"A brand new action packed series with twists and protection"
Reviewed by Helen Williams
Posted June 23, 2017
BEYOND REASON is the first book in The Texas
Trilogy which is
a new series by Kat Martin. This story all the
action, romance and expectations that come from a Kat Martin
book. This is a great story about a determined young lady
who has to fight tooth and nail in order to save her
grandfather's business when it seems that everything is
working against her. It's also about finding unexpected
family and going to any lengths to protect and provide for
them. This is an action packed story that will take you on a
whirlwind ride of adventure.
Carly Drake returns home to bury her grandfather and to
assume the responsibility of taking over his trucking
company. Soon after the top driver for the trucking company
is murdered. Frustrated by the fact that the police have no
clues concerning the murder, along with the financial
problems concerning the trucking company, Carly has to face
the fact that she will have to accept some help from an
Lincoln Cain made a promise to Carly's grandfather that he
would protect her. Linc is a powerful multi-millionaire who
owns a rival trucking company but he doesn't hesitate to do
whatever he has to do to protect Carly when she starts
receiving phone threats against her life and the trucking
Linc may be the powerful, magnetic man of the world
now but Carly will see a whole new side to him when he
introduces her to his friends who come to their aid when the
threats keep coming. Linc also will see that Carly is not one
of those simpering women who will run from a fight. She shows
that she will fight for what belongs to her and will not give
Linc and Carly make a great team when the bullets start
to fly. But once the threats are removed they have to work on
opening their hearts and going for what they want. This is a
really great beginning to this new series.
New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin raises
chills as danger stalks a woman determined to make it in
man’s world . . .
Five weeks ago Carly Drake stood at her grandfather’s
Now she’s burying Drake Trucking’s top driver, and the
have no leads on the hijacking or murder. Faced with
bankruptcy, phone threats and the fear of failure, Carly
to team up with the last man she wants to owe—Lincoln
Cain is magnetic, powerful, controlling—and hiding more
one secret. He promised Carly’s granddad he’d protect
The old man took a chance on him when he was nothing but
kid with a record, and now he’s the multi-millionaire
of a rival firm.
But Linc’s money can’t protect Carly from the men who’ll
anything to shut her down, or the secrets behind Drake
Trucking. If she won’t sell out, the only way to keep her
safe is to keep her close . . . and fight like hell.
ExcerptFor the second time since her return to Iron Springs,
Carly Drake stood in a graveyard. On the opposite side
of the coffin, between rows of granite headstones, the
Hernandez family huddled together, a wife weeping for her
husband, children crying for their father.
Carly bowed her head, her heart aching for the loss of a
man she had known only briefly. With her grandfather's
recent passing, she understood the pain Miguel's family
was suffering. Joe Drake, the man who had raised her,
the only father Carly had ever known, had died just five
But unlike a heart that had simply worn itself out,
Miguel Hernandez, Grandpa Joe's number-one driver, had
been shot in the head, the criminals who had committed
the truck hijacking still on the loose.
In the weeks since her grandfather’s death, Carly had
been doing her best to run Drake Trucking, to keep the
company afloat and its employees' checks paid. She was
doing the best she knew how, but Miguel had been killed
on her watch and Carly felt responsible.
The harsh Texas wind kicked up, whipping blades of grass
in front of the casket draped with a blanket of blood-red
roses. The end of September weather was fickle, hot and
humid one day, rainy and overcast the next. Strands of
fine blond hair tore free from the tight bun at the nape
of her neck. As Carly smoothed the strands back into
place, her gaze paused on a man at the far edge of the
mourners, a head taller than the men in Miguel's Hispanic
family, taller than most of the truckers or any other man
in the crowd, big and broad-shouldered, dark brown hair
and a strikingly handsome face.
Carly leaned over and spoke quietly to the woman beside
her, Brittany Haworth, a willowy brunette who had been
her best friend in high school. As if it had been just
days instead of years, their friendship had resumed the
day Carly had returned to Iron Springs.
"The man across from us..." Carly said. "The tall one?
He was also at Grandpa Joe's funeral. I remember him
going through the line to pay his respects, but I was
hurting so much I barely paid attention. Do you know who
Brittany looked at her, about her same height as Carly’s
five-foot-seven inches. "You’re kidding, right? You
don't recognize him? Obviously you don't read the gossip
rags. He's in the newspapers all the time. That's
Lincoln Cain. You know, the multi-millionaire?"
Carly's gaze swung across the casket on the mound above
the grave to the big man in the perfectly tailored black
suit and crisp white shirt. "That's Cain?"
As if he could feel her watching him, his eyes swung to
hers, remained steady on her face. Carly couldn't seem
to look away. There was power in that bold, probing
stare. She could actually feel her pulse accelerate.
"So what's Cain doing in Iron Springs?"
"He owns a ranch here. He was born close to here--
Pleasant Hill, I think. He left to make his fortune,
came back a few years ago mega-rich. It's a fascinating
story. You'll have to Google him sometime."
"I still don't understand why he was at Joe's funeral, or
why he's here today."
"For one thing, he was one of Joe's competitors. Texas
American Transportation is one of the biggest trucking
companies in the world."
She nodded. "Tex/Am Transport. I know that, but—"
"Cain credits Joe Drake as one of the people who put him
on the path to success. The Iron Springs Gazette
published a couple of articles about him and Joe."
Guilt swept over her. She'd been gone so much. Off to
college at the U of Texas in Austin ten years ago, which
her grandfather had paid for, then a job in Houston as a
She had always wanted to see the world so instead of
coming home to help Grandpa Joe, she'd gone to work for
Delta. She been transferred here and there, worked out
of New York for a while, came back to Iron Springs a
couple of times a year, but her visits never lasted more
than a few days before she was gone again, flying
somewhere else, off on another adventure.
Five weeks ago, she'd quit her job, given up her
apartment in San Francisco where she had been based, and
come home to stay. Joe's heart condition had worsened.
She'd started worrying about him, decided to come back
and help him run Drake Trucking, take over some of the
responsibilities and lesson the stress he was under.
She'd only been in Iron Springs a week when Joe had
suffered a massive heart attack. He'd died in the
ambulance on the way to the hospital. By the time she'd
received the call, rushed out of the office and driven
like a maniac to Iron Springs Memorial, Joe was gone.
She hadn't been there for him when he needed her.
Just as she had so many times before, Carly had failed
What do you think about this review?
1 comment posted.
Re: A brand new action packed series with twists and protection
The story line is great but the story telling is way too
florid for my taste. I did finish this book because I had to
see how it turned out.
(Kathleen Bylsma 5:35pm June 25)
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