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.