Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Quick Review – Against the Storm

Against The storm by Kat Martin

The fourth book in a series, yet reading it as a stand-alone book is easy. I didn't find any requirement to read the previous books.

Beautiful redhead Maggie O'Connell is a prominent and popular Houston professional photographer with an annoying problem: a stalker whose penchant for leaving her messages has increased to an alarming level.

She hires handsome ex-Army Ranger security expert-private investigator Trace Rawlins to find the stalker and stop him before he can carry out his latest chilling promise – that soon he and Maggie will be together.

Maggie's life becomes infinitely more interesting when her younger sister, who she hasn't seen in years, shows up on her doorstep with a baby. On learning that her sister has escaped an abusive relationship and needs help, Maggie takes them in and discovers she has a strong protective streak.

Trace, whose weakness for redheads has always been his undoing, is wary about taking the job for Maggie, especially when he finds out she didn't tell him the truth about why Houston Police did not take her complaints seriously.

But he takes the case out of feelings of duty, all the while fighting both his distrust of Maggie and a strong attraction  to her. Maggie has an equally strong attraction to Trace, but is certain he is seeing someone else. She can't see a future for them.

As they go about searching for the stalker, planning to lure him into the open, they fight their attraction. Until they cannot any longer.

The stalker is caught, yet Maggie's life is still in danger. Her townhouse catches fire; all her camera equipment and computers are ruined. After some digging, they determine this new threat comes from something in one of her photographs, and they work together to catch the culprit.

Conclusion: well-written, fast-paced twisty suspense, lots of will-they-or-won't-they stay together anxiety, scads of steamy sex. The appearance of the sister with the baby makes a nice subplot, though her instant hookup with a kind, selfless young billionaire isn't easy to believe. Also, the reasons that Maggie and Trace initially distrust each other are flimsy. But there is much to enjoy here.