Archive for January 27th, 2011

Once one of the “no-account Raines boys,” Gabriel Raines has pulled himself out of poverty by his bootstraps to become a successful businessman—one who has become the target of revenge…

You can’t fight what you can’t see. And Gabriel Raines can’t be sure just who’s setting the fires in his new real-estate development. When two fires hit back-to-back, he knows it’s personal, but any number of competitors or ex-employees could be the arsonist.

The police suspect Angel Ramirez, a local teen who’s been in trouble before. But Mattie Baker, a volunteer at the Family Abuse center, just can’t believe the kid she’s been working with would go back to his delinquent ways.

Determined to convince Gabe that she’s right, Mattie must get close to him and find out who’s putting their neighborhood in jeopardy. And just as the arsonist’s flames continue to burn, they find a heat developing between them. It might just turn into a full-fledged fire…if they can survive long enough.


When I come up with a story idea, one of the most import things and sometimes the hardest to do is to find the right romantic match for the hero or heroine who is the primary character in the book. Since AGAINST THE FIRE centers around Gabe Raines, an ex-marine, a tough, strong, hardworking guy (with a very high sex drive), I wanted a woman who was his equal. That meant she had to be tough, strong, hardworking and though she doesn’t realize it at first, a woman with a very passionate nature.


Mattie Baker is all of those things but she’s also a woman who finds it difficult to trust. Though she’s drawn to Gabe, she believes he is not suited to her in the least. She’s an architect, college graduate, a business woman. Gabe is a contractor, a guy who works with his hands.


And Mattie has trust issues. Her father died and left her and her mother impoverished. She doesn’t ever want to find herself dependent on a man.


But as the two are thrown together trying to find the arsonist who is burning down Gabe’s construction projects and putting people’s lives in danger, Mattie begins to see how much they have in common. They’re not so far apart as she believed.


And there is the sexuality that vibrates between them. It doesn’t take Gabe long to figure out that Mattie is too strong a woman for the men she has been dating. She needs a man who really IS a man, a guy who can bring out the passionate woman she is inside.


The trust issue is another problem. But Gabe is a trustworthy, dependable guy who is smart enough to realize that Mattie needs her own space, her own successes.


So matching them was fun and of course setting them off on a dangerous, desperate adventure added to the mix.


I hope you enjoy AGAINST THE FIRE and that you’ll watch for Dev Raines story in AGAINST THE LAW.

Till then, all best and happy reading. Kat


For more information about Kat Martin, please visit www.katbooks.com.

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