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Deep Deception [Kindle Edition]

Cathy Pegau
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Book Description

Colonial Mining Authority agent Natalia Hallowell doesn't always play by the rules, but she wouldn't compromise a case either. Put on administrative leave under a cloud of accusation, with no support from her boss, Natalia seeks a little anonymous companionship at her favorite bar. But she's surprised when the woman who catches her fancy starts buying her drinks.

Desperate, Genevieve "Gennie" Caine has no choice but to seduce, drug and tie Natalia to the bed to get her attention. With the Reyes Corporation after something she has, Gennie needs Natalia to open an investigation and distract them long enough for her to get off Nevarro.

Natalia doesn't trust Gennie—despite the growing attraction between them—but the corporation's suspiciously high profits and abnormal business dealings convince her that they must be hiding something. She has no idea just how deep the deceptions run…

For more tales of intrigue on Nevarro, check out Rulebreaker and Caught in Amber, available now!

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Editorial Reviews


*Winner of the 2013 Rainbow Romance Award for Lesbian Sci Fi/Futuristic Romance*
*Winner of a 2014 Golden Crown Literary Society "Goldie" Award*
*Finalist 2014 RWA FF&P Chapter Prism Award*

There's so much to like about this book. ...the world feels totally a real place....One thing I admire about Pegau is that she writes both same sex and heterosexual romance, and there's no difference in how she treats the relationships. Grade B+ ~CarrieS at Smart Bitches Trashy Books 

The chemistry between Genevieve and Natalia is palpable, and I appreciated that their relationship had some time and reason to mature. ~Anna M. at The Lesbrary

Product Details

  • File Size: 471 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (May 27, 2013)
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BED26VS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #617,209 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi suspense with a dash of romance June 28, 2013
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I read Cathy Pegau's first book, Rulebreaker, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Loved the author's voice and that it was an action packed, thriller-ish sci-fi story as well as an f/f romance. So I was excited when she came out with a new f/f book set in the same world, Nevarro, an Earth like planet existing sometime in the future.

In this third book of the series, right out of the gate the action starts. Natalia, a Gov employee, is sexually seduced (they both totally went for it), drugged, and tied up by Gennie, a known criminal conspirator. Gennie feels it's the only way to get the Gov to look at info she has on the Reyes Corporation, which she thinks is corrupt and operating nefarious and illegal businesses. She also has a personal stake in them being caught, which she keeps secret from Natalia.

This sets the tone for most of the interaction between Gennie and Natalia throughout the book; lots and lots of sexual tension mixed with major distrust. Gennie's tactic, while pissing Natalia off, did make a huge impression and Natalia decides to help Gennie after looking over the info Gennie left behind. During the course of having to get more information by going undercover together, they are forced to work out both the constant sexual heat that keeps drawing them together as well as learning to trust that each has the other's back.

As far as both characters go, Natalia and Gennie are equally strong, independent, willing to fight for what's important to them, and are not averse to bending the rules to do so. Having similar characteristics is what keeps them on track with each other even though they get wary at times, especially Natalia who is never sure about what Gennie is hiding from her.

This is one of the characteristics of Cathy Pegau's books that I like.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Its was OK September 14, 2013
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I bought the Kindle edition and got the really cheap audible version to listen to.
I liked the combination of lesbian and science ficiton, I'm a fan of both and it was easy to listen to
while driving to work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous read September 8, 2013
By Sue
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Deep Deception is a great sci fi journey with a good mix of bad guys and gutsy heroines. Natalie and Gennie have great chemistry and not too afraid of a bit of physical violence to secure their objectives. Also they have a nice little love story going on which is well written and entertaining. Recommended reading
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Deep Deception was a awesome Book and audio book! I enjoyed both reading it and listening to the story at the same time, I get more out of a book by reading it on it's own but I also like to have the audio to listen to at night before I go to bed to help me relax and fall asleep; I did like this books twist and turns, the story of two woman brought together under extreme circumstance and end up both relying on each other and falling in love with each other. It's starts with a Tough as nails cop who gets herself in hot water and doesn't understand why or who her enemies are, and then gets kidnaped by this beautiful woman who has major problems of her own. In the end together the stand up and fight the bad guys and win for the good guys, And do fall for each other.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Review: Deep Deception February 15, 2014
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Rating: B- Liked It - But I had a few small issues
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Senior Colonial Mining Authority agent Natalia Hallowell prides herself on her relentless pursuit of justice and her strong work ethic. So when she finds out that she is accused of taking bribes and illegally collecting evidence, she is angry and hurt. In order to deal with her work frustrations, Natalia looks to a few drinks and a one-night stand to ease the pain. That is until she meets Gennie. An immediate attraction sends Natalia to Gennie’s hotel room, only to be knocked out and tied up - but not in a fun way! Gennie is desperate to get off world, and needs assistance. She pleads for Natalia’s help to bring down the Reyes family - a well-known mining corporation. Reluctantly, Natalia agrees to help Gennie, and in order to bring down the Reyes, Gennie and Natalia must go undercover in a small mining district to uncover some anomalies in their shipping manifests.

Although a stand alone story, Deep Deception is loosely tied to two other books in an unnamed science fiction romance series. Natalia and Gennie both have roles in the previous book, Caught in Amber: Natalia is a confidant and sometimes partner to Nathan Sterling, CiA’s hero, and Gennie, aka Genevieve, was the assistant to Guy Christiansen, CiA’s antagonist. Deep Deception takes place about six months after the conclusion of Caught in Amber. One does not need to have read the previous books to enjoy this one.

Deep Deception is aptly named, with layers of lies and treachery that unfold throughout the tale.
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More About the Author

Cathy Pegau cut her writing "teeth" on sword and sorcery fantasy and science fiction romance, but also loves the challenge of trying new things. While researching local history for an Alaska-based post-apocalyptic pirate tale, she learned of some real life events that spurred the creation of a historical mystery. No speculative fiction, no aliens, no magic. It's funny where research will lead.

She writes what catches her fancy: Science fiction, fantasy, romances, historical, paranormal...Anything is possible, as long as there's a good story and interesting characters.

Cathy lives in a small fishing town in Alaska with her family, pets, and the occasional black bear wandering through the yard. Contact her at,, or say hello on Twitter @CathyPegau

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