When I come up with a story idea, one of the most import aspects and sometimes the most difficult, is to find the right romantic match. The right hero for the right heroine, two people who, by the end of the novel, will fit perfectly together. Since AGAINST THE TIDE centers around Rafe Brodie, a rugged outdoorsman, man of the sea, a hardworking male with a very high sex drive, I needed a woman who was his equal. That meant she had to be tough, strong, hardworking, and though she might not realize it at first, a woman with a very passionate nature.
Olivia Chandler is all of those things but she’s also a woman with secrets. Though she’s drawn to Rafe, she knows they can never share a relationship. Her life is in jeopardy. Very powerful people want her silenced, and involving Rafe might wind up getting him killed.
But a mutual friend has been murdered and Rafe and Liv are both determined to find the man who killed him. As the two of them work together trying to help the police solve the crime, Olivia comes to respect and admire Rafe, and she is wildly attracted to his dark good looks and amazing body.
As the story develops, Rafe comes to believe Olivia needs a man in her life, one strong enough to stand up to a woman like her. He wants Liv in his life, but from the start, he has knows she’s a woman with secrets. For their relationship to work, Rafe needs to know what those secrets are.
As trouble deepens for Liv, another danger surfaces, one even more threatening.
AGAINST THE TIDE was a fun and interesting book to write, and matching the two of central characters, finding ways to bring them together during their dangerous, desperate adventure added to the mix.
I hope you enjoy AGAINST THE TIDE, and next year watch for INTO THE FURY, Rafe’s cousin Ethan Brodie’s story.
Till then, happy reading and all good wishes, Kat
Interview with Liv from Against the Tide
Describe why you love living in Alaska?
It lets me be free, be the person I really am. Here I’m building a home for myself and finally making friends. I love the challenges of living here, the beauty and the wildness. I feel like I am home.
The café was in the most remote town I could find to live in. I wanted something to do while I was there. I thought I would enjoy owning my own business. I discovered I was good at it.
Why are you afraid of getting involved with Rafe?
Things have happened to me in the past. If I involve Rafe in my life, I could be putting him in danger.
What about Rafe makes you crazy?
He’s arrogant a bit domineering. He’s trying to protect me, trying to help me so I understand. Besides no man is perfect. Rafe comes pretty darn close!
You seem very cautious about getting too connected to anyone, why is that?
I don’t want anyone finding out who I really am. I don’t want to have to run again, to find another safe place to live.
Seems you and Rafe have electric chemistry, why do you fight it?
It’s hard for me to trust anyone. As I’ve gotten to know Rafe, I’ve come to realize he is the most trustworthy man I know. I’m falling in love with him and that puts him in incredible danger.
Tell us how you felt the first time you laid eyes on Rafe?
I just simply could not breathe. The man is just the hottest, sexiest hunk I’ve ever known.
AGAINST THE TIDE
By Kat Martin
Release date: 5/26/15
Secrets—and safety—melt under a midnight sun…
Liv Chandler is running for her life, and the cops haven’t been able to do a thing to help. But there’s one man who makes her feel safe, no matter what…rugged charter boat captain Rafe Brodie.
To Rafe, Liv is a beautiful mystery, one he can’t ignore. He means to unearth her secrets, and in the process, if luck is on his side, maybe the spark between them will ignite.
But Liv’s past is more dangerous than Rafe could guess, and when his first mate turns up dead, she fears that she’s next. That there’s something else coming she can’t see. That even Rafe and the remote village of Valdez, Alaska can’t protect her forever…
“Martin’s latest novel leaves readers breathless with the absorbing combination of mystery and romance.” —RTBookReviews
“This book is action packed. It has plenty of suspense and I love that the story wasn’t just given away. It all evolved into something fabulous. It will have you looking for the other Brodie books.” —Crystal’s Reviews
What are readers saying about AGAINST THE TIDE?
“A sexy romantic thriller I didn’t want to stop reading.” —Paige, Mertztown, PA
“Thrilling, suspenseful and keeps you hanging on till the very end! And…delicious romance!” — Misty, Galt, CA
“This book was a great read! Characters were intriguing. Story was easy to get swept away with.” —Elissa, Collegeville, PA
“Sexy and Intriguing read. A must read if you love to get caught up in love and romance and danger.” —Kristen, Oklahoma City, OK
“I loved it! Kat Martin describes the scenes with such detail it feels as if you’re right there in the story. Loved the characters and the whole plot.” —Lisa, Slippery Rock, PA
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