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Against the Edge (Against Series / Raines of Wind Canyon #8)

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A child he's never met. A danger he's never known.

That he's a father is news former navy SEAL Ben Slocum was not expecting. But once the initial shock wears off for the confirmed bachelor, he takes in the rest of what social worker Claire Chastain tells him: that his son is missing, abducted by a man who wants revenge against Claire and Sam's dead mother. And that Ben is n
ebook, 290 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by Mira Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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I could write a really long review, but I already wasted a day reading this damn book - so go elsewhere for more info. I am going to stick to the issues for myself and the Safety Gang. This book was a hot mess.

I usually like romantic suspense. Maybe it is the author, this book, or just the many issues I noted below. I may give her one more chance but I doubt it.

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0.0% Hopefully starting this tomorrow :) Looking forward to it :D
Haven't actually had time to start this yet :'( life has been really really hectic the last couple days but I should def have time to start this tonight if not tomorrow for sure! Just wanna read! :'(

4% When she had come to Houston, she hadn’t been sure Ben Slocum would help her. But then she saw his face as he looked at his son for the very first time, and she had believed not
Book Binge
Aug 02, 2013 Book Binge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Those of us who have read the books in this series know that the heroes and heroines are gritty and plucky people who have taken the challenges of life, some of them quite extraordinary, and have woven them into the warp and woof of their lives. For a Navy SEAL, life is seen through a very specialized set of lenses. These individuals are prepared to deal with just about anything and no matter how challenging. Yet finding out that one has a child about whom they were completely ignorant has to be ...more

For some reason I put off reading this book for a long time. I have had it for about two years now and have only just gotten around to reading it. I am not sure what it is exactly that made me reluctant to read this book. Every time I picked it up I put it down again without even starting it. Finally, I managed to pick this up and start reading it and I am glad I did because I ended up liking it.

Kat Martin did a great job of creating this tense and steamy romance. It was well written, had depth
Amber Daulton
This is the first book I’ve read from Kat Martin and I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Raines of Wind Canyon series. This particular book, however, didn’t live up to the series hype in my opinion. While it was a good story with a good plot idea, I think this novel would’ve been better as a novella since it dragged on for me.

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The first half of the story was repetitive. The main characters, Ben and Claire, are working together to find Ben’s
Against the Edge is the eighth book in Ms Martin's Raines of Wind Canyon series and as usual I just jumped straight into Against the Edge and I had no problems with jumping in with an already established series as judging by Against the Edge each book has different characters that don't always connect with the previous books other than a mention of other characters and such.

While I liked Against the Edge I had some problems with believing in the romance between the main character's Ben and Clair
Dec 05, 2013 Darla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, I liked sweet, passionate Claire and strong, protective, but emotionally shut down Ben. It was a total make up for all the other previous, badly done "delinquent" daddy themed books I had read. Neither character was overly foolish and they both seemed believable to me. I loved how as soon as Ben found out about his son, he was all in and ready to track him down and bring him home. I loved how despite how uptight Claire appeared to be she stood on her own and wouldn't ...more
Ann Keller
Aug 26, 2014 Ann Keller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, mystery, suspense
Awesome book by this author! I love the perfect balance of suspense and mystery. The characters are gritty and raw at times. She really did her research on this one, too. Very true to life.
Dec 05, 2014 Janeiowa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ms Martin writes superb romantic suspense. This one will keep you on the edge of your seat with her complex storyline and well-drawn characters.
Mar 18, 2013 Kimberly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Each book in the Raines of Wind Canyon features an ex-military alpha-male who is perfect in every way but slightly flawed in the commitment department. They work in security or as private investigators and ultimately fall for a strong, independent woman. Kat Martin dishes up great suspense virtually guaranteeing me an engaging read with swoon worthy characters. She mixes in some romance, a little heat and a few giggles. She raised the bar with Against the Edge, this was intense, sweet and ke ...more
Mar 05, 2013 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Against the Edge (The Raines of Wind Canyon, #8)

I have read 4 out of the 8 books in the Raines of Wind Canyon series. This one does not disappoint in drama,suspense,action and likeable characters. It is also steamy. I admit to skipping over the sex scenes. Good plot,lots of different characters.

