Against the Mark
by Kat Martin
Series: Raines of Wind Canyon #9
Publication date: September 1, 2013
Genre: Romantic Suspense
The perfect murder is a work of art. In one catastrophic instant, Haley Warren’s estranged father was taken from her. She never got the chance to reconnect with him, so now she’s doing it the only way she’s got left: by proving the explosion that killed him was no accident. When Tyler Brodie, the provocative and handsome P.I. hired by Haley, discovers that her father was investigating a suspected art theft, he knows his death is no coincidence. After all, tens of millions of dollars worth of stolen art could motivate a thief to go to any lengths–including getting rid of anyone poking around where they don’t belong. As Haley and Ty get closer to the truth, the truth gets ugly: Did Haley’s dad know too much…or was he in on the take? And although Ty’s a consummate professional, he’s having trouble focusing on the facts of the case, and not the figure of his gorgeous client. The two are determined to get to the bottom of the case, even if it means they die trying.
After meeting Tyler Brodie in the last book I was excited to begin Against the Mark by Kat Martin, the ninth book in the Raines of Wind Canyon series. Martin delivered with so many of the elements I love. There were swoon-worthy characters and enough heat and suspense to a have me flipping the pages. Three word review: hot, suspenseful and sweet.
Tyler Bodie is a P.I. who runs an investigative firm with his friend in San Francisco. When a dear friend asks him to take on a case involving her niece, Haley Warren, he agrees to look into it. Haley’s father died in a boating explosion that the police are calling an accident. Haley and her father’s wife are convinced foul play was involved. Haley has flown in from Chicago and plans to help with the investigation despite not wanting to meet the woman who took her Dad away. The tale that unfolds brings danger as they uncover clues and the sexual tension heats up.
Tyler Brodie is Texan born and raised, a retired military man and so yummy and sweet, you just want to bite him. He has done a tour overseas, and has a few demons but is enjoying the life he is building. In the romance department he does OK, and still remains friends with the girls he has dated but none have been serious. He is immediately attracted to Haley both intellectually and physically but as his friend’s niece she is a no fly zone. Haley hasn’t had much luck in the relationship department and even less luck in the bedroom. They were both fleshed out and I immediately felt a connection to them. The attraction they felt for each other was electric and the air around them sizzled. What starts out as physical slowly develops into more as they learned to trust and respect what the other offered. It was wonderful watching it unfold. Martin provided just enough conflict to be resolved to keep me enthralled in the romance. We see other characters from past books and meet some new characters who I hope get a tale of their own.
Martin weaved a fantastic tale of suspense and wrapped it in a smexy romance that curled my toes. I literally consumed this in a single sitting. Haley’s Dad worked for an insurance company and a case involving stolen art had always bothered him and in his spare time he investigated. The case involved priceless art being replaced with forgeries. Whatever he learned got him killed and has put Tyler and Haley directly in the killer’s path. Martin created a captivating cast of villains even giving one his own POV. Action-packed with thugs, guns and chase scenes I was totally caught up. The romance was sweet, incredibly hot and totally believable. Add in likable secondary characters and a meddling Aunt and you get a highly entertaining escape. I cannot wait for the next book.
Fans of romantic suspense with a little heat will enjoy Against the Mark and the rest of the Raines of Wind Canyon series. Martin is on my auto-buy list for this series and never disappoints.
Four cups of coffee out of five
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