Against the Wild by Kat Martin ~ Review

Alaska: Where the men are as bold and untamed as America’s last wilderness…

It’s been three years since Lane Bishop tragically lost her fiancé, and she’s finally ready to risk her heart on someone else. The hot look in Dylan Brodie’s eyes says he’s going to be that man.

But when Lane flies to the remote 1930s fishing lodge to help him renovate, she discovers a little girl who won’t speak, eerie legends and strange sounds in the night. And when she investigates the history of the lodge, she uncovers a legacy of injustice and murder.

As danger stalks his daughter and the woman he is coming to love, Dylan must risk everything to uncover the shocking truth.

Against the Wild is the first book in The Brodies of Alaska series by Kat Martin.

First let me say I thought this was a paranormal romantic suspense. It is not. The ghosts are part of a hoax. This was disappointing to me, but it’s no fault of the author. I just had the wrong idea about the book.

Against the Wild is a traditional romance with characters who have typical roles to play. Although Lane makes attempts to save herself, she still has to be rescued by sexy and rugged Dylan Brodie. Plus, he’s a stereotypical skeptic. For once I would like to see the man crying about seeing a ghost and the woman not believing him. Another reason I say it is a traditional romance is because the author uses the word “sex” to name a part of female anatomy, which is one of my pet peeves, but I know it is very common in romance.

It almost felt like the book contained two different stories about Dylan and Lane. The first has to do with the fake haunting. The second is about a man who kills Dylan’s friend’s ex-girlfriend. The two problems are un-related to one another, although both problems directly affect Dylan and Lane. I think I would have preferred if the stuff about the hoax hadn’t even been in the book, because the second half, from around page 257 on was more exciting.

Overall, the story moves along at a steady pace. The writing is clean and cohesive. All the plot points are neatly tied up by the end of the book.

As much as I hate to admit it, (since I’m not a big romance reader) the HEA at the end of the book brought a few tears of joy to my eyes. I think it meant more to me than some romance endings because Dylan and Lane had to work hard to get to that point.

I recommend this book to readers who like adventure and danger mixed in with a romance. I think readers who like tough men would like Dylan Brodie. He’d also appeal to women who like to read about men who have children, since Dylan has a young daughter from a previous marriage.

The newest book in this series, Against the Tide, will be coming out soon. I plan to review book two, Against the Sky, soon (whenever a copy is returned to the library), before I participate in the Against the Tide book tour in May.

Against the Wild is currently on sale for only $1.99 on Amazon. So, it’s a perfect time to give the story a try if you haven’t yet.

 

Kat Martin is the author of twenty-one Historical and Contemporary Romance novels. She tackles many different aspects of her genre with settings ranging from the rugged West to the Antebellum South, Regency, Georgian, and Medieval England. Not one to shy away from change, she also tackles Contemporary Romantic Suspense novels which involve the paranormal. Some of her titles include Nothing But Velvet, Sweet Vengeance, and Dangerous Passions. These works have won a bevy of awards including a recent Romantic Times Magazine nomination for Best Historical Romance of 1998 for her latest release, Wicked Promise. She is also published in, among others, Germany, Norway, Sweden, China, Russia, and Spain.

Before starting her writing career in 1985, Kat was a real estate broker. During that time, she met her husband, Larry Jay Martin, also a Kensington author. After double majoring in Anthropology and History at the University of California at Santa Barbara, she found herself incredibly interested in the past. In fact, she and Larry often do research in the areas where their books take place. She remarks, “We like to stay in out-of-the-way inns and houses built in times past. It’s fun and it gives a wonderful sense of a bygone era.”

In May, Kat will release her next Historical Romance, Night Secrets. Following that is an upcoming Zebra release, a Contemporary Romantic Suspense entitled The Silent Rose, which will be out in August. “It’s a ghostly tale of romance and intrigue that was based on a real life incident,” says Kat. “It’s a little bit scary, a whole lot sexy, and hopefully lots of fun to read.”

 

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