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Five weeks ago Carly Drake stood at her grandfather’s grave. Now she’s burying Drake Trucking’s top driver, and the cops have no leads on the hijacking or murder. Faced with bankruptcy, phone threats and the fear of failure, Carly has to team up with the last man she wants to owe—Lincoln Cain. Cain is magnetic, powerful, controlling—and hiding more than one secret. He promi Five weeks ago Carly Drake stood at her grandfather’s grave. Now she’s burying Drake Trucking’s top driver, and the cops have no leads on the hijacking or murder. Faced with bankruptcy, phone threats and the fear of failure, Carly has to team up with the last man she wants to owe—Lincoln Cain. Cain is magnetic, powerful, controlling—and hiding more than one secret. He promised Carly’s granddad he’d protect her. The old man took a chance on him when he was nothing but a kid with a record, and now he’s the multi-millionaire owner of a rival firm. But Linc’s money can’t protect Carly from the men who’ll do 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.


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Five weeks ago Carly Drake stood at her grandfather’s grave. Now she’s burying Drake Trucking’s top driver, and the cops have no leads on the hijacking or murder. Faced with bankruptcy, phone threats and the fear of failure, Carly has to team up with the last man she wants to owe—Lincoln Cain. Cain is magnetic, powerful, controlling—and hiding more than one secret. He promi Five weeks ago Carly Drake stood at her grandfather’s grave. Now she’s burying Drake Trucking’s top driver, and the cops have no leads on the hijacking or murder. Faced with bankruptcy, phone threats and the fear of failure, Carly has to team up with the last man she wants to owe—Lincoln Cain. Cain is magnetic, powerful, controlling—and hiding more than one secret. He promised Carly’s granddad he’d protect her. The old man took a chance on him when he was nothing but a kid with a record, and now he’s the multi-millionaire owner of a rival firm. But Linc’s money can’t protect Carly from the men who’ll do 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.

30 review for Beyond Reason

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review. I loved the first 20% of the book and the last 20% was awesome. The 60% in between - well, it just didn't live up to what I have come to expect from Kat Martin. The romance was hot, but became repetitive and if I had to read one more time how Carly's previous fiancées left her and how Linc could have any womon he wanted, I was going to throw the book (figuratively speaking, as Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review. I loved the first 20% of the book and the last 20% was awesome. The 60% in between - well, it just didn't live up to what I have come to expect from Kat Martin. The romance was hot, but became repetitive and if I had to read one more time how Carly's previous fiancées left her and how Linc could have any womon he wanted, I was going to throw the book (figuratively speaking, as this is on my Kindle). Sad to say, but the suspense wasn't much better. Carly Drake has come home to take over her grandfather's trucking business. When the story begins, Joe had been dead just a few weeks and she is again at another graveside, this time for one of Drake Trucking's drivers who was murdered in a hijacking. Also there is Lincoln Cain, a very hot, very rich friend of Joe's. Linc has promised to watch out for Carly, but he never expected to do anything other than buy Drake Trucking and send her on her way. He absolutely didn't expect to feel an instant attraction for her. Carly feels the same attraction for Linc, but she is not going to sell her company. There is trouble and she needs to get to the bottom of it. She also feels she needs to continue the company because she wasn't there to help when she should have. When she is threatened, accosted and then kidnapped and a nasty called El Jefe makes demands that she haul for him or he will kill her, Linc steps in. 3 1/2-Stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)

    I'm not even counting this as a book I read, because I skimmed a LOT! I just didn't really care about the characters or the events in the plot. Like, at all. And it seemed pretty predictable. I think part of my struggle was the length of the book. It could have been like 1/2 as many pages. Everything felt slow. And by the end, I really didn't care for the heroine at all.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne

    This one moved slowly and the characters' sexual thoughts were too often, too unrealistic within the plot timing and silly to me.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Janeiowa

    I always enjoy Kat Martin's work, and this one was no exception. It kept reading late into the night. Some of the mundane details did annoy me. I don't have to know that the driver unlocked the door, climbed i to the driver's seat, fastened her seatbelt, put the key in the ignition and started the engine, etc. Those details can be greatly condensed.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shalini

    This was the suspense story and my first book by Kat Martin. I liked the story premise but I found the delivery lacking. Carly is strong and bold. Lincoln makes a good support for her. Carly comes home to take over her grandfather's Trucking Company but someone seems to want to run this business to the ground. But Carly stands firm and the story plays out with action, threats, suspense and romance. Kat Martin has written well, characters are well developed, villain remains evil and hidden till t This was the suspense story and my first book by Kat Martin. I liked the story premise but I found the delivery lacking. Carly is strong and bold. Lincoln makes a good support for her. Carly comes home to take over her grandfather's Trucking Company but someone seems to want to run this business to the ground. But Carly stands firm and the story plays out with action, threats, suspense and romance. Kat Martin has written well, characters are well developed, villain remains evil and hidden till the end. The mystery in the story works well. But for most pasts the story is written in unwanted detail and it drags out. On the whole it is a fairly good read

