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Against the Wind This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here 4 stars Contemporary Western Romance Romantic SuspenseThis is the first book in Kat Martin s new trilogy about three close brothers from Wind Canyon, Wyoming who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, were once hellraisers known as the no account Raines boys , and are now successful, honorable businessmen and confirmed bachelors.Widow Sarah Allen is leaving her troubled, painful past behind in Los Angeles to make a fresh start with her young daughter Holly in her hometown of Wind Canyon, Wy 4 stars Contemporary Western Romance Romantic SuspenseThis is the first book in Kat Martin s new trilogy about three close brothers from Wind Canyon, Wyoming who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, were once hellraisers known as the no account Raines boys , and are now successful, honorable businessmen and confirmed bachelors.Widow Sarah Allen is leaving her troubled, painful past behind in Los Angeles to make a fresh start with her young daughter Holly in her hometown of Wind Canyon, Wyoming After enduring years of emotional, verbal, and physical abuse at the hands of her cruel, criminal husband, she s looking forward to the security, comfort, peace, and quiet of small town country living.Jackson Raines, the eldest of the Raines brothers, rose from a misspent, impoverished youth to make a minor name for himself in the world of Olympic boxing and then later found success and financial gain in oil stocks He s returned home to Wind Canyon to bring prestige to the Raines family name by purchasing and effectively running a large, prominent ranch.The last person Jackson expected to rent out his ranch s empty cottage is Sarah Allen, his former high school crush who broke his heart when she cruelly cut him down with hurtful words and humiliated him in front of their entire school Sarah is surprised to discover that Jackson is her new landlord She feels sorry for the way she treated him years ago as an impetuous girl anxious to get out of Wind Canyon She s determined to convince Jackson to let her and Holly stay in their quaint new home But starting over doesn t go quite as Sarah planned when problems arise from her murdered husband s illegal business dealings and she and Holly are threatened by his shady enemies.Jackson doesn t want to get involved with Sarah, but he s not about to abandon a neighbor in need, despite how she hurt him in the past and that the attraction he feels for her is stronger than ever Sarah s not used to having anyone else to rely on, but Jackson shows her what it means to finally have friends that you can trust As Jackson and Sarah work together to uncover who s harassing her, their explosive chemistry and intense attraction becomes too tempting to resist Neither of them wants complicated, emotional entanglements like relationships and love, but when their erotic passion leads to deeper feelings, will they take a risk and open their hearts And will Jackson be able to protect Sarah and Holly from danger Jackson and Sarah are a captivating couple and their relationship development and romantic progression was realistic, passionate, and heartfelt What I really loved about them together is that even though they both have reasons to be distrustful, their actions are those of mature, respectful adults who care about each other and are trying their best to navigate the precarious waters of dating Sarah is still healing from deep emotional scars inflected by her husband, but she s self aware enough to realize when past hurts and insecurities are affecting her connection with Jackson I really admired her strength, courage, and determination to make a happy, safe, and peaceful life for her daughter Jackson is such a rugged, sweet, and protective alpha hero, and his quiet toughness and caring of Sarah and Holly was sexy, touching, and endearing He s also a demanding, skilled, and attentive lover, and the love scenes were sensual and steamy Against the Wind is a great read that truly delivers all the elements that make for a satisfying romance wonderful characters, suspense, action, dramatic twists, surprising plot turns, heartwarming emotion, and hot love scenes This is the first book I ve read by Kat Martin, but it definitely won t be my last I m looking forward toof the sexy Raines brothers with Gabriel s story, Against the Fire, in Feb 2011 and then Devlin s story, Against the Law, in Mar 2011 I recommend this for contemporary romance and romantic suspense readers and fans of authors like Robyn Carr, Geralyn Dawson, and Linda Lael Miller This was an ARC, received courtesy of NetGalley.com. They were known as the no account Raines boys, but they ve grown into successful, honorable men and everything they have, they ve fought for tooth and nail Now each of the three brothers has one last obstacle to overcome to claim what s eluding them loveSecrets don t stay buried long in cattle country Sarah Allen, the beautiful girl who humiliated Jackson Raines in high school, is back in town Not so long ago, she couldn t wait to leave Wind Canyon, Wyoming, in her dust But, recently widowed, she has nowhere else to go and finds herself on Jackson s ranch And despite everything, Jackson s finding himself reluctant to get rid of herSarah brings her own kind of trouble, and he can t resist trouble Enemies of her dead husband show up making threats, thinking she has something they re owed They re not taking no for an answer, but what they will take is the one thing she has left her daughter Jackson s the only one who might be able to save little Holly and bring her home Good book that kept me interested to the end Sarah has returned to Wind Canyon after the murder of her husband She had left town in search of a better life and thought she found it, only to find that her husband was abusive and a crook