From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Sweet Thing and Nowhere But Here comes a deeply emotional contemporary romance about the second chances waiting beyond the shattered dreams of youth.
the bright arena lights of a rodeo show, young Avelina Belo falls for a
handsome cowboy with a larger-than-life personality. After a whirlwind
courtship, she happily moves away from her family in northern California
and settles into married life with her cowboy on a seven-thousand-acre
cattle ranch in Montana. One freak accident later, