Against the Sky (The Brodies of Alaska) by Kat Martin
Overview by Amazon:
In America’s last wilderness there are no limits to what a man can do.
For detective Nick Brodie, that means keeping the perps off the streets of Anchorage 24/7. Nick has never backed down from danger, but after the horrors he’s seen, he’s definitely in need of a break.
Samantha Hollis never thought she’d meet anyone like Nick, especially in a place like Las Vegas. But after one reckless, passionate night, she discovers the charismatic stranger is everything she wants in a man. But can he ever be anything more than a one-night stand?
When Nick invites her to Alaska, Samantha decides to find out, never guessing the depths she’ll discover in him or the tangle of murder, kidnapping, and danger about to engulf them both. . .
What I liked about this book:
• The characters were awesome. I loved Nick and Samantha. I was so rooting for them to pick up where their hot and heavy Vegas weekend left off. I really wanted them to work out. Even though they felt like they didn’t have a lot in common, I think they were underestimating each other and themselves.
• The sex scenes were hot and steamy. Nick is a former Army Ranger and I just cannot resist a warrior, whether they are in ancient Scotland or modern day. His body was described as a work of art and I was jealous that Sam got to be all over that.
• I loved the setting in Alaska. I live in a cold climate and bitterly hate the cold, so I can understand why Sam didn’t want to relocate there, but it sounds so majestic I think I might have caved on that. I also liked that there was the inclusion of first nations in the story. They are an essential part of the fabric of the north and it wouldn’t have been a very accurate book without it.
• The investigation of Jimmy’s father’s death was a big part of the plot. While I liked it and enjoyed how protective Nick was of Samantha, it took over the book and put their lives in danger. It had so many elements and twists to the plot that it felt a little overwhelming and I couldn’t understand how Nick was able to elude law enforcement for so long, but I guess in Alaska things are different.
• I loved how Samantha was such a great cook. My mouth drooled at the descriptions of the food she made. If Nick didn’t want to be with her because of her sexy body, her cooking would have been a great reason.
Samantha isn’t a very adventurous person. She has no interest in hiking and riding an ATV was reckless to her. It kind of irritated me that she flew all the way to Alaska (albeit for a very good reason) to see Nick, but then played hot and cold. To me it was a forgone conclusion that sex was on the agenda – especially considering how good the sex was!! Get in there girl!!
A fun read that features beautiful scenery, good characters and a mystery that was life and death.