name before his killer catches up her, Jessie and Bran are in a race to find the truth before it's too late. The plot in this book was action-packed from the start with an attack on Jessie's life in the very first chapter. From there, the action doesn't let up. The case against Jessie's father is that he stole munitions scheduled for destruction and sold them on the black market. Initially there's very little to suggest Colonel Kegan is innocent outside of Jessie's belief he is, but slowly over the course of the book Jessie and Bran uncover a huge conspiracy centered around the theft. There were a few surprises throughout the plot and the characters do run into a few dead-ends. Throughout the book there are several attempts on Jessie's life which definitely kept the suspense up and kept you guessing on what would happen next. Overall I liked the way the investigation into the theft wrapped up with a solid final scene. I will say that after the main plot wraps up, there's a minor plot that felt unnecessary and seemed to only be included to traumatize Jessie. Jessie and Bran's relationship starts out fairly slowly despite an obvious attraction on both sides. Bran doesn't want to dishonor his friend by starting something with his sister that's not likely to turn into something real whereas Jessie has issues being touched after she was previously sexually assaulted. I thought the author dealt well with Jessie's issue being touched and Bran's solution was incredibly sweet. The chemistry between the characters is fantastic and their relationship develops nicely after a few hiccups. One great thing about their relationship was how quickly they came to trust and respect one another. The friendship they developed was fantastic and I liked that they trusted each other to handle themselves in any situation. Overall I really enjoyed The Ultimate Betrayal and I am looking forward to future installments in the series. I highly recommend this series if you're looking for some great romantic suspense. **I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

  3. 5 out of 5

    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 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 double duty - clear her father's name and find his killer. With the exceptional skills she has acquired to to the research that goes into her freelance journalism, she goes in head first. However, this soon places her life in danger. Brandon Garrett works for Maximum Security and one day a gorgeous woman comes in the door asking for help. She is Jessie Keegan, sister to his best friend Daniel. This saddens Bran because Daniel was killed in action in Afghanistan while saving Bran's life. Although pained at the memories of Daniel, Bran agrees to shadow Jessie, and not a moment too soon, because right after she introduces herself, his office is assailed by bullets. Has the inquiries Jessie is about to tell Bran about already placed her in danger? Jessie tells Bran of her concerns. She tells him how her father lost everything after being accused, and that she is certain that his death was the perfect scapegoat for the real criminals. She knows she excels with her job, but things are already getting far too hairy. Of course, Bran steps in and helps. One problem that affects them both is that they share in instantaneous attraction that soon proves impossible to ignore. Just like the previous books in this series, as well as the novellas, which are included in my Maximum Security series review, this book is exciting from beginning to end. Bullets, destruction and danger are dogging Bran and Jessie's every step. Then the fact that the sexual tension exuding itself between them makes this story an incredible read. This exciting story blends action and romance together marvelously, thus making The Ultimate Betrayal an excellent read and a wonderful addition to the series. I am very much looking forward to more books in the series. Many thanks to HQN Books and to NetGalley for this ARC to review. This is my honest opinion.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    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.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    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 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 as a couple. Martin puts them through the wringer before giving them their well-earned happily ever after. I loved Bran's sexual need for Jessie but also his gentleness and understanding as he helped her overcome a difficult obstacle. I respected Jessie's bravery both in her determination to discover the truth surrounding her father's death as well as how she confronted the trauma from her past. I enjoyed watching investigate as a team and come together as a couple, appreciating the respect, understanding, acceptance, and love that grew between them. They're one of my favorite Kat Martin couples. A large portion of this book was on the action, danger, and suspense facet of the story but that doesn't mean Bran and Jessie's relationship takes a back seat. It's seamlessly interwoven into the intrigue with Bran's initial obligation to keep Jessie safe which gradually becomes friendship that evolves into sexual attraction and, finally, love. It's a gradual and realistic transition that checked all my HEA boxes. The suspense portion checked a whole lot of boxes too. Martin kept me on the edge of my seat with a tightly woven plot that had me flipping pages, fully engaged, and wondering where the next twist was going to take me. I spent a fair amount of time alternating between gasping and holding my breath. And just when I thought everything was okay, Martin threw in another twist. It wasn't until I turned the last page of the epilogue that I allowed myself to finally breath easy. I love when an author pulls that off. If you're looking for a fast-paced, action-packed romantic suspense story with sizzling chemistry and enough twists and turns to keep you glued to the pages from start to finish, I highly recommend The Ultimate Betrayal. *ARC received for fair and unbiased review

