Thursday, June 2, 2011

Book Club: Against the Wind by Kat Martin

They were known as the "no-account Raines boys" but they've grown into successful, honorable men and everything they have, they've fought for tooth and nail. Now each of the three brothers has one last obstacle to overcome to claim what's eluding them: love.

Secrets don't stay buried long in cattle country. Sarah Allen, the beautiful girl who humiliated Jackson Raines in high school, is back in town. Not so long ago, she couldn't wait to leave Wind Canyon, Wyoming, in her dust. But, recently widowed, she has nowhere else to go and finds herself on Jackson's ranch. And despite everything, Jackson's finding himself reluctant to get rid of her.

Sarah brings her own kind of trouble, and he can't resist trouble. Enemies of her dead husband show up making threats, thinking she has something they're owed. They're not taking no for an answer, but what they will take is the one thing she has left—her daughter. Jackson's the only one who might be able to save little Holly and bring her home.

By: Hope Frost
I will be the first to admit, I hadn't read Kat Martin until this series was brought to my attention by a book buddy. Since everyone knows I am all kinds of in love with cowboys, Annie thought I should look at this new series, and after I read the first one, I not only pre-ordered the other 2 but started systematically devouring Kat's backlist as well. I hope you will all help me in welcoming Kat with us here today. She will be popping in to say hello and answer any questions you might have for her....PLUS she will be giving away one of her books as well.

On to the Raines boys....Against The Wind is a great mix of classic down home detective work, and cowboy ranching-meets-old-flame-who-broke-his-heart but needs a new start. It has been a long road for Sarah during her marriage she was beaten inside and out. She fears now that her husband is finally gone for good that his enemies will never leave her alone. She retreats to her home town and from the first time she needs help with a flat tire, Jackson is there to help. Through many twists and turns and life threatening scenarios, Jackson forgives Sarah for how she humiliated him so many years ago and falls hopelessly in love with her and for Sarah's 6 year old daughter, Holly. Jackson is determined to have them in his life for the rest of his life and Sarah is determined not to let her past mess up Jackson's life.

I really enjoyed this story. The relationships were believable (I loved Jackson)and I found myself tensing up when there was trouble. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I truly couldn't wait until Gabe's story, Against the Fire.

Favorite Quote: "You can be a real pain in the ass sometimes, you know?" Sarah grinned more broadly than he had ever seen her. "I'll take that as a compliment." (Sarah refusing to wait at the hotel when a meeting is set with an informant)

Kat has provided one of her favorite dishes for you to try, and I have given you Texas Caviar since we are talking about the cowboy hunks this week. When I asked my hubby what recipe I should submit this week, he said Rocky Mountain Oysters cause he has a really good recipe (or so he says), but I decided to spare you all from that one, so if you want the recipe, let me know and I will message it to you!!

From Kat Martin:


An Oldie but Goodie

Something new is happening for me this month....the re-issue of an old western romance, one of earliest novels, TIN ANGEL. What makes it different is that this is the only book my husband (a western author of more than 25 books) and I ever wrote together.

In the story, when her father dies, beautiful and strong-willed Jessica Taggart, born and raised in Boston, travels all the way to San Francisco to help manage the Tin Angel, the business willed to her by her late father. There she meets the ruggedly handsome, arrogant and domineering Jake Weston, her father’s partner and now Jessie’s, a man hell-bent on proving she can’t handle the job and determined to force her to sell him her share of the Tin Angel.

Not the restaurant Jessie believes when she leaves Boston, but the most notorious whore house on the Barbary Coast.

I had such fun writing this book, a story they called at the time, A Moonlighting set in the West, after the Bruce Willis, Cybil Shepard TV show. Having never collaborated on a book, we decided that Larry would write Jake’s point of view, and I would write Jessie’s. Jake starts by writing a series of letters to Jessie, telling her not to come West, that he will buy her out and send her the money. Jessie writs back, telling him in no uncertain terms that she is leaving Boston on the next train to California.

Neither of us knew how the other would respond to the pages we were handed. We just rolled with the punches and had a heckuva lot of fun as we worked.

The story ended up being very different from what I usually write and since it’s a sexy romance, way, way different from what my husband usually writes.