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    As always Kat Martin delivers a hit!! Drama, action, passion, and love this is a book to read over and over again. I'm a bit in love with Lincoln Cain. You will be too when you read this book. A protective alpha male and an independent, stubborn, strong woman in a battle of wills and a debt to repay. What could go wrong? I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    RachelW (BamaGal)

    3.5 Stars. It was okay. Well written but average RS storyline. A billionaire stud helps a little lady out of trouble and falls in love with her. Nothing pissed me off, but nothing really stood out either. I was pleased that Carly was a businesswoman and not a helpless sweet thang; albeit with a company she inherited. The ending went off the rails a bit when everything was being tied up so cutesy. I'll probably give the next book about Linc's partner Beau a shot.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alena Zink

    A perfect example of SOAPY. In so many places in the book, you simply laugh at the poor writing. Weak, even for an easy romance.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bette Hansen

    Romantic suspense at it's best! The story had enough twists and turns to keep the story interesting and the romance that develops between Carly and Linc is a sweet slow build. As Carly takes over her grandfather's trucking business she finds herself not only on the threshold of bankruptcy but also burying the company's top driver. She finds herself in a position that she has no choice but to rely on the help of Lincoln Caine. Linc had a special relationship with Carly's grandfather and he gave t Romantic suspense at it's best! The story had enough twists and turns to keep the story interesting and the romance that develops between Carly and Linc is a sweet slow build. As Carly takes over her grandfather's trucking business she finds herself not only on the threshold of bankruptcy but also burying the company's top driver. She finds herself in a position that she has no choice but to rely on the help of Lincoln Caine. Linc had a special relationship with Carly's grandfather and he gave the man his word that he would look out for Carly. It becomes clear quickly that someone is trying to drive Carly out of business. Who and why isn't something they seem to be able to tie down. I highly recommend this one.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Gretchen (About That Story)

    This was so, so good! Beyond Reason was a great romantic suspense story with likable characters and a really intriguing mystery happening. I totally enjoyed it. Lincoln and Carly were awesome. I really enjoyed these two and their relationship. They were just good together and had a great connection and I loved their chemistry. I liked their ease of coming together and getting to know each other in the middle of everything that was going on. There was some push and pull since they're both stubborn This was so, so good! Beyond Reason was a great romantic suspense story with likable characters and a really intriguing mystery happening. I totally enjoyed it. Lincoln and Carly were awesome. I really enjoyed these two and their relationship. They were just good together and had a great connection and I loved their chemistry. I liked their ease of coming together and getting to know each other in the middle of everything that was going on. There was some push and pull since they're both stubborn but it made them coming together entertaining. I loved how Linc took care of Carly and how he was there for her. There were some nice heated moments but nothing over the top, definitely a lower heat kind of read. I loved the mystery element and even though this was romance I felt it was equally balanced with the intrigue that was playing out. I loved the little breadcrumbs being discovered as the story built. I couldn't wait to find out who the bad guy was. It was exciting to read! There is good drama throughout and a great supporting cast. This was a solid story, it had a decent pace but did drag a bit in the second half for me, there were great details, and there was really good development. There were a lot of different things thrown into the mix to keep me on my toes. That being said, I felt this was a bit of a lighter read, so even though I loved the mystery, it wasn't super intense or gritty. A few elements came into play I wasn't expecting and I loved the fact that I was surprised. It was a totally entertaining who-done-it! There is something nice about a mystery that isn't to taxing, just a great story with a good flow full of obstacles that really hooks you and keeps you turning the page. Complimentary copy received for honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shalini

    This was the suspense story and my first book by Kat Martin. I liked the story premise but I found the delivery lacking. Carly is strong and bold. Lincoln makes a good support for her. Carly comes home to take over her grandfather's Trucking Company but someone seems to want to run this business to the ground. But Carly stands firm and the story plays out with action, threats, suspense and romance. Kat Martin has written well, characters are well developed, villain remains evil and hidden till t This was the suspense story and my first book by Kat Martin. I liked the story premise but I found the delivery lacking. Carly is strong and bold. Lincoln makes a good support for her. Carly comes home to take over her grandfather's Trucking Company but someone seems to want to run this business to the ground. But Carly stands firm and the story plays out with action, threats, suspense and romance. Kat Martin has written well, characters are well developed, villain remains evil and hidden till the end. The mystery in the story works well. But for most pasts the story is written in unwanted detail and it drags out. On the whole it is a fairly good read