  7. 4 out of 5

    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 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 as a couple. Martin puts them through the wringer before giving them their well-earned happily ever after. I loved Bran's sexual need for Jessie but also his gentleness and understanding as he helped her overcome a difficult obstacle. I respected Jessie's bravery both in her determination to discover the truth surrounding her father's death as well as how she confronted the trauma from her past. I enjoyed watching investigate as a team and come together as a couple, appreciating the respect, understanding, acceptance, and love that grew between them. They're one of my favorite Kat Martin couples. A large portion of this book was on the action, danger, and suspense facet of the story but that doesn't mean Bran and Jessie's relationship takes a back seat. It's seamlessly interwoven into the intrigue with Bran's initial obligation to keep Jessie safe which gradually becomes friendship that evolves into sexual attraction and, finally, love. It's a gradual and realistic transition that checked all my HEA boxes. The suspense portion checked a whole lot of boxes too. Martin kept me on the edge of my seat with a tightly woven plot that had me flipping pages, fully engaged, and wondering where the next twist was going to take me. I spent a fair amount of time alternating between gasping and holding my breath. And just when I thought everything was okay, Martin threw in another twist. It wasn't until I turned the last page of the epilogue that I allowed myself to finally breath easy. I love when an author pulls that off. If you're looking for a fast-paced, action-packed romantic suspense story with sizzling chemistry and enough twists and turns to keep you glued to the pages from start to finish, I highly recommend The Ultimate Betrayal. *ARC received for author Q&A and fair and unbiased review

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Geha

    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 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, intelligent, seeker of truth and not afraid of a bit of trouble. She did have a backstory that had a big impact on her life. She deserves happiness and to find a family to replace the one she lost. * Bran: ex-military, intense, lethal, and capable – in more ways than one. He is a good man who deserves happiness. * The supporting characters – all of them – good men who end up with good women – eventually. * Meeting Bran’s brothers – the relationship between the brothers is strong and they are there for one another * The side story of Ty’s romance * The intensity of the story * The plot, story, and writing * The twists and turns and complexity of the story * The growth Jessie showed in a couple areas of her life * That there were some good men despite the bad ones * The way it all came together in the end. What I did not like: * The reminder that there are evil, ruthless, greedy people in all elements of society – not everyone in places of responsibility are trustworthy. * Knowing that there really are people willing to harm others for reasons I don’t understand Did I enjoy this book? Yes Would I read more in this series? Definitely Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4.5 Stars

  9. 4 out of 5

    ♆ 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. 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. The characters in this story are loving created. I find them to be mature and appealing. Brandon Garret is the man Jessie reaches out to for some help to clear her father's name. She knows Brandon and her dead brother were close in the military. She is counting on their ties to give her a little boost. What she receives is much more. Brandon is the knight in shining armour, ready to rescue this damsel in distress. Luckily for him, Jessie is not completely clueless. The plot and suspense portions of this story are well done. The plot flows well and nicely integrates the romantic angle between Jessie and Brandon. The suspense is well designed in finding out who threw Jessie's father under the bus and destroyed his name. The conspiracy keeps a reader guessing and the betrayal is a bit brutal. It is not a surprise at who is the perpetrator as Ms. Martin provides good leads for readers to easily draw the right conclusions. One thing that did stick out to me is how Jessie feels about law enforcement agencies. She fully believes in them and sometimes came across as unrealistically positive about their abilities. In the current client where law enforcement is being painted unfairly and demonized, I found this surprising and pleasant. This romantic suspense is recommended for readers who enjoy proving a conspiracy under pressure as people are out to get you. *provided by NetGalley

