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Against the Fire (Against Series / Raines of Wind Canyon #2)

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,327 Ratings  ·  143 Reviews

You can't fight what you can't see. And Gabriel Raines can't be sure just who's setting the fires in his new real-estate development. When two fires hit back-to-back, he knows it's personal, but any number of competitors or ex-employees could be the arsonist.
The police suspect Angel Ramirez, a local teen who's been in trouble before. But Mattie Baker, a volunteer at the F
ebook, 275 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Mira Books (first published January 25th 2011)
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Very good book with excellent suspense and good romance. Gabe overcame a rough childhood and has become a successful development and construction businessman. When one of his projects is torched by an arsonist, a young teen with a previous record is accused and arrested. Mattie is a successful architect and volunteers with a local Family Abuse Center. When a teen she's been working with is accused of arson, she's determined to show he's innocent.

I loved the initial meeting between Gabe and Matti
Mary Gramlich
Feb 02, 2011 Mary Gramlich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AGAINST THE FIRE written by Kat Martin
Book #2 in the Raines of Wind Canyon Series
01/11 - Mira - Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages

You always get burned when you play with fire but sometimes the heat is passion.

Gabriel Raines is a tough native son of Wyoming turned Texas transplant no matter what way you looked at it. He grew up tough from neglect and bullying; did his time as a Marine and faced his demons on the battlefield; and ran a successful construction and renovation business. But Gabe was n
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
Gabe Raines is an ex-marine who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks in Wind Canyon, Wyoming with his two brothers and an alcoholic mother. Now owning a successful construction company, he’s a long way away from being referred to as one of those “No account Raines boys.” Living the life as a prominent bachelor, Gabe wasn’t looking for a relationship but enjoyed the occasional sleep over with a lovely lady. When one of his construction projects is set to fire he runs into good-looking Mattie B ...more
The first book in this series was a bit lackluster, but I thought this one had a lot more spark to it (no pun intended). There's a lot more depth to the story and it was just more engaging.

Series Note:
Second book in Martin's "Raines of Wind Canyon" series about 3 brothers who had bad childhoods but turned their lives around. I wouldn't necessarily say you need to read the first book first.

Gabriel Raines is a successful real estate developer in Dallas whose buildings are suddenly going up
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My thoughts and feelings while reading:

0.0% Excited for this one - an ex-military hero! :D I love military/law enforcement heros (past or present)! :D :D <3 <3

9.0% Smart lady.
Yep she's definitely smart - cant wait to see where this goes :) The case has me really intrigued already :) and Im really looking forward to seeing more of Mattie and Gabe :)

11.0% Her job was all she had to keep her going, the only thing that kept her from total despair.
Oh poor Mattie :(

13.0% not quite certain hims
Suzanne Barrett
Mar 24, 2011 Suzanne Barrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Against the Fire is book two in the Raines of Wind Canyon trilogy and is the story of middle brother builder/developer Gabriel Raines and architectural designer Mattie Baker.

Mattie suffers scars from being raised by a mother who struggled to provide after her husband died and left her unprepared to earn a living. Mattie also had a devastating affair and pregnancy that has left her determined not to place her trust in any man. She has to achieve and provide for herself, no matter what. This theme
Virginia Campbell
"The Raines of Wind Canyon" is a romantic suspense trilogy from Kat Martin featuring three semi-reformed bad-boy brothers. The Raines brothers endured a difficult childhood, and each overcame their obstacles in a different manner. While they are very close, they are also very strong individuals. "Against the Fire", the second entry in the series, is all about the middle brother Gabriel and his fight against an unknown enemy bent on setting ablaze all that Gabriel has fought to achieve. A former ...more
Kat Martin jams a suspense filled story in Against the Fire. The story is the second book in the Raines of Canyon Wind trilogy. Gabriel Raines is running a successful construction company. He has several properties under his belt but one night he receives a call that one of the properties is set on fire. His luck is changed and he has to figure out who the arsonist is before they can do further damage.

Mattie Baker is called down to the police station because a teenager (Angel) she mentors is acc
Apr 03, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At First Gabe Raines Thought The Kid Angel Set His Remolding Project On Fire, But It Was Proven To Be A Professional Job. Gabe Felt Sorry For The Teen And Was Glad He Was There At The Police Station To See A Whirl Wind Spit Of A Woman Barreled Through The Doors Saying Angel Was Innocent.

Mattie Baker Volunteered At The Family Recovery Center In Addition Of Being Head Architect At Dewalt, Greeley, And Associates Designs. She Had Come To Know Angel And His Family And Was Convinced The Teen Was Inno
Hope Frost
Mar 26, 2011 Hope Frost rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An exciting, suspenseful tale set in Dallas, you will hold your breath as each fire brings even more danger for Mattie and Gabe. I thought I had the fire bug picked out within the first few chapters. So many twists and turns. Finally Dev (the younger Raines brother) steps in with his own theories and adds more suspects to the pile. A definite page turner, I am counting down the days to Dev's book, Agains The Law
Feb 02, 2011 Alison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
I'm loving these Raines brothers! I can't wait to read Dev's story!
Tricia Douglas
Mar 20, 2011 Tricia Douglas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-romance
another good story; quick read; good characters
Mar 06, 2011 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!!
Feb 03, 2015 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gabriel Raines, the middle Raines brother, has a successful construction/remodeling business in Dallas. He buys old properties and restores them, and current projects underway when the book opens include an historic theater and an apartment building that had been condemned. Mattie Baker is a successful, award winning architect, who puts in lots of hours at the office, but also finds time to volunteer at a local family resource center, working with families who are putting their lives back togeth ...more
Lis Carey
Jan 20, 2011 Lis Carey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
The is the second book in the Raines brothers trilogy, and it's the second brother, Gabriel Raines's turn. He's built a successful construction business, and life is looking good until someone starts torching his construction sites.

