Against the Wild – Kat Martin [Review]

Against the Wild cover Against the Wild is the first book in the Brodies of Alaska series by Kat Martin.

Zebra published Against the Wild on May 27, 2014. The story includes elements of romance and suspense.


Alaska: Where the men are as bold and untamed as America’s last wilderness…

It’s been three years since Lane Bishop tragically lost her fiancé, and she’s finally ready to risk her heart on someone else. The hot look in Dylan Brodie’s eyes says he’s going to be that man.

But when Lane flies to the remote 1930s fishing lodge to help him renovate, she discovers a little girl who won’t speak, eerie legends and strange sounds in the night. And when she investigates the history of the lodge, she uncovers a legacy of injustice and murder.

As danger stalks his daughter and the woman he is coming to love, Dylan must risk everything to uncover the shocking truth.


Jen’s Review of AGAINST THE WILD

My review of Against the Wild first appeared on our old website booksthathook dot com. I read it because I was going to do a blog tour for the third book in the series. So I read and reviewed the first two first. I checked the book out from our public library.

First let me say I thought this was a paranormal romantic suspense. It is not. The ghosts are part of a hoax. This was disappointing to me, but it’s no fault of the author. I just had the wrong idea about the book.

Against the Wild is a traditional romance with characters who have typical roles to play. Although Lane makes attempts to save herself, she still has to be rescued by sexy and rugged Dylan Brodie. Plus, he’s a stereotypical skeptic. For once I would like to see the man crying about seeing a ghost and the woman not believing him. Another reason I say it is a traditional romance is because the author uses the word “sex” to name a part of female anatomy, which is one of my pet peeves, but I know it is very common in romance.

It almost felt like the book contained two different stories about Dylan and Lane. The first has to do with the fake haunting. The second is about a man who kills Dylan’s friend’s ex-girlfriend. The two problems are un-related to one another, although both problems directly affect Dylan and Lane. I think I would have preferred if the stuff about the hoax hadn’t even been in the book, because the second half (from around page 257 on) was more exciting.

Overall, the story moves along at a steady pace. The writing is clean and cohesive. All the plot points are neatly tied up by the end of the book.

As much as I hate to admit it (because I’m not a big romance reader), the HEA at the end of the book brought a few tears of joy to my eyes. I think it meant more to me than some romance endings because Dylan and Lane had to work hard to get to that point.

Do I Recommend?

Yes. I recommend this book to readers who like adventure and danger mixed in with a romance. I think readers who like tough men would like Dylan Brodie. He’d also appeal to women who like to read about men who have children, since Dylan has a young daughter from a previous marriage. Overall, I enjoyed reading Against the Wild and suggest people give it a try if they haven’t already.

My Rating for AGAINST THE WILD: 4 out of 5 stars (B)


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About Jen Schaper

In addition to being a book blogger, I am a mother of three children, a retail backroom coordinator, and a wannabe writer (when I make time to do it).
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