AGAINST THE WIND
4 weeks on the
New York Times best seller list!
#27 on NY Times bestseller
list dated 1/16/2011
#27 on NY Times bestseller
list dated 1/23/2011
#29 NY Times bestseller
list dated 1/30/2011
#25 NY Times
bestseller list dated 2/6/2011
Complete with bad
guys, gun fights, and romance, this book will not disappoint . . .
Romance Readers Choice
Per her usual, Ms. Martin not only writes a highly
entertaining book; in
Against The Wind she also tackles some major
social issues in the process. Past books have
touched upon such topics as Alzheimerís disease,
aging and imprisonment to name a few. This novel
takes on the subject of spousal abuse and the myriad
of feelings and hurdles it takes to overcome such a
For an author who generally empowers her heroines
with steely independence, it was interesting to read
a character that had to depend on others to help her
triumph over the intricacies of domestic violence
and the long-term psychological effects it has on
those who are victims. Sarah Allen is a strong woman
who must face the fact that she needs Jackson
Rainesí help to solve the mystery surrounding those
who are hounding her for something her deceased
husband left behind as well as to keep her young
Jackson Raines is a strong, capable man who wrestles
the boy within to overcome childhood issues of
abandonment and shame. We are cheering for him from
the beginning, easy to do with a handsome rancher
who has made a good life from a questionable start.
Ms. Martin crafts her characters with vigilant
detail. Sarahís seeming inability to make a decision
at times typifies those recovering from the stress
of abuse. These are people we know, and because of
the realism she writes into each we strongly
identify with them. The pace of this book is
outstanding. I found myself picking it up to read
just a few more pages when I should have been doing
As Sarah and Jackson peel away the layers of the
mystery we begin to wonder not only who is after
Sarah for what, but also how her husband was
actually murdered. The ending gave me a great sense
of justice and satisfaction.
Set in the beautiful mountains of Wyoming you can
almost taste the dust and feel the sun. As the story
unfolds on a large cattle ranch she details the
modern western life with great accuracy. The
friction between the logging companies and the
ranchers is precise. The ancillary characters give
the book a depth and a believable quality.
Complete with bad guys, gun fights, and romance,
this book will not disappoint. I look forward to the
next in the series,
Against the Fire, and continue to hold
Kat Martinís talents in very high esteem.
Kat Martin has
delivered yet another rockiní romantic suspense ... stockpiled with
suspense and passion . . .
Sarah Allen had genuinely cared about Jackson Raines in high
school, but she let peer pressure make her act cruelly towards him.
Something that sheís regretted ever since. Now sheís returned to
Wind Canyon, Wyoming to start over after the murder of her abusive
husband and sheís renting a place on Jacksonís ranch. She just wants
to live in peace with her daughter and is surprised that the
attraction between she and Jackson still exists; they might have
second chance together. But the criminals her husband was involved
with believe that she knows the location of a secret they are
looking for and they will stop at nothing to make Sarah tell them.
Can Jackson protect Sarah and her daughter? And what happens when
all the secrets surrounding her husbandís murder are revealed?
Kat Martin has delivered yet another rockiní romantic
suspense. Stockpiled with suspense and passion,
Against the Wind kept me reading dying to find out the
truth! I could re-read Sarah and Jacksonís story again and again and
Iíll be intently waiting for Jacksonís brothersí upcoming stories! I
canít recommend Against the
Wind highly enough!
Top notch action
that will have you on the edge of your seat . . .
