Winter Rainby Delphine Dryden
In this second volume in the Love in the Rain series, Del Dryden�s heroines find shelter from a powerful thunderstorm in their feelings for each other, while Alexis Hall�s heroes find the past between them washed clean by falling rain. Inara Scott�s hero and heroine upend their lives with a kiss in the rain,
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What happens when love gets caught in the rain?
In this second volume in the Love in the Rain series, Del Dryden�s heroines find shelter from a powerful thunderstorm in their feelings for each other, while Alexis Hall�s heroes find the past between them washed clean by falling rain. Inara Scott�s hero and heroine upend their lives with a kiss in the rain, while Serena Bell�s characters set their world to rights in a winter storm. Rain helps Amber Lin�s lost lovers find each other, light morning rain washes away evidence of a goddess�s visit in Suleikha Snyder�s story, and rain-slicked city streets provide a backdrop for a burgeoning romance in Tamsen Parker�s tale. Rainy days bring solace to Cole McCade�s hero, while Stacy Reid�s heroine makes a bold journey toward love in a raging storm. Nine romance novelettes, edited by Sarah Frantz.
All proceeds from the volume will be donated to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (www.rainn.org), the largest anti-sexual violence organization in the United States.
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Just lovely. Nine authors, many of whom are new to me, have come together to support RAINN. 100% of the proceeds go to a good cause and, in exchange for a couple of $/£'s, (which let's be fair is probably less than we have lurking down the back of the sofa), we are given Winter Rain, nine short unlinked romances with a common element, rain. ‘Everyone's afraid of something. And a lot of times, they have to get past that fear to have the one thing they really want.’ - Sometimes it Storms, Cole McCade Each story brings a unique situation and characters with painful pasts, real fears and vulnerabilities who show an immense and often humbling strength. There were moments that emotionally moved me and put me through the ringer a little, and equally those that made me smile and held some heat, but what struck me was the depth of feeling, compassion, romance and above all hope. ‘You make me smile. I look at you and see someone who isn't perfect. I'm sick of perfect. Perfect is lies. No one knows that better than me.’ - Sales Tax Not Included, Inara Scott These stories make you think. They make you feel. And in some instances they hit close to home. But what is evident in each story is the message that, with the right person, light can prevail through the varying levels of darkness and despair. And without ruining the reading experience, they all end in not what I would term as a happy ever after, but more a happy right now, which I found fitting. Naturally, I had my favourites; Cole McCade's 'Sometimes it Storms, was stunning; poignant and beautiful, it broke my heart and I sobbed tears of sadness and joy, whilst Inara Scott's 'Sales Tax Not Included' struck a chord as it focusses on imperfection and Tamsen Parker's 'Needs', indulged my love of a sexy farmer (I'm a Brit, it's just my thing). There are authors now on my radar who wouldn't have been had it not been for picking this up - equally there were a couple that weren't exactly my cup of tea, but the bigger picture is that these authors have used their talent for a worthwhile cause, and for this I applaud each and every one of them. Romances come and go, but some of the stories you'll find in Winter Rain, and indeed the first book in the Love In The Rain series, Summer Rain, will stay with you long after you flick the final page. ‘If I'd known you were up here, if I'd known you needed me at all, anywhere, any time, I would've come.’ - Exposure, Serena Bell
I love the theme of the is collection of tale, RAIN! Sometimes good, bad or just as a FAIRY GODTHINGIE that gives folks a chance to wash away the bad or just RENEW! Also many of this stories are writing in 1st person & it is a writing style that isn't my cuppa tea & I don't like to judge authors for their characters' voices because I respect them too much, but I was asked for my honest opinion, so that is what my peeps will get. Dream by Delphine Dryden I don't enjoy 1st person tales, but Ms. Dryden had me ROFL with her humor. She starts with Robin's dream of an elephant playing a harmonica & the tune is "DELIVERANCE" & just kept PILING ON the laughter! Not my cuppa tea writing style, but I was asked for my honest opinion, so Ms. Dryden gets my score of 2 finger up & 8 toes for her HILARIOUSNESS GALORE! Sales Tax Not Included by Inara Scott Nash grew up on the RICHIE