Ben Slocum had no idea that he had a son, a nine year old son who is now missing. He will team up with a social worker Claire and will try to keep it professional but can’t seem to stop thinking about her.
Claire Chastain needed to find Sam and the only way to do that was to get Ben to help. Going to Ben was risky but she had no other idea. Claire had a feeling that he would not be one to leave his son to die in the arms of the kidnapper.
Against the Edge is the eighth book of the series Raines of Wind Canyon by Kat Martin. I had already read the book Against the Odds which started the need to read this series. I re-read the book again just so I was reading the entire book order. So back to Against the Edge which was a very good book. I think that Ben was the most frustrating man out of the group of the tough guys. He was making all the wrong choices or saying the wrong things. Of course things do go better at the end when he learns how to express his thoughts correctly and Claire will take that chance. Claire was someone who did not give up but knew when to cut her losses.
Now aside from the two characters of Ben and Claire who I loved there was Ben’s son, Sam. I really liked his parts that Martin wrote in the book. You got to read how strong this little boy was and how brave. I loved the interaction he had with the dog Pepper.
Now the villain was plainly obviously because you knew he was the one who took Sam. What you didn’t know was his real name or where he was going. Martin leads you on a hunt for Troy which was written well with all the clue Ben and Claire find.
I am taking a break from the series as there is only one more to go but it has come to my library yet but I am looking forward to continuing the series Raines of Wind Canyon.
Jake Cantrell was not one to take orders especially from the people he watched over but Sage Dumont did just that. He would stick with his job no matter how attracted he was starting to feel towards Sage, but that will be pushed to the side when the threats start getting closer to her.
Sage Dumont was a strong businesswoman and did things her way. She will be furious with her grandfather for making her have a bodyguard because of the deal she was about to make, but Sage will soon learn that have Jake Cantrell was not a bad thing.
Kat Martin’s sixth book, Against the Sun, is from Raines of Wind Canyon keeps up the action with some foreign visitors but a similar plot with threats coming close to the woman that these Ranger men seem to get attached too. Now the characters of Jake and Sage to me were very much alike with their need to be in charge, so there is a little battle but soon they find a way to handle the situation. I liked Sage and the strength she had in the business world but she also wanted to help those who couldn’t like the daughter of the sheik. Then there was Jake who was a fantastic bodyguard. He was someone you wanted protecting you especially from the bad guy who was not someone I was expecting.
I loved the fact that the guys from previous books are mentioned and come into play with the story and more are added. With the way that Martin adds characters this series could keep going for a long time which is not a bad thing.
Johnnie Riggs is on assignment when he finds a dancer he wants. Exotic dancers were never his thing but this woman pulled him in with begin confident on stage and almost shy on the floor. He will find that Amy is not all she seems to be and in way over her head.
Amy Brewer took her sisters job in hopes to find a way to locate her sister who disappeared. Amy will be out of her element when dancing and investigating but will find help with Johnnie. They will keep going with the clues they find even with danger breathing down their necks.
Against the Night is the fifth book to Kat Martin’s series Raines of Wind Canyon. I keep going with the series and with every book Martin keeps the action, romance and the adventure continuing with those tough guys you love to read about. Johnnie was no exception to the rule. He was a tough man who knew what he wanted and that included the woman Angel or really Amy. Now Amy’s character is a contradiction and really fun to read about. She has fire and naivete all in one.
Now for me I think this had a little more violence in this one but there was a good plot and good characters. There was also a good amount of sex but the action of the situation kicks up and the plot becomes intense. There are some very intense scenes that will have you biting your nails and wonder what will happen next. The scenes become gritter when it comes down to the sister, Rachel. You weren’t sure throughout the book what would happen and if she was alive. You find out half way through the book and what happened to the sister is horrific but there will be justice seen for the villain of the story. Against the Night will be next.
Maggie O’Connell had a problem with a stalker who kept leaving her notes. The police did not believe her because of what she did when she was sixteen years old. She will find help from Trace Rawlins who will go on the case and find the stalker who started to become even more persistent.
Trace Rawlins knew that Maggie O’Connell would be trouble especially because she was a red head, but he took the chance anyways. Trace will find that Maggie was not lying and a stalker was finding their way to her. He would do everything he could to stop that from happening.
