**spoiler alert** Natchez Flame is a fairly interesting read. It's not absolutely awesome, but it was pretty good. I enjoyed it and I didn't find myse...more**spoiler alert** Natchez Flame is a fairly interesting read. It's not absolutely awesome, but it was pretty good. I enjoyed it and I didn't find myself bored. It didn't have a full fledged suspense plot, but it had enough of a storyline/plot to keep it interesting. But the majority of the book is about the romance and the characters.
At times Priscilla annoyed me to death. Occasionally she would be this woman who was determined to be independent and to learn how to do things, and at other times, she'd seem completely unable to think for herself. She'd believe every word out of a sleazeball's mouth, yet easily doubt what the man she loved told her. It was just irritating. But she wasn't an overall bad character. Trask was cool too. A pretty typical historical bad-boy. They had some nice chemistry.
A decent read overall. I usually enjoy Kat Martin's books. (less)
I wasn't sure if I'd like this book before I started it, but from very early on, I was hooked. For me, it was a very well-rounded story: great charact...moreI wasn't sure if I'd like this book before I started it, but from very early on, I was hooked. For me, it was a very well-rounded story: great characters, solid romance, and an engaging storyline. More than once I had to make myself put it down to go do something more pressing (like sleeping).
The storyline is a little different than the average romantic suspense book. After finding her husband murdered on the sidewalk in front of their house 2 years earlier, Genny Austin has been having truly disturbing nightmares. It's affected her life in just about every way and she almost never sleeps through the night. One night while walking the beach, she is attacked by 3 hoodlums. Boat captain Jack Brennen comes to her rescue. There's an instant chemistry between the two. But it baffles them. They have absolutely nothing in common. She's a good-girl librarian, and he's a rough and tumble ladies man who just wants to have fun and screw women. The differences don't seem to matter though. They just can't stay away from each other.
Though this book is classified as a romantic suspense, it's more what I call Romance-Fiction...a romance novel with a semi-suspenseful side story. Most of the book is about the romance. And it's an enjoyable relationship to read about. I really liked Genny and Jack. Normally I'm put off by hardcore ladies-men and I generally hate it when the Hero sleeps with another woman in a romance novel, but it worked for this story. Because it was part of Jack's struggle to come to terms with his feelings for Genny and his conflicted emotions about his parents marriage. I just really enjoyed the progression of their relationship, the ups and downs, the undeniable chemistry, and I've always like opposites-attract stories. So two thumbs up for the romance angle of the book.
As for the side story suspense plot...great stuff there, too. I thought in the beginning that all the stuff with Genny's dreams would be annoying, but it was actually rather interesting. She's just your average woman and after a tragic event, she has the most bizarre dreams. Everyone tells her it's just an after affect of her husbands violent death, but the clearer the dreams become, the less sure Genny is of that. It was interesting to read about, and I like the way Martin worked that aspect. It really kept me reading.
All around, this was a very engaging book. Everything about it sucked me in and had me not wanting to put it down. If your a fan of romances with somewhat suspenseful side-plots, then a definitely recommend this book.
NOTE: this book was originally published under the name Kasey Mars.(less)
I've read a handful of Kat Martin's books and enjoyed them so when I saw this series and the western flavor it looked to have, I thought I'd give it a...moreI've read a handful of Kat Martin's books and enjoyed them so when I saw this series and the western flavor it looked to have, I thought I'd give it a go. This first book was okay, but didn't stand out as much as I'd hoped it would.
Series Note: This is the first book in the "Raines of Wind Cayon" series about 3 brothers who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks but were able to turn their lives around.
Summary: Sarah Allen is getting over a devastating time in her life. Her bad marriage to an abusive man ended when he was murdered so Sarah decides to take her daughter and return to her home down of Wind Canyon, Wyoming where she has rented a cottage on a ranch. Little does she know that the ranch is now owned by Jackson Raines, a man she spurned as teenager. And Jackson has never forgotten it.
So when Sarah reappears in his life, he's not the least bit happy. He remembers how she treated him. But it quickly becomes clear to Jackson that Sarah is in danger. He can leave her and young Holly unprotected. Nor can he ignore the feelings that still exist between them. As the two try to figure out what kind of danger Sarah's late husband got her into, they grow closer, but someone wants to get to Sarah. No matter what.