Claire is a social worker and she wanted to get custody of her friends son Sam after she dies but judge said no. Then Sam disappeared from his foster family home. Who did not report him missing fo
Donna McBroom-Theriot
Kat Martin has definitely raised the bar as series go with 'Against the Edge'. The third book in the Against series has all the romance and intrigue as the Book 1 and Book 2, while keeping the readers sitting on the edge of their seats in anticipation of each next event as the pages are turned.

"I'm going to find my son. It doesn't matter if he's run away or if this guy Bridger took him. The minute I saw that picture, I had no other choice."

Set in the bayous and swamps of Northern Louisiana, Kat
Ben Slocum is a sexy playboy who loves 'em and leaves him. He lost his heart once and he refuses to go through that hell again. But when Claire Chastain shows up unexpectedly at his front door, the rules of the game change.

Claire explains that he has a son, Sam -- a fact he never knew--and that the little boy has gone missing. She is hoping that Ben can use his expert skills and help her. He is a seasoned ex-military (SEAL) man as well as a PI who is trained for danger.

Claire has her own reaso
Wow is all I can say after this edge of the seat ride Ms. Martin delivers in AGAINST THE EDGE. With her trademark writing style, Ms. Martin pulls out all the stops as she tells a tale of a confirmed bachelor finding he has a child, one that needs his help desperately. Add in a few twists that leave you gasping in shock, well lets just say Ben and Claire are in a race against the clock to find this little boy before it is too late. I love Ms. Martin’s Raines of Wind Canyon series and each book de ...more
Deb Kendall
Sep 17, 2016 Deb Kendall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
8th book in series. It's the story of Ben and Claire. Claire is the social worker helping Sam find his father. His mother just died of breast cancer and Claire was her best friend and promised to find him. Ben is very surprised to learn he has a son and that is has been kidnapped. Ben and Claire are out tracking him down and end up falling for each other.
Viviane Crystal
May 09, 2013 Viviane Crystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ben Slocum is a very popular lady’s man. He’s good-looking and women are automatically attracted to him, but he’s of the “love ‘em and leave ‘em” variety. Except now he’s in for the shock of his life when a Social Worker, Claire Chastain, shows up at his door and informs him he has a son, Sam. Ben’s in shock and even more so as he can’t figure out why his ex-girlfriend never told him about Sam but he can’t spend too much time right now as he also finds out that Sam has been kidnapped by the ex-b ...more
Cindy ~ SnS Reviews
Eight books into this series and it’s still as strong as ever. Kat Martin has delivered another hot alpha man with great suspenseful story.

Ben’s your typical hard-headed alpha man. He got burnt once in the love department and has sworn off ever falling in love again ever since. He wanted to be a Navy Seal and he successfully was till an injury took him out. He’s now been working as a PI at his best friend Trace Rawlins firm. What he never expected was to come home from one of his night stands a
She Schenker
Aug 17, 2013 She Schenker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ben Slocum had no idea that he had a son until Claire Chastain turns up at his doorstep. The boy has gone missing and Claire has come to the conclusion that his former Navy SEAL father is just the one to help find him. Once Ben comes to grips with the fact that he does have a son, nothing is going to stop him from finding the boy and bringing him home. Claire, who is very close to the boy and was a good friend to his late mother, is beside Ben every step of the way. The two face many dangers as ...more
May 11, 2013 ChattyKat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, well, well... if you like a good old fashioned rugged Alpha Male then this is a great book to pick up. Ben is an ex-SEAL and a ladies man. He always intended it to stay that way until he meets Claire. Claire is a challenge for Ben... she's tough, hard headed and most of all a connection to a past he thought was behind him for good. Ben has a son and he is missing and Claire is the key to helping him find the son he never knew he had.
There is plenty to keep you turning the pages as Claire
Mary Gramlich
Apr 25, 2013 Mary Gramlich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Secret discoveries are sometimes miracles in disguise

Ben Slocum is a seasoned PI, was a former Navy SEAL, and right now a well-honed machine able to take a hit and get back up running. When Claire Chastain shows up at his door and tells me that he not only has a son that boy has been kidnapped Ben could have been knocked down by a feather.

Of course at first Ben did not believe it but Claire showed him one picture that closed the door on doubt. Now Ben goes into search and find mode, using every
Apr 24, 2013 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed

What an amazing story! I was very hesitant because it was a Harlequin book. I am not a regular Harlequin reader. Well, thanks to Kat Martin that fact has changed, at least with her stories. With a good balance between romance and adventure, Against the Edge was definitely worth taking the time to read.