It’s only available in print from Amazon, but it has a fabulous new cover, and it’s available in all e-book formats.
It you’re ready to read something just for fun, I hope you’ll give TIN ANGEL a try. And we both hope you enjoy it. Very best wishes, Kat and L.J. Martin

1 6 1/2 ounce can of crab
1/4 cup grated onion
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1 cup real mayonnaise (light mayo won’t do)
1 can of artichokes in water (chopped well)
1 tsp curry powder
1 French Baguette
In mixing bowl, place mayonnaise, onion, and curry. Stir. Fold in chopped artichokes, crabmeat, and parmesan cheese. Place in dish and heat in microwave for 60 seconds or in a 350 degree oven till cheese melts and mixture is beginning to bubble.
Cut baguette into 1/4 inch slices and serve.
This dip works well using only artichokes or only crab meat. It is also great with Tostitos.

1 15-oz can black eye peas, drained
1 15-oz can black beans, drained
1 11-oz can shoe peg corn
1 4-oz can diced jalapeno
1 2-oz jar diced pimentos
1 cup chopped celery
1/3 cup chopped red onion or sweet pepper
1/2 cup olive or canola oil
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup white sugar

Combine vinegar and sugar in a heavy sauce pan. Bring to a boil stirring occasionally until sugar is dissolved. Set sauce in fridge to cool. Combine all other ingredients. Add cooled sauce and mix well. Cover and chill for 24 hours. Drain. Serve with tortilla chips.


krisgils33 said...

Great write up Hope. I enjoyed the three Raines brothers books, but I will admit that I enjoyed Devlin's story the most! For Against the Wind, it was a very sweet story and I really enjoyed how Jackson couldn't help but fall in love with Sarah and her daughter....even though he really tried to hold on to the old hurt, he just couldn't do it. Other than this trilogy, I have read one other Kat Martin, the Summit, and really enjoyed it. I really need to get ahold of the rest of her backlist!!

Alison said...

Good Morning!

I really enjoyed this trilogy! Against the Wind was my first Kat Martin book, but it definitely won't be my last.

I'm about halfway through my re-read of Against the Wind and I'm enjoying just as much this time as I did the first time. I love Jackson! He's so good with Holly and I love how he looks out for everyone.

Hope said...

Good morning everyone....Marie is traveling today on her way to Lori Foster's event (actually Kris is headed there too), so since Marie is away, that means there isn't a moderator lol.

I loved this series, and everyone knows I go gaga over a cowboy, so this first book melded my love for romantic suspense with the cowboy ::swoon::

ShellyE said...

Great job Hope! I loved the three Raines brothers as well. Against the Wind was my first Kat Martin book, and I picked it up based on Hope's recommendation. -- I am anxious for the next book in the series -- Against the Storm. I would love to know how many more books will be in the Series -- can't get enough of them!!

Hope said...

Thanks Shelly, it is always great when recommendations work out!!! I too am looking forward to the new book. According to her website, the new book will be in our greedy hands in October :)

Alison said...

There are more books in this series coming?? :)

Ronlyn said...

*swinging in really quickly to wave*
Hi all! I'm scrambling today but wanted to stop by. Those recipes look AMAZING!!

*darn phone won't stop ringing*

Marie Force said...

Hi there,
Checking in to say a quick hello and welcome to Kat on my way to Cincinnati. Sorry I couldn't be here today but Hope has assured me she will hold down the fort! Have a great day!!

Judy F said...

I love Kat's contempts books. This series was wonderful. My favorite book by Kat is The Secret. Read it a million times.

Kat Martin said...

Kris-- so glad you enjoyed the Raines boys...more of their friends on the way. I've written ten other comporary novels...the rest were historical. I'm sticking with contemps from now on. kat

Kat Martin said...

Alison-- so glad you enjoyed! Jackson was definitely a hunk. but I'm a sap for cowboys.

Kat Martin said...

Hope--thanks for the wonderful introduction! So glad you enjoyed the series...Trace, Johnnie, and Jake each have a story. hope you like them all! love ya, kat

Kat Martin said...

Shelley-- three more coming! I'm hoping to do more! so glad you enjoyed! kat

Kat Martin said...

