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4 1/2 STARS  HOT!
"Fans ... are going to love meeting this testosterone-and-honor-laden family. ... The chemistry between them sizzles, the romantic suspense is tautly compelling and the psychological terror ratchets up with each red herring. Readers aren't going to be able to put the lights out until the last page."  -RT BookReviews

Truly a gifted author, I've never read a book by Kat Martin that wasn't immediately headed for my keeper shelf. Historical or contemporary, she's a must read for me. With Against the Storm she proves once again why I keep coming back for more. ... I can't wait for Kat Martin's next offering!! -Joyfully Reviewed/Melissa

"Kat Martin is one of the best authors around! She has an incredible gift for writing."

-Literary Times

"4½ quills! Ms. Martin has struck the mother load in her AGAINST series. Against the Law is her third installment in the series and by far the most powerfully intense romantic suspense with its charismatic characters, a story line that defies gravity with enough endorphins and adrenaline driven that even the Die Hard series can't hold a candle to this brilliantly written series. Ms. Martin is a true mistress of the written word that never disappoints her readers."-Romantic Crush Junkies

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EXCERPT from Against the Storm

"You sonofabitch!"  Clyde, the Mountain's, blunt, meaty hands balled into fists as he lumbered forward, swinging a roundhouse punch meant to send a man to his knees.  Trace ducked, turned a little, and threw a straight-from-the-shoulder blow that sank four inches into the big man's stomach. 

Clyde grunted, doubled over, and Trace took him out with an upper-cut to the chin, knocking him over a table and sending a surprised older couple scrambling out of the way.
Clive didn't get up.

Shaking off the ache in his hand, Trace reached down and picked up his white straw cowboy hat, settled it once more on his head.  A few feet away, rap star, Bobby Jordane, lay flat on his back, as dead-to-the-world as Clive.  Lenny the Sphinx, the third member of the rap group, stood with his mouth gaping open and his eyes wide.

"Y-you shouldn't have done that."

"You don't think so?"

"Bobby...Bobby's gonna really be mad."

Trace chuckled softly.  "If you're smart, you'll get him out of here before somebody calls the police.  He doesn't need anymore bad publicity.

Bobby's abused wife, Shawna Jordane, rose shakily to her feet.  "Thank you, Mr. Rawlins.  You have no idea how good that made me feel."

A corner of Trace's mouth edged up.  "Oh, I think I do." 
Shawna turned and started walking toward the door, but before she reached it, a camera flashed, capturing her retreat, then the photographer turned toward the rap star moaning on the floor next to Clive.  The camera made a quick series of flashes, photos of Bobby Jordane that would be wildly embarrassing to a guy with an ego as massive as his.

Trace inwardly cursed.  The redhead.  Just as he'd figured, they were nothing but trouble. 
Striding toward her, he reached out and jerked the camera out of her hand, turned it around and deleted the last series of digital photos.

"Hey!  What do you think you're doing?  You can't do that!"

"Nice camera," Trace said.  Walking over to the lunch counter, he handed the camera to Betty Sparks, the owner of the Texas Café. 

The sexy redhead raced along behind him.  "Listen--whoever you are--that's my camera!  You can't just--"

"I just did.  And you can have it back as soon as Jordane and his buddies are gone."  Trace tipped his hat to the redhead and her friend, a tall, svelte brunette a year or two older.  "Have a nice afternoon, ladies." 

Turning, he strolled out of the cafe.

"Did you see that!  Oh, my God!" 
Maggie O'Connell's best friend, Roxanne DeMer, stood riveted, her gaze fixed on the cowboy striding down the sidewalk outside the café window. 

"Who was that gorgeous hunk of man?"

Maggie's gaze jerked toward the window just as the tall, lanky cowboy disappeared from view.  "What are you talking about?  That jerk just ruined my pictures.  Bobby Jordane and his estranged wife?  You know how much photos like that are worth?"