  12. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Here's my spoiler that doesn't spoil the plot. Fans of romance novels may as well not read my review. It is very anti-romance novel. Of course, and rightfully so, your question is, "Why did I read this book if I don't like romance novels? Answer: A friend gave me this book and I found the plot pretty good...and a book has to be like a -50 before I'll put it down without finishing it. Personal quirk. For those of you who are as addicted to romance novels as I am addicted to reading in general, real Here's my spoiler that doesn't spoil the plot. Fans of romance novels may as well not read my review. It is very anti-romance novel. Of course, and rightfully so, your question is, "Why did I read this book if I don't like romance novels? Answer: A friend gave me this book and I found the plot pretty good...and a book has to be like a -50 before I'll put it down without finishing it. Personal quirk. For those of you who are as addicted to romance novels as I am addicted to reading in general, really, I don't mean to put you down. I am putting down the genre and the fact that it's a consistent formula that works over and over again. I feel like they could take pages out of this book and put them into any romance novel and a difference wouldn't be known. I read many adventure romance novels in my late teens and early 20s. And I know any kind of reading is good. Any kind of reading enhances your intelligence and your reading comprehension, which is invaluable throughout your life. And then there's the rather recent inclusion of designer names. I still don't understand why anyone would buy a pair of Jimmy Choos, even a sale price of $200 or $300. They're shoes! They're going to get dirty and scuffed. So stupid to go after names instead of just design and quality. I'm only on page 11 and I'm ready to gag. I'll try a little longer. Ho hum. The woman has wavy, heavy blonde hair. The hero has dark brown hair… Which I'm sure we'll hear more of. He's mega rich and, of course, he's taller than any other man in the crowd, big and broad shouldered, his body making the perfect masculine V. Of course he has a strikingly handsome face. And he has the green eyes. (One of them always has to have green eyes usually with golden flecks dancing in them.) (Ah. The author waited until page 62 before adding the gold flecks. That must've taken self-control.) She has big blues and is taller than average (But when Lincoln thinks of her she's "that pretty little blue-eyed blonde".) Sticking to the formula, she has a dynamite figure. Down the block we will have many, more pathetic descriptions of these two characters looks. Ad nauseam. After finishing the book, I can tell you we don't hear all that much about Carley's body, except for it's never ending craving for Link's incredible body. Which is described in detail again and again and again and again and again... My apologies to Kat Martin, but she seems to be drolling all over this fantasy male body on every page. I can't help but wonder how women who read these hi-fantasy romances manage to find love with a normal man and stay in love with him. These characters are always so overblown in their perfection… How does any man stand up to that? First of all I don't like the musclebound type and second is this over-blown muscleman has questioned how the 'little' blonde managed to sink her hooks into him. If that isn't chauvinistic, I don't know what it is. And here we go again! Mr. incredibly desirable uses the phrase "... weaving her spell around him." Excuse me!!! She is the one who is more reluctant for this relationship to continue. On the very next page, Carly is "...suffering a shot of guilt that she hadn't gotten up earlier and "do the cooking herself." Not so not interesting how Carly gets all bashful and has to say ...um... with the big strong hero! I do admit it works! Men fall for the silliest acting. 😊 The first misunderstanding is after amazing (& totally unrealistic) sex. Standard fare. The good news is that this couple, unlike most of them, clear up some missing understandings fairly quickly. Then you know there's another one coming up. Also standard fare. The major one, Carley's feminine insecurity, is left to stew. And then they will end up happily ever after. Happily ever after does not exist. This is life. There will be happy times, sad times. There will be cold rainy days and there will be bright and beautiful sunny days. Life will kick you in the butt and life will help you get up again. The only thing, the very only thing you can count on is that, "There will be change." Maybe for the good. But the most important thing to remember is that if you look to God, He will always always, always be there on your side. When you think the worst thing in the world has happened to you and there is no more hope for a happy life, be assured that he will bring you out of your despair. Even worse than this book's predictability, is it's pretty constant chauvinistic statements. I'm a little more than halfway through this book and am rethinking my statement that any kind of reading is good. This book actually seems to be a lesson in how to be a chauvinist's wet dream. Do women who read this book have no self-esteem? One or two of these things, maybe even three, would be fine, but they are just piled on top of one another from beginning to end. --- Everyone has to rely on themselves first. They have to be competent of running their own lives. And then… when you decide to rely on another person,, and trust that person with part of your life, it should be a gift. Not a need. -------------- By the way, 72 virgins thing is an Al Qaeda/Isis twisted version of a passage in the Koran. The Koran does not promise 72 virgins to terrorists or anybody else. Kind of like the way these hate-filled, Trump-supporting, bogus evangelical Christians twist our Bible to go against God's will.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    ARC REVIEW Beyond Reason is the start of a new series from Kat Martin, Texas Trilogy. It was a nice step away from the Brody's series. It was a good read very typical Kat Martin, which is a good thing, good romance, good plot, and well paced. My only complaint is that Lincoln was too much of the cliched billionaire playboy. It was a nice change to have a book take place in Texas and not be about cowboys, thank you very much, we are not all cowboys, oil tycoons, or mexican labourers. The trucking ARC REVIEW Beyond Reason is the start of a new series from Kat Martin, Texas Trilogy. It was a nice step away from the Brody's series. It was a good read very typical Kat Martin, which is a good thing, good romance, good plot, and well paced. My only complaint is that Lincoln was too much of the cliched billionaire playboy. It was a nice change to have a book take place in Texas and not be about cowboys, thank you very much, we are not all cowboys, oil tycoons, or mexican labourers. The trucking industry is big and it's nice to see it getting some attention for a change (that I know of). Carly Drake has so much to make up for, she knows just how much her Grandfather did for her she feels guilty for not being here for him sooner. Now that he's dead she's going to make Drake Trucking once again into one of the best trucking companies in Texas, but the cards are stacked against her and if it isn't one thing it's another and here she is five weeks after her grandfather's death her best driver was shot down and hijacked and the police aren't very hard to find out why. Lincoln Cain owes so much to Joe Drake, after he got out of prison Joe was the only one who gave him a chance and it was that one opportunity that lead Lincoln on the path to being as successful and rich as he is now. Lincoln made a deathbed promise to Joe that he would take care of Carly after Joe's death. Lincoln heard so much about Carly and expected her to be polished and spoiled, his plan was to buy the company from her for enough money to set her up for life and she wouldn't have to worry about money any more. What he got was an insanely beautiful and determined woman who said no. Lincoln isn't the only one who she said no to, Carly also said no to a local drug lord and now she's in over her head, top it off with company money disappearing and the death of her best driver. Lincoln is bound to help her whether she wants it or not but once she realizes who the drug lord is she's willing to accept help to take him down. Overall, this was a good read it has some good side stories going on, the character development was nice with the background information on Lincoln. The romance aspect was enjoyable, like all playboys once he has his girl, Carly, she's the only one that matters. and I'm looking forward to Beau's, who is Lincoln's business partner and childhood friend, story.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gaylynn