side if Rowenna, NC & pixie sized Chloe calls herself the white trash of town. Can "warm honey" Nash make spiked hair, non perfect & high school dropout Chloe believe that they can make one another their BEST? With some cleansing RAIN, you out never know! Ms. Scott's squeaky clean tale is about 2 opposites making an unbelievable connection, but I am a sucker for a hilarious tale of an unconventional couple, so she gets my score of 3 fingers up & 8 toes for her quickie! Exposure by Serena Bell Poor Jenny posted a NAUGHTY tweet & has been hiding in the woods ever since. Beck has always been in love with Jenny, but never confessed, so when her parents beg him (an almost couselor) to get their baby back from Timbuktu, he goes. He gets a wet NEKKID "ran out of battered for her vibrator" Jenny, a rain storm & warmth for survival & Jenny gets her much girlie parts very happy, a delayed orgasm & a wilderness love connection & they both get acceptance. Ms. Bell wrote her "AA BATTERIES REQUIRED" quickie is 1st person which isn't my cuppa tea, but her laugh a minute style saved this read for me & she gets my score of 2 fingers & 7 toes. Sand Dollar Cinderella by Amber Lin Poor Jaime has been smothered by her older brother & her past selfie mistakes & Ky is an ex soldier looking to put down roots in his hometown. Jamie's brother's BF has always been her secret crush, so when she is ready to unleash her inner BAD GIRL with a sexy red dress & cash her virginity check, who better than Ky to give her the 1st taste of Wham, Bam, Thank you ma'am! Ms. Lin popped more than 1 cherry in this UNDIES SCORCHING quickie & totally EARNS my top score of 5 fingers up & 10 toes for this FORBIDDEN FRUIT SYNDROME romance. Behind the Mask by Alexis Hall This quickie has 2 masked figures. the Masquerade & the Ghost. Both could be called heroes or villains, but they hide in plain sight. This was a slight gay romance, but mostly, with the rain falling over them, they earned 100% ACCEPTANCE. Now gay romance isn't my thing, but Ms. Hall used her males to show all that no matter who you are or what you love ACCEPTANCE is the greatest thing that one can give ALL & deserves my score of 3 & 8 toes just for that message! Spice & Sand by Suleikha Synder Ms. Snyder quickie is all about meddling Gods, lost & found soulmates, sexy dancing, jamming tunes & mythical NAUGHTINESS , plus she tosses all together with Hindu spices to create a twisted fairytale. Ms. Snyder gets my score of 3 fingers up & 6 toes for this far east flavored romance. Remembering Yesterday by Stacy Reid Ava was in a terrible car accident & lost the last 12 months of her life. She is the daughter of the town's richest family & when she see a amazing a$$ in a diner, her mind goes on overdrive as it's flooded with past NAUGHTY memories starring Mr. Specular A$$. Who is he, but the returning son of the town's dead drink or white trash as her daddy says. Can white trash claim his Princess forever? Anything can happen when the RENEWING RAIN falls. First, I have to state that Ava is a heroine who shares my own CRAVINGS for a SPECTACULAR A$$, so now to my thoughts. Now Ms. Reid is the author who asked me to review this ARC & I fell in love with her writing with her historical masterpieces, so I was humbled by her request. She always makes me smile, giggle, cry really UGLY cry, makes my pleasure center shiver & quiver & makes my FURRY reading buddy aka my furry blankie give me the evil eyeball or the angry CLAWS! Ms. Reid gets my top score of 5 fingers up & 10 toes for this fight for true love quickie & I can't wait to read the other BAD BOY Calhouns' stories! Sometimes It Storm by Cole McKade Ethan believes he is a damaged, disgusting & ugly soul & Aurelia suffered as a child, but she overcame it. When Ethan sees her, she is SWEET FIRE & prays she can cleanse his past sins. A heart wrenching quickie that makes this statement so true. "NO MATTERS HOW DARK IT IS THERE IS ALWAYS A ITSY BITSY LIGHT, BUT YOU HAVE TO WANT TO GRAB IT!" I am a romance sexist & don't normally enjoy male romance writers, but Mr. McKade WOWED & AWED me with this romance of FLAWED characters that need 1 another. He gets my top score of 5 fingers up & 10 toes for a tale that had tears running down my face, pulling out my dented pompoms & cheering for the glorious & so deserving healing! Need by Tamsen Parker Ryn (love her name) has a happy life, but craves a good man. Sam is a good ole boy farmer who calls his mom about his great dates. Opposites attract in this quickie tale written in 1st person, but Ms. Parker writes with hilariousness GALORE & has fast paced dialogue, quirky sayings & biting NAUGHTINESS, so even thou 1st person writing isn't my cuppa tea, she gets my score of 2 fingers up & 8 toes. ARC given for my honest review.