Maggie turned at the sound of a groan, saw the guy with the kinky hair, Lenny the Sphinx his fans called him, help Bobby to his feet.  Clyde, the Mountain, swayed upward until he was standing.  Wordlessly the small group staggered toward the door.

Maggie looked longingly at the lady who held firmly onto her camera, but the older woman just shook her head. 

Maggie sighed.  She wouldn't be getting photos of Bobby Jordane knocked senseless and sprawled on the wide-plank floor.  Not today. 
"I hate to remind you, but you aren't the tabloid type," Roxanne said.  "You didn't come here to take pictures.  You came for lunch with a friend.  It just turned out to be a little more exciting than we planned."  Roxane's attention swung back to the window, following the rap stars on their journey to the long white limo waiting out front.  "I wonder who he is."

Maggie didn't have to ask who her friend was talking about.  The cowboy was, at the very least, impressive.  Tall and lean, with wide shoulders and slim hips, he had thick, dark hair neatly trimmed, golden brown eyes, and a set of biceps that were impossible to miss. 

Still, she didn't appreciate his interference in her business.  As the limo door closed, shutting the three men inside, she walked over to collect her camera, which the broad-hipped woman behind the counter readily handed back to her.

"So who was he?" Maggie asked.  "The Lone Ranger?  What was his name?"

"You a reporter?"

"I'm a photographer.  Mostly I do landscape shots.  I just saw an opportunity and took it--or tried to."

"Sorry it didn't pan out."   

"Me, too.  I can always use a little extra money."

The woman, late fifties with a cap of curly gray hair, tipped her head toward the door.  "Name's Trace Rawlins.  Owns Atlas Security.  He's a private investigator."

Walking up beside Maggie, Roxanne sighed dramatically, a hand over her heart.  "I think I'm in love."

"The redhead's got a better chance," Betty said.  "Trace has a weakness for 'em."

"No thanks.  I don't do cowboys."

Betty chuckled.  "If I was twenty years younger, I'd dye my hair."

Maggie laughed.

"You new in the neighborhood?"

She nodded.  "I just bought one of those townhouses they built a few blocks away.  Vaulted ceiling upstairs.  Good north light, great place to work, you know?"

"Welcome, then.  Maybe we'll see you again."

"If it's always this much fun in here," Roxanne said, "I'm sure you will."
Betty laughed as they headed for the door. 
"You know that trouble you been having?" Roxy said once they reached the sidewalk.
Maggie paused.  "What about it?"

"The cowboy...he's in the security business and he's an investigator.  He might be able to help you."

Maggie started to argue, to say she didn't need any help.  Then she thought of the way Trace Rawlins had handled those three men.  "I hope it doesn't come to something like that."

But it might and both of them knew it.  For more than a month, someone had been following her, phoning her and hanging up, leaving messages on the windshield of her car.  So far it hadn't been more than that but it was frightening just the same.

When she got home, she decided, she was going to look up the number for Atlas Security. 
And write it down beside Trace Rawlins' name.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Raines of Wind Canyon
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Mira; d edition (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778312925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778312925
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #537,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jess on October 25, 2011
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"... Maggie's pulse roared. Her breathing quickened and damp heat poured through her. Trace kept kissing her, soft moist kisses that made her toes curl inside her sneakers and need tighten like a fist in her belly. The kiss deepened, turned erotic. A soft moan escaped. He tasted like heaven. Like cinnamon and coffee and hot, sexy male.

Maggie is being stalked, but can't turn to the local police to help. After falsely accusing a high school boyfriend of a crime, when she really just couldn't tell her father the truth, this caused people to question her from that moment on. The police aren't taking her claims of being stalked seriously, so she turns to Trace and hires him to find out who's doing this.

Trace has always been attracted to redheads, who turn out to be the wrong women for him and he's sure Maggie will be no different. He takes her case to help her find out who has been leaving her creepy notes and phone messages, but they don't fully trust each other. This is where Maggie goes wrong for me. She goes to Trace needing his help because no one else takes her seriously, and when he asks her to tell him everything she can think of, details about her exes, her work, anything that could help him figure things out, she holds back. She doesn't tell him all the details and when he's already on the edge of not trusting her, finding out that she omitted facts just makes their relationship go backwards for the most of the book.

