Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Blog Tour: Healing Rain by Karen Anne Stewart

I received a copy of Healing Rain, book 2 in the Rain Trilogy, in exchange for my review.

Picking up from where Saving Rain left off, Kas is devastated when Raina ran off after turning down his marriage proposal, and will do anything to get her back. Little thinking that anything will include following her to Italy. Once there he has to battle against her inner walls to  get her to realise the things she has been told while growing up aren't true. Once back home, the pair of them begin working on the trafficking case that they worked on in the first book, knowing that it could put them in danger once again.

As with the first book, I want to point out straight away that The Rain Trilogy books contain some potentially distressing themes, including childhood abuse, abusive relationships and human trafficking. This book also has more sex related scenes, after Raina and Kas get married early in the book. But none of them are explicit, but it is there. There was also an increase in the violence related to the case the FBI team are working on.

This book, as with the last one, has really been an emotional roller coaster. Even once Kas has convinced Raina to marry him, their relationship still has its ups and downs, particularly relating to Kas' overly protective streak, and Raina's self consciousness related to her abuse. Though Raina's growth as a character is extraordinary, and particularly her confidence, both in herself, and in her worthyness.

I thought that the introduction (or reintroduction) of Chris was a good one too, though at first I thought that it would end up being a major plot line in Healing Rain, I since decided (particularly because of the ending) that is likely more central in After the Rain. All I could think was poor Raina, she really can not catch a break!

I'm completely enthralled by the story, the balance of emotion, romance and action is fantastic, and really makes you just want to keep reading!

Rain Trilogy Karen-Anne Stewart
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis book 1:
Raina has tried to forget her past, forget the pain, but when she finds herself staring straight into the fury blazing in her ex-boyfriend's eyes, her dark past comes rushing back. Furious with herself for actually having chosen someone like her father, she uses that anger to her advantage and fights for her life...and for her future that she prays will involve the man she can't seem to get out of her head. Kas is a natural leader, a fierce  fighter, the type of man you send in when you need to get the job done. He is a courageous hero who is used to risking his own life to save others, but can he save the one who has captured his heart from her horrific past and the men who are hell-bent on destroying her? As Kas and Raina try to navigate through the twists and turns of a deviously intelligent human trafficking group, they find solace in each other's arms. Can they infiltrate the trafficker's tight ring, saving the innocent lives from imminent danger before it's too late?

Synopsis book 2:
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.

Synopsis book 3:
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 whatever means necessary.

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



Karen-Anne Stewart has always adored reading and has now fallen in love with writing. Her written works are The Rain Trilogy: Saving Rain, Healing Rain, and After the Rain. Her debut novel, Saving Rain: The First Novel in The Rain Trilogy, was a nominee for the Book Junkie’s Choice Awards and is a nominee for the 2013 RONE Awards.

When Karen-Anne isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, and visiting new places. She fuels her addiction of creating new stories by her only other addiction, caffeine, and listening to a myriad of musical genres. Tucked away near the Blue Ridge Mountains, Karen-Anne lives with her husband, daughter, two dogs, and their cat. She plans on writing new adult romance as long as her fingers maintain dexterity.

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