Ben Slocum is your typical Harlequin hero. Macho, sexy, well-built Ben is tough and doesn't need anyone. At least that’s what he thinks. Enter smart and sexy Claire Chastain and, of course, she nee
Linda Walters
Dec 26, 2016 Linda Walters rated it really liked it
It's a great story with lots of intense action, mysteries and romance. Did I mention that it's intense? And right now, I'm only talking about the chase to find Sam, Ben's son. There are plenty of mysteries and near misses when it comes to recovering Sam. Great main characters and even really good secondary people in the story too. It was a wild ride and that's before you even add in the wild, intense, physical attraction between Ben and Claire. They do the best that they can to keep away from ac ...more
Cheshire Public Library
Against the Edge is book number eight in the Against series. You don’t need to read the others in any order as they stand alone just fine.

Former Navy SEAL Ben Slocum receives the shock of his life when a stranger appears on his doorstep announcing that a child he didn’t even know he had is missing. Claire Chastain is a friend of the boy’s late mother and is desperate to find him and seeks Ben’s help. They band together to track down the kidnapper, all the while trying to fight the attraction the
Jun 27, 2013 Marcia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The hot, rugged former navy seal Ben Slocum finds Claire on his doorstop the morning after a hot night. To be told he has a son and that he is missing inspires all kinds of emotion in the man who never wanted to be the type of father he had. The only person he can slake his anger on is Claire. But how can you be mad at someone who wants to help you find your child as desperately as you.

Claire only knows what she has been told about Ben from his ex. He should not make her hot or think about a fut
Ok it was really good ,I loved Ben's story .

Ben is such a great guy ,I felt so bad when he learns he has a son who is now 9 years old and that his cheating ex never told him about the kid she seems like a bitch ,you learn a little more about her later but still what she did no matter what reason was wrong.

I have issues with Claire,she's a social worker and she let a kid keep living with his drunk of a mother ,I mean she never hit the kid but still,and then when she learned who the Sam's father i
Lovers of romantic suspense will enjoy Against the Edge, the latest installment of The Raines of Wind Canyon series. Kat Martin always writes about headstrong heroines who have a touch of vulnerability underneath their strong exteriors, and Claire Chastain is no different. Likewise, Ben Slocum mesmerizes as a strong and protective protagonist. Martin aptly blends Ben’s Navy SEAL expertise—¬weapons knowledge, mission planning, and hostage extraction—with a passionate lover. As a result, she creat ...more
Julie Barrett
Dec 18, 2013 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Against the Edge by Kat Martin
Ben Slocum has fathered a child he didn't know he had and here is Claire the social worker-friend of the mother who's passed away informing him the child's been kidnapped.
Love this series and the meticulous thinking and uncovering clues to find the child. He's an ex-Seal and has friends that are as highly trained as him.
Love catching up with the others in the family and the travel involved as the main focus takes you places you've never been.
Caring story as the fath
Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
I am so thankful that I was introduced to Ms. Martin’s books last year. This is the second book I have read of hers and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the Raines of Wind Canyon because these are the kind of books that make for a wonderful reading experience.

Former Navy Seal Ben Slocum arrives home from a wedding to find social worker Claire Chastain on his doorstep. She has some startling information for him. His ex-fiancé is dead and she left behind a son named Sam. He has been ki
Apr 15, 2013 Judith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 out of 5. Another edgy novel (no pun intended) in a series that has continued to please those of us who really like these novels and the people who continue to fascinate and keep us involved in their lives. Furthermore, it's a fascinating look at a life and culture that isn't usually a part of romance novels unless they're paranormals or some such, and here the hero comes up against the hard-nosed and very intractible attitudes of those who are dead set against a world outside their own lim ...more
Jun 02, 2013 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ben Slocum, a former Navy SEAL now living and working in Houston as a PI (and a "love'em & leave'em" confirmed bachelor) is in for the shock of his life! Arriving home from a one-night stand, Claire Chastian, a social worker from Los Angeles, is at his doorstep with news that he has a 9-year-old son! However, Sam, whose mother was an old flame of Ben's who recently died from cancer, has vanished from his foster home. While police consider Sam a runaway, Claire suspects he left with an unsavo ...more
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