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Against the Wind (Raines of Wind Canyon Series #1)

Against the Wind - Kat Martin Sarah Allen returns home to Wind Canyon with her young daughter in tow. Her ex-husband was murdered and a bad associate of his is harassing her for information that she does not have. Escaping back to her small town roots is the only thing she can think of. She rents a small cottage on a ranch that is run by Jackson Raines, a man whom she snubbed in high school. Jackson has never forgotten Sarah, the one girl he always had a crush on. After her blatant rejection of him in high school, the last thing he wanted was Sarah back on his property but he knows something is wrong and he can’t resist helping her. Danger follows Sarah and Jackson will do anything to protect her.The characters are great. I liked Jackson. He is sweet and caring. Sarah has her moments where she is believable. I would have loved for them to go into her reasons for being cruel to him in high school. A brief line stating that she liked him but was scared is not enough to satisfy me. Jackson’s brothers, Holly and Jimmy made for great secondary characters.I believed the plot could have been fleshed out more. The suspense dragged in spots and then tightened at the end. There are also some conflicting moments with character inconsistencies that took away from the story. Sarah wants Jackson one moment and the next she is pushing him away. She worries that Holly and Jackson will become attached but she never hesitates for them to be around each other and the child interacts with his brothers and staff. The small inconsistencies became big annoyances throughout the story.Overall, this is a nice and entertaining read. There is a lot of potential in this book. I can only hope that it get better with the next book. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the other Raines brothers.