  10. 4 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    Imagine one of your own family members committing a criminal act such as espionage, treason, or worse. Now imagine that person being your father. YIKES! I'm not sure how Jessie Kegan coped with the mounting pressure but this sure began with a real humdinger. As the situation heats up readers are privy to a bounty of information pertaining Colonel Kegan who sadly passed away from a heart attack prior to standing trial. Meanwhile, Brandon holds the key to Jessie's heart as her bodyguard and as Danny's Imagine one of your own family members committing a criminal act such as espionage, treason, or worse. Now imagine that person being your father. YIKES! I'm not sure how Jessie Kegan coped with the mounting pressure but this sure began with a real humdinger. As the situation heats up readers are privy to a bounty of information pertaining Colonel Kegan who sadly passed away from a heart attack prior to standing trial. Meanwhile, Brandon holds the key to Jessie's heart as her bodyguard and as Danny's sisters best friend from war time in Afghanistan in which Danny lost his battle. Now, the General is on the hot seat and it's only getting hotter! Will he confess? Will he stand trial? Was there more to this story? You bet there's more questions than answers but Kat won't leave you hanging. It's all chips fall where they may in this case... Thank you to Kat, the pub, NetGalley, and Amazon Kindle for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    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. 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.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    A really good story, even though it was obvious who the Mastermind was, about halfway through this tale.

  13. 4 out of 5

    McKenzi

    Absolutely loved the adventure of Bran and Jessie’s book!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Donna Repsher

    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 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 brother's best friend, Brandon Garrett. She is in desperate need of protection, and she's got one incredible story to back it up. First, she was kidnapped and sexually abused by her captor, a serial rapist and murderer (for 3 days, before she managed to escape). Then, her father, Colonel James Keagan, Commander of the U.S. Army Alamo Chemical Depot, was arrested, jailed and died there under mysterious circumstances, not long after discovering that tons of chemical weapons which were slated for destruction had disappeared, and the Army blamed him. Jessie is a freelance journalist and knew her father was an honorable man--she believes he was scapegoated, framed and then murdered, and obviously, to her, whoever is responsible for the theft wants her silenced too. Since her brother, Danny, lost his life in Afghanistan while saving Brandon's life, there is nothing he won't do for her, and it doesn't help that he's wildly attracted to his best friend's sister, but doesn't feel right about his feelings of attraction because she is his best friend's sister. And that's just for starters. This well-written, well-plotted, and deeply engrossing novel, with two fully-developed, likable characters, has more twists and turns than Lombard Street in San Francisco. There are multiple hit men out to kill Jessie, Jessie's conviction that her beloved father would never have committed this horrible crime, as well as her conviction that he was murdered--but who is after her and why? The army found hidden assets in an offshore account, supposedly placed there by Jessie's father, and she refuses to believe it. There are multiple threats from the military, multiple attempts at killing both Jessie and Brandon, a plane crash, secrets, lies and betrayals, and let's not forget to mention that Jessie's abductor is now out of jail on a technicality and is now stalking her, to finish what he started. In addition to their search for the truth about how the chemical-filled warheads disappeared and who was responsible for it, who was responsible for killing Jessie's father, the excitement and danger around every corner, the attraction between Jessie and Brandon leads to some really hot sex scenes. Although the attraction between these two characters is mutual and blossoms, Brandon isn't a relationship type of guy, and having grown up in a military family, Jessie knows that she doesn't want to tie herself to a military man, and yes, she has hang-ups caused by her 3 days with her abductor. Be forewarned, there is also plenty of violence in this novel, as well as graphic sex, but if you're looking for an gripping, action-packed, and emotional read with plenty of suspense, this novel provides it in spades. Although The Ultimate Betrayal is the third book in this series, it works just fine as a standalone, but I recommend reading this series in the order written, because it provides additional depth as to how Maximum Security came to be, and the men and women who have found a place within it. Quite simply, I found this novel impossible to put down, and I highly recommend it. I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this novel. The opinions expressed are my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Barb Lie

    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 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 to jail. Jessie is determined to clear her father’s name, and prove he was framed, as well as murdered. Brandon drops everything to work with Jessie to find evidence, as well as to become her bodyguard to protect her against attacks by someone who does not want her to continue her research. They both find themselves under attack a number of times, leaving them to wonder who to trust. They both made a great team, as Brandon was a former captain in the military, and Jessie is very good investigative journalist. What follows is an exciting, suspenseful adventure where Brandon and Jessie find themselves in intense and dangerous situations as they get closer to finding those involved with stealing weapons, which also involved terrorists and millions of money being passed. While working together, both Brandon and Jessie become attracted to each other, and despite their determination not to become involved, best laid plans do not always work out. Their romance was steamy, and we knew they were both falling love. But each had their own issue; Brandon worried that he was breaking his promise to Danny by becoming involved with Jessie, and Jessie feared the dangerous life that Brandon did working for Maximum Security. The last half of the book was not only exciting, edge your seat thriller, but worrying that our heroes would not survive. When the evidence begins to point out that someone in the military was involved in the stealing the weapons, selling them to terrorists and framing and killing Colonel Kegan; the attacks against them escalate. Brandon’s brothers and some other Maximum Security members will help them. It was great to see some of our favorites from previous books. The Ultimate Betrayal was an intriguing, suspenseful, exciting, action-filled mystery that was also very intense, keeping me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. The smoldering romance between Brandon and Jessie was perfect, as we rooted hard for them to stay together, despite their issues. Once again, Kat Martin gives us another exciting thriller, as she is one of the best in writing Romance Suspense. If you enjoy action, suspense, romance and intense crime thrillers, you should read anything by Kat Martin. Barb The Reading Cafe