Against the Storm is the fourth book of Kat Martin’s Raines of Wind Canyon. This is the first book where the Raines brothers are not being featured, they are mentioned of course but are given the backseat with this novel. I really loved finding out more on Trace. Before he was a character you knew a little about but Martin goes further into his character and I loved that he had a problem with red heads except when it came to Maggie. I really liked Maggie’s character as well. She was tough on the outside but crumbling almost as the stress of this stalker was getting to her. Trace truly was the knight in shinning armor to help her.
The side story which was being told by Martin was of Ashley and Jason. Their story was cute to read as it was completely young love. I liked how their story blended well into Maggie and Trace’s.
Now the stalker was interesting as there were little surprises and you didn’t exactly know who it was going to be. Martin gives a little misdirection on who the person could be with a couple suspects.
Dev Raines was semi retired but thanks to his friend he was back with a case that was anything but simple. He will be running into a different situation that started unfolding into a nefarious plot.
Lark Delaney needed help for what she thought would be a simple search. With Dev she tagged along hoping to find her niece that was given up for adoption but what she found was a shady adoption agencies.
Against the Law is Kat Martins third book to Raines of Wind Canyon series. So far the books have been very good to read. I loved Dev’s strong take charge attitude and the mystery of this simple case. The case started out as a simple search but was so much more and because of that you are drawn into the story and all the obstacles that stood in the way.
I was pulled into this book almost faster than the others because of the plot and mystery but also how Dev and Lark were written to be. The characters of Dev and Lark were one of the same with their tough exteriors that were built up like an armor but it was appropriate as their past lead them to be this way. I liked that the story kept going but not in a straight line. Nothing heartbreaking but a lot of action and surprises.
At the end of the story we are given a happy ending for these brothers and ending their stories. Kat Martin will be continuing with the series but branching off with characters that were mentioned already in the book, like the men who were working with the brothers.
Gabriel Raines is watching the fires that are being set to the places he helped build. He has to find a way to stop them and will get tangled up with Mattie Baker who will be getting involved in the search.
Mattie Bakers wanted to help a local teen and and will find herself being thrown in an all too dangerous situation as she stays by Gabe’s side. Mattie will feel over her head but she has to keep going.
Against the Fire is the second book to Kat Martin’s series Raines of Wind Canyon. So far this series is very fast paced letting me read their stories quickly. I really loved Gabe’s character. I love so far how Martin has created each brother. They are all a little different but still very much the same. They all have that same pull of masculinity which pulls you into the story and instantly liking them.
The co-star is Mattie who leads with her heart when helping others but reserves it for those who she finds attractive. She has been brokenhearted and can’t seem to trust. Of course she will learn again especially as she is paired off with Gabe.
The brothers are all in the book which lets you get to know them more but what I liked were some of the side characters who are being featured and having their own story being told along side of Gabe and Mattie, you get more from the story.
Now with a novel like this and all the suspense there was of course a spin on the arson that was happening and who it was connected too.
Against the Fire was easy to get into and fun to read. The third book will be all about Dev the last of the Raines brothers.
Sarah Allen had to leave LA and she had to do it fast. She packed up what she could and drove away with her daughter Holly. Sarah moved back to Wyoming to the only place she knew would be safe but trouble will be following her and she will have nowhere to turn until Jackson Raines offers to help them.
Jackson Raines saw Sarah and after getting over his hurt feelings from years ago he saw that she was running from her past. He wanted to help her and her daughter which meant staying close to them and protecting them from the men who were demanding information from Sarah.
Against the Wind is the first book to Kat Martin’s series Raines of Wind Canyon. I had already read one of the books just to see how the series sounded. It was a story that got me hooked. I wanted to start reading the rest of the series right away but I had a stack of books on my dresser that I needed to read first and I will say the first book was worth the wait. This book once again gives us suspense, romance, some action and a heartwarming story with rugged men. I instantly liked Jackson and Sarah as the story was being told. I liked that Sarah was a fighter and she was not the stuck up girl you thought her to be. Jackson is a thoughtful cowboy and just wants a chance with the girl he could never stopping thinking about. They have their moment and it gets sweet as they will be accompanied by Sarah’s daughter Holly.
