Against The Mark by Kat Martin (Raines of Wild Canyon #9)

Against The Mark by Kat MartinAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Harlequin MIRA

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

The perfect murder is a work of art In one catastrophic instant, Haley Warren’s estranged father was taken from her. She never got the chance to reconnect with him, so now she’s doing it the only way she’s got left: by proving the explosion that killed him was no accident.

When Tyler Brodie, the provocative and handsome P.I. hired by Haley, discovers that her father was investigating a suspected art theft, he knows his death is no coincidence. After all, tens of millions of dollars worth of stolen art could motivate a thief to go to any lengths-including getting rid of anyone poking around where they don’t belong. As Haley and Ty get closer to the truth, the truth gets ugly: Did Haley’s dad know too much…or was he in on the take? And although Ty’s a consummate professional, he’s having trouble focusing on the facts of the case, and not the figure of his gorgeous client. The two are determined to get to the bottom of the case, even if it means they die trying.

This is another great addition to the Raines of Wind Canyon series and I have enjoyed these stories from the beginning. This book has the right amount of suspense, romance and heat to satisfy any romantic suspense lover.

Ellie Stiles is good friends with Ty Brodie and several others that are associated with the private investigative firm that Johnny Riggs started and she has a niece, Haley that needs some help. Haley’s father’s wife called and said that she does not believe his recent death was an accident.

James Warren died three months ago on his boat, the engine exploded while he was taking it out of the slip. James worked on investigating an art theft several years ago and he had recently been looking into it again. He received new information and believed he could solve the puzzle, but unfortunately someone got to him before he could bring his findings to the police.

Haley has traveled from Chicago where she works at an art museum to Los Angeles with some trepidation. She was estranged from her father because of her parent’s divorce and his subsequent marriage to Betty Jean so she is not sure what she can do but is ready to help. As they dig into what James was working on, they realize the danger that surrounds them and that someone will do anything to stop them from finding out about the stolen art.

I love this series, the romance and suspense are so well blended that they are such fun to read. The characters in this story are intriguing and interesting as they investigate the death of Haley’s father. Haley is a likable character and you can really feel how sad she is because of the lost opportunity of reconciling with her father and now it is too late and even though she wants to hate her step-mother, Betty Jean is so likable that she can’t help but enjoy her company.

Ty is just yummy and the chemistry between Haley and Ty sizzles from the moment they meet. Haley has never had much luck with men and was wondering if she should be playing for the other team; however Ty believes she just needs to be with the right person, and he is only happy to help, of course the outcome is predictable. Their relationship is tenuous and they have several hurtles to cross before they can be together but it seems that Haley is the one backing away as she is scared of giving all of her heart.

The story is slow to start as Ty and Haley are not sure what they are looking for but it picks up with startling speed and does not let up until the end as there are twists and turns with a few unpredictable points thrown in to keep me guessing. I absolutely love that several secondary characters from past books play a large part in the story, Johnny and Amy help with the investigation and become fast friends with Haley and we even get to see Rick and Rachael get married and what a memorable wedding it is. We also may have gotten a glimpse of several new characters as we meet Dylan, cousin to Ty who lives in Alaska with several siblings.

The series is a must read for romantic suspense fans and although this is number nine these can all be read as stand alones, but they are all definitely great reads.

I give Against the Mark by Kat Martin 4.25 stars!

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