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Against the Law (The Raines of Wind Canyon Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Kat Martin
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Book Description

At thirty-two Dev is "mostly retired" from Raines Investigations, content to run operations from his sprawling Arizona home. But Dev has never been able to say no to a beautiful woman, so when Lark Delaney comes to him for help, the former U.S. Army Ranger from Wind Canyon gets back in the game.

Lark is sexy, successful and dedicated to tracking down the baby girl her sister gave up for adoption. It should be a straightforward case, but it's not long before Dev uncovers a shady adoption ring and worse—the child's parents have been murdered and the little girl has been taken.

As the case grows dangerous and Lark needs him more than ever, Dev can't ignore his growing attraction for her. He also can't trust his judgment with women or the emotions he's long-since buried. But there's a chance, if he gets this right and saves Lark's niece, that he'll end up saving himself, too.

Editorial Reviews


"Frustration and desperation abound in this novel by Kat Martin as she takes us on a search for the adopted niece of Lark Delaney." - Night Owl Romance

"The third Raines of Wind Canyon romantic suspense thriller is a terrific tense tale filled with twists and spins as nothing goes right in Raines' plan."

HANDS DOWN...BEST ONE YET!Former U.S. Army Ranger, Dev (Daredevil) Raines has been hurt one time too often by inconsistent women. After his fiancé leaves him for another man Dev is devastated and gives up on love. --RCJBookReviews

About the Author

Kat Martin began writing in 1985 and quickly became a New York Times bestselling author. She's written over 50 romantic suspense, historical and contemporary novels, and is the author of over 11 trilogies that range from the historical to the paranormal. Her works have been published in 12 languages and more than 24 countries. She's married to Larry Jay Martin, an author, screenplay writer and blogger. Fans can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn and Squidoo. Readers can also visit her website

Product Details

  • File Size: 475 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA (March 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004MPS1MI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,071 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't finish this book April 21, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first (possibly only) book by Kat M I have/will read. I felt like I was reading a diary of the sex life of the 2 main characters. While I enjoy a few hot sex scenes, this was just over the top, I lost interest after awhile. I kept thinking the plot would get better, but for me it didn't. I'm not a prude by any means but I just wanted to barf after reading all the repeated descriptions of perfect bodies, perfect skin, perfect hair, relentless sex, constant lust...blah blah blah..not my cup of tea.
For reference of my taste in reading, I like Robyn Carr and Linda Lael Miller for romance. I should point out I mostly read thrillers, but like a romance for a change once in awhile.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tense romantic suspense thriller February 24, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Handbag designer Lark Delaney desperately wants to find her niece adopted by strangers as her sister Heather was only sixteen when she gave birth. She pleads with thirty something Devlin Raines at his Arizona ranch to help her. Mentioning that his Army Ranger buddy Madman Monroe sent him saying he owed him, reluctantly as he has retired from field work the Raines Investigation analyst agrees to make inquiries.

Devlin assumes this will be a quick search, but is stunned when his assumption proves false as his friend expert Chaz Denton searches the net only to find Loving Home Adoptions not licensed in Arizona, but gives him a printing clue to begin a search for Mrs. Olcott who arranged the adoption. Following the trail, Dev accompanied by Lark go from Southern California to Mexico with each clue making both fear for the child. The case has turned personal for Dev who cares for the child he has not met fearing she has been sold into sexual slavery and especially for the frantic aunt who begged him to find her.

The third Raines of Wind Canyon romantic suspense thriller (see Against the Fire and Against the Wind) is a terrific tense tale filled with twists and spins as nothing goes according to Raines' plan. He, like his older brothers, is a strong hero, but has met his equal in Lark who fearlessly stomps on snakes. Timely with the plight of young females being sold, readers will root for the pair to rescue her niece as we fear what has happened to that little girl.

Harriet Klausner
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very sophomoric February 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Is it really necessary to mention the word groin five times in the first 30 pages? Kat Martin certainly thinks so. The book has a very sophomoric vibe, just like a clique of girls gossiping about boys and giggling.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Is this really Kat Martin? August 16, 2012
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've read a number of Kat Martin's books and liked many of them. Is this really her writing? It is as if someone sketched an outline and told someone to put some words in between the story elements. The characters are cardboard and while the plot had possibilities, it mostly just dragged. Very little, if any, true intimacy occurred between the hero and heroine, which made the sex scenes plastic and uninteresting. The author does a lot of "telling" instead of "showing," and so the prose is just plain boring. Go back some years in her list and you'll find a lot more depth, and books very much worth reading. This is not one of them.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ... May 24, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I can't believe all the great reviews. I kept coming back looking for a reviewer who had the same feelings about this as I did. But, reading all the fives, I plowed on.

The plot definitely took too much of a turn in the second half. The romance was written really pathetically and so not romantic.

But my biggest issue with this story was Lark. Am I seriously the only one who thought she was stupid? She comes along on every part of the mission, and all she does is get in herself in danger, or be utterly useless. She cries or tears up about any little thing, she can't take care of a child - seriously, how do you not know what to buy a four-year-old? Also, there's nothing that turns me off of a character than superficiality. She designs handbags, for God's sake. She spends all her money on facials, manicures, hair salon appointments, suggestive clothing - and if I had to read about her describing Dev as "extremely handsome" one more time I was gonna toss the book across the room. She lusted for him. He lusted for her. I know they both didn't want to leave each other, but I didn't see any emotional connection between them.

I have been reading Kat Martin for years and was astounded by how...blech this was.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairytale for adults March 20, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the last book of the Raines trilogy and it deals with Devlin, the youngest of the brothers. Three years ago he was madly in love with Amy, who left him a few days before their marriage. This experience has marked Devlin who swore to himself to never fall in love again. Then he meets Lark Delaney, a fairly know handbag designer. One of Devlin old friends from the military has recommended him to Lark who promised to her dying sister to find her little daughter whom she was forced to give up for adaptation when she was only sixteen. Devlin, who is in the security business, owns his old friend a favor and agrees to help Lark. What seems as a straightforward search becomes a very difficult undertaking during which Lark and Dev discover their real feelings for each other.

This book didn't have a clear orientation. It started as a romantic suspense novel and became a military romance that culminated in a completely utopian rescue operation. This part of the novel was so detailed concerning rifles, weapon types and who carried what gun during the rescue that I thought I was reading another book. Maybe the author should have omitted these details and refined the plot of the story more in depth.

In any case, I was really looking forward to reading Dev's story and wasn't disappointed. It could have definitely been more detailed and extensive. Lark was also very likeable, although her transformation from handbag designer to military elite was completely over the top and not necessary at all.

Nice read for relaxing hours.
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More About the Author

Currently living near Missoula, Montana, Kat Martin is the bestselling author of over fifty-five Historical and Contemporary Romance novels, currently an NYT bestselling author of the romantic suspense AGAINST series. Before she started writing in 1985, Kat was a real estate broker. During that time, she met her husband, L. J. Martin, also an author with over 33 book length works. Kat is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History. "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."

To date, Kat has over fifteen million copies of her books in print. She is published more than two dozen foreign countries, including Germany, Norway, Sweden, China, Korea, Bulgaria, Russia, England, South Africa, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Japan and Greece.

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