Against the Wind by Kat Martin Review

Sarah Allen couldn’t wait to leave Wind Canyon, Wyoming but with the death of her husband and the financial ruin he brought them to, Sarah just wants to return to where she was happy. Against the Wind by Kat Martin is the first in the Raines of Wind Canyon trilogy and is about the oldest brother Jackson. Once thought to be a good for nothing, Jackson has returned to Wind Canyon to raise cattle after making a financial success of himself and competing in the Olympics in boxing. Jackson thinks he has everything he wants until his new tenant turns out to be none other than the girl who publicly rejected him in high school, Sarah Allen.

Sarah knows she made some mistakes in her life, including letting herself be peer pressured into hurting Jackson but now all she wants is some place safe and quiet to raise her daughter. When Jackson is the one to save her and her daughter from a blizzard, Sarah realizes that coming home isn’t going to be as easy as she thought but as events start to unfold surrounding her late husband’s shady business dealings, Sarah finds herself relying on Jackson to save her and her daughter.

Against the Wind is a great beginning of a contemporary trilogy.  Jackson has made something of himself and when trouble starts brewing his two younger brothers quickly step in to help in anyway they can. In my mind there is nothing better than strong man with a strong family support to rely on. As Sarah sees the changes that Jackson has gone through and the importance of having those family ties, she starts to realize that sometimes its okay to rely on someone else. The mystery surrounding Sarah’s husbands death and his business partners was intriguing and suspenseful, I didn’t expect the murderer to be who it was. I thoroughly enjoyed Against the Wind and look forward to reading about the other two brothers, Dev and Gabriel in the next two novels.

You can read an excerpt here.

The Raines of Wind Canyon series:

Against the Wind

Against the Fire

Against the Law (March 2011)

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Title: Against the Wind

Author: Kat Martin

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 400

ISBN: 978-0778329305

Publisher: Mira

Release Date: December 28, 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon.com,

Reviewer: Jessica

**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

Christmas Festivities

I know I usually post today and I am scheduled to post my books-to-movie report on The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, however, I have been having so much fun with my family that I didn’t get it finished in time so I will post is later this week but tomorrow the regular reviews will be posted. I hope you all had a great time this holiday season and were on Santa’s nice list.

To Have and To Kill: A Wedding Cake Mystery By Mary Jane Clark Review

Piper Donovan is a struggling actress in New York City who’s down turn in luck is forcing her to move back into her parent’s house. To Have and To Kill: A Wedding Cake Mystery by Mary Jane Clark is the first in the wedding cake series. Piper had one great role on a day time soap opera and when she attends a charity auction with some of the crew from the set the lead character from the show ends up poisoned, but the question is was the poison intended for him or for Piper’s friend Gloria?

Not only are the bodies piling up and Piper finding herself in the middle of the investigation, Piper’s mother needs Piper’s help decorating wedding cakes at the bakery she owns. To further complicate matters, Piper finds herself relying on her handsome FBI friend Jack to investigate the murders and is starting to see her old friend in a new light. Will Piper be able to figure out who the killer is or will the killer get Piper once they figure out she is investigating?

I enjoyed To Have and to Kill. The story is told from several different characters point of view, with the killer’s viewpoint told in first person in italics so you get a hint of what is to come but not enough to figure out who it is or their gender. Piper’s love, affection and annoyance with her parents and family is obvious and very relateable. I really liked her dad, who was a cop and is very concerned that Piper be ready all the time for any emergency.  The story moved at a good pace and kept me intrigued trying to figure out who the killer was. Clark did a great job of giving enough hints that I would start to think it was one particular character just to follow up with additional information that threw me off track, which I love! I am looking forward to the next book in the series and am excited to see if Piper and Jack’s relationship moves forward.

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Title: To Have and To Kill: A Wedding Cake Mystery

Author: Mary Jane Clark

Format:  Hardbound, eBook

Page Nos.: 320

ISBN: 978-0061995545

Publisher: William Morrow

Release Date: December 28, 2010

Available for purchase: Amazon.com, HarperCollins

Reviewer: Jessica

**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

Dead People by Edie Ramer Review

Cassie Taylor is more comfortable talking to ghosts than she is to live people but there is something about her latest client, Luke, and his daughter that she can’t ignore. Dead People by Edie Ramer begins with Cassie arriving at Luke’s newly purchased house to get rid of a ghost that won’t allow him to live in peace. Cassie immediately realizes that this case isn’t going to be like her usual cases, besides the sexy Luke, something about the house is making Cassie uncomfortable but she can’t figure out what it is. In order to get rid of the ghost, Cassie has to figure out who killed the house’s previous owner.

Luke Rivers is an international rock star and song writer, used to having people fawn over him he is surprised and delighted when he meets the prickly Cassie. Luke doesn’t believe that Cassie can really talk to ghosts but he is willing to do anything to provide stability for the ten-year-old daughter he just found out about including hiring the sexy Cassie to get rid of the ghost in his house. As Luke struggles to keep his hands (and other things) off of Cassie he realizes that Cassie is the one person who can reach his daughter. Luke finally starts to realize how much Cassie means to him when the killer turns their sights on Cassie, can he and Cassie figure out who it is before Cassie is killed?

Dead People by Edie Ramer is an intriguing read and had me captured from the beginning when I met Cassie’s best friend and partner, Joe, a dead police officer from the sixties (Elvis style hair included). Cassie’s insecurities and feelings about her own self worth as a result of her family’s treatment of her and her talent was heart wrenching, it was easy to see how Cassie and Luke’s daughter could relate so easily.  I also really felt for Luke, after being lied to by his ex-wife regarding the paternity of his daughter, Luke is finding himself at a loss with how to deal with his daughter, since the state took her away from her mom who over-dosed on drugs and isn’t fit to care for her. I enjoyed the book and the mystery of trying to figure out who killed the house’s previous owner.  Dead People by Edie Ramer was a good fun read that I had a hard time putting down. Be aware that there are quite a few “f” words in the novel.

You can read an excerpt here.

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Title: Dead People

Author: Edie Ramer

Format:  eBook

ASIN: B004D4Y5Y6

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services

Available for purchase: Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com, Smashwords.com

Reviewer: Jessica

**I received a copy of this book from the author but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.