    FYI: There are some mild spoilers in my review below. Rating: 2.5 stars - I had some serious issues with the plot/characters (mentioned below), but overall I can't deny that the author's writing kept me turning the pages and it wasn't a "chore" to finish the book. I think the biggest issue with this novel is that it tried to put too much into one story. In particular, it felt like the last part was included just to set up future books for Linc's best friend and brother and in the process made both FYI: There are some mild spoilers in my review below. Rating: 2.5 stars - I had some serious issues with the plot/characters (mentioned below), but overall I can't deny that the author's writing kept me turning the pages and it wasn't a "chore" to finish the book. I think the biggest issue with this novel is that it tried to put too much into one story. In particular, it felt like the last part was included just to set up future books for Linc's best friend and brother and in the process made both the main characters of this book look childish and completely incompetent when it comes to relationships. (Really, Linc would completely give up on her when she asks for more time - that doesn't match with the personality we saw in the rest of the novel; and why would Carly stay at his house for two more days when she had already been packing to leave and desperate to regain her independence?) The concluding scenes to the suspense/mystery part of the story (at the warehouse and ranch) also seemed completely over the top and beyond realistic in terms of how the main bad guy had been portrayed up until that point - not the actions/decisions of someone who has carefully and secretly crafted such a large criminal enterprise. Also, it is probably just because I am a self-professed liberal, but I couldn't help but feel the author had a conservative agenda that seemed intentional. There were multiple mentions of crazy environmentalists (that had nothing to do with the overall story), lots of pro-gun sentiments (the text mentions that Texas doesn't have a waiting period for buying a gun which was apparently key to keeping Carly alive), and a casual reference to how terrorists could easily be embedded into a resettlement program because no one would notice (i.e. there is no real attempt made to vet individuals). I'm not implying that I only want to read authors who share my own political reviews - I just would prefer not to see views from either side so blatantly inserted into a fiction novel. Maybe it makes me shallow, but I read as an escape from daily life which includes politics and the controversial issues that we struggle with as a divided nation.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Erin Remen

    Suspense and magnetic attractions make for an exciting storyline that takes us all over Texas, in helicopters, big rigs and motorcycles. Sexy and funny with enough heat and adrenaline to keep you hanging on until the last page. Well written characters, full of emotion and depth, that are not afraid to adapt to the constant fear that surrounds them. Five adrenaline fueled stars and a great series starter.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I wasn't sure about this one at first. I love Kat Martin's historical novels, but this one is set in the present. It took me a little bit to warm up to it. As usual, her writing is so good that I ended up not being able to put it down. It's action packed and suspenseful. She even weaves mysteries into other mysteries, which I love. Fantastic!

  17. 5 out of 5

    McKenzi

    Walking into this book I was ready to get to know all these new characters. I'm a huge fan of Kat Martin and she surely did not disappoint. I love the characters of Carly and Linc! Ross, Rowena, Beau, Brittany, Quinn and the gang were amazing characters in this story also. I am so excited for book 2 of this series!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    Loved it!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Barb Lie