She has sold everything to pay his debts but is still being harassed by people who are looking for something he had She has gotten a job with the local paper and rented a cottage for herself and her daughter on one of the local ranches Then she discovers that Good book that kept me interested to the end Sarah has returned to Wind Canyon after the murder of her husband She had left town in search of a better life and thought she found it, only to find that her husband was abusive and a crook She has sold everything to pay his debts but is still being harassed by people who are looking for something he had She has gotten a job with the local paper and rented a cottage for herself and her daughter on one of the local ranches Then she discovers that the ranch belongs to Jackson Raines, the guy she treated so badly back in high school Jackson and his brothers were the local bad boys Their parents were drunks and the boys were constantly in trouble Jackson had left town after high school and ended up making a boatload of money He then came home and bought a ranch He s not at all happy to find Sarah on his ranch, as he still remembers his humiliation at her hands She appears to have changed, but he s not inclined to trust her However, when trouble follows her to Wyoming he steps in to help her.I liked Jackson He is the type of man that can t walk away from someone in trouble Though he isn t sure whether he can fully trust her, he can see that Sarah is in bad trouble I liked the way that he wants to help her find out who is after her and why He is also still attracted to her which adds to his desire to help her As he learnsabout what her marriage was like he s impressed by the strength she showed to survive it Though he hasn t had any plans to marry thetime he spends with Sarah and her daughter thethe idea appeals I really liked the close relationship he has with his brothers.Sarah was a little harder to like, at least at the beginning Her treatment of Jackson in the past had been needlessly cruel which didn t set a good tone I was a bitsympathetic to her asdetails of her marriage were revealed It was a little hard to believe in her quick relationship with Jackson as I expected her marriage to have hadof an impact on her feelings about men She comes to love him very much, but fears what her troubles could do to him so she tries to end things She also hasissues from her marriage than she has told him about.The mystery itself was pretty well done Each time that Jackson and Sarah think that they have made progress something else is uncovered that leads them on another chase There were a few things that went on that stretched believability a bit, but overall kept me involved The final confrontation at the end was definitely intense and kept me wondering if everyone was going to come through it okay There was a very interesting twist involving the identity of her husband s murderer that I really didn t see coming It has been a while since I have disliked a book this much.I really wanted to like this book In fact I ordered the second book in the series with the anticipation of enjoying this first one But the fact is I hated it I could not get into it at all I never got attached to the characters and the storyline never jived with me.First of all, Sarah was beyond cruel to Jackson in High School She ripped out his heart and stomped on it publicly and made sure he was completely humiliated in the proce It has been a while since I have disliked a book this much.I really wanted to like this book In fact I ordered the second book in the series with the anticipation of enjoying this first one But the fact is I hated it I could not get into it at all I never got attached to the characters and the storyline never jived with me.First of all, Sarah was beyond cruel to Jackson in High School She ripped out his heart and stomped on it publicly and made sure he was completely humiliated in the process She was evil Jackson still harbors, and rightly so, a lot of resentment towards Sarah Yet the author expects to me to believe that he puts that all behind him and forgives her fully after a very poor apology I didn t buy it.There really wasn t any chemistry between Jackson and Sarah, yet Jackson walked around with an erection 99.9% of the time If I had a dollar for every time the author spoke of Jackson s erection I would be taking my family out to a very nice dinner tonight My storyline problems stemmed from the fact that I felt like everything was too far fetched I can t really get into details without offering spoilers, but there was stealing evidence from a crime scene and a police helicopter that was deployed on command from a civilian within a 20 minute period of time Oh, and lets not forget the FBI forcing Sarah to investigate a criminal matter I realize this is a fiction book, but come on There was also a side storyline involving loggers that really served zero purpose, except to maybe voice the author s opinion on commercial loggers I don t know.I am really bummed I have the second book, because I really don t want to read it But being full of quirks which include finishing books I can t tolerate and reading books just because they have been purchased and are already on my shelf, I will I am hoping that the author stepped things up for the second book, because this one was a dismal failure.Cherise Everhard, April 2011 I received this copy of the book as an ARC from NetGalley It has been a while since I d read any Kat Martin and her last few books just hadn t interested me in fact, her last trilogy is still sitting on my TBR pile But with a new contemporary series, I figured I would give her a try again It wasn t a hard read and was mildly entertaining, but everything in it just seemed so cliqued Sarah is returning home after her abusive ex husband is murdered and falls for her high school love Jackson I received this copy of the book as an ARC from NetGalley