Beto Hernandez's objective: Break the human trafficking ring plaguing Skagit once and for all. He's not in Skagit to make friends—his kicking ass first and taking names later. Maybe. He crosses paths with an intriguing and sexy man, the first man in years to spark Beto's interest. It's ultimate bad timing, though; no one in Skagit can be trusted. Who is Carsten Quinn, and where does he fit in Beto's investigation? Beto tries to stay away from Carsten but their undeniable chemistry keeps him close.Carsten Quinn survived years in hell to return to "normal life," and he his own mission in Skagit. The only problem is he's hiding, not living anything like a normal life. When his closest friend is severely injured it's up to Carsten to finish gathering evidence to put some very bad people behind bars and he knows all too well he can't trust anyone, especially not the law.Ironically, the law appears anyway, in the form of a sexy cop he can't stop thinking about; when Carsten's past comes back with a vengeance, he has no one else to turn to. Is happiness too much to hope for? Are Beto and Carsten too different and too broken to trust anyone, much less each other?
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I'm just going to jump out of the gate and say, When it Rains is probably the darkest entry in Elle Keaton's Accidental Roots series so read with caution. Now, by "caution" I don't mean with hesitation because of its darker elements, no I mean read with caution because you won't want to put it down once you start. I can't say I read this one in one sitting because outside forces interfered but I sure wanted to, I didn't want to stop once I started. Beto and Carsten's journey will suck you in and make you love them, not that its a hard sell, oh no because you want to see them find happiness. You want to wrap Carsten up in bubblewrap then give him a huge mama-bear hug to let him know he's safe and loved. Sometimes people just have to experience the hardship to truly appreciate the goodness that so many take for granted. There's really not much more I can say about When it Rains that I haven't already said about the other series entries. The simplest way to put it: When it Rains is thrilling, romantic, dark, but mostly it is filled with heart that makes you cheer for Chance and Beto from page one. The pair definitely deserve a place in Skagit, Washington, happiness may not come easy but you know its worth the battle. If you haven't been reading Accidental Roots, I highly recommend doing so, it is a series of love, mystery, romance, friendship, good times and bad, but most importantly it has heart that will make you smile, certainly cry at times, but mostly it makes you smile.
I couldn't put it down until sleep forced me to. When It Rains has left me nearly speechless. I'm in awe of this fantastic story. There was a tiny bit of hmm? going on for me right at the beginning but that was soon resolved and forgotten (the first two chapters take place in the past). While this is book 8 in the series you don't need to have read the others to understand or enjoy it. I think it might tie in a bit to other books in the series but, honestly, it's been so long since I've read them that I can't remember for sure. That's why I'm confident in telling you that you don't need to have read the other books before reading this one if you don't want to. I have to say, though, that this is a really great series and if you like stories with mystery, suspense and romance I'd advise you to read them all. When It Rains deals with tough subject matter: human trafficking, but Elle Keaton handles the subject well giving us just enough information to know what's going on without getting really graphic about it. Carsten and Beto are both broken, albeit in different ways. Beto was forced to hide who he is because his former lover wasn't out and now he's having a difficult time getting over his death. Carsten Quinn doesn't really exist. He takes jobs where he can be paid in cash because he has no ID to prove who he is. When he meets Beto in a local bar there's a spark of attraction but nothing happens. When they meet again later, under circumstances that aren't good, Carsten eventually realizes that he needs to trust Beto in order to finish what he and his injured friend started. When It Rains is definitely a slow-burn romance. There are some very sexy scenes but they don't happen until about two-thirds of the way through the book. This didn't bother me a bit because I love a good slow-burn story. I just can't say enough good things about this story and my words here don't do it justice. If MM romantic suspense is your jam you should love When It Rains. ***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***