    Beyond Reason by Kat Martin is the 1st book in her new Texas Trilogy series. Beyond Reason is a fantastic read that had a bit of everything; action, suspense, romance, great couple, and a bad villain. Carly Drake, our heroine, has just recently come home to take over her deceased grandfather’s trucking business. Before she can settle in, one of her top drivers is murdered, adding to her other problems, which includes a failing business & threats on her life. Enter Linc Cain, our hero, who is de Beyond Reason by Kat Martin is the 1st book in her new Texas Trilogy series. Beyond Reason is a fantastic read that had a bit of everything; action, suspense, romance, great couple, and a bad villain. Carly Drake, our heroine, has just recently come home to take over her deceased grandfather’s trucking business. Before she can settle in, one of her top drivers is murdered, adding to her other problems, which includes a failing business & threats on her life. Enter Linc Cain, our hero, who is determined to help Carly survive. Linc, a wealthy entrepreneur, has fond memories of Joe Drake (Carly’s grandfather), who helped him when he was a kid; Linc always felt he owed his successful life to Joe. When Linc tries to buy Drake Trucking to take away her burden, she flatly refuses; Carly wants to fix things on her own. But when things start happening that threatens Carly, Linc will force himself into her life to help her no matter how she feels. In a short time, their romance will heat up, but neither wants any long term relationship. The action in this story is non-stop, and always in the forefront, with the romance being sweet and sexy, but not overtaking the story line. Linc and Carly was such a great couple, I loved everything about them. She was a strong, independent woman, who also felt that there was no future for her in Linc’s fast paced, wealthy life. He was a pure alpha male, determined to use his resources to help and protect Carly, and along the way he found himself falling in love with her. The villain in this story was bad all the way through, keeping his identity hidden, and forcing Carly and Linc to do his bidding or lives will be lost. The last half of the book was a thriller a minute, filled with attacks and even weather destruction. It was so suspenseful, with a few surprises and traitors within; but Martin did such a great job balancing the wild ride with the beautiful romance building between Linc and Carly. I thought their chemistry was sizzling, and sweet at the same time. Besides this great couple, the secondary characters were also very good. I cannot wait to read more about them in the next two books of this trilogy. If you enjoy action, suspense, thriller and a sweet wonderful romance, then you need to read Beyond Reason. I was impressed with how well it was written by Kat Martin, as she held my attention throughout the entire book, and I could not let go. Awesome read. Barb The Reading Cafe>/a>

  20. 5 out of 5

    Pelusa Rivera

    Received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. I had forgotten how much I enjoy suspense novels, and I do enjoy Kat Martins her heroine's are never the weak type, they are stubborn, resourceful, and smart. Her hero's tend to be gorgeous, virile, and resourceful. In this one we have Carly, whose grandfather has recently passed away, and she has so much guilt because Joe (her grandfather) was who raised her, and she feels like she has let him down by now being there when he needed her the most. Received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. I had forgotten how much I enjoy suspense novels, and I do enjoy Kat Martins her heroine's are never the weak type, they are stubborn, resourceful, and smart. Her hero's tend to be gorgeous, virile, and resourceful. In this one we have Carly, whose grandfather has recently passed away, and she has so much guilt because Joe (her grandfather) was who raised her, and she feels like she has let him down by now being there when he needed her the most. His business is on the verge of bankruptcy and one of his loyal long time employees has been murdered, so she is resolved to bring back the company to its former glory and get to the bottom, of who killed the employee. In comes Linc Cain, a handsome millionaire, it ends up that Joe was the only person who had believed in him when he had come fresh out of jail, and he gave him a chance and was his friend, and Joe had asked to look out for Carly, and he was going to do so, especially when he knows their is trouble. When they meet, there is instant attraction, but they are going to fight it, because neither is interested in a relationship, but that does not last for long, they are combustible together. Unfortunately, their are a lot of issues, Carly is threatened and her life is in danger, so many things start happening, and thru all of this, she is trying to keep her heart from breaking, because she does not believe in HEA. When all of the issues are taken care of, she does the biggest stupidest thing in her life, and I wanted to jump thru the pages of this book and slap her, luckily things get resolved, and she does get her HEA, I encourage you to read it, the only thing that I do not like, is that I have to wait along time for the next book in this trilogy...

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I LOVE romantic suspense! Your adrenaline is not only running because of the crazy things happening but because of all that hotness that comes from the romance aspect. And let me tell you ladies, Lincoln Cain is one hot man. Carly Drake is back home after years of traveling. Now running her grandfather’s trucking company she realizes she might be in over her head. Bill’s have piled up, one of her truck driver’s have been killed, and she finds herself needing help from a brooding, powerful and ext I LOVE romantic suspense! Your adrenaline is not only running because of the crazy things happening but because of all that hotness that comes from the romance aspect. And let me tell you ladies, Lincoln Cain is one hot man. Carly Drake is back home after years of traveling. Now running her grandfather’s trucking company she realizes she might be in over her head. Bill’s have piled up, one of her truck driver’s have been killed, and she finds herself needing help from a brooding, powerful and extremely attractive Lincoln Cain. Soon Carly and Linc realize there is much more going on behind closed doors than they realized, and maybe even Linc isn’t enough to keep Carly safe when the truth starts surfacing. I was sucked into this one, I think mainly because the balance between romance and mystery was so well done. You could feel the attraction, you could feel the angst building up but there was also so much suspense and wondering what was going to happen that everything just flowed so well and the writing was great. Carly Drake is my girl. She is a firecracker, she’s strong and so capable of handling herself. She’s feisty and fun, defiantly a perfect leading female character! I loved watching her give Lincoln shit all the time and I like how she wanted to do everything on her own, rebuild the trucking business, deal with whatever scary men were after her, she was fearless at best and I admired her. Lincoln Cain was INSANLEY attractive, tell me if you don’t swoon when you hear about this man. First, he is super smart and runs a multi-billion company. Second, he has a troubled past. Third, he rides a motorcycle and hangs with his old biker buddies. Fourth, as much as he is powerful, stubborn and hot as hell, he is also extremely sweet and caring. I mean this man has it all and I was HOOKED. The chemistry between these two was crazy and I had to fan myself at some points. The mystery was even better, the author did a good job at building up the suspense end and I felt my heart racing a time or two. There were a lot of different things happening, but they all came together in some way towards the end. If you love romantic suspense like I do then Beyond Reason would be a great read for you! It has everything I love in this kind of book, I would defiantly recommend it. Kat Martin did a great job with this one! **Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me a copy of Beyond Reason in exchange for an honest review.**