  16. 5 out of 5

    Patti Lucas

    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 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 the other characters in the series. The Ultimate Betrayal is the story of Brandon Garrett, retired special ops Army ranger and one of his best friend's little sister, Jessie Kegan. Jessie arrives at the Max seeking Brandon's help with getting to the bottom of her father's death from a reported heart attack, that Jessie believes was murder. After her arrival, shots are fired into the Max. Brandon owes his life to Jessie's brother, Danny who sacrificed his life for Brandon, so he will do anything to keep Jessie safe and discover what really happen to her father. Jessie familiarizes Brandon with the details of the charges that were brought against her father, Colonel John Kegan, for espionage and treason for stealing ammunition that was scheduled for destruction. Jessie and Brandon return to the site of the crime to investigate. While they continue to research and are stonewalled for details, someone is threatening their lives. Jessie is dealing with ghosts from her past and shares the specifics following Brandon's disclosing how Danny saved his life. The more time Jessie and Brandon spend together the closer the become and begin a romantic relationship. Jessie is not comfortable with the means that Brandon uses to get information from a suspected terrorist. The Ultimate Betrayal is filled with all the usual plot twists and surprises that I have come to love and expect in a Kat Martin story, and I was not disappointed at all. Love that there was a couple of stories within the story. I loved every page of The Ultimate Betrayal, and was so sad when I was finished reading it. I could not put it down. I love that Jessie was able to prove her father's innocence with Brandon's help and that she came to understand the things that Brandon needed to do as part of his job. I was so happy that Jessie found a new family with Maximum Security. It was an incredible story that I thoroughly enjoyed. I am looking forward to Reese's story.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    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 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 father. Immediately people try to stop them. But figuring out who is the biggest question and who can they trust. Since they seem to know every where they are. There are several secondary characters that each added their own dimensions to the story. The story is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone. I do enjoy that other characters from the series make appearances. Sexual content – several scenes with details. At times you forget it is a mystery as the physical part takes over. Violence – a few people die, and Jessie and Brandon’s lives are threatened throughout the novel Language – f word 12 times, Gd*mn was used once, Sh(t and [email protected] 24 times total Drinking – minor drinking. I 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.

  18. 5 out of 5

    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 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 appreciated Jessie's abilities and treats her like an equal. Jessie is a smart, strong, capable woman who can hold her own yet doesn't act recklessly, and knows when to lead and when to follow. I adored them together, they are a team, they got each other, and they communicate, they have difficult conversations, and share painful memories. There are tough times and dangers and threats they have to face, yet there isn't unnecessary emotional drama, their life is traumatic enough right now. All the multilayered, deadly action coming at Jessie and Brandon seemed at times a bit too much, yet the plot held all the strings well together. And when things started to unfold the virulence was tangible, like a fervent pulse beating on the pages, gripping the scenes, carrying on the twists and turns. I'm rather enamored with this tale and I can not wait to get back to the exciting world of the Maximum Security. ~ Five Spoons

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    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 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 charges because he has been found dead of a heart attack, so it's up to Jessie and Brandon. Brandon is instantly attracted to Jessie and tries to keep their relationship on a professional level even if she has a sweet little body to match her fiery long hair. The relationship between Brandon and Jessie is a steamy one, complicated by Brandon's loyalty to her dead brother and his best friend. This is book #3 in the series, I have not read the first two. It can easily be read as a stand-alone. Martin weaves a story of espionage, romance, mystery, and murder. This is a classic story of who can you trust and who is telling the truth? It becomes obvious pretty quickly that there is more going on than just the theft and time is running out. A quick fun read! Reviewed at https://pennyformythoughts-nona.blogs...