It has been a while since I d read any Kat Martin and her last few books just hadn t interested me in fact, her last trilogy is still sitting on my TBR pile But with a new contemporary series, I figured I would give her a try again It wasn t a hard read and was mildly entertaining, but everything in it just seemed so cliqued Sarah is returning home after her abusive ex husband is murdered and falls for her high school love Jackson but there are bad guys still after her trying to get her back for stuff her husband didHowever, it was an entertaining read I loved seeing the interactions between Jackson and Holly her daughter , as well as the supporting characters Nan, Jimmy and his sons, as well as Jackson s brothers The mystery suspense part sort of just fizzled out for me it was like it kept going and going with no solution until miraculously it was solved with about 15 pages to spare.I m ambivalent as to whether i ll read the next 2 books in the trilogy, the only brother to sort of interest me is Dev, but the former spec ops guy is also an overdone story arc, so it will be interesting to see if Ms Martin can come up with something unique.Overall, i d give the story a 3 so it is inline with the goodreads stars and would probably recommend to people who like lite suspense with their romance, but not the other way around My thoughts and feelings while reading 0.0% Ive recieved the 11 book in this series from netgalley and although its the first in an interconnecting series I dont like starting series half way through haha excited to start this book though I like books with kids, I havent read a western in while and Im in the mood for some suspense D5.0% Sarah hadn t just said no Aww Poor Jackson I hope they talk about the past soon I really think Im going to love this one Against the Wind2 StarsSynopsis Following the murder of her abusive husband, Sarah Allen returns to her home town in Wyoming to start afresh Unfortunately, trouble seems to follow, first when she rents a cottage from Jackson Raines, the man she rejected and humiliated in high school, and then when her husband s enemies become convinced that she has something they want and are not above kidnapping Sarah s daughter to get it.Review Starts out really well but becomes exceedingly far fetched as the Against the Wind2 StarsSynopsis Following the murder of her abusive husband, Sarah Allen returns to her home town in Wyoming to start afresh Unfortunately, trouble seems to follow, first when she rents a cottage from Jackson Raines, the man she rejected and humiliated in high school, and then when her husband s enemies become convinced that she has something they want and are not above kidnapping Sarah s daughter to get it.Review Starts out really well but becomes exceedingly far fetched as the book progresses There are just too many individual storylines In addition to the main plot, in which the heroine has not one but four men out to get her for different reasons, there are another two side stories The first involves a tiresome romance between Sarah s friend and Jackson s foreman and the second centers on illegal logging, which is completely irrelevant and unrelated to the main story Two of these various plot threads remain unresolved at the conclusion Maybe they will come to an end in the next installment but quite frankly I m not interested enough to find out The main characters are well fleshed out and have an intense chemistry but I did not feel the romance While Jackson s caring and sensitivity make him an especially appealing character, Sarah is annoying and distant I found her need to keep secrets and her inability to trust Jackson with the truth irritating, and actually felt that he deserved better I also thought that his initial resentment toward her for the way she treated him in high school was resolved far too easily with a rather weak apology.In general, the book is well written but the flashback scenes in which Sarah remembers what happened to her husband are extremely repetitive, in fact, the author just copies them word for word each time with a few details added There is also very little build up of tension and suspense, and I kept waiting for the something significant to happen Overall, a very disappointing read and one of the few books that get my 2 star rating I may not be reading anyin the series AGAINST THE WIND Book 1 in the Raines Brothers Trilogy by Kat Martin12 10 Mira Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages ISBN 13 9780778329190A wonderful wind sweeping romance and mysterySarah Allen is not running from her past she is just packing it up and moving away from it with her daughter Holly Leaving the baggage her murdered husband created is the best option since his life left her bankrupt, physically abused and trying to convince the people he did business with that she does not hav AGAINST THE WIND Book 1 in the Raines Brothers Trilogy by Kat Martin12 10 Mira Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages ISBN 13 9780778329190A wonderful wind sweeping romance and mysterySarah Allen is not running from her past she is just packing it up and moving away from it with her daughter Holly Leaving the baggage her murdered husband created is the best option since his life left her bankrupt, physically abused and trying to convince the people he did business with that she does not have whatever it is they are looking for Moving forward is a step backward for Sarah as she decides to return home to Wyoming and start life fresh as a cub reporter for a small newspaper She has rented a lovely cottage and knows a clean slate will be best.What Sarah does not know is the past of her youth is going to be facing her in the form of Jackson Raines the boy who loved her and she threw away He is still hurt all these years later from that rejection but it doesn t take 5 minutes for the pain of youth to be replaced by the passion of adulthood Jackson knows