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Against the Wind

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Puente del Norte -- the last place on earth Maddy Lambert had expected to find herself. Yet here she was in the middle of Central America in an embattled guerrilla camp on a mission impossible. She'd come to get her dying father, whose ideals had carried him far from home and won him the title of El Patron -- the Saint. She'd crossed a country at war only to be told that h ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 1st 1985 by Dell Publishing Company
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Carolyn Crane
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
It was so funny to read an Anne Stuart written so early (the hero was a Vietnam vet!) But this is one of her recent reissues, and I just so love her. Most of the action takes place in a fictional war-torn Central American country. which is beautifully and vividly rendered, and the characters just pop - there is this minor character, Soledad, who I just loved.

While it's masterful in so many Anne Stuart ways, there is something disjointed about the central plot, like it's in two halves, kind of,
Alex is The Romance Fox
Another earlier book by one of my favorite romantic suspense writers and though I enjoyed it, it was not one of my favorites of hers.

The plot was interesting and intriguing set in some fictional South American country…where the bad guys are involved in drugs and kill off the innocent poor!!!! But the storyline does have a unique premise, which I really liked.

I wasn’t crazy about the hero, Jake. He was really a bastard at times towards Maddy, the heroine.
The one character who did it for me was S
So, I seem to be making my way slowly through the back-list of books published by the one and only Anne Stuart. The one thing that you can always count on with Anne Stuart; she delivers a story that will keep you engrossed, even if it is a book you want to throw against the wall towards the end.

30 year old Maddy Lambert makes her way to the war-torn country of San Pablo to meet her father who had upped and left one day with his idealistic view of the world when Maddy had been just 17 years old.
Aug 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Granted the heroine has some backbone, the story is a lot rough around the edges. What makes the book (and any other Stuart's book) is the ardent chemistry between the leads. You can't read her book without imagining being the receiving end of that kind of passion just once.
Mar 01, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a good book, well worth the read if you're an Anne Stuart fan. It isn't my favorite book, however, not by a long shot. Maddy got on my nerves a bit, and Jake really caused her to suffer a lot. Finally, there was too much political side story for my taste.
Apr 03, 2014 marked it as tbr-lost-interest  ·  review of another edition
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Shawn Fox
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is one of my favorite authors..... Not my favorite book. Felt short and came together way too easily.
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This novel is one of Anne’s earlier I’m assuming due to the story timeline and way of writing. The start was interesting enough but then all the betrayals and drama came out etc then it was just confusing. still a good read to pass the time. It’s free under KU so nothing to lose but time.
I was thrilled to discover this oldie but goodie on Amazon. Anne Stuart has an amazing ability to create sexy alpha males that are total assholes on the outside yet so damn vulnerable beneath the surface. It does me in every time. Every.Single.Time. I never fall for a character harder than I do for her men. They are quiet and deadly and I freaking LOVE them. Jack Murphy in Against the Wind is no exception. As for Maddy, she's not going to win the World's Best Heroine award anytime soon, but I li ...more
Dec 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
There’s always something that I like in Anne Stuart’s stories. As for many of her heroes, it takes almost to the end of the story also for Jake to make up his mind about his love life. In few parts, this book reminded me of Into the fire, which has been my first Stuart book, the one that made me start reading her. But to me, Against the wind has not been as good as Into the fire, maybe simply because the latter has been written more than a decade later.
Anyway it has been good enough to enjoy it
Against the Wind hits all the check boxes for a typical Anne Stuart romance:

-An unusual plot
-A mature heroine, typically in her early 30s.
-A bad-boy Hero whose morality and innocence is dubious.
-A hero who is occasionally verbally mean/cruel to the heroine.
-A hero who is described at some point as being lean, having long fingers or nice hands... seriously, Anne Stuart has a thing for a man's hands.
-Flashbacks between the hero/heroine- usually the best part!
-Rushed, strange, or OTT ending
Lord Rose
Reading old contemporary books always gives me an odd feeling. Considering that this book is older than I am, in a way it almost felt like reading historical fiction. (I suppose in the same way that reading Jane Austen is considered reading historical fiction, even though it was contemporary for her.)

Anyway, I enjoyed reading this book. Anne Stuart's heroes make me happy. (Okay, that sentence looks very odd, but whatever.)
Teri Heyer
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves Romantic Suspense.
Recommended to Teri by: Amazon/Kindle
I love reading books by Anne Stuart. I know the hero will be a to-die-for hunk who is a bit rough around the edges. I love those Alpha Males. Well, 'Against the Wind' was every bit as good as expected. If you love romantic suspense then this is a must read.
May 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014, deleted
A very good story filled with mystery, adventure and suspense. So many twists and turns, it was sometimes hard to tell if the characters were on the side of the revolution or the government. If you like action, read this book
Michele Mannon
Mar 20, 2012 rated it liked it
I love Anne Stuart and was excited to see some of her earlier releases on Amazon. I just began "Against the Wind", a romantic suspense. Odd title but the content is as expected . . . excellent! No one writes bad boys like Stuart, and this one is the heroine's former crush. Keep you posted.
natasha k
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: to-buy
much like in the lines of stil lake, surely not her best work. the hero was okay, the heroine lacked tue spirit to engage me.
Ebook PC en tel e.d. en kindle!
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
tentang revolusi gitu. not my thing.
Hate the location and the background - revolution in Mexico or some such. Snore. Skimmed all those sections. Take that crap out, solid Stuart.
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“He couldn’t have known. The moonlight wasn’t enough to illuminate the room, and the tears that spilled silently down her cheeks didn’t touch him. But suddenly the kiss softened, the hands gentled on her, the lips coaxed and teased and healed. And without any more thought she was kissing him back, reaching for him with her mouth while her hands were held back, seeking him out with her tongue, calling him to her in the only way she could.” 1 likes
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