Sep 7, 2012

Review: Against the Storm

Some women find trouble wherever they go. And some men are their only protection against it.

Redheads like Maggie O'Connell are nothing but trouble. But Trace Rawlins, a former army ranger turned private investigator, takes the case anyway. After all, he knows a thing or two about women.

Trace can sense that something is wrong--Maggie isn't telling him everything. If these menacing calls and messages are real, why won't the police help her? And if they "aren't" real, what is she hiding?

As Trace digs deeper to find the source of Maggie's threats, he discovers a secret that no one was meant to uncover. And the only puzzle left to be solved is whether the danger comes from an unknown stalker...or from the woman he's trying his hardest not to fall for.

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I just want to get this out of the way and then I will go onto the actual review.  I totally disagree that any women's only protection against trouble is a man.  They are wonderful and I would hate to live without men but they are never the only  solution or protection.  Okay now I have that off my chest.

I think that I am in love.  No not with the hero Trace but with all the characters in this book.  And it's not that they are all that nice.  Some are definitely not that.  It's more that they so are so real and the setting with the complete with the local cafe is so perfect.   It's a big city yet there are those neighborhoods that are like villages within.  I have lived in a few of those and they satisfy both the need for twenty-four hour convenience and the need for hominess.

Ms. Martin also has a very apt touch with pacing of the tension.  She divulges one of the villains rather quickly.  Perhaps one might say a tad too quickly yet the person behind the original threat will come out of left field, or at least it did to me.  But it's not all danger.  This book definitely has its...well let's just say... hot moments.

I do recommend AGAINST THE STORM  to any of my readers who enjoy romantic suspense with a touch of spice.  There are some sexy scenes but it never crosses the line into erotica.  Still I only recommend this book for adults.

I rate this book a 4.5 and am planning on picking of this series backlist.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.


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