  22. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Gypsy Soul

    Beyond Reason is the first book in the Texas Trilogy and there were some things I really liked about and a few things that were just okay. The premise of the book was interesting and I liked Carly. I liked Linc as well although I wanted more of his personality to relate to his time in prison and misspent youth. Instead he seemed more of a typical billionaire without the edge I wanted him to have given his background. Don't get me wrong I liked Linc but I wanted more from his character. I really l Beyond Reason is the first book in the Texas Trilogy and there were some things I really liked about and a few things that were just okay. The premise of the book was interesting and I liked Carly. I liked Linc as well although I wanted more of his personality to relate to his time in prison and misspent youth. Instead he seemed more of a typical billionaire without the edge I wanted him to have given his background. Don't get me wrong I liked Linc but I wanted more from his character. I really liked the RS portion of the book for the first half but once the bad guy was really introduced it went a little of the rails for me. It just seemed a little silly that he thought he could bribe/threaten anyone without any consequences. I can understand thinking he could intimidate Carly but why he thought he could intimidate Linc made no sense. The man is rich and powerful so one would think that the bad guy would pick someone a little more easily pushed around (he is obviously not going to just accept the orders given by the bad guy without fighting back) and yet the villain expects him to do exactly that. I had to completely suspend my belief for the final climax with the villain of this book. The romance also seemed a little rushed maybe because the suspense took up a big chunk of the book so I wasn't as invested in Carly and Linc as a couple as I wanted to be. I did really like the secondary characters and so I will probably give the second book a chance. So while enjoyable it isn't a book that will remain with me. A copy of this book was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book and my comments here are my honest opinion.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    I had problems with a lot of this. Linc and Carly's relationship proceeded a little too smoothly in spite of Carly's doubts. The plot with El Jefe had its moments but the denouement struck me as a bit unrealistic and illogical, leaving me with questions as to why it unfolded the way it did. The bit with Zach's father was too pat and almost nonexistent in the scheme of the rest of the book. And Linc reacted out-of-character to Carly's doubts at the end. Oddly enough, I liked both characters a lot I had problems with a lot of this. Linc and Carly's relationship proceeded a little too smoothly in spite of Carly's doubts. The plot with El Jefe had its moments but the denouement struck me as a bit unrealistic and illogical, leaving me with questions as to why it unfolded the way it did. The bit with Zach's father was too pat and almost nonexistent in the scheme of the rest of the book. And Linc reacted out-of-character to Carly's doubts at the end. Oddly enough, I liked both characters a lot better in the second book in the series, which I unfortunately had read first, so I'm not sure how much that colors my reaction to this one. I liked the second book much better.

  24. 5 out of 5

    CoffeeTimeRomance andMore

    Ms. Martin’s novels are always a great balance of suspense and romance and this is no exception. Tory is a terrific character; strong, organized and determined to get away from the evil Damon. Josh is no less determined, and a war hero in addition to being a hot cowboy. I loved the subplot of the angry stallion and his response to Tory. He seemed to recognize a fellow victim of abuse. If you love romantic suspense and contemporary western romance, this is the book for you, enjoy! Maura Reviewer fo Ms. Martin’s novels are always a great balance of suspense and romance and this is no exception. Tory is a terrific character; strong, organized and determined to get away from the evil Damon. Josh is no less determined, and a war hero in addition to being a hot cowboy. I loved the subplot of the angry stallion and his response to Tory. He seemed to recognize a fellow victim of abuse. If you love romantic suspense and contemporary western romance, this is the book for you, enjoy! Maura Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More Full Review @ Coffee Time Romance & More

  25. 5 out of 5

    Julia David

    I really like Carly and Linc. I like all the characters and am looking forward to hearing about all of them in future books. Carly's grandfather has died and left her all alone. He left her his trucking company and a whole lot of problems. Someone has killed one of her drivers. At the driver's funeral, she meets Linc. Linc promised Joe that he would look after Carly and keep her safe. While keeping Carly safe, LInc gets to know her and realizes that she is the one he has been looking for. They j I really like Carly and Linc. I like all the characters and am looking forward to hearing about all of them in future books. Carly's grandfather has died and left her all alone. He left her his trucking company and a whole lot of problems. Someone has killed one of her drivers. At the driver's funeral, she meets Linc. Linc promised Joe that he would look after Carly and keep her safe. While keeping Carly safe, LInc gets to know her and realizes that she is the one he has been looking for. They just have to stay alive long enough to be together. They are dealing with terrorists, betrayal by long-time employees and an old grudge with the local sheriff. Carly has a big trust issue and isn't sure she set that aside to trust in Linc's love.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sandy Kay Kay

