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Peek Inside Conning for Keeps

Secret Agent Marissa Joens has a gift that allows her turn into someone else entirely. Now, with her smoking hot partner, Trevor Harris, by her side, she needs to convince him that not only is she her true self, but also that she can be trusted—even in spite of her past. But when Trevor releases Marisa from her mental cage and things get a little too hot, he discovers that falling for a con artist means more trouble than he imagined...

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Secret Agent Marissa Joens has a gift. A con artist to the core, after deep hypnosis she can turn into someone else entirely. Marisa’s gift has gotten her into a lot of hot water over the years, but now more so than ever. With her smoking hot partner by her side, she needs to convince him that not only is she her true self, but also that she can be trusted—even in spite of her past.

…or traitors to the cause?

Trevor Harris has his own issues with the mission, he’s got revenge to seek, a cursed painting to secure, and Marissa’s sugary sweet alter-ego to ignore. But when he releases Marisa from her mental cage and things get a little too hot, he ends up finding out what falling for a con artist really means—bigger trouble than ever before.


"Fun story, interesting characters, fast pace with plenty of steam! Not everyone can write a novella and tell the story fully without rushing it - deLaney does it here!" --Scandalicious Book Reviews

"This is definitely an adult read. Smexy all the way. A great little escape for you with a mission and love." --Melissa Hayden, Goodreads

"I'm really enjoying reading the Agents of TRAIT series. It was very well written. I really couldn't stop reading until I had finished it." --Sadie Anjum, Goodreads

"There are no dull or empty moments in this story and as you race to the end you find yourself wanting to slow down to savor it more..." --DelAnne  Frazee, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622664719
Series: Agents of TRAIT, Book 2
Release Date: Feb 3, 2014
Page Count: 145
Imprint: ignite
Genre: law enforcement/firemen, mystery & suspense, romantic suspense
Tropes: coworkers, forced proximity

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By Melissa February 03, 2014

Steamy little agent read. We go on a mission with Marissa and Trevor now. Their histories have a heavy hand in why they've acted as such, but this mission will change things for them.


Marissa is teamed with Trevor, one she's partnered with for years now, on this mission to g ...more

By Emily January 30, 2014

**I received an ARC of this book in exchange for this honest review**

With this second installment in her Agents of TRAIT suspense romance series, Ms. deLaney has confirmed that she has a true mastery of the art of the novella. Novellas, by their very nature, are often unsatisfying and under-develope ...more

By Kelly February 23, 2014

***ARC received through Netgalley***

In this second book of the series, the author focused on Marissa and Trevor. They are partners in a mission where they have to rescue a painting from the hands of the bad guys. They both have an history linked to this: she's an ex con artist and has always been fa ...more

By Sadie February 03, 2014

I'm really enjoying reading the Agents of TRAIT series. It was very well written. I really couldn't stop reading until I had finished it. Seleste's sex scenes are very masterfully written, she's awesome! I love the main characters, how they had a colourful past that clashes with their lives as cover ...more

By DelAnne February 07, 2014

Title: Conning For Keeps - An Agent Of TRAIT Novella
Author: Seleste deLaney
Publisher: Entangle Publishing LLC/Entangled Flaunt
Published: 2-3-2014
ISBN: 978-1-62266-471-9
Pages: 111
Genre: Romance
Tags: Contemporary Fiction, Novella, Mystery, Suspense, Interracial Romance
Sensual Le ...more

By Lynn February 17, 2014

Rating: 4 1/2 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.
Marissa Joens works for TRAIT. This is the second in a series but I found that this book could be read as a stand-alone. If you like this book as muc ...more

By Zarith February 11, 2014

4 stars
Marissa is a con artist under TRAIT payroll (government agency, etc) who has the gift to be under hypnosis and turned into somebody else entirely. On a assignment to stole a re known painting Certain Laughter that has be said to be a curse. The plan is to infiltrate the mob boss's son wedding ...more

By Julie-anne February 03, 2014

Marissa is a former child con artist that has been recruited by the good guys, only problem is that not all her co-workers think she's fully reformed. Trevor has to work with Marissa on this mission but he thinks she's only in it for herself, and not trusting her means keeping a close eye on her. Un ...more

By Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids February 19, 2014

** This is an adult book**

This book is sizzling!

What happens when you take under cover agents, a con artist, a mock wedding, and hot sexual tension? A steamy read that will have you wanting to read more about Trevor and Marissa.