Romance Reviews Today (will be posted in early Jan 2011)
Allen was the beautiful and popular girl that ďborn on the wrong
side of the tracksĒ Jackson Raines worshipped in high school. She
once rejected and humiliated him, and heís never forgotten her. Then
he learns that the single mother renting his cabin is none other
than Sarah, and things have swung to other side of the wealth
spectrum for them. Jackson is now a wealthy rancher in Wind Canyon,
while Sarah is barely scraping by while trying to raise her daughter
Holly. Jackson should still be angry at Sarah for the past, but
instead, he feels lustóand protectiveness for Sarah and Holly. Seems
Sarahís late husband abused her and also left her with a big
financial mess. To top it off, someone is after something they think
she has, and they arenít afraid to use force.
longer loved her late husband, Andrew Hollister, by the time he
died, but even in death he still has a grip on her life. Strangers
are calling and coming up to her demanding she turn over a flash
drive belonging to Andrew. She is also stunned to realize her
landlord is none other than Jackson. He and his brothers were poorer
than dirt growing up and heís grown into a handsome, virile man. Add
in his wealth and power in Wind Canyon and heís a man to be reckoned
with. Jackson proves to be stellar at protecting Sarah and Holly,
and sheís very grateful. But thereís too much of her past still
inside her to even think of getting romantically involved with him.
thought her life would be perfect once she arrived in Los Angeles
all those years ago, later marrying Andrew after her parentsí
unexpected deaths. However, her husband not only abused her and
threatened her, but he kept her in the dark as far as his financial
affairs. Now finally free after he was murdered, sheís bent on a new
life in Wind Canyon. Sarah has not a clue where the flash drive is.
Meanwhile, she tries to ignore the attraction between herself and
Jackson. The last thing she wants or needs is to allow him to get
too close to her or her daughter. Now sheís in fear for her life and
that of Hollyís as unknown men harass her over the missing flash
drive. But Jackson will do anything to protect them from harm.
tension between Sarah and Jackson smolders right from the start.
Jackson should still be angry over her rejection of him in high
school, but another part of his body makes him aware that his
feelings for her arenít dead. Sarah attempts to push Jackson away.
She has no business getting involved with him with her life still in
upheaval. Until the past is buried, she canít look at the future,
and besides, Holly comes first. But despite all their obstacles,
they do indeed grow closerÖ
AGAINST THE WIND is about the mystery surrounding the missing flash
drive and the attempts by Jackson and Sarah to find it. Meanwhile,
the relationship between them builds, and itís only Sarahís
resistance that prevents them from a full blown love. Sarah has
secrets, some of which she doesnít reveal to Jackson. Will the
unveiling of them blow their tenuous relationship apart, or will it
bring them closer? Can they find out exactly what Andrew Hollister
was up to and stop the threats against Sarah and Holly? Itís a race
to a climactic conclusion that will resolve everything, but not
before a surprise or two.
first tale in Kat Martinís new trilogy, The Raines of Wind Canyon,
we catch glimpses of Jacksonís brothers Devlin and Gabe, and their
stories follow shortly. I canít wait. Grab a copy of AGAINST THE
WIND and get ready for some topnotch action that will have you on
the edge of your seat.
A page- turner
full of compassion and love shared by two unlikely souls. . .
was thoroughly caught up in the mystery of Sarah's complex life and
totally surprised by the ending. Through all the chases, gunfire and
threats, Jackson's love endures it all with the total support and
love for the girl he once vowed to hate for all eternity. This is
definitely a page- turner full of compassion and love shared by two
unlikely souls. This is a "don't miss" read set in the beautiful
surroundings of Wyoming. Kat Martin is a very gifted writer who
takes you from the beginning to the end in total suspense.
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wind sweeping romance and mystery. . .
The Reading Reviewer
western romance is more than 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 Jacksonís
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.
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A story filled
with romance, grit, tension and suspense . . .
the first novel of her new Raines of Wind canyon trilogy, Martin
brings us a rugged hero, a strong-willed heroine and a story
filled with romance, grit, tension and suspense set in the
Wyoming mountains. Martin definitely delivers.
Summary: When his housekeeper rents
out a cottage on his ranch, the last person Jackson Raines
expects to see as his new tenant is Sarah Allen, who humiliated
him in high school. Jackson doesn't want her on his land, yet he
gives in to her pleas and lets her stay. Soon old feelings
resurface - for Jackson and Sarah. When trouble appears, Sara
will need Jackson by her side in more ways than one.
The story doesnít end until the final page. . .
