Wednesday, November 27, 2013

G210 E-Reading Book Review of After the Rain by Karen-Anne Stewart

Name of Book: After the Rain

Author: Karen-Anne Stewart

ISBN: 9781491824719

Publisher: Authorhouse

Part of a Series: Rain Trilogy

Type of book: Human trafficking, FBI, capturing, coming of age, growing up, sacrifices, strong heroine, horrid past, relationships, friendship, hacking

Year it was published: 2013

Summary:

"A story intricately crafted with amazing characters and scenes that will leave a lasting image on readers. Raina is the perfect heroine, sweet and caring, but strong at the same time. The risks she is willing to take to save and protect others left me in awe. A great series with romance and suspense." Christine Janes - SheReadsAlot.com

Finally able to put her harrowing past to rest, Raina looks forward to her future with Kas, but the Ghost has other plans. As the FBI team gets closer to taking down the largest human trafficking ring in the modern world, the Ghost begins a wicked game, making Raina the pawn and the target. Never before encountering a worthy adversary, he's fascinated by Raina and is enjoying the refreshing challenge of her intellect.
The danger ignites to a blazing new level, and Kas struggles between the need to finally exorcise the Ghost and his need to protect his wife. Tension mounts as an internal battle wages, tormenting Kas as he watches Raina put her all into taking down the man responsible for horrific sex slavery and gruesome deaths. When a new player takes control, Jefferson orders the end of the Ghost's game with Raina, which results in one final, devastating act, leaving Kas desperate and willing to do whatever it takes to save her...by whatever means necessary.

***Disclaimer: Due to sensitive issues of abuse, human trafficking, and adult scenes, The Rain Trilogy is intended for readers 18+

Characters:

Raina really grows up in this book: she is best described as very inventive, creative, determined, stubborn, strong and isn't afraid of challenges. Kas continues to be his loving and supportive self when it comes to Raina and I think the two of them finally come to some sort of understanding of their relationship: Raina understands Kas's need to protect her in some situations, but she also isn't afraid of standing up for herself and her beliefs whenever she deems necessary. I was also able to tell some characters apart as well such as Eric who is Raina's partner and often listens to vintage music whatever his mood may be, or Austin the playboy or few others such as Lawson and Russo.

Theme:

With love and healing a woman can become a force to be reckoned with.

Plot:

Its written in third person narrative from Raina's and Kas's points of views. There is a lot more action in this book than in the previous two and the stakes are a lot more higher, thus this is a far more intense read than Saving Rain and Healing Rain. In this book Raina manages to take care of herself in many ways and proves that she's very resourceful as well as strong and creative. Few times the men did rescue her, but most of the time she was the one rescuing herself from life-threatening situations. There are light hearted moments and I was able to tell the agents by their personalities, as well as Raina's hacking partner Eric.

Author Information:
(from goodreads.com)

url https://www.goodreads.com/KasandRaina
born in The United States
genderfemale
websitehttp://www.karen-annestewart.com
twitter usernameSKarenAnne
genreNew Adult Romance, Contemporary, Suspense
member sinceMarch 2013

I am a new author and have recently discovered that I am now addicted to writing. My first novel, Saving Rain, was originally going to be a single novel, but it quickly turned into a trilogy. I fell in love with the characters and had to continue with the story to delve more into their intriguing, dangerous lives. The Rain Trilogy is a powerful story of abuse, human trafficking, and beautiful, redeeming love (new adult contemporary romance suspense meant for readers 18 and older). Saving Rain and Healing Rain are live now, and After the Rain will be live by the end of October 2013.
I live in the mountains with my family, and I love to read, hike, and travel when I am not writing. I am a sucker for romance, especially a book with a strong alpha male who has a sensitive side. I also enjoy a good mystery and thrillers. My favorite author is James Patterson, he is an amazing writer.
With being a newbie, I am just learning all the ropes, but I'm loving the wild ride. I plan on writing for as long as my fingers have dexterity.

I would love to connect with you!

Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Karen-...

The Rain Trilogy book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbBurA...

Opinion:

This book is simply filled with action as the author increases the suspense between life and death, between Kas allowing Raina freedom or else continuing to have this parent/child relationship with her. This book isn't as sweet as the previous two because in this one Raina and Kas confront loss, death, terrorism and sacrifice in attempting to achieve their goal of capturing the mysterious Prizrak as well as rescuing the trafficked girls. I do admit that at some points I was confused when it came to some characters as well as who's doing these deeds and who is innocent. Raina really changes and is no longer the same and fearful woman we were introduced to in Saving Rain, my favorite scene included her using thinly veiled threatening comments towards Prizrak.

Quick notes: I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to read and review the book.Disclaimer: Due to sensitive issues of abuse, human trafficking, and adult scenes, The Rain Trilogy is intended for readers 18+

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

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