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Against the Wind

(Against Series / Raines of Wind Canyon #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  4,364 ratings  ·  317 reviews
They were known as the "no-account Raines boys," but they've grown into successful, honorable men and everything they have, they've fought for tooth and nail. Now each of the three brothers has one last obstacle to overcome to claim what's eluding them: love.

Secrets don't stay buried long in cattle country. Sarah Allen, the beautiful girl who humiliated Jackson Raines in h
Paperback, 397 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by Mira
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
This was the first book that I’ve read by Kat Martin, so I went into it with no preconceived ideas of what to expect from her storytelling and writing style. I know she’s published several books, so I expected, at the very least, to enjoy the story, which for the most part, I did.

While I think that the premise of the story, and Jackson Raines as a character, were good, I felt like the writing itself was inconsistent. Sometimes it flowed really well, and other times it felt choppy. Sometimes I w
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Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Good book that kept me interested to the end. Sarah has returned to Wind Canyon after the murder of her husband. She had left town in search of a better life and thought she found it, only to find that her husband was abusive and a crook. She has sold everything to pay his debts but is still being harassed by people who are looking for something he had. She has gotten a job with the local paper and rented a cottage for herself and her daughter on one of the local ranches. Then she discovers that ...more
Apr 07, 2011 rated it did not like it
It has been a while since I have disliked a book this much.

I really wanted to like this book. In fact I ordered the second book in the series with the anticipation of enjoying this first one. But the fact is I hated it. I could not get into it at all. I never got attached to the characters and the storyline never jived with me.

First of all, Sarah was beyond cruel to Jackson in High School. She ripped out his heart and stomped on it publicly and made sure he was completely humiliated in the proce
Dec 26, 2010 rated it liked it
I received this copy of the book as an ARC from NetGalley. It has been a while since I'd read any Kat Martin and her last few books just hadn't interested me (in fact, her last trilogy is still sitting on my TBR pile). But with a new contemporary series, I figured I would give her a try again. It wasn't a hard read and was mildly entertaining, but everything in it just seemed so cliqued - Sarah is returning home after her abusive ex-husband is murdered and falls for her high school love (Jackson ...more
Pheonix Fanfiction
My thoughts and feelings while reading:

0.0% Ive recieved the 11 book in this series from netgalley and although its the first in an interconnecting series I dont like starting series half way through haha :)
excited to start this book though: I like books with kids, I havent read a western in while and Im in the mood for some suspense! :D

5.0% Sarah hadn’t just said no.
Aww! Poor Jackson - I hope they talk about the past soon! I really think Im going to love this one! <3

7.0% if he decided to sen
Against the Wind
2 Stars

Following the murder of her abusive husband, Sarah Allen returns to her home town in Wyoming to start afresh. Unfortunately, trouble seems to follow, first when she rents a cottage from Jackson Raines, the man she rejected and humiliated in high school, and then when her husband’s enemies become convinced that she has something they want and are not above kidnapping Sarah’s daughter to get it.

Starts out really well but becomes exceedingly far-fetched as the
Mary Gramlich
Dec 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
AGAINST THE WIND (Book #1 in the Raines Brothers Trilogy) by Kat Martin
12/10 - Mira - Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages - ISBN-13: 9780778329190

A wonderful wind sweeping romance and mystery

Sarah Allen is not running from her past she is just packing it up and moving away from it with her daughter Holly. Leaving the baggage her murdered husband created is the best option since his life left her bankrupt, physically abused and trying to convince the people he did business with that she does not hav
Mandi Schreiner
Oct 17, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: contemporary, dnf
Several problems with this book, most stemming from the suspense part. Sarah is in danger – not just subtle vandalism, but people holding guns up to her head. Her husband was murdered. This is not just a random act of violence. First when her new cottage gets ransacked she doesn’t come out and tell anyone right off about her husband’s murder or that she has been harassed to turn over a disk containing information about her husband being blackmailed. After her grandmother’s house gets broken into ...more
Jul 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Sometimes I think "meh" reviews are actually the hardest to write. A book I love, I can go on and on. A book I hated, sometimes that's even easier. But a book that was just "fine" is hard to discuss.

Anyway, nothing really wrong with this book. I liked both Jackson and Sarah. Sarah was certainly a sympathetic character but in some ways it was almost too much. Too many mustache twirling villains coming after her. And Jackson maybe falls a bit on the too perfect side, but as I've said before, I ac
A nice enough story that I enjoyed but felt like I read it before.
Mari (Smut Duchess)
I've started and stopped reading this book since I bought it a couple of years ago. I've probably read the first chapter four times. This time I was determined to either finish or abandon it for good. Luckily the audio is a RU so I could bounce between listening and reading. The book was published by Mira so I expected something Harlequin-esque and it didn't disappoint. It wasn't horrible but I thought the characters and plot were extremely boring. A good 100 pages could have been cut. It just w ...more
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I can tell I'm gonna like this series!
Jan 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to jenjn79 by: previously read author
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 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.

Sarah Allen is getting over a devastating time in her life. Her bad marriage to an abu
Apr 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Allen Could Not Wait To Leave The Small Town Of Wind Canyon, Wyoming And She Set Her Goal For Las Angeles. In Her Junior Year At College, She Met Andrew Hollister. Fell In Love, And Quit School. Andrew Showered Expensive Gifta On Her When He Inherited His Dad's Millions, But He Lost It All Through Gambling And Bad Investments. He Was A Wife Beater And Sent Her To The Hospital Countless Times Before She Had Courage To Leave And Take Their Daughter To Settle Back In The Town That She Not Wai ...more
Dec 26, 2010 rated it liked it
Sarah Allen returns home to Wind Canyon with her young daughter in tow. Her ex-husband was murdered and a bad associate of his is harassing her for information that she does not have. Escaping back to her small town roots is the only thing she can think of. She rents a small cottage on a ranch that is run by Jackson Raines, a man whom she snubbed in high school.