Eye on Romance
Overall: 9, Sensuality: 8, Sub-Genre: 9
Have you ever felt
like you canít get anything right? That no matter
how hard you try to move on, something keeps
bringing you back and forcing you to relive your
mistakes or a tragedy over and over again? Then you
will absolutely relate to Kat Martinís newest
I really enjoyed this
story. Ms. Martin does a wonderful job of building
the suspense in the story. We are never quite sure
who the villain is and what is going to happen next.
Throughout the story we root for Jackson and Sarah
to figure it out so they can live happily together.
We want their relationship to be a success, but
understand the obstacles they face. Ms. Martinís
compassion and realistic portrayal of life for
abused women will strike a chord with anyone. ...
I am looking forward
to the next stories in the trilogy as we learn what
love and life has in store for Jacksonís two
brothers, Gabe and Dev.
The Raines of Wind Canyon Wyoming ranch romance is an engaging second chance at love tale. . .
Genre Go Round Reviews
In Wind Canyon, Wyoming, sexagenarian Olivia Jones rents a cottage to Widow Sarah Allen and her six year old daughter Holly. Sarah left Santa Monica following the death of her husband Andrew whose shady business partners like Marty Kazak want something they believe she has inherited from her spouse. The owner of the house and the ranch it is on Jackson Raines is irate with his housekeeper for leasing to that woman though he knows he is being unfair to Olivia. He wants Sarah to leave, but she persuades him to let her stay. Jackson vows to keep his distance from the girl who humiliated him in high school. However, just what he feared would happen occur as Jackson knows he remains attracted to Sarah. She reciprocates, but knows she hurt him so tries to keep her distance and conceal her desire; besides she has a dark secret hovering over her. However, when Sarah is in trouble with Andrew's nasty associates, Jackson protects her at a risk to his heart. The Raines of Wind Canyon Wyoming ranch romance is an engaging second chance at love tale as she regrets what she did to him in high school and he rues her return as his humiliation by her still remains raw even after sixteen plus years. The suspense comes late, but adds to a strong tale as the heroine's Southern California past comes to Wyoming. Harriet Klausner
This is a
to spend a
with. . .
Reviewed by Barb
Against the Wind
is the first
book in Kat
series about the
high school by
when she refused
to attend the
prom with him.
He headed off to
college on a
has since made
He longed to be
back in Wind
Ranch and has
packs up her
hoping to leave
Her husband has
and no one seems
to solve the
murder, least of
He spent years
beating her and
with a series of
they married, he
had lots of
and his gambling
L.A. to return
to Wind Canyon,
the town of her
she felt safe.
It seems that
the cabin she
has arranged to
rent for her and
daughter, is on
now owned by
want her living
on his property
because of what
happened in high
school, but heís
attracted to her
decides to let
her from L.A.
Her cabin is
town by a man
with a gun.
to be looking
for a list or a
Iíll leave the
rest of the
story for you to
The pacing of
this story is
reader is gently
in the past as
well as the
We are kept in
times, but not
left missing an
of the puzzle as
happens in some
There is gentle
and Sarah. Iím
used to glitter
heros of the
or the alpha men
in the Heart
This is a
of novel from
what Iím used to
reading from Ms.
This isnít a
book filled with
details, it is
of a love story
with just enough
details to be
There are enough
moments to keep
This is a
to spend a
This is a
terrific read. It's passionate and suspenseful all the way thru . .
husband's murder. Sarah Allen moves back to her old hometown with
her young daughter Holly. She's staying at a small place on the
ranch of Jackson Raines - a man she once humiliated in high school.
He's not happy to see her there, but allows her to stay on.
As her troubles
follow her, Jackson steps in with his help time and again. Threats
cause him to take her back to California to locate something that
could make the threats stop. Not only are the thugs that her former
husband associated with threatening, but one nasty policeman and one
FBI agent pay her personal visits.
This is a
terrific read. It's passionate and suspenseful all the way thru.
Congrats to the author, Kat Martin, on another outstanding novel.