Into the Fury by Kat Martin ~ ARC Review (2016, romantic suspense)


A bodyguard, a bounty hunter, a P.I.—the men of Brodie Operations Security Service, Inc. are down for the job… Sinners, whores, and sluts beware—your time is at hand: a faceless menace is threatening lingerie models on a cross country tour, and Ethan Brodie is there to defend and protect. Ethan’s learned the hard way that beauty is no substitute for character. So even though Valentine Hart is one of the most breathtaking women he’s ever seen, he’s keeping his hands off and his eyes open. Or that’s what he tells himself. Then one of the models is murdered, and the closer Ethan gets to the answers, the closer he finds himself to Valentine—and the hotter the pressure feels. There’s more to Val—more to the other girls—than he could have guessed. But one is keeping a secret that could kill them all.

*I received a free copy of this book from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

Into the Fury is another exciting story from Kat Martin. Fans will be pleased to see the Brodie family again in a new series.

My attention was grabbed by the very first sentence. The book was a fast read with a lot of action, romance, and danger.

The basic story line is: Ethan Brodie takes an assignment working security for a lingerie company that has had ten of its models receive threatening notes. On his first day of the assignment, a particular model catches his eye, as he does hers. When he finds out that this model is a friend of his cousin’s wife, he has the perfect excuse to stick by her side. After one of the models is murdered, Ethan does everything he can to protect Val (the model) and figure out the identity and motive of the killer.

Both Ethan and Val are likable characters. Neither fit stereotypes. Yes, Ethan is an alpha male who wants to possess and protect, but he’s also a loving father and a good man who tries to do the right thing. Val is an atypical model, caring more for animals than material possessions. I really liked that she was able to defend herself instead of just being a wilting flower.

I loved most everything about Into the Fury. There were only a few minor things that detracted from my enjoyment. One thing that bothered me was how the characters kept repeating the reasons why they couldn’t let themselves fall for one another. It got to be a little repetitive and annoying. Another thing is that the book contained my sex-is-not-a-body-part pet peeve (not worth explaining, since I’ve ranted about it so many times before). The last thing that I didn’t particularly like was how the break Ethan got in the case didn’t seem believable. I don’t want to say what it was, because I’d be giving a spoiler. I’ll only say that I didn’t believe that the source of the information would have done what he had done.

I don’t think any of those things warrant taking any stars off my rating. They are just some nitpicky things I made note of while reading the book. I do highly recommend Into the Fury.

Into the Fury is hot, fast-paced, suspenseful, and has a good mystery. If you like romantic suspense with a physically tough male lead with a soft heart and an equally strong female lead, you should give this one a read. It was a great book.

Kat Martin is the author of twenty-one Historical and Contemporary Romance novels. She tackles many different aspects of her genre with settings ranging from the rugged West to the Antebellum South, Regency, Georgian, and Medieval England. Not one to shy away from change, she also tackles Contemporary Romantic Suspense novels which involve the paranormal. Some of her titles include Nothing But Velvet, Sweet Vengeance, and Dangerous Passions. These works have won a bevy of awards including a recent Romantic Times Magazine nomination for Best Historical Romance of 1998 for her latest release, Wicked Promise. She is also published in, among others, Germany, Norway, Sweden, China, Russia, and Spain.

Before starting her writing career in 1985, Kat was a real estate broker. During that time, she met her husband, Larry Jay Martin, also a Kensington author. After double majoring in Anthropology and History at the University of California at Santa Barbara, she found herself incredibly interested in the past. In fact, she and Larry often do research in the areas where their books take place. She remarks, “We like to stay in out-of-the-way inns and houses built in times past. It’s fun and it gives a wonderful sense of a bygone era.”

In May, Kat will release her next Historical Romance, Night Secrets. Following that is an upcoming Zebra release, a Contemporary Romantic Suspense entitled The Silent Rose, which will be out in August. “It’s a ghostly tale of romance and intrigue that was based on a real life incident,” says Kat. “It’s a little bit scary, a whole lot sexy, and hopefully lots of fun to read.”

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