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Monday, April 16, 2012

Against the Night by Kat Martin

Against the Night by Kat Martin
Publisher: Mira
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery, Action/Adventure
Length: Full Length (394 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

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.

Amy's got her own agenda to pursue: her sister is missing and Amy seems to be the only one who cares. She'll enlist Johnnie's help and do her best to ignore her growing attraction to finally get some answers. But when the two trails begin to converge and reveal something even more sinister than they imagined, their mutual desire is the least of their problems. They'll bring the truth to light…or die trying.

Against the Night is not like anything else I've read and I'm glad I did.

I'm new to the works of Kat Martin. I'm not exactly sure why I'd waited so long to try her works, but I did. I'm glad I remedied the situation. I love a good suspense story and this one packs one heck of a wallop. This is part of a series, but I never felt lost or confused. Actually having the little asides with the secondary characters made the story more dimensional and exciting. The writing flows well and from the first page I was stuck fast.

The characters seemed very one-dimensional until I got a bit further into the book. I mean, she's a stripper. He's a cop. Pretty cut and dry. Then I hit the meat of the story. Amy isn't just dancing for the fun of it. She's on a mission. Her sister is missing and she's determined to find her. Now this could come across as a pretty tired story line, but Ms. Martin wrote it with a fresh spin that made me see Amy as a true heroine, rather than a woman on a wild goose chase. John's very much what he seems - tougher than nails - but there's something sweet underneath the gruff layers. He wasn't the stereotype tough guy and I liked it.

My favorite part has to be their meeting in the Kitty Cat Club. She's dancing and trying to entice men. John isn't there to watch her--and yet he can't keep his eyes off her. The sparks fly from the pages and the emotions are palpable.

If you want an action packed book with a solid plot and plenty of heart, then this is the book for you.