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Against Me

(Cedar Tree #3)

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Patience has always been Caleb Whitetail's strength. Quiet and unassuming is what you see with the GFI investigator, but the blood boils hot right under the surface. He kept his distance for years only to see the woman who has held his attention almost lose her life not just once, but twice. He is done standing in the shadows.

Katie Acker, once a tough and athletic security
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Published April 1st 2015 by Everafter Romance (first published March 13th 2015)
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Freya has created a cast of characters that I can't get enough of. While each story is centered around two awesome people she is weaving stories in the backdrop like a seamstress. There is always something else going on behind the scenes that keeps you guessing. This installment was the love story of Caleb and Katie and was 4 yrs in the m
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Aimee Shannon
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Honestly, the books get better each time and I loved the first one! Freya Barker has given me an opportunity to read about real women living real lives who still get swept off their feet and find romance and true love. I adore that the heroines have issues, for Katie, it's something that recently happened to her and she's having to adjust her world. I adore that Katie pushes herself but also acknowledges her limitations. And I adore that Caleb loved her when she was fit and able and when she was ...more
Erin Hurst
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-for-b-b
This was my first time reading a Freya Barker book and I really enjoyed it. So much so that I am going to go back and read the rest of the series and will keep getting them as she writes the Cedar Tree Series.

This book surrounds 2 of the GFI investigators the series follows. At the beginning Katie is wheelchair bound from an attack. We see that Caleb is right by her side and it takes Katie awhile to realize its out of more than friendship feelings. There are so many twists and turns with both o
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Pam
Nov 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Throughout this series Caleb we have gotten to see a little of his caring and compassionate side. The way he as stepped up and spent so much time with Katie during her recovery was not a surprise to me. It was fun to see his alpha male come out a little when he was pushing Katie to get back into existence and leave the hospital. His take charge work ethics coming out in full force. And when he was forced to face his past head on, I think it was a little easier for him to do know he was helping t ...more
sue
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it


I decided to offer a review for this book whilst helping on a blog tour.
I didn't realize it was part of a series so I have thrown myself in at the deep end.

I realized early on that there were two people here that had a past, but they still had chemistry between them.

In with the romance bit is thrown in crime and suspense which worked very well together. It definitely kept it away from being slushy.

I admire that the author Freya Barker had characters written in that had mobility issues, what I re
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LLEP  Book Blog
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was given Against Me (Cedar Creek #3) by Freya Barker in exchange for an honest review. I give this book 4 stars. Going in to this reading I knew that it was part of a series, but it can be read alone. It is good to read the series from the beginning though, because the previous books characters are important to what is happening with this couple, you also get a lot of the history for each of these characters. Caleb has been in love with Katie for quite a few years, but has been waiting for he ...more
Kristen
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this book at an author signing event and I LOVED it! I've read the other two books in the series and I think I enjoyed this one the most. Caleb had always been a favorite character of mine from previous books and I was happy he and Katie got their own story. And what a story it was!!! I love how Freya is able to portray characters. Her characters are not perfect. She shows them in a real way. Disabilities are not flaws or imperfections but a part of the ...more
Kelly with Sugar Shack Book Blog
I recieved a copy for an honest review.

I would like to start by saying this is my first book by Freya and I will be going back and reading the others. Her writing and story blew me away.

I fell in love with Katie and Caleb right from the start. I love how Caleb is with Katie!

Both Katie and Caleb are dealing with some pretty heavy isssues, Caleb having to return home for his work and Katie going through her brutal recovery.

The story was so well written and amazing! I dont want to give too much aw
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Fidah
Apr 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Against Me by Freya Barker is the third book in the Cedar Tree series. Each book in the series follows a new set of main characters but I would recommend reading it from the first. Personally, I didn't and I realised that I wasn't able to connect with most of the characters easily. I don't think I connected with any of them enough for me to feel something strong for the story so it was a little upsetting. However, the characters were likeable. I liked their qualities and personalities. It was un ...more
Debra Lavoie
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I’ve fallen in love with Freya Barker’s books.

Against Me Starts at the end of Slim To None and delves deeper into Katie and Caleb. Caleb has had deep feelings for Katie for some time but knows she loves Gus. The pair are thrown together while working a case and Caleb is able to show her how he feels. The case they’re working has many twists and turns and a special surprise.