better than to trust her again but it is so hard not to when she is so venerable and beautiful.But leaving trouble behind and that actually happening is easier said than done especially for Sarah Her late husband s many criminal friends have ways to find her and threaten her which is exactly what they do They want the disk they believe she has and will stop at nothing to get it Sarah is not sure what to do but Jackson calls in his brothers for help because he is positive whatever problem he can t solve they will.Thetime Sarah and Jackson spend together thethey are not only drawn to one another but consumed with such love and passion it almost burns them up Sarah fears for what will happen and Jackson pushes to resolve the issues Both of them know in the end that being together makes them an unstoppable force for love.Writing a western romance isthan just knowing the lay of the land or the history it is grabbing the flavor for the people and surroundings Kat Martin has completed captured that with Sarah and Jackson s story in showcasing these two people and the lives they lead in a part of the country that has its own pace and feel to life This story brings romance, suspense and the most wonderful feeling that reminds us we are all suckers for romantic ending Several problems with this book, most stemming from the suspense part Sarah is in danger not just subtle vandalism, but people holding guns up to her head Her husband was murdered This is not just a random act of violence First when her new cottage gets ransacked she doesn t come out and tell anyone right off about her husband s murder or that she has been harassed to turn over a disk containing information about her husband being blackmailed After her grandmother s house gets broken into Several problems with this book, most stemming from the suspense part Sarah is in danger not just subtle vandalism, but people holding guns up to her head Her husband was murdered This is not just a random act of violence First when her new cottage gets ransacked she doesn t come out and tell anyone right off about her husband s murder or that she has been harassed to turn over a disk containing information about her husband being blackmailed After her grandmother s house gets broken into, Jackson walks in and immediately finds a matchbook that leads them on a hunt to California The police would not have found this After Jackson found it in just seconds After a third break in, Jackson says they should call the police and Sarah states, I m not calling the police Jackson I hadthan my share of dealings with them after Andrew died If I call, It ll start all over I can t go through that again In response, he says, All right, we ll play it your way For now I just can t see this as a plausible scenario And she leaves her daughter home alone with an elderly friend while her and Jackson run to California to play investigators Too unbelievable for my tastes.Did not finish Sometimes I think meh reviews are actually the hardest to write A book I love, I can go on and on A book I hated, sometimes that s even easier But a book that was just fine is hard to discuss Anyway, nothing really wrong with this book I liked both Jackson and Sarah Sarah was certainly a sympathetic character but in some ways it was almost too much Too many mustache twirling villains coming after her And Jackson maybe falls a bit on the too perfect side, but as I ve said before, I ac Sometimes I think meh reviews are actually the hardest to write A book I love, I can go on and on A book I hated, sometimes that s even easier But a book that was just fine is hard to discuss Anyway, nothing really wrong with this book I liked both Jackson and Sarah Sarah was certainly a sympathetic character but in some ways it was almost too much Too many mustache twirling villains coming after her And Jackson maybe falls a bit on the too perfect side, but as I ve said before, I actually don t mind that so much in a romance hero But overall I just wasn t overly engaged in their story It didn t grab me and make me root for them to be together the way my favorite romances do So, without sounding like I m damning with faint praise, it was fine I enjoyed it while I was reading it and it was a quick read I ll probably read the brothers books at some point But it never really pulled itself beyond that for me


About the Author: Kat Martin

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 an unpublished manuscript of an historical western he d written Kat fell in love with both the book and the author Then, after doing some editing for him, she thought she d try her own hand at writing She moved on to become a full time writer.Published since 1988, she singed her books with her married name, Kat Martin, but she also used two pseudonyms Kathy Lawrence for a book in collaboration with her husband Larry Jay Martin, and Kasey Mars for her first contemporary romances The New York Times bestselling writer, among her many awards, has won the prestigious RT Book Review Magazine Career Achievement Award To date, Kat has over eleven million copies of her books in print She has been published in seventeen foreign countries, including England, South Africa, Spain, Argentina, Germany, Italy, Greece, Norway, Sweden, Russia, Bulgaria, China, and Korea.Currently residing with her husband, a Western writer and photographer, in Missoula, Montana, USA But when they are not writing, they also enjoy skiing and traveling, particularly to Europe I ve always loved books I was an avid reader, with any number of my own stories rolling around in my head Writing them down seemed a logical step I love anything old, Kat says I love to travel and especially like to visit the places where my books are set My husband and I often stay in out of the way inns and houses built in times past It s fun and it gives a wonderful sense of a by gone era.


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