For years now Marissa and Trevor have been partners. Their sexual ten ...more

By Britt February 05, 2014


Reading anything that Seleste deLaney writes is just plain fun! While this is book two in her Agents of TRAIT series, it has a slightly different feel than book one, Gaming for Keeps, but still obviously in the same world, which really speaks to Seleste's strengths as a writer.

I loved reading ...more

By Laura February 02, 2014

I enjoy Delaney's books, there is always an interesting twist and a thread of humor. Conning for Keeps is no exception. I love the hypnosis trick for Marissa, and Trevor's reaction to her being not quite herself. Gotta' love a man with the integrity to not sleep with a woman while under the influenc ...more

By Janet February 13, 2014

I loved the premise of former child con artist turned legitimate secret agent. Seleste deLaney has given readers a well plotted, easily read action/suspense/romance. Her characters are engaging, the dialogue quite clever, and the love scenes are passionate. The pacing is fairly fast and there is a n ...more

By Danielle October 01, 2014

**I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for honest review**

Conning for Keeps is the second in the TRAIT series. I love these books. They're fun, suspenseful, and hot. Seleste deLaney is always a great story teller, and Conning For Keeps doesn't disappoint.

Marissa is a fun-loving character wit ...more

By Renee January 28, 2014

This was a sick book! I cant give away any spoilers, so I will say that I was almost stuttering. OK there is this part where the agents, obviously undercover sort of covert people, are actually hypnotized. What a twist! I guess if you speak to the subconscious mind you dont have to worry about an ag ...more

By Melissa February 11, 2014

I read the first book in the agents of TRAIT series and really enjoyed it so when this one came up for review I jumped at the chance.

I would have to say this book is even better than the first. I loved Marissa and Trevor they're chemistry was smoking and I loved that Trevor loved Marissa more than M ...more

By Holly August 05, 2016

I thought this was a really fun read. It has really enjoyable characters and a story line that had me laughing out loud at several spots. Would recommend reading. I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...more

By Trixiter February 26, 2014

WOW! Seleste did it again! As I started this book I thought "ugh, I'm so not going to like this" But...Seleste brought me in to these characters lives and had me under her writing spell!

Such a good story but such a talented writer! ...more

By Angela July 22, 2016

I really enjoyed this story it kept the suspense going all the way through the twist and turns at the end came as a suprise the romance was hot and steamy once i started reading it i couldn't put it down

i received a arc from netgallery in exchange for a honest review ...more

By Donna February 12, 2014

Fun story, interesting characters, fast pace with plenty of steam! Not everyone can write a novella and tell the story fully without rushing it - deLaney does it here!

Click here for my complete Scandalicious Review:
http://www.scandaliciousbookreviews.c... ...more

By Nikki February 14, 2019

Marissa is a reformed con-artist. She didn't exactly have a choice with her stellar parental units. But once Marron got her when she left juvie she has been on the straight and narrow. She still wants the shiny-shiny but can resist the lure as she wants Marron and the team to trust her more.

Trevor i ...more

By Nicole January 16, 2020

Fun fake-dating spy romance with fun characters who both have hearts of gold but just need to overcome their past. This isn't erotica, but it is steamy romance. It also has (entirely appropriate and in-character) swearing, and while that didn't bother me at all because it fit the characters, more se ...more

By Booknook Reviews March 08, 2019

A nice read

I did enjoy this book but I preferred the first one. I liked the insta-chemistry better between the two main characters in the first book. ...more

By Jen April 18, 2015

Check out my full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Conning for Keeps is the second novella in the Agents of TRAIT series by Seleste deLaney and features Marissa Joens and Trevor Harris, two secondary characters who were introduced and worked together in the first novella, Gaming for Keeps. Mar ...more

By RogueHireling March 08, 2016

Fun little romantic novella! Loved all the books by this author. Hope to read many more!! <3 ...more

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Seleste deLaney

About the author

Seleste discovered early the trick to not being afraid of the monsters under the bed was to turn them into heroes. Since then, she has seen enough of human monsters that she prefers escaping to worlds where even the worst demons must play by the rules and the good guys might end up battered and bruised (or dead), but they always win. She resides in southeast Michigan with her kids and a pair of fierce slobber-monsters of her own. In those moments when not battling terrorists, vampires, or rogue clockworks, she loves to interact with readers all over the Internet.

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