She always has me laughing out loud. The next minute I’m knee deep in kick- butt action with strong women and loving men. I
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Tina Todd shobe
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the 3rd book in the Cedar Tree Series but can easily be stand alone. I was really drawn into this book, in fact, I read it in one sitting. Caleb and Katie are partners at work, Katie is severely injured and you see Caleb who has been standing on the side showing how much he cares for Katie. The way these two interact is awesome! I really loved this book!
Petra Gleason
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Caleb is so damn likeable in this book and even though I never really connected with Katie from the prior books, in this book she really shines and I enjoyed her character a lot. Freya Barker has sucked me in with this series!
Rebecca
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Where the fuck do I start this review???

Because wow. Just. Fucking. WOW.

The Cedar Tree series which I have just read back to back is outstanding. Freya Barker is just crazy ass talented and I’m totally fucking overexcited with my discovery and wanting the world to know, this means in my usual fashion the profanity when excited goes into overdrive, leaving me swearing like a sailor with tourettes, however as her writing is so flawless and overwhelmingly real – whilst also being hot as fuck (see I
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Kim
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Hundred to One featuring Arlene and Seb was the first book I read in this series and I really enjoyed it so I jumped on the chance to read Caleb and Katie's story. And I loved it even more than Hundred to One!

Katie was horribly injured suffering a traumatic brain injury in Slim to None and has been living in a rehab facility trying to relearn everything from how to speak coherently to how to walk again. For a woman who was vibrant, active, feisty and used to being in the thick of GFI's
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Tracy
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Cedar Tree series is fast becoming one of my all time faves....Having read and thoroughly enjoyed the first two books I've been looking forward to reading Caleb & Katie's story, and once again, Freya didn't disappoint with Against Me!!!

We had met both Katie and Caleb earlier in the series but didn't know a huge amount about either of them. As this story starts Katie is recovering from an accident and Caleb is there as the concerned 'friend & co-worker' though that's far from what he
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Marina (Living In Our Own Story)
Freya Barker is a completely new author to me and I have to say that the main reason I picked up Against Me was because I am meeting her at a signing in a little bit over two short weeks. Well, I have to say that I thank my lucky stars :) The book started a little bit slow for me but once I pushed over the first 30-40 pages, I found myself engrossed into the story and the characters. I loved the smart entanglement between suspense and romance, between danger and love :)

Caleb and Katie are quite
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Itsy Bitsy Book Bits
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Against Me by Freya Barker is book 3 in the Cedar Tree series. This book focuses on Caleb and Katie who you meet off and on in the first two books in the series. Katie works for GFI as a private investigator with Gus until he brings in Caleb.  Once Caleb sees Katie hes instantly attracted they develop a professional relationship over the years.  Katie ends up hospitalized after she suffers severe head trauma trying to protect Emma (Gus' wife) in book one. Upon waking up Katie see's Calebs face f ...more
Kim
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
To be honest I wasn’t sure if I would like this book as well as the first two because I never really liked Katie, ya know the whole Gus thing in the first book. I went in to this one knowing I would love Caleb and just hoping Katie was good enough for him in the end. Of course I also wanted all the updates on everyone in Cedar Tree too. So I went in to this one with an open mind about Katie but I have to admit I started feeling stabby about her just reading the prologue. There were several times ...more
Wednesday Stanley
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the first time I have read a book in this series and by this author. I have seen these books before and thought they looked interesting. So I was happy when I got the chance to review this book. Though since I haven't read any of the other two books in this series I'm not familiar with the character's.


This story starts out with Katie recovering from an accident. Throughout the book Katie struggles with her disability, both mentally and physically. There were a few times I thought she w
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Karen Hrdlicka
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is book 3 in the Cedar Tree series and I think it may well be my favorite. All of the characters from the previous two books make their appearances and their lives are interconnected professionally and personally. Caleb has always appeared to be the strong silent type, however, his emotions run deep. Although he thought the woman he was attracted to was involved with a friend, he buried his feelings and worked beside Katie without letting his emotions show. However, when she was injured in ...more
Marissa
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kindle Copy for Review

Cedar Tree is a small town not known to be dangerous and spouting criminal activities until recently. Do not tell that to Emma Young, Arlene Bowers and now Katie Archer the latest victim.