In addition to her stalker, Maggie also has an arsonist to look out for. While we don't know the stalkers identity until near the end of the story, we learn early on who wants to burn down her photography studio and the lengths they'll go to do it. I'm not really sure why the arsonist storyline was included.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mary Gramlich VINE VOICE on October 29, 2011
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Maggie O'Connell is a well respected professional photographer with a great life, a future of success, and numerous professional accolades. Her philanthropic deeds have made her well respected in Houston which is one of the many reasons she is questioning why someone appears to be stalking her. Maggie needs help in figuring what these creepy notes mean and how they broke into her home. She turns to Trace Rawlins, a reliable private detective and ex-Army Ranger who is absolutely a cool drink on a hot Texas day.

Trace has always had a weakness for redheads and this one in particular is really ramping up his "I want that" meter. Trace is dedicated to his business and realizes that mixing some great pleasure in the "she is a client" pot is a recipe for disaster. So concentrating his efforts on finding whoever is after Maggie and stopping this person quickly because whoever it is has decided to ramp up their actions and is getting more aggressive with each passing day. Despite other cases that may distract him, his one true goal right now is to find the stalker and stop whoever it is.

The one clear objective Trace had was the truth and it appears Maggie is still holding back some important details he needs to know. She doesn't tell him all her secrets, refuses to acknowledge that anyone in her past could be the problem, and just won't let Trace know her true feelings. Trace has been burned and knows the pain that comes with betrayal but in order to make their personal and working relationship work Maggie has to stop the smoke and mirror routine and give everything to their partnership.

When the security system fails, Maggie's house is set on fire, and tracking devices are found, Trace knows it is time to set the trap.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Hope on November 4, 2011
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We met Trace in one of the previous "Against" books, and I loved him since then. A rugged cowboy type that has a military background and a love for life...and redheads. I really liked the secondary characters, I enjoyed getting to know them almost as much as the main characters. Roxanne, the bestfriend....I sincerely hope she gets a story, she seems like she has a lot to say, I think she would be a kick in the pants. The flow of this story was good, and I didn't ever feel like I was bored, but I also wasn't riveted to the pages like I have been with previous Kat Martin books. So while this was a good edition to the "Against" series, I guess I look for more action when it comes to this series. I did like it though, and am looking forward to the next book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Beckymmoe on October 31, 2011
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A solid addition to the Raines of Wind Canyon books, Against the Storm was an enjoyable read but not my favorite in the series. It had all the elements of the first three--strong alpha hero, a heroine who is in distress yet not helpless, an intriguing mystery to solve and a developing relationship--yet it just didn't pack the same punch as the first three. The main reason, I think, is in the hero and heroine themselves. Trace has a weakness for redheads and a disasterous marriage that has caused him to have trust issues. Maggie has a past that she's ashamed of and a history of hiding from it, often omitting the details (which, since it happened when she was a minor, she is well within her rights to do) when questions are asked. In and of themselves, these traits were not a problem. However, Trace seemed just a bit too quick to form snap judgements about Maggie the second he found out that she might not have told him the whole truth about something but once he confronts her he just as quickly forgives her and moves on to...other things. <ahem> It was just such a quick turnaround that it got to be a bit much at times. Maggie's neglecting to learn from the first three times that Trace is going to expect total honesty from her stretched credibility as well. Either bite the bullet and tell him everything or tell him it's none of his darn business, I say. However...then they had the big misunderstanding, broke up, went their separate ways, and then wham! all was good again in the blink of an eye. I guess I was just looking for less mercurial characters here, with a bit more of the gray areas in between the extremes--it was almost as if the easy way out were being taken over true character and plot development in that aspect. Overall, though, I did enjoy the book and will eagerly look forward to the next installment in the series...and hope to actually see a Raine or two in it, not just the mention of them. ;-)
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