This unique and varied story collection contains a little bit of everything - erotica, sweet romance, awkward heroes and heroines, all vying for their place in a world where a little rain must fall on all in order for growth to occur. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the stories - such a wonderful variety of plots and author voices who added their contributions to this charity anthology to benefit RAINN. The following are short reviews of each of the stories in the collection. Dream by Delphine Dryden This story of two women, both suffering from mental illness, reclusives who find each other was a sweet tale of love and acceptance. I really enjoyed the imagery in this story and the author's voice as these two characters slowly reveal their attraction to each other in the peace and quiet of a home environment. Sales Tax Not Included by Inara Scott This was a wonderful tale of a man entranced by a rather ordinary woman and wanting her to see the real him and not the one the media has presented to the world. It was a very sweet and tender story and made the more so by Nash's pursuit of the reluctant Chloe and her eventual capitulation. It was a treat to read a story with a couple that isn't physically perfect, no rippling abs or perfect 10 figure. I loved it! Exposure by Serena Bell Sexual attraction is a key part of this story as Jenny and Beck find themselves alone and trapped in the woods, having to deal with their pasts together. This one was a sizzler and the love scenes were steamy and well written. I really liked both characters in the story, Beck as the saviour but Jenny as the one needing to realize that she doesn't need to be saved. Very enjoyable! Sand Dollar Cinderella by Amber Lin I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of the teenage crush turned into adult lust as Jaime turns to Ky to help her with her virginity problem. With both points of view presented, it was a treat to read. I really liked how Ky is willing to put the adolescent Jaime behind him and really see her as she is now, a grown woman who knows what she wants and is willing to go after it. With the added knowledge of Jaime's past difficulties in having intimate photos of her released without her permission, the idea of sexual consent becomes a key part of the story. A definite winner for me. Behind the Mask by Alexis Hall This author can be counted on to go the extra mile in presenting a provocative look at same sex relationships. It was an interesting superhero fantasy story, thought provoking and emotional. Definitely unique! Spice and Sand by Suleihka Snyder This one is a unique Indian fantasy story tale, filled with the imagery and language of a seductive culture and the reincarnation of love and lust. It's a blend of the modern day and the fantasy realm, with doorways between worlds that lure the characters to each other. I can't say that I've ever read anything like it before, but I found it to be a delightful story. Remembering Yesterday by Stacy Reid I really enjoyed this amnesia love story, with two people from different worlds who find each other again and who must learn to trust again. This was a sexy story, lots of heat and sexual tension. I liked how Ava's memory slowly came back to her as she interacts with Devlin again, and how her love for Devlin drives her recovery. Sometimes It Storms by Cole McCade This emotional story is fraught with tension as bartender Ethan learns that he isn't made up of only his abusive past. I can't say that this one was an easy read (nor did I expect it to be), but it was riveting. I liked how Aurelie was patient with Ethan, giving him time to confide in her and not judging him or being too quick to dismiss him when their slow romantic relationship hit bumps and bruises along the way. In the end it was a redemptive story of the healing power of love. Great debut for this author! Needs by Tamsen Parker This was one of my favourites of the collection, combining a steamy love story with self discovery as Ryn learns that she is capable of change and restoration. The sexual tension between the couple exists from their first meeting, and I really liked how Ryn was comfortable with her sexuality and dictating the terms of their relationship (and that Sam was willing to follow Ryn's lead).
Nine little treasures of short stories from acclaimed authors. They all deal with lovers caught in the rain. Who has not dreamed of kissing their loved one in the rain? Take Inara Scott's story Sales Tax Not Included for instance. This is an adorable story of two people who are by no means "perfect" and who are willing to give their feelings for each other a chance. In the world we live in the focus is on perfection - perfect teeth, perfect skin, perfect weight, etc. We are not perfect, we are human beings. No need to run to the plastic surgeon during our teenage years to seek perfection by succumbing to the scalpel. The beauty of loving someone just the way they are, flaws and all, is lost in a society that does not allow room for imperfections and uniqueness. I loved these stories. Each and every one a unique approach to showcasing love in the rain