There is a little twist with who killed Andrew and I figured out the murderer and the motive pretty quickly but it was still interesting to read and let the story unfold. Now the bad guys were the thugs that wanted the disk drive but personally the cop Mercer seemed like a villain as well.
The second book will be focusing in on Gabe. I liked that Martin focused in on three brothers and branched more from the people who are in the town of Wyoming. I am looking forward to finding out what will come next for Gabe Raines and Dev Raines.
The second book to Erin McCarthy’s series New York Girlfriends is You Don’t Know Jack.
Jamie Peters is a free spirit and tends to pick her guys who are down on their luck but from what the psychic told her she would find her soul mate when she has an accident that included food. She will find her soul mate in Jack but he is not who she believes him to be.
Jonathon “Jack” Davidson knew better than to lie to Jamie but he knew she would never talk to him or give him a chance if she found out who he was. The truth will come out quickly and Jack will have to find a way to get Jamie back even if it meant begging.
The sequel was humorous like the first and there was a little more mystery especially with the hippie looking guy who was watching Jamie. The mystery man is revealed and he stays in the plot but at first I thought he was villain with how McCarthy was staging him to be. I liked the other outcome than what I was thinking.
Now Jamie and Jack steamed up the pages throughout the entire book. I liked that it wasn’t an easy affair to start and there was an endless banter back and forth about whether Jamie could give Jack a chance, but it was not annoying. It felt real as its something Jamie’s character would do. Jack was persistent which I liked and what gave him a great quality was how he treated his grandfather.
The series is now over but I still have my eye on her other series I started Fast Track which I am looking forward to continuing.
Mandy was not ready for the pink strip down the middle of the pregnancy test. She also wasn’t expecting her boyfriend to up and leave saying he can’t deal with another kid. She will find help with her best friends who help her get a new job. Mandy was ready to dislike her boss from all that she heard but she couldn’t, instead she fought the attraction that Damien brought out in her.
Damien needed a new secretary but most only lasted so long, now he had Mandy. He will find attraction with this woman knowing he shouldn’t. He can’t help but be intrigued by her and will take her with him on his week trip to the Caribbean where he will find out the secret Mandy is hiding.
Going for more Erin McCarthy I found the series New York Girlfriends. The Pregnancy Test is the first book to this series. As I have found out from the previous book of McCarthy sex does intertwine in her books among her characters very well. She does the same with Mandy and Damien and it gets a little hot and heavy especially as Mandy is pregnant and has some cravings that only Damien can satisfy.
Now what is cute about this story is how Damien turns protective. He would be the man you wanted to be the baby’s daddy. He is sweet and wants to be part of Mandy’s life along with her little girl. The book gets a little crazy with the psychic and telling these friends their destinies which for Mandy turns out well. Jamie’s future will be told next which looks to be the last book to this series.
Gideon has been enslaved by a witch for several years. He is given human women to drain and the witch will then take his blood which keeps her body young. Gideon is desperate to escape and will soon find it possible with the next woman who is thrown into his cage.
Kay Alissano had no idea where she was when she woke up in a strange room. She will find herself trapped with a vampire and soon realize that she is his next meal but will soon find that with Gideon she will not have to forfeit her life.
Desire the Night was an impulse pick up as I walked the aisle of the library. I decided to give Amanda Ashley a try and found that it was a good book. It wasn’t mind blowing with tons of action or sex but it was a satisfying sit down book that I read pretty quickly. The plot was quick and the characters were easy to follow along with and you knew which ones to hate and to cheer for.
I found myself though asking is this going too fast? Should there be more detail with the characters especially the love that blossoms almost instantly without any supernatural help between Gideon and Kay. It’s a little unbelievable but still there are good transitions through the book.
What I did find annoying was the role of the father, the Alpha werewolf of Kay. He was way too dominating with his wife and daughter. He was a character you didn’t really like but didn’t hate either. The mother was the tragic one and at the end you were glad that at least she found a way out of her own hell even if it was a tragic way.
Now even though I found the father annoying I have a feeling I will be reading more from Amanda Ashley in the future.