by Kat Martin
Series: Brodies of Alaska #1, Against #10
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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
I have long been a fan of Kat Martin’s romantic suspense novels and series and was delighted for the chance to review Against the Wild. This is the first in the Brodies of Alaska series and the tenth Against novel. I met both characters in Against the Mark and felt their connection. Each of these books works as a standalone and features a couple and a mystery. While, the cheesy cover makes me giggle the tale did not. Suspense, heart and wonderful characters made this a winner.
Five reasons to grab a cup of coffee and curl up with Against the Wild
1. The setting. Alaska peeps! Moose, grizzly bears, breathtaking views and a lodge set right on the lake. Yes, please. Martin brought this remote area to life, weaving in the natives, nature and wonderful picturesque views. The fishing lodge is a log cabin, built in the 1930’s. Dylan has brought interior decorator Lane Bishop, and her dog to the resort to update it and prepare it for guests.
2. The characters. Martin gives us strong characters and backgrounds that help us connect and immediately care about them. I fell hard for Dylan Brodie and his eight-year-old daughter. Lane Bishop is a strong, confident woman who has not been attracted to anyone since losing her fiancés three years ago. Dylan scares her, or I should say her attraction to him scares her. I loved the housekeeper, and the other characters that Martin weaves into the tale. She even gives us a few villains to loathe.
3. Ghosts, history and murder. Martin weaves some intense mysteries and danger into this tale. It begins with the lodge itself and soon has those Dylan cares about in danger. Against the Wind held me captive and I enjoyed each storyline and the way Martin wove them together. It was realistic, and I enjoyed how the tale played out. There was some great detective work, wrongly accused, suspense, creepiness and danger that had me flipping the pages.
4. Realistic romance with a little heat and heart. While Dylan and Lane were attracted to each other, Lane took things slow, and I liked that the romance was slow building. For romantic suspense, we usually see things happen rapidly, but this felt genuine and had substance. I loved the banter, tender moments and light heat.
5. Brothers. The Brodie boys were born in Alaska; they are rugged, confident, and competent. I have enjoyed getting to know their story, and love these rugged wilderness men.
Against the Wild offered a fantastic murder, mystery set in beautiful Alaska and had a couple you cannot help but root for them. The next book is Against the Sky and will release in February 2015.
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