    I have enjoyed Kat Martin's romances in the past and expected to really enjoy this one as well. but the mystery/suspense part of the story distracted me from the romance. At first, the mystery part seemed to be plausible and even when it got a little more extreme I could still suspend my disbelief. But then the mysterious bad guy became almost all-knowing in a way that exceeded my ability to believe and by the end it was so over the top I couldn't take it seriously. And that took up so much of the I have enjoyed Kat Martin's romances in the past and expected to really enjoy this one as well. but the mystery/suspense part of the story distracted me from the romance. At first, the mystery part seemed to be plausible and even when it got a little more extreme I could still suspend my disbelief. But then the mysterious bad guy became almost all-knowing in a way that exceeded my ability to believe and by the end it was so over the top I couldn't take it seriously. And that took up so much of the book that I didn't really believe the romance. And when it did happen, it felt like the characters rushed into it without any reason to rush. It was OK but you need to be able to suspend disbelief enough to go along with the plot better than I did. I still want to read the next book in the series, but hope it is easier to believe. I received a free ARC of this book from the Amazon Vine program.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Artemiz

    Kat Martin’s new series Texas Trilogy is classical love story with contemporary problems and villains. In Beyond Reason the storyteller is Carly, and the story starts at her grandfather funeral. She has to leave her well paying job and take over her grandfather’s failing business. Of course her grandfather has sent her for help to one person she does not want to ask help from – Lincoln. So a beautiful, vulnerable and storing Carly and handsome, tall, powerful and controlling Lincoln – what do yo Kat Martin’s new series Texas Trilogy is classical love story with contemporary problems and villains. In Beyond Reason the storyteller is Carly, and the story starts at her grandfather funeral. She has to leave her well paying job and take over her grandfather’s failing business. Of course her grandfather has sent her for help to one person she does not want to ask help from – Lincoln. So a beautiful, vulnerable and storing Carly and handsome, tall, powerful and controlling Lincoln – what do you thinks where it takes us. Of course to the bed and of course their bedroom bliss is disturbed by somebody who wants to do something bad and since we live at the time when terrorism is in everybody’s mind, the villains must be terrorists and our two lovebirds save a lot of people from terrible disaster. It’s a cookie cutter story, with all the necessary ingredients just the frosting is a bit different in next books. Readable.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bec

    4.5 Stars Carly Drake is determined to turn the future of Drake Trucking around. But with the murder of a driver and the death of her grandfather, Carly is struggling to make ends meet. Even worse, she's being targeted by a bad guy that wants to use her company for nefarious purposes. Luckily, she finds an ally in Lincoln Cain; a man that was asked by her grandfather to take care of her. Will Lincoln be able to keep her safe, or will the bad guys win and destroy the couple's chance at happy ever 4.5 Stars Carly Drake is determined to turn the future of Drake Trucking around. But with the murder of a driver and the death of her grandfather, Carly is struggling to make ends meet. Even worse, she's being targeted by a bad guy that wants to use her company for nefarious purposes. Luckily, she finds an ally in Lincoln Cain; a man that was asked by her grandfather to take care of her. Will Lincoln be able to keep her safe, or will the bad guys win and destroy the couple's chance at happy ever after? Ms. Martin pens a great romantic suspense in every story of this genre I've read by her, and this story opens her new Texas Trilogy brilliantly with its perfect blend of suspense and romance, two intricate main characters that had me so wrapped up in the story that I was finished way faster than I thought I'd be, and an array of bad guys that had my spine tingling with the tiniest amount of fear and worry for the hero and heroine. As the two main bad guys were more dangerous than Lincoln and Carly could have ever imagined. Could the hero and heroine stay one step ahead of the bad guys? The dialogue was well-written, full of intensity and kept me on the edge-of-my-seat every time the bad guys did their best to scare Carly. Would Lincoln be able to keep her safe, especially with the team of men he has on his side determined to help him investigate who was behind trying to get Carly to fall in line with their plans? However, it isn't easy for Lincoln to win the heroine over. Seriously, she's way too stubborn for her own good in the beginning, but as the story progresses and things become more dangerous for Carly, I liked that she finally started to begin to trust that together she and Logan could make things right and stop the bad guys from succeeding in their plans. Yet, what I liked most of all about the heroine is that she doesn't back down from anything, just because things get tough. She's determined to do what's right for her grandfather's company and that means sticking with things, no matter how dangerous the trouble she faces is. While Logan, he's been through a lot in his life and it's understandable why he doesn't trust the police of the town. He's had trouble with the law before, and I liked that he's willing to go head-to-head with the sheriff -- a man that doesn't like him -- for Carly. I also liked that he's willing to do whatever it takes to keep the heroine safe and ensure he kept the promise he made to her grandfather, even if it means putting his own life on the line. But what I liked most about the hero is how he's managed to turn his life around from being a troublemaker in his teen years to a complete success that has business meetings with people that Carly couldn't believe he was having meetings with. Overall, Ms. Martin has penned a superb romantic suspense in this book, which was full of twists and turns that kept taking me by surprise, especially the one with the bad guys being more dangerous than what any of the main or secondary characters could have imagined. The way this story ended had me concerned for the main characters and a certain secondary character that ends up having his life threatened because of his connection to Carly. However, I liked how everything worked out in the end and the epilogue wrapped this story up wonderfully, because of a letter the main characters received. It's shows that someone was looking out for Carly and Lincoln's future. I would recommend Beyond Reason by Kat Martin, if you enjoy romantic suspense or books by authors Jennifer Ryan, Maya Banks or Kaylea Cross.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Vani

