Against the Tide by Kat Martin

Against the Tide by Kat Martin
Publisher: Zebra
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (367 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Camellia

Secrets—and safety—melt under a midnight sun…

Liv Chandler is running for her life, and the cops haven’t been able to do a thing to help. But there’s one man who makes her feel safe, no matter what…rugged charter boat captain Rafe Brodie.

To Rafe, Liv is a beautiful mystery, one he can’t ignore. He means to unearth her secrets, and in the process, if luck is on his side, maybe the spark between them will ignite.

But Liv’s past is more dangerous than Rafe could guess, and when his first mate turns up dead, she fears that she’s next. That there’s something else coming she can’t see. That even Rafe and the remote village of Valdez, Alaska can’t protect her forever…

Mystery, murder, a secretive beauty, and a “Freckin’ Hot” hero bring Against the Tide to life.

Olivia Chandler hopes, after three years, her past is erased forever. She likes Valdez, Alaska. The people have befriended her. Here is where she’d like to make a life for herself.

When an employee’s fiancé, is murdered, Olivia joins forces with Rafe Brodie, the one Katie, the waitress, calls “Freckin’ Hot.” As they and a few friends do their own investigation to clear one friend’s name and find the real murderer, Olivia and Rafe’s attraction to each other raises the heat level. Love scenes sizzle.

However, Rafe senses all is not right with Olivia, who has a highly trained guard dog, plus she never speaks of her past and avoids his questions about it. He gets his brother Nick to check her out.

As they deal with would-be terrorists, and the fallout from an innocent picture of a party posted on Facebook, plus the information Nick gleans, Olivia seems to get more boxed in minute by minute. How they deal with the situation makes breathtaking and, sometimes, adrenaline-pumping reading.

Kat Martin weaves a tapestry of a tale with dark, dark, threads of antagonists on a mission that could create another “9-11” along with dark threads of a different shade from Olivia’s past. These dark threads threaten to overpower, but cannot dim the bright threads of friendship, love, and hope. Ms. Martin’s weaving shows the beauty of the Alaskan setting as she weaves in a few sub-plots that enhance the main plot while never ceasing to work in the bright golden threads of a love that has “toe-curling” moments.

This captivating story sweeps the reader along with loyal friends and family, with danger that lurks, and, best of all, with love that finally sparkles with happiness. GOOD reading!


  1. Jillian Jacobs says:

    This reminded me I need to go one-click. Kat Martin is on my always buy list. Always a good read!

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