  20. 4 out of 5

    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 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 family trip to disney world? it just seemed like it came out of nowhere and didn't really need to be included in the story. But I do think that my not feeling anything for the story is more of a me problem, not the book.. I read alot of these ex military/ bodyguard kind of romances at one point and i think i burnt myself out of these kinds of story lines.. I think the actual problems I had with the story were minor, and if you love military/ bodyguards helping the Heroine solve a mystery that is personal to her.. With a bit of the forbidden because Bran was best friends and in the same unit with Jessies brother before he was killed in action. and they don't want to get involved with each other. You should check this book out.. It is part of a series and while I only read this one I didn't feel like I was lost at anypoint

  21. 5 out of 5

    Book Him Danno

    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 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 type of book and setting. Many times readers will have to suspend their belief as these two can not seem to keep from being shot, hit, almost killed many times. The ending is predictable and readers will be able to figure it out before the characters do. These are the reason I am unable to give the book 5 stars It is well written the background of the characters is the perfect amount, the cast of characters each have a purpose and a reason to be there. Kat Martin is one of the best at weaving Romance and Suspense in to a perfect story. However she falls just short for this reader. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the advance copy of Kat Martin The Ultimate Betrayal.

  22. 4 out of 5

    B.

    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 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 really enjoy her books. That’s what you’ll get in her newest novel. She is really tops at writing non-stop romantic thrillers. I started this one in the evening and couldn’t go to bed until I finished. I knew that they would get their HEA and stop all the baddies by the end of the book, but I wanted to see how that would happen. If you like romantic thrillers, you’ll enjoy this book. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book that I received from Netgalley; however, the opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for my review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dolly Sickles

    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, 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, probably Jessie, too) to follow him to the grave. Her brother’s best friend, Brandon Garrett, is a bodyguard with Maximum Security, and you know he’s going to step in and help. As the danger escalates, so does the question of who can be trusted, and who’s lying. Present are all the hallmarks of Martin’s stories—robust characters, an exciting pace, and a satisfying romance. The ending is inevitable because, hello, romance and HEA’s, but the journey is so good. *Originally published at Frolic: https://frolic.media/july-2020-must-r...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia LeVally

    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 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 do not know what my husband had to do in Iraq and Afghanistan - I will never know. If you are a military family member, you will see that some of the scenarios are a little fantastic, but they showcase what these men have to do. Special Forces are Green Berets. Rangers are NOT Special Forces, Seals are NOT Special Forces, Delta are NOT Special Forces! I just wanted to gripe a little. Too many people assume SEALS are Special Forces and it is irritating to say the least!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Pam Conway

    Another great book by Kat Martin!! The Ultimate Betrayal is another Maximum Security book, with Brandon Garrett’s story. Bran is helping his friend’s (Danny, best friend killed in Afghanistan) sister, Jessie Kegan prove her father’s innocence & that he was murdered (didn’t die by heart attack). This book has action, suspense, romance to get your interest as soon as you start reading it!! I love that Jessie is a strong & independent woman that refuses to give up and that Bran supports her. They’r Another great book by Kat Martin!! The Ultimate Betrayal is another Maximum Security book, with Brandon Garrett’s story. Bran is helping his friend’s (Danny, best friend killed in Afghanistan) sister, Jessie Kegan prove her father’s innocence & that he was murdered (didn’t die by heart attack). This book has action, suspense, romance to get your interest as soon as you start reading it!! I love that Jessie is a strong & independent woman that refuses to give up and that Bran supports her. They’re trying to stay alive while working on getting the evidence they need to find out truth & falling in love at the same time. Jessie is also working on recovering from a personal trauma (no spoilers) that Bran is also very supportive of. This is just an amazing book that you won’t want to put down!! I highly recommend this book & series!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Diane Saul