    Have you ever been fooled by a blurb? No? Well, lucky you because this book’s blurb sure fooled me. How did something that sounded so promising fall so beneath my expectations? When I borrowed it and saw that it’s over 600-pages long (in Overdrive’s read-in-browser format), I thought, “Hey if it’s good, all the better. More fun for me.” I was so so wrong. Let’s start with character descriptions. Do I need the reminder that Linc’s tall and handsome every three pages? No, I don’t. At one point, I Have you ever been fooled by a blurb? No? Well, lucky you because this book’s blurb sure fooled me. How did something that sounded so promising fall so beneath my expectations? When I borrowed it and saw that it’s over 600-pages long (in Overdrive’s read-in-browser format), I thought, “Hey if it’s good, all the better. More fun for me.” I was so so wrong. Let’s start with character descriptions. Do I need the reminder that Linc’s tall and handsome every three pages? No, I don’t. At one point, I was rolling my eyes every time there’s a mention of his big hands/massive chest/powerful biceps or Carly’s little sweet body. With the superficial descriptions of wealth, which include various high-end vehicles, branded clothes, furniture, and paintings, the story quickly morphed into wealth porn. I get that some people are into these things. I am not one of them. I often get these twinges of emotions when I’m reading a romance novel. I feel empathy toward the characters. I identify with their struggles and feelings. But I felt nothing for Carly and Linc. Though I’m not too fond of alpha males, I’ve read books and watched tv-series with these characters – Agent Booth in Bones is a good example – and enjoyed seeing them show their gentle side, learn to communicate, and find their happiness. Did Linc change in any meaningful way during the story’s arc? No. He proposes to Carly, and when she asks for more time, he walks out on her and goes incommunicado for two days until his best friend has to intervene. Beau had to talk to Carly and find out what’s troubling her. Carly is no better. Instead of telling him how she feels and explaining how his actions are affecting her, she allows him to postpone everything until after sex. It appears to me their entire relationship is based on sexual chemistry and adrenaline rush resulting from fighting bad guys. Not exactly a good foundation for a lasting marriage. Oh, the bad guys. My god. They give Bond villains a run for their money in terms of atrociousness. It starts with the murder of a truck driver from Carly’s company. Turns out an upcoming drug lord who calls himself El Jefe – the boss in Spanish – is targeting them. He has a thick accent, uses Spanish words in his conversations, and surrounds himself with men who are caricatures of Latin Americans. Then he turns out to be a Middle Eastern man who starts talking about a task from Allah. Other villains include an abusive drunkard looking for his son, an embezzler, a terrorist on Interpol's most-wanted list, and a tornado. Yes. You read that right. So why did I finish this book despite all my complaints? Call me a masochist, but I wanted to know how they resolved these situations that seem to get worse at every turn. Zach’s character receives a definite plus point since I was interested to know what happened to such a sweet and strong boy. I’m not a sensitivity reader, but I’m guessing there are problems in the depictions of minority characters as well. Would I read another book by the same author? Doubtful.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Lyman

    I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. This book tells the story of Carly Drake and Lincoln Cain. Carly has recently inherited Drake Trucking Company from her grandfather, and she returns to Iron Springs, Texas to settle down and build her business. After being a flight attendant for years, she’s had plenty of adventures and now wants to settle into somewhere she can call home. Little does she know though that she is walking right into the path of a vi I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. This book tells the story of Carly Drake and Lincoln Cain. Carly has recently inherited Drake Trucking Company from her grandfather, and she returns to Iron Springs, Texas to settle down and build her business. After being a flight attendant for years, she’s had plenty of adventures and now wants to settle into somewhere she can call home. Little does she know though that she is walking right into the path of a vicious drug lord. Linc promised Carly’s grandfather that he would look out for her after Joe’s death, and so he too finds himself drawn into a dangerous world of criminal activity. And as Linc fights to protect Carly at all costs, they both discover a connection they never expected. Overall this wasn’t my favorite book. Carly as a character was just way too insecure for me, I found it hard to connect with her character because she was so contradictory. She supposedly had such great backbone and that’s why Linc loved her, but I feel like someone with that much backbone would recognize their own self worth and not constantly feel that Linc couldn’t possibly actually care for her. She spent most of the book convinced that Linc was way out of her league just because he was a millionaire and that they would never end up together. I get that she had been burned by men in the past but it just got a bit repetitive for me. And she kept trying to leave when she got scared of the depth of the feelings involved in their new relationship, completely ignoring the fact that a drug lord was trying to hunt her down. That part made me frustrated, like worry about your life first, feelings second. Other than that, the interactions between all of the characters felt somewhat stilted and forced, dramatic scenes that should have been full of tension fell flat and sometimes felt awkward. The plot was really busy too, it felt like there were so many different things going on all squished into one plot it felt like to much sometimes. The story line wasn’t awful it just didn’t grab at me. I wouldn’t say that I would recommend or not recommend it, give it a try if it sounds interesting to you.

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