Marie-- thanks so much for inviting me on your terrific website! have a great time in Cincinnati! best, Kat

Kat Martin said...

Judy-- girl after my own heart. The Secret is one of my all time favorites. That Chance McLain...yummy. kat

ShellyE said...

hmmm -- I am going to have to look for The Secret -- sounds interesting!! Glad to hear there are at least 3 more on the horizon!! Hope we will hear how the characters of the first three are doing in them! :o)

Hope said...

Kat, thanks for coming buy to chat with us. One of the things Marie likes to ask our guest authors is, how did you come to write?

What is your favorite genre to write?

Alison said...

YAY! So happy to hear there are more books coming!

Judy F said...

Chance in those cowboys chaps sigh.....

Kat Martin said...

How I started writing...I guess some authors know they want to be writers, the rest of us all have some interesting tale. My husband wrote a western. He couldn't get it published. I thought maybe I could help him edit it. I got hooked! I had always had stories in my head. Next thing I knew, I was writing them down. we both sold within 6 weeks of each other. now it's 50 books later...k

Kat Martin said...

Judy-- if you remember the last scene--Chance in his chaps in the bedroom. It's really extra hot. I said to my editor that maybe I should take it out. she said, "Over my dead body!" so there you have the story.

Alison said...

Kat, how do you come up with the ideas for your books?

So, I'm trying not to buy very many books this month, but all this talk of a hot cowboy in chaps is weaking my resolve! LOL!

Judy F said...

Bless your editor. That is my favorite scene in that book.

Jolene and Family said...

What is this talk about chaps in the bedroom??? You can't imagine how my imagination is running away with that one LOL Since we just had our 9 yr wedding anniversary, I'm thinking of running around like crazy trying to find some chaps for our date this weekend. There goes my imagination again. So excited to read this series and your a new to me author but you sound fabtabulous :) The amazing Kris has sent me these books and I am now dying to read them

Kat Martin said...

I'd love to hear what Marie has to say about how she gets her story ideas. Mostly mine just sort of pop into my head, at least the first kernal of an idea. then I start thinking about it, building on. some ideas are lot better than others. Chance in chaps...his story is one of my all time favs.
And my favorite genre is romantic suspense. gives me more room to be creative.

Kat Martin said...

Jolene--happy anniversary! one of my fav fantasies is a guy naked except for boots and a cowboy hat!

Hope said...

I know many authors have that "one" book that a publisher just won't take a chance on for one reason or another. Kat, do you have one of those too?

Also, I noticed you are re-releasing Tin Angel with your hubby being touted as "an oldie but a goodie." Do you like being writing buddies with the hubby?

Kara C said...

Hello all! Sorry I'm so late. End of the school year craziness around here.
I've read all three books in this series and have enjoyed them all. I'm not sure which one I'd say is my favorite, but I can definitely say the upcoming books sound GREAT!
Believe it or not, I have The Secret in my TBR pile! I need to move it closer to the top.
Hope everyone has a great weekend. I'm starting mine a day early!

Kat Martin said...

I wrote a book I couldn't sell. I was in a drawer for years. Finally the time was right and it was published. I sold really well and I was thrilled! So hang onto those old manuscripts. you never know when the time might be right.

Kat Martin said...

It was really fun writing Tin Angel with my hubby. Turned our really different and fun (I hope). We did this years ago, never did it again because we both go too busy. hoping readers will enjoy something just for fun.

Kat Martin said...

Really enjoyed meeting you all. What a terrific group! Hope you all like the new Against books and the oldies coming out this month and next. have a great weekend! thanks for having me! warmest, Kat

Crystal said...

I am so LATE!
Thanks for coming today Kat! When Hope read Against the Wind she sent me a message and said I HAD to read it. It was my first Kat Martin book and I really enjoyed it! I have skimmed through all the comments (hopefully tomorrow will be less hectic), but I love to hear it when MORE books are coming!!

Marie Force said...

Kat chose Alison as her winner, so congrats to Alison and thanks to everyone who participated. Thanks also to Hope for holding down the fort while I was out of town!

See you Thursday for 10 Things I Love About You!

Alison said...

Wooohooo! Thank you Kat!