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Against the Wind: The Raines of Wind Canyon, Book 1 | [Kat Martin]

Against the Wind: The Raines of Wind Canyon, Book 1

New York Times best-selling author Kat Martin launches a riveting contemporary romance series starring the Raines boys of Wind Canyon, Wyoming. Back in high school, Jackson Raines was humiliated by the beautiful Sarah Allen, who wanted out of Wind Canyon at any cost. Now Jackson reluctantly opens his ranch to the recently widowed Sarah. And as sparks ignite, he finds himself protecting her from her dead husband’s shady business partners.
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Kat Martin launches a riveting contemporary romance series starring the Raines boys of Wind Canyon, Wyoming. Back in high school, Jackson Raines was humiliated by the beautiful Sarah Allen, who wanted out of Wind Canyon at any cost. Now Jackson reluctantly opens his ranch to the recently widowed Sarah. And as sparks ignite, he finds himself protecting her from her dead husband’s shady business partners.

©2011 Kat Martin (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Rhonda Grundy, VA, United States 11-07-11
    Rhonda Grundy, VA, United States 11-07-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Keeps you guessing"

    This was the first time I have read this author and I was pleased with the book. The narrator, jack garrett, has a great voice. I rated the story 5 simply because the author did a great job with all the little details.I would be listening wondering something about how the character would develop and before long Martin would tie it all up very nicely.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Clarissa United States 12-02-11
    Clarissa United States 12-02-11 Member Since 2010
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    "What Happened to Kat Martin?"

    I am a huge Kat Martin fan and have read most of her books since 2004. I was very excited to see a new book of hers come out on audible.com. I was very disappointed in the way this book progressed. It just dragged in places, so much so that I sometimes thought that she had to throw in extra plot lines just to fill pages.

    Some of the terminology was a little old-fashioned as well. This is a newer book (2010) They were looking for a disc? Really, do people still use discs, or even say that word? Regarding the "dark-skinned man"-why would you describe someone like that repeatedly? I was a little put-off by that.

    Other people have commented on the narrator and how great he did. I'm not sure if it was the poor writing or Jack Garrett, but I was not happy with the narration of this book.

    I'll borrow the other three books from my library because I am hoping they get better after this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    LeftyMom North Carolina 11-22-11
    LeftyMom North Carolina 11-22-11 Member Since 2007

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    "Just not my style"

    I'm not sure how this book was so highly rated by others because I didn't like it at all. I was almost embarrassed for Jack Garrett for having to read aloud such a poor story. Some of the lines that the male character said are so sickening sweet I thought I would throw up. Towards the end I found myself laughing because it was so absurd

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 12-11-11
    Michelle 12-11-11
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    "Too Stupid to Live"

    So - I love the hero in this story. But - the heroine - not so much. Jackson gave this chick every chance - but really - she is an idiot. I gave up on her and I found myself just feeling sorry for poor Jackson. Sarah is just stupid - she never really appreciated what a winner she had in Jackson. Poor Jackson!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rusty Galloway, NJ, United States 11-23-14
    Rusty Galloway, NJ, United States 11-23-14

    Avid reader for 45 years

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    "Wimpy Sarah"

    While the writing was good, I found the main female character Sarah to be wimpy, boring and sometimes just stupid. Sarah allowed herself to be pressured by the cool kids in high school to be cruel to Jackson, a poor boy who had a crush on her.

    Next Sarah drops out of college to marry a rich man for financial security, never holding a job. When her husband becomes physically abusive she stays with him for years, even after having a daughter.

    After her husband is killed, Sarah runs back to her home town and tries to hide from thugs who believe she has something valuable. Of course, she never reports anything to the police or carries a weapon to protect herself & child.

    Somehow Jackson - all grown up, financially secure and too generous - is willing to take care of Sarah & her daughter (the kid is much more appealing than the mother), immediately falling madly in love. Sorry but I like strong, self sufficient women characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Noirbear Rochester, NH, United States 04-15-13
    Noirbear Rochester, NH, United States 04-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Romance in the Canyon"

    A soft romance is the best way to describe the kick off for this series. I enjoyed the story. If you want something to kick back to on Sunday afternoon then this could be the book for you if you like cowboys. A strong testosterone hunk of a male and a woman who has found herself again after abusive relationship. The narrator grows on you and I found myself wanting to know more about family. Steamy hot nope. Genuine old time romance yes. If on sale it is an okay listen.

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    Kim Hutchinson, MN, United States 08-08-12
    Kim Hutchinson, MN, United States 08-08-12 Listener Since 2005

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I love her books! Lets see more of her books here"
    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to everyone of her books and I love them all. I do like Jack Garrett's reading. Some people don't but I love his voice.
    I wish Audible would get more of her books and get them in order.
    If you not into sex then you may not like Kat's books. However I love the romance and the suspense with it.

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    M. Davis GA 12-11-11
    M. Davis GA 12-11-11 Member Since 2008

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    "Too Stupid to Live"

    So - I love the hero in this story. But - the heroine - not so much. Jackson gave this chick every chance - but really - she is an idiot. I gave up on her and I found myself just feeling sorry for poor Jackson. Sarah is just stupid - she never really appreciated what a winner she had in Jackson. Poor Jackson!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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