Jackson has never forgotten Sarah, the one girl he always had a crush on. After her blatant rejection of him in high school, the last t
Sarah Allen grew up wanting only to get out of the small town she grew up in. In high school she had captured the eye of Jackson Raine, whose family history left the town frowning their nose down on them. Jackson paid the cost of a naive Sarah who humiliated him in a way no other could.

Years later Sarah is returning home with her young daughter and has managed to rent a property, unknown to her, on Jackson Raine's land. Even though Jackson would like to forget his feelings are still raw where Sa
Susan (susayq ~)
This is another one of those books that really picked up about midway through and then I didn't want to put it down. To me, the first half dragged a bit. The second half more than made up for the dragging though. The relationship between the Raines brothers was great! I really wish they would have shown more of that (maybe we'll see more of it in the rest of the series since the other brothers move back home in the next books).

I was really shocked by the heroine in this story. She was a victim o
Jun 30, 2013 rated it liked it
I thought this book was OK. For me, there was a little too much going on in the story, and every time they thought they finished the "suspense" angle, something else came up. I did like Jackson and thought Sarah was OK. I'll probably read the other stories in the series.
Garth Mailman
A book that doesn’t exactly come with glowing reviews but it’s half-decent light reading in the category of cowboy romance. I’ve yet to discover if it leads to protracted sex scenes. Jackson Raines has two brothers that account for books 2 and 3 in an 8-book series.

Sarah comes back to Wind Canyon to work on the local paper and finds her past catching up with her in more ways than one. Her new landlord is the former gangling teen she blew off in high school and her late husband’s business partne
Mar 26, 2011 rated it liked it
This book was and enjoyable read but lacking in the romance department for me. I enjoyed the characters the scenery and even the plot. I have looking forward to this series for some time as I love Kat Martin.Sarah Allen-Hollister returns home after many years of being gone. She rents a cottage from and old acquaintance from school Jackson Raines. But Jackson is not wanting her to stay as the have a past of sorts but agrees to let her stay on and see how things work out. Strange happening are goi ...more
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Against the Wind is by Kat Martin. This is book one in the series she wrote about the Raines boys.
Sarah’s husband Andrew is found in the home they were getting ready to sell. He was still living there while Sarah and her daughter had moved out. Who murdered him? Of course, Sarah was a suspect at first but she was getting their daughter from class. Her alibi stood. Only one officer suspects she killed him. Why is he set on convicting her? Sarah is left with almost nothing after she finds that An
Trish R.
I'm so glad it's over..

The first thing I can tell you that I LIKED about this book is the sexual tension that was part of Jackson and Sarah from the very beginning. That is, until it became so repetitive. He couldn’t be anywhere near her or think about her without an erection popping up or all his blood going to his groin. I just love sexual tension in a book but this was a little much.

The first thing I DIDN’T like about this book is that it was sooo long. 400 (396 really) pages makes for some
Sarah Allen hopes she can breathe easier now that her abusive, self-indulgent, crook of a husband is dead. First it was fear of him, now its fear from his crooked business partners. After all, she's changed her daughter's name, started using her maiden name again and moved back to her hometown. Just as she's about to walk into the next chapter of her life, the phone rings.

Jackson Raines is content with his lot in life, though ranching is harder than he thought it would be, it is a dream fulfill
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I have found a new author, yet again, to start devouring. Kat Martin’s Against the Wind is a great beginning to a wonderful series surrounding those yummy Raines brothers. Book one is about the oldest Jackson.

Jackson and his brothers were known as the “no-account Raines boys” when he was younger, and it was true they did spend more time in trouble then out, until he was taught boxing. Boxing gave him something to focus on besides trouble, and he made and e
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Review by Sarah M. Anderson

After her abusive husband is murdered, Sarah Allen is looking for a safe place to raise her daughter Holly. Her husband may be gone, but his business associates keep calling, looking for an incriminating file they believe she has.

Sarah returns to her hometown of Wind Canyon, Wyoming, and rents a cabin owned by Jackson Raines - the man she humiliated in high school. Back then, Jackson was a poor kid from the rough side of town. Now a successful rancher, he hasn’t forgot
Jan 10, 2011 marked it as did-not-finish
My dominant emotion towards this book was "meh." The fourth time I checked to see if I was almost done, I decided it was time to cut things short.

This romance is supposed to have a strong suspense/mystery/action plot, centering around the criminal activities of the heroine's deceased husband. She has a strong "run away and hide" instinct, and given her history of abuse, that may be realistic. I found it much more of a stretch, however, when the hero and his brothers came on the scene and took ov
Feb 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook, netgalley, 2011
Sarah Allen returns to Wyoming and the small town of Wind Canyon after the death of her husband. She brings with her Holly, her daughter. Jackson Raines was the boy in high school she had a crush on, but she shunned him because he was "beneath" her and she wanted more. When she finds out that he is her landlord, she is a bit shocked and also intrigued by how well he has turned out.
Jackson would have been fine never seeing Sarah Allen again. She humiliated him and broke his heart. But when she is
Mar 13, 2011 rated it liked it
This book wasn't bad. But there was just something that didn't do it for me. There was so much going on that I felt like I could hardly keep up.

Jackson and Sarah knew each other from high school. Jackson had a crush on her. But when he asked her out she humiliated him. Here was one problem for me. She says shes sorry all these years later. But by the end of the book they never really talked about it. When she apologies he never says a word. Yet through the book he says how he isn't sure he can t
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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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