• Against the Wind

  • The Raines of Wind Canyon, Book 1
  • By: Kat Martin
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (314 ratings)

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Against the Wind

By: Kat Martin
Narrated by: Jack Garrett
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Kat Martin launches a riveting contemporary romance series starring the Raines boys of Wind Canyon, Wyoming. Back in high school, Jackson Raines was humiliated by the beautiful Sarah Allen, who wanted out of Wind Canyon at any cost. Now Jackson reluctantly opens his ranch to the recently widowed Sarah. And as sparks ignite, he finds himself protecting her from her dead husband’s shady business partners.

©2011 Kat Martin (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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Just not my style

I'm not sure how this book was so highly rated by others because I didn't like it at all. I was almost embarrassed for Jack Garrett for having to read aloud such a poor story. Some of the lines that the male character said are so sickening sweet I thought I would throw up. Towards the end I found myself laughing because it was so absurd

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Wimpy Sarah

While the writing was good, I found the main female character Sarah to be wimpy, boring and sometimes just stupid. Sarah allowed herself to be pressured by the cool kids in high school to be cruel to Jackson, a poor boy who had a crush on her.

Next Sarah drops out of college to marry a rich man for financial security, never holding a job. When her husband becomes physically abusive she stays with him for years, even after having a daughter.

After her husband is killed, Sarah runs back to her home town and tries to hide from thugs who believe she has something valuable. Of course, she never reports anything to the police or carries a weapon to protect herself & child.

Somehow Jackson - all grown up, financially secure and too generous - is willing to take care of Sarah & her daughter (the kid is much more appealing than the mother), immediately falling madly in love. Sorry but I like strong, self sufficient women characters.

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Too Stupid to Live

So - I love the hero in this story. But - the heroine - not so much. Jackson gave this chick every chance - but really - she is an idiot. I gave up on her and I found myself just feeling sorry for poor Jackson. Sarah is just stupid - she never really appreciated what a winner she had in Jackson. Poor Jackson!

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What Happened to Kat Martin?

I am a huge Kat Martin fan and have read most of her books since 2004. I was very excited to see a new book of hers come out on audible.com. I was very disappointed in the way this book progressed. It just dragged in places, so much so that I sometimes thought that she had to throw in extra plot lines just to fill pages.

Some of the terminology was a little old-fashioned as well. This is a newer book (2010) They were looking for a disc? Really, do people still use discs, or even say that word? Regarding the "dark-skinned man"-why would you describe someone like that repeatedly? I was a little put-off by that.

Other people have commented on the narrator and how great he did. I'm not sure if it was the poor writing or Jack Garrett, but I was not happy with the narration of this book.

I'll borrow the other three books from my library because I am hoping they get better after this.

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Keeps you guessing

This was the first time I have read this author and I was pleased with the book. The narrator, jack garrett, has a great voice. I rated the story 5 simply because the author did a great job with all the little details.I would be listening wondering something about how the character would develop and before long Martin would tie it all up very nicely.

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Romance in the Canyon

A soft romance is the best way to describe the kick off for this series. I enjoyed the story. If you want something to kick back to on Sunday afternoon then this could be the book for you if you like cowboys. A strong testosterone hunk of a male and a woman who has found herself again after abusive relationship. The narrator grows on you and I found myself wanting to know more about family. Steamy hot nope. Genuine old time romance yes. If on sale it is an okay listen.

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Too Stupid to Live

So - I love the hero in this story. But - the heroine - not so much. Jackson gave this chick every chance - but really - she is an idiot. I gave up on her and I found myself just feeling sorry for poor Jackson. Sarah is just stupid - she never really appreciated what a winner she had in Jackson. Poor Jackson!

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WIND CANYON AND A COWBOY!

Fleeing her life after her husband died, Sarah finds herself renting a cozy cottage in Wind Canyon Wyoming - the town she grew up in.After being harassed a bit, Sarah and Jackson begin the hunt for information on her late husbands shady business dealings. With Sarah's late husbands cronies after her and something they think she has; everyone Sarah loves is in trouble.

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I love her books! Lets see more of her books here

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I have listened to everyone of her books and I love them all. I do like Jack Garrett's reading. Some people don't but I love his voice.
I wish Audible would get more of her books and get them in order.
If you not into sex then you may not like Kat's books. However I love the romance and the suspense with it.

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Not even OK for me..

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The first thing I can tell you that I LIKED about this book is the sexual tension that was part of Jackson and Sarah from the very beginning. That is, until it became so repetitive. He couldn’t be anywhere near her or think about her without an erection popping up or all his blood going to his groin. I just love sexual tension in a book but this was a little much.

The first thing I DIDN’T like about this book is that it was sooo long. 400 (396 really) pages makes for something that gets boring and repetitive and about 300 pages. AND OMG, all the “Against” books are just as long. I can’t read a book that drags on and on and on. This book did not have to be this long and I can’t see myself reading another book by this author. There was sooo many unnecessary words that just dragged the story out.
And, good grief, Sarah said and thought and did some of the stupidest things that she was TSTL sometimes. There was constant thoughts of her not trusting Jackson because of Andrew but she sure trusted him to screw him time and time again. I have to tell you that when Sarah told Jackson she didn’t love him and she was leaving and he should get on with his life I was wishing the book would end right there and Jackson would go on without that stupid biotch. God! I just hated her. I hate stubborn, whiny, bitchy women! Be one or the other, not all three.

By the time the book ended it was too late for me to like her or be glad for the outcome.

I liked Jackson and his 2 brothers, Dev and Gabe. I liked Jimmy and his sons as well as Nan, Holly and Livvy. I absolutely hated Detective Mercer and the Turk and Kozak. But mostly I hated Andrew, and he was dead at the very beginning of the book. The parts about the loggers were just thrown in and was totally unnecessary and had nothing to do with the real story of this book.

As much as I liked Dev and Gabe I will not be reading their stories.

As to the narrator: I have no idea how this narrator could get anything but 1 or 2 stars if all his books are as bad as this one. He has absolutely no emotion whan he reads and when Dev, Gabe, Jimmy and Wheel were creeping up on the cabin you just know they should be whispering about their plans but they weren't. They spoke in a regular tone of the readers voice. It was actually laughable. And his women's voices were horrible. I can't see myself listening to this narrator again. Sorry..

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