Friday, December 30, 2011


Book 4 in the Raines of Wind Canyon/Against Series
Publisher: Mira/Harlequin Publishing
Date Published: 2011
ISBN 9780778312925
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Author’s Publicist

Maggie O’Connell has a problem and she is scared to the bone. Someone is stalking her, sending menacing letters and phone calls. Maggie doesn’t know what to do but she has no idea what will happen. Until she meets Trace Rawlins and finds this cowboy is much more than a pretty face. He is also in the security business and doesn’t take Maggie’s situation as a joke. But Trace is digging deep to figure out who is harassing Maggie and what he finds, may end the fragile relationship that is building between them. Can Maggie let Trace in on the secrets of her past before Trace finds out? Can Trace, who has major trust issues, find a way to keep Maggie safe even as he stumbles head over heels in love with her?

AGAINST THE STORM is Ms. Martin’s fourth book in the series, The Raines of Wind Canyon/Against Series, and is an edge of your seat adventure with some twists that will leave you gasping in shock even as it careens into another twist. This is a masterful author who knows how to tell a story and deliver just enough intrigue, romance and suspense to draw her readers in and leave them aching for more. The characters are intriguing and very well defined. The story is an edge of the seat roller coaster ride from start to finish. You really get a sense of who the characters are and that is the best part of this series. The author lets them shine in the story and the reader sees the person, vulnerabilities and all, within the pages. The story flowed nicely, writing was tight and the passion fairly leapt off the pages whenever Trace and Maggie were on the same page.

Trace is an ex-ranger, alpha male who has a weakness for red heads. Falling for Maggie was a no-no in his book but he couldn’t resist the temptation as he fell under her spell. I loved Trace. He was the sort of hero I fall in love with and I can honestly say, I wouldn’t mind him sweeping me off my feet any day. Maggie has secrets and trouble seems to find her, no matter where she is. Maggie is a woman who I really wanted to slap silly sometimes. She refused to tell Trace her secrets even though they caused her such grief, when Trace found them out-not necessarily by her either. She made me so mad at times but then again, I understood her reasoning as well. She didn’t want to make it seem she was a drama queen or worse, a liar. But that is what Trace saw, especially as he demands honesty in every aspect of his life. Can Trace overcome his trust issues to have Maggie by his side? Can Maggie trust Trace to keep her safe? Ms. Martin delivers that and more with a great sub-plot involving Maggie’s sister that had me hoping they show up in a future book. I would love to see more of Ashley and Jason.

AGAINST THE STORM is a wonderful addition to the Raines of Wind Canyon and Ms. Martin is now on my auto-buy list for this series. I am eager to discover other gems in her back-listed titles and can’t wait to read the next book in this addicting series. If you enjoy a story that will leave you breathless until the very end, then grab AGAINST THE STORM and settle in for one pulse pounding ride.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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