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Against the Wind

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Against the Wind by Kat Martin
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Good PLot with Lots and Lots of Sex

  • Mar 23, 2011

Against the Wind is the first in the Raines of Wind Canyon trilogy and is the story of rancher Jackson Raines and Sarah Allen. It is also my first Kat Martin book.

Sarah was raised in Wind canyon but longed to leave and experience life in the big city, even though she had a yen for bad boy Jackson. Instead she wound up in LA, married to Andrew Hollister who, after the newness of their marriage had faded, turned into a womanizer and wife-beater. He also ran through his father’s money with a big-time gambling appetite, and to supplement his dwindling resources, he turned to some shady deals.

The story opens with Sarah and her young daughter fleeing LA and questionable characters who are interested in some files kept by her recently deceased husband. Sarah takes Holly to Wyoming where she has rented a cottage on a ranch. Unbeknownst to her, the ranch is owned by Jackson who, over the years, has been successful.

At first he wants her gone, but deep down, he still remembers the young girl who broke his youthful heart, and he feels sorry for her plight and relents.

Sarah begins work as a freelance journalist for the local paper, but in a short time, her LA past catches up with her. By this time, both Sarah and Jackson cannot deny their attraction, and as Sarah sinks deeper into trouble, Jackson is determined to help her. My only niggle with Sarah was her inability to make a decision, however, she redeems herself at the end.

Martin pens a good story with a strong suspenseful plot, marred only by a surfeit of sexual thoughts and encounters. Sarah and Jackson make love often, and when they aren’t thusly engaged, they are thinking about it 24/7. In at least two places, reference is made to his erection straining the zipper of his jeans. Now, I’m not sure one can really see this from twenty feet away, or why he’d have this reaction when talking to his foreman, but have it he does. And Martin makes sure the reader knows Jackson is a man with a huge sexual appetite. I like a good sensual scene...if it’s germane to the plot, but two or three go along way in a book for me. My main interest is in what’s happening next in terms of plot. While the writing is skilled, I could have done with less reference to enormous erections, fire in the loins and references to how anxious they were to get back into bed. Otherwise, this is a strong plot with real suspense.

Martin’s secondary characters enhance the story and Holly is a charmer.

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March 25, 2011
Sounds like an interesting story with some engaging characters. Excellent review, Suzanne!
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