    Jessie Kegans father has been accused of treason and espionage. Jessie is convinced her Father is innocent but before she can prove it he dies of an apparent heart attack. Jessie is convinced he was murdered and now she is being threatened. She goes to Brandon Garrett for help. Jessie’s brother saved Brandon’s life and lost his in the process. There is nothing Brandon won’t do to protect Jessie and help her find out the truth. It was hard to know who could be trusted as Jessie and Brandon keep r Jessie Kegans father has been accused of treason and espionage. Jessie is convinced her Father is innocent but before she can prove it he dies of an apparent heart attack. Jessie is convinced he was murdered and now she is being threatened. She goes to Brandon Garrett for help. Jessie’s brother saved Brandon’s life and lost his in the process. There is nothing Brandon won’t do to protect Jessie and help her find out the truth. It was hard to know who could be trusted as Jessie and Brandon keep running into dead ends. This is a fast paced thriller with a romance thrown in. It will keep you turning the pages to find out what happens. Thank you to net galley for an advanced readers copy.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Marybeth

    This is such a good series!!!! 4.5 stars for The Ultimate Betrayal! It's a fast paced and exciting romantic suspense!! Great story!! Never a dull moment for Brandon and Jessie! From the moment she asks him for help, it's on. Their chemistry is so magnetic and they instantly have such a strong connection. I love all of their interactions and they make a really great team! Amidst the intensity of the situation, they develop a wonderful relationship, something neither thought could be possible. It This is such a good series!!!! 4.5 stars for The Ultimate Betrayal! It's a fast paced and exciting romantic suspense!! Great story!! Never a dull moment for Brandon and Jessie! From the moment she asks him for help, it's on. Their chemistry is so magnetic and they instantly have such a strong connection. I love all of their interactions and they make a really great team! Amidst the intensity of the situation, they develop a wonderful relationship, something neither thought could be possible. It isn't always easy, but they navigate through it to find their HEA. I enjoyed this 3rd book in this series very much and look forward to more!

  28. 4 out of 5

    momof3

    This book took off from the very first page, Jessie Keagan seeks the help of her brother’s best friend. Her brother, Danny died in Afghanistan saving the life of Brandon Garrett, his best friend. Brandon now runs a security firm. He and Jessie are now searching for answers to see if her father was murdered in prison, accused of a crime he may not have even committed. Be prepared for lots of twists and turns along with some smoldering romance which keeps you reading at a fast pace. It is the thir This book took off from the very first page, Jessie Keagan seeks the help of her brother’s best friend. Her brother, Danny died in Afghanistan saving the life of Brandon Garrett, his best friend. Brandon now runs a security firm. He and Jessie are now searching for answers to see if her father was murdered in prison, accused of a crime he may not have even committed. Be prepared for lots of twists and turns along with some smoldering romance which keeps you reading at a fast pace. It is the third book in the Maximum Security series, but I haven’t read the others so it was fine as a stand-alone. I received this ARC from netgalley in return for my honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Heather Osborne

    A fast-paced, action packed romantic suspense, The Ultimate Betrayal by Kat Martin is everything I would come to expect from a novel of this genre, along with some steamy sex scenes! I found myself more drawn to Jessie as a character than Bran, who I felt lacked some depth. I wish he would have given a bit more to his past with Jessie’s brother, and why he hardened his heart so much. It would have been interesting to read why Danny thought Bran was a man who would never be tied down. The plot su A fast-paced, action packed romantic suspense, The Ultimate Betrayal by Kat Martin is everything I would come to expect from a novel of this genre, along with some steamy sex scenes! I found myself more drawn to Jessie as a character than Bran, who I felt lacked some depth. I wish he would have given a bit more to his past with Jessie’s brother, and why he hardened his heart so much. It would have been interesting to read why Danny thought Bran was a man who would never be tied down. The plot surrounding the chemical weapons and the framing of Jessie’s father made for a fascinating read as the pieces began to fall into place.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Yelton

    The Ultimate Betrayal by Kat Martin is the 3rd book in the Maximum Security series. Once again this author writes a book, that pulls you in from the first page and doesn't let loose until the very end. The chemistry between Bran and Jessie is certainly hot, as they fight their attraction to each other in the beginning. This book contains plenty of twists and turns, and I would certainly recommend it to others. I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Netgalley, the opinions are my own The Ultimate Betrayal by Kat Martin is the 3rd book in the Maximum Security series. Once again this author writes a book, that pulls you in from the first page and doesn't let loose until the very end. The chemistry between Bran and Jessie is certainly hot, as they fight their attraction to each other in the beginning. This book contains plenty of twists and turns, and I would certainly recommend it to others. I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Netgalley, the opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for my review.

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