After the first fire, the police quickly pick up a young man seen near the fire, Angel Ramirez. He had a previous arson conviction, but his family has been getting help from the Family Resource Center, and he's become a hardworking, well-behaved high school student.
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4.75 Stars

Against the Fire is the story of the middle Raines brother Gabriel Raines. He lives in Dallas where he runs a successful construction company. They do mostly remodels of office buildings, but there is a problem someone isn’t to happy with him. These fires keep happening at his projects, and the only thing that came from it is he met Mattie.

Mattie Baker approaches Gabe to tell him that the first suspect arrested couldn’t have set the fire even wit
Oct 31, 2012 Nell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Against the Fire was a good book from the start. I think what made it so interesting and kept me reading and not being able to put it down was the fires just as much as the couple in the book. I liked that it took Gabe, the lead male character, a little time to get Matty, the lead female character, to trust him and accept him. Matty’s character was interesting, and I understood her unwillingness to get involved with Gabe. I didn’t like that she lied to herself more than she lied to Gabe; besides ...more
Feb 11, 2011 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this, the second book in the Raines Brothers trilogy, Gabriel Raines finds himself targeted when two of his development properties are set aflame by an unidentified arsonist. The police suspect a neighborhood kid, Angel Ramirez of setting the fires. Mattie Baker comes to Angel's defense. Having been in trouble himself as a kid, Gabe gives Angel the benefit of the doubt and works with Mattie to prove his innocence. Can they survive the fire that has ignited between them and identify the true a ...more
Connie N.
Jun 03, 2013 Connie N. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd give this more of a 3.75 if I could, but I liked it much more than the first in the series. The characters were quite likable but they really had kind of a 1-dimensional relationship--all about sex. That pretty much defined their knowledge about each other throughout most of the book. Now the sex part was hot, don't get me wrong, but there was not a lot of character building here, believe me. The hero Gabe seemed a little over-the-top he-man for my taste, but Mattie seemed perfectly happy wi ...more
Nov 27, 2011 Brittany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-challenge
I enjoyed this book a lot more then the first and I highly enjoyed the first. You can see, or at least I could, the difference an evolution of the writer from Book one to Book two. I thought the story was a lot more solid and the plot was perfectly paced and laid out. The one issue I had with the first book was it seemed to be all over the place at some points. This book had none of those issues. The mystery was awesome and kept you guessing till the near end. The romance was realistic but hot a ...more
♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡

This is the second brothers story. He's a builder, whose buildings are being claimed by an arsonist. The first suspect was a young mexican boy who frequented a family center where a woman helped him be dismissed as the suspect... Just your basic Guy meets girl on a fluke & man are they meant to be together, but the girl is resisting because of some crappy past man who ruined her potential love life... While they try to find the bad guy.

Not much to say. These books don't seem to be on
Jul 02, 2015 Maqluba marked it as dropped  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: got-too-boring
nothing was wasn't fast enough for me honestly. I feel like I've had this problem before with the author but I can't remember from what book.
Brittany Shivers
Kat Martin delivers another story that will pull you along.

Gabriel Raines wakes to the news one of his real-estate developments has burned. Arson is soon determined and a suspect caught.

Mattie Baker is frantic when the teen she's been monitoring is arrested for arson. As she attempts to help him she crosses paths with the man who's place was burned. With Gabe's help Mattie manages to clear the teen.

After more fires occur the danger to Gabe grows. When the threat expands to others Mattie teams wi
3.5 Stars.....Better than a 3 but not quite a 4 :)
It was so good ,it had a great plot and i just fell in love with the characters.

Gabe is totally awesome and i loved getting to read his book ,he's so sweet and funny and i was so gald how his story unfolded ,i thought it was great how he ends up meeting Mattie, Sometimes i didn't understand her reasons for trying to stay away from Gabe ,he's such a great guy .

Mattie was ok ,she kinda ticked me off a few times ,i don't understand why she was trying to keep Gabe at arm's length ,which is totally u
Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter
This book was pretty boring. I liked the characters but for the storyline...I don't know - it didn't work for me. Even the sex scenes were...kind of trivial. :(
Apr 23, 2015 Reem rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Chris Bails
May 10, 2011 Chris Bails rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was great. The whole series has been great so far.
Construction entrepreneur and middle Raines brother, Gabriel, meets Social Worker Volunteer and Architect, (Matilda) Mattie Baker meet when one of Gabe's projects is an arson target. The police arrest one of Mattie's clients but she is able to convince Gabe that they're wrong and the police look for a different suspect.

Mattie was brought up to not rely on men and after a broken heart and no good role model in her past, she takes it all seriously cynically. She's definitely not ready for love or
Against the Fire
3 Stars

There is something about Kat Martin's clipped writing style that turns me off - she tends to build her scenes up well but cuts them off at the precise moment they take hold, and the reader is left with a "huh, what just happened" feeling.

The characters are likable and share an intense attraction. Gabe is smart, sexy and down to earth, the perfect match for commitment phobic Mattie, who slowly manages to build trust with Gabe in a process that has a truthful ring to it.

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Kathleen Kelly Martin (aka Kathy Lawrence, Kasey Mars)

Kathleen Kelly was born on 14 July 1947 in the Central Valley of California, USA. She obtained a degree in Anthropology and also studied History at the University of California in Santa Barbara. She was a real estate broker, when she met her future husband, Larry Jay Martin. A short time after the two became acquainted, Larry asked her to read
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