Saturday, 26 October 2013

Healing Rain (Rain Trilogy 2) by Karen-Anne Stewart

The Book
Release Date: 29 August 2013

Shattered when Raina runs after his marriage proposal, Kas is hell-bent to find her and bring her home, where she belongs. He will bend every law necessary to do so, willing to do anything to protect Raina from her demons and the men who haunt her, going as far as placing his career and life on the line to save hers. Raina will give up everything she has worked so hard to achieve, even flee the country to keep Kas from the wrath and powerful reach of her abusive father.

In the midst of the FBI team closing in on the Ghost, another ghost from Raina's past taunts her, promising that she will be his. Meanwhile, a different trafficking ring is gaining strength in New Jersey. Michael solicits Raina's help, needing her smooth, sultry voice to win the audition for the new singer in the ring leader's swanky night club. Raina knows her life is in jeopardy with the dangers of being undercover, but she is blindsided when she discovers that it's her heart that is threatened with a mortal blow. 

Raina tries to heal from the nightmares of her dark past as the grisly bodies of innocent victims surface when the team gets closer to discovering the identity of the man responsible for the infuriatingly clever and powerful slavery ring. When Raina finally comes face to face with the Ghost, he quickly engulfs her in a twisted game of cat and mouse, delivering a veiled threat as he slips through her fingers. As the ghosts of her past and present ensnare her in their deadly web, Raina realizes the danger has just begun.

My Opinion  3 STARS
This book starts exactly where book one finishes so you can't leave it too long between the books else you forget what's happened.

Although I really love the story with this book I have big problems with the writing style. The context constantly jumps from the points of views of her major characters and adds some of the minor characters. Not only that is seems to jump from the first point of view to a third person point of view or more of a narration of their thoughts or feelings, making it seem unrealistic just like with her first book.

However saying that the story was less harrowing than the first and mostly seemed to focus on just Raina and Kas and the relationship between them. Unfortunately bedroom relationship between them was boring and underdeveloped, or just glossed over.

The story continues with the human trafficking issues and Chris emerges as a problem again even though he is still in prison. Raina is used in many situations from her translations skills to her IT skills to her singing ability. She is beaten by her father and has a break down along with getting married. Lots happens in this book, but it feels a little long-winded.

I wait for the ending to see how the story will progress especially as it ended with a cliff hangar.

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