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Against the Law

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Against the law by Kat Martin
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Lust Mixes with the Military Brotherhood

  • Mar 26, 2011
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Against the Law is book three in the Raines of Wind Canyon trilogy and is the story of youngest brother Devlin Raines, a semi-retired private investigator in Phoenix and LA-based handbag designer Lark Delaney.

Lark seek the services of Dev as fulfilment to her dead sister’s wish that the baby she gave up for adoption four years earlier, be found and Lark can be assured the child is living happily with adoptive parents who love her. Dev agrees to take on the case only because an ex ranger buddy who saved his life has told Lark that dev will help. Dev owes “Madman”.

Dev is attracted to Lark, a no-nonsense very bright young woman. But however much Dev may screw his brains out on a regular basis with an assortment of mentally challenged bimbos, he does not mix business with pleasure, so Lark is off limits until the job is completed. (Dev was once engaged, and apparently never got over the breakup which seems to be his reason for the endless string of women and his refusal to consider any woman for more than casual sex.) So even though he is attracted to Lark, that attraction doesn’t extend beyond the obvious desire for multiple instances of mind-blowing sex.

What seems like a fairly straight-forward task–finding the child–becomes much more sinister when they discover the adoptive parents murdered and mixed up with a Mexican drug cartel. Only the child Chrissy survives, and Lark is thrust into instant motherhood. Even then, more seemingly insurmountable obstacles present themselves.

Martin pens her most tense and exciting drama in this third book, combining romance, lust and a military brotherhood and rescue operation. The villains are interestingly drawn, the plot twists making for exciting reading. And along the way, Dev’s and Lark’s powerful desire for each other.

While the story seemed to swerve off into another type of book with the paramilitary action, it was the character development that provided my difficulty in thoroughly enjoying the story. Of the three Raines brothers, Dev was the least likable since 90% of his persona was consumed in being a sexual animal. I found it hard to empathize with two people, who in the face of extreme danger, allowed thoughts of mindless sex to overshadow anything else. Some telling (as opposed to showing) phrases such as “She was sexy as hell” were over used. Sex (“her sex”, “his sex”) as euphemisms for body parts intruded with my enjoyment of the story as much as the crude term “ass” (used countless times in all three stories) in reference to a woman’s derriere. I also did not buy Dev’s insistence that he felt nothing for Lark beyond the sex up until a few pages before the end where he loves her and wants to marry. Lark, on the other hand, had a more sympathetic and believable role. The story ended with a wonderful conclusion, however, for me, Dev’s conversion was as unrealistic as the paramilitary rescue.

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