Caleb Whitetail is a GFI investigator who is known for his patience. Usually in the shadows until the woman he admires at a distance almost loses her life twice. He is ready to take things in his own hands as he wants revenge.

Katie Archer is barely struggling to walk, a former athletic secu
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K.L. Donn
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Cedar Tree is an amazing series. I fell in love from book 1 and they just keep getting better! Calebs strength mixed with Katies stubbornness is a force to reckoned!
We didn't see too much of Katie in earlier books and for that I'm glad. You really get an in depth look into her in this book. Her passion, her strength, and her vulnerabilities. Being injured so horribly really took its toll on her but she didn't let it beat her and that is where her true strength lies.
Caleb is the sweetest of alpha
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April Johnson
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Patience has always been Caleb Whitetail's strength. Quiet and unassuming is what you see with the GFI investigator, but the blood boils hot right under the surface. He kept his distance for years only to see the woman who has held his attention almost lose her life not just once, but twice. He is done standing in the shadows.

Katie Acker, once a tough and athletic security specialist now struggles daily to walk. The closest to family she has are her colleagues at GFI. Especially the man who save
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Shirley
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Freya has us back in Cedar Tree with this book and what another fantastic book! If you loved Gus and Seb, Caleb will definitely join those two at the top!

We have met Caleb and Katie briefly in the previous books in this series.

After book one where Katie suffered a major head trauma, she is at a residential rehab facility. She is slowly learning to walk again. When her neighbor goes missing and a member of staff is found murdered her life is suddenly in danger. Caleb has been visiting her regula
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Renee Entress from Renee Entress's Blog
4 star

I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, suspense, kidnapping, murder, and heartbreak.

If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first
Slim To None (Cedar Tree Series Book 1)
Hundred To One (Cedar Tree #2)

This is Katie and Caleb’s story. Katie is broken in mind and spirit. Katie was injured when she was protecting Emma and she is still recovering. Will she ever walk again? Caleb has wanted Katie ever since he met her. Can he convince her to give
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Nancy Huddleston
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Welcome back to Cedar Tree. The gang is back for another adverture and to experience the romance of Caleb and Katie. Freya Barker delivers a breath taking story of love through humor and a little bit of danger. I adore this series and I am not disappointed with Against Me. The best so far. It is amazing. The characters capture your heart. One of the best reads of 2015. Caleb and Katie are loyal, strong,and so real. You feel every emotion they experience. Caleb is an alpha male, who isn't afraid ...more
FMR Book Grind
Apr 11, 2015 rated it liked it
FIDAH'S REVIEW
3.5 STARS

Against Me by Freya Barker is the third book in the Cedar Tree series. Each book in the series follows a new set of main characters but I would recommend reading it from the first. Personally, I didn't and I realised that I wasn't able to connect with most of the characters easily. I don't think I connected with any of them enough for me to feel something strong for the story so it was a little upsetting. However, the characters were likeable. I liked their qualities and p
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Jacqui Norris
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
ARC received for an honest review

This was my introduction to Freya Barker and can I just say I am in love with this series! When I signed up for this ARC, I scrambled and read the first two books in the series. Both of which I loved. Each book just seems to get better! Freya has a way of making her characters more relatable. The women in these stories are portrayed as a little older, feeling flabby, or have some type of disability but she turns it into a truly amazing love story with some great
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Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog
4 Stars!

Another hit by this author. When I started this series, I binge read all four of them in less than 48 hours. This series is absolutely amazing. They are romance with enough steam to make panties wet and enough suspense to keep you guessing until the end.

This is Katie and Caleb's story. Katie is broken and a shell of who she use to be. She struggles daily. And then there is Caleb, the man who has loved her from a distance but is always there. But things happen and we see Caleb step up. I
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loves 2 read romance
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was gifted a copy of this book for review.
This series is truly exceptional in the way that Freya Baker portrays her characters. They seem to walk of the pages they have struggles and situations that are not always seen in contemporary romance books. In other words they seem real. The depth of emotions laced with humor puts the Cedar Tree Series as one of my favorites. Caleb may be an alpha male but his sweet nurturing side makes him perfect book boyfriend material. He gives Katie the extra pus
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Freya Barker loves writing about ordinary people with extraordinary stories.
Driven to make her books about 'real' people; with characters who are perhaps less than perfect, but just as deserving of romance, thrills and chills, and some hot, sizzling sex in their lives.

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