AGAINST THE STORM
Fans of Martin’s Raines of Wind Canyon trilogy are going to love meeting more of this testosterone-and honor-laden family. Trace is an upright guy with a predilection for redheads in distress and Maggie is a redhead with a big problem. The chemistry between them sizzles, the romantic suspense is tautly compelling and the psychological terror ratchets up with each red herring. Readers aren’t going to be able to put the lights out until the last page.
Former Army Ranger turned PI Trace Rawlins knows redheads are nothing but trouble — his ex-wife is the perfect example. Still, Trace is sure Maggie O’Connell needs help, and he figures he can keep his heart safe as he tries to find out who’s stalking the pretty photographer. But he knows Maggie’s holding something back. Why aren’t the police willing to help her if the calls are real? What dark secret is Maggie hiding that might get her killed? Trace won’t let himself fall for a woman he can’t trust, but he’s teetering on a very fine edge with Maggie. Not that it matters, as the deeper Trace digs and the more violent the attacks on Maggie become, the more he’s determined to keep her safe … and make her his. (MIRA, Oct., 400 pp., $7.99)