Review: I read this about a month ago and I don't remember much of what I wanted to say about this book.
I didn't mind the story. It falls into that in between of not hating but not loving it. Something about the story just fell a bit flat for me. I'm not sure there's any exact reason why. Everything just came across very average to me.
Plus, the storyline isn't all that original. You've got the poor boy from the wrong side of the tracks growing up to make something of himself. He moves back home, buys a ranch and is an upstanding citizen. Then you have Sarah, who back in high school was a middle class teen who wanted to be part of the rich in-crowd and mocked Jackson for asking her out. She moves away, marries money, then comes running home with her tail between her legs and danger following her when everything falls apart. And the bad boy-turned good Jackson comes riding to the rescue.
It's a rather cliched, much used plot. And there wasn't really anything to make it standout from all the others like it out there.
But it wasn't a bad story. The characters were fairly good and there was a bit of suspense to keep the story moving. The story just lacked some zing to really hook me in.
I'm sure there was more I wanted to say about this book, but I don't remember. Oh well.(less)
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 t...moreThe 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.
Summary: Gabriel Raines is a successful real estate developer in Dallas whose buildings are suddenly going up in flames. The cops find evidence of arson and suspect a local teen with a history of burning buildings. But Mattie Baker, local architect and shelter volunteer, knows the boy couldn't have done it. In order to prove it, she'll team up with Gabe to help find the real culprit.
In doing so, she puts herself in danger because someone wants to hit Gabe where it hurts. They've got a vendetta against Gabe that they'll put paid on no matter what the cost. Gabe is baffled. He doesn't know anyone who'd want to hurt him. And to make things even more confusing, the sparks between him and Mattie are impossible to ignore. But getting Mattie to give in to the chemistry between them is not easy chore. By the time all is said and done, Gabe hopes to be free from the arsonists and to have Mattie by his side, permanently.
Review: Compared to the first book, the suspense angle of this book is so much stronger. Martin does a really good job of developing the plot and keeping the reader engaged in all that's going on. I wouldn't put the story on the same level as a full fledged romantic suspense...like that of a Karen Rose whose stories are suspense with enough romance to make it a romance...it's more of a romance with a nicely developed suspense plot to go with it. But it was a well done aspect of the story. It was pretty well written, logical and interesting to read. It kept my attention in the story, unlike the plot of the first book.
The romance is pretty good as well. I really liked Gabe. He came from a rough beginning but really managed to make something of his life. Plus, he comes around as just an all around nice guy. And the patience he has for Mattie definitely ups his good-guy factor. As for Mattie...I mostly liked her, but she did get frustrating with all her hang-ups. At times it feels like she overblows things in her life and the reasons she's pushing Gabe away seem not enough. But on the whole, the romance was pretty good.
For those of you who read the first book and found it to be a bit blah, I think you'll find this one much more readable. Looking forward to the last book in the trilogy.(less)
Of the three books in this series, this one fell in between. The first book was a little flat, and I enjoyed the second book quite a bit...this one fe...moreOf the three books in this series, this one fell in between. The first book was a little flat, and I enjoyed the second book quite a bit...this one fell in between the two.
Series Note: Third book in Martin's "Raines of Wind Canyon" series about 3 brothers who have bad childhoods and who grow up to make good of their lives. I don't think you have to read them in order, but it may help.
Summary: Devlin Raines is the owner of a successful private investigation company, but these days he's mostly retired an only works on cases that really interest him. When Lark Delaney shows up on his door, at the recommendation of a mutual friend, he's intrigued. Lark's sister recently passed away and on her death bed, her sister asked Lark to find the baby girl she gave up for adoption when she was 16 and make sure she was okay. Lark is determined to complete her sister's dying wish, and make sure her niece is in a safe and loving home. So she goes to Devlin and asks for his help.
As the two begin investigating, it becomes clear that the adoption was less than legal and that they really need to find the little girl and make sure she's alright. Things go from bad to worse when the discover the girl's adopted parents murdered by a ruthless drug lord, but the girl miraculously alive. Lark takes charge of the girl, but it isn't long before the child is kidnapped as revenge. Lark and Devlin will do anything to get her back. And all the while, they try to fight the strong chemistry between them.
Review: This story had a lot of potential to be a great story. The characters are interesting, the plot potential great, and the romance solid. I was expecting this to be a really interesting story, but it didn't quite live up to my expectations. Mostly because of the plot and how it all worked out.
I really liked the premise...Lark wants to make sure the baby her sister gave up for adoption is okay after her sister dies and she asks Dev to help. Great potential there. And it starts off well as the dig around trying to find out what happened to the baby and find out it was an illegal adoption. I was interested in that part. But then things start to go kind of commando. Bring in a ruthless drug lord, a kidnapping, a trip to the Mexico, battles with drug lords while making deal with the drug lord's rival, guns and death and all that...and it gets to be a bit much. I really could have done without all the drug lord stuff.
The romance was fairly decent, though. Lark is a pretty interesting character, a well-known purse designer and Dev a bit of the enigmatic Alpha who has never gotten over being dumped by his fiance. They set off sparks between them right from the start, but Dev doesn't mix business with pleasure, nor does he do relationships anymore. But the two can't resist each other. It's a pretty good romance. I didn't love it, but I did enjoy it.
Martin also introduces some supporting characters that she says she hopes will be spun-off into a second series. I'd probably read it. And you also get some time with the characters from the past books, which is nice.
I think those of you who have been reading this series and enjoying it will probably like this book.(less)
I wasn't sure I was going to read this second "Raines" trilogy since the first one was only so-so for me. But there haven't been many new books out th...moreI wasn't sure I was going to read this second "Raines" trilogy since the first one was only so-so for me. But there haven't been many new books out that have peaked my interest so I thought I'd give it a try. And I'm glad I did. I enjoyed this book quite a bit.
Series Note: This is the fourth book in the "Raines of Wind Canyon" series, which is a low-key romantic suspense series about some sexy Alphas mostly in the security business helping some women in need. This book is the first book in the second trilogy of the series. You don't have to have read the others first as this trilogy is kind of spin-off of the first, taking some of the supporting characters and giving them their own stories.
Summary: A chance meeting by photographer Maggie O'Connell and head of Atlas Security Trace Rawlins leads Maggie to ask Trace for help. She's got someone leaving her creepy notes and calling her house. The police aren't all that willing to help because Maggie's made some mistakes in the past so she has to rely on Trace to help.
Trace is more than willing, but he knows Maggie is keeping secrets from him. And when he finds out, his trust in her is shaken. But it's obvious someone is after Maggie and he just can't leave her hanging. The chemistry between them is strong but both have old hurts they have to get over - and a stalker to stop - if they want a chance at a real relationship.
Review: I read the first trilogy in this series and it was so-so. Nothing that really jumped out at me as really great and making me want to keep reading the series. But like I said, there's been a lack of good new books lately and I figured I'd give this one a try. And I think I'd have to say that this one is the best of the series so far. At least in my opinion.
There's not a whole lot of connection between this new trilogy and the first one, other than the characters knowing each other. It's still considered part of the "Raines" series, but really the Raines only get mentioned in the book. They don't play a role at all. Which is a little disappointing since I like character continuity and running characters. But oh well.
I mostly liked both characters in this story. Trace is a sexy ex-Army Ranger who knows how to kick some ass. He's got a bad ass side, some trust issues, but he's really an all around nice guy and I liked him. And Maggie...I liked the fact that she was an imperfect character. She's made some really bad mistakes in her life but isn't a bad person. Her only serious flaw was that she had some really big TSTL moments that made you, the reader, just want to smack her upside the head.
But they had good chemistry together and I liked the way the relationship progressed between them. Both have trust issues and there's a few times where you kinda role you eyes over it, but it came off realistic.
I really enjoyed the side romance between Maggie's sister, Ashely, and Trace's sort of friend, Jason. Very sweet. I actually would have loved more about them. As in a book just for them. Something about those two just really intrigued me and it was a little disappointing not to get more.
Suspense-wise I thought the book was pretty good. It's not a gritty, intense suspense plot but not so low-key it doesn't seem like suspense. The author did a good job at making me want to keep reading to see what would happen and how it all works out. And whenever a book has me wanting to keep coming back to it is always a good thing. I also liked that the author kept the readers guessing about who the stalker was until the end. It adds to the mystery and suspense.
Really, I had no major complaints about the book. I pretty much enjoyed all of it. It wasn't a 5 star absolutely amazing book, but definitely a solid 4 star read.(less)
Pretty good book. I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the first book in this 2nd Raines trilogy, but it was still a good read.
Series Note: Second book of the second "Raines of Wind Canyon" trilogy. You don't have to have read the first trilogy first, and really, I don't think you have to have read the first book of this second trilogy first either. It stand pretty well on its own.
Summary: When Amy Brewer's sister goes missing in Los Angeles, she knows she'll do anything to find out what happened. So she leaves her home and travels to L.A. where she assumes the life of a stripper, working at the club her sister worked at in order to get answers. And when she catches the eye of P.I. Johnnie Riggs, she'll use him for help, too.
Neither counted out the attraction that develops between them and Johnnie knows he has to help Amy find out what happened to her sister. They had no idea how far the conspiracy went or how much danger they'd end up in. And as they continue to dig deeper, both are stunned at how deep their feelings for each other become.
Review: I really don't have a whole lot to say about this book. It was a pretty good read but there's not a whole lot to talk about. Nothing about the story was absolutely wonderful but there was also nothing really terrible to critique.
The premise of the story is interesting - prim school teacher sister goes undercover as a stripper to find out what happened to her sister - but it's also not the most original plot. It's something I've read before in some form or another. It was done pretty well, though, if a bit idealistic because everyone is so nice and well-meaning.
I liked the characters for the most part but nothing about either of them particularly stood out as memorable. I was bothered a bit by Amy's TSTL tendencies - which was an issue with the last book as well. You can really drag a story down with a TSTL heroine. Amy was that bad, but still made some dumb moves.
And the romance was solid but not exceptional. Some nice chemistry but everything was pretty predictable. I've read better and I've read worse. I really liked the side-story that revolved around Amy's sister and another supporting character. It was very sweet and I wish we'd gotten more of that in the book. I want to know what happened with them.
Which makes the book on the whole solidly in the average, slightly above average range. Good but not great but also not bad. Worth reading but not anything I'd say one needed to run right out and buy and read.(less)
A little better than the last book in the series, but not quite as good as the first book in the second trilogy of this series.
Series Note: Sixth book...moreA little better than the last book in the series, but not quite as good as the first book in the second trilogy of this series.
Series Note: Sixth book in the "Raines of Wind Canyon" series, and third book in the second trilogy of the series. I don't think you have to have read the other books first. They stand pretty well on their own.
Summary: Sage Dumont, one of the vice presidents of her family's Marine Drilling corporation, is about to close on a huge deal to buy some used drilling equipment from Saudi Arabian sheik. Unfortunately, some people are not happy about the deal and her grandfather hires Jake Cantrell to be Sage's bodyguard until the negotiations are complete.
At first, Jake and Sage set each other on edge, but attraction quickly takes over. The more they learn about each other, the more they want each other. Unfortunately, someone doesn't want Sage to make her deal. And to make matters worse, they learn some disturbing information related to the sheik's visit to the U.S. Jake and Sage have to race to find answers. And when its over, neither is sure they'll be able to walk away from each other.
Review: I liked this book for the most part. I thought it had a more interesting plot than the last book in the series.
The plot is is dual-faceted in that there are two different things going on that Jake and Sage have to find answers. But the two aspects work well together very well. I thought the author did a good job building a fairly realistic, well-developed storyline that kept me interested and reading.
I also enjoyed the two characters. Jake's a sexy loner with a big heart. Sage is a woman with a strong sense of loyalty to her grandfather. And thankfully, she's mostly lacking the TSTL gene the heroines of the previous two books had. These two together had good chemistry and the internal battles they faced over whether they could be together gave the relationship a lot of realism.
Overall, it was a pretty well done story. Nothing absolutely great but above average, definitely. I enjoyed it and it kept me reading, wanting to know how everything would work out. And the author did a good job of setting up the characters for the next trilogy. I'll be looking forward to reading about them.(less)