The Raines of Wind Canyon continues with Against the Night
She’s got the face of an angel and the body of…well, isn’t that what he’d expect from an exotic dancer? But there’s something about this girl that Johnnie Riggs can’t shake. The former army ranger is hot on the trail of an elusive drug lord—and suddenly very hot under the collar, as well.
In Los Angeles, former Army Ranger turned civilian private investigator Johnnie Riggs visits the Kitty Cat Club on Sunset to nail a skip, child pornographer Ray Carroll, grandson of a late oil billionaire. However, when Angel Fontaine works the pole, he becomes totally distracted. Out of character for him when he is on the job, he wants to meet Angel, but captures the perv when he gleefully stuffs money into Angel’s G-string.
Riggs learns Angel’s day job is Grand Rapids Elementary School kindergarten teacher Amy Brewer. She is undercover searching for her missing sister Rachael, who stripped at the Kitty Cat. Johnnie offers to help her, which she accepts. However, instead of just following her sibling’s trail through the sleaze of Hollywood and worse, they struggle to survive as someone wants her dead.
The latest Raines of Wind Canyon (see Against the Wind and Against the Fire) is an exhilarating romantic suspense as two seemingly opposites fall in love while dodging nasty villains during the hunt for her exotic dancing sibling. Fast-paced from the moment their eyes met while she pole danced, Kat Martin provides an engaging thriller.
John Riggs is a former ranger, full-time PI, and all around do not mess with me tough guy. So why is Amy Brewer, this slip of a woman, an exotic dancer no less making his blood boil to a point of combustion. There is something beneath the exterior when you look really deep and see that her innocence is genuine. When their paths cross and she hires him to find her missing sister – Johnnie wonders if this is a step into heaven with an Angel or eternal damnation.
Amy came to find her sister and stepping into her sister’s shoes as a dancer was step one. Taking a leap of faith to hire a PI to help her was a huge risk but one she knew had to happen. What Amy never foresaw was the terror she would face on land and sea in the search to find and free her sister. The scariest moments are when she is alone with Johnnie, laying in the warmth of his arms, knowing this cannot last but wishing so much that it could. She will take a bullet for Johnnie who is doing everything he can to find her sister and using resources she never knew existed. However, when everything is concluded will she run back to Michigan or stay with Johnnie and fulfill a new kind of adventure?
Kat Martin cannot stop writing incredible books in this series. Every book stands out as spectacular with character depth, suspense, and enough romance to warm any night. Ms. Martin proves that a series can go on and remain fresh and intriguing and proves it with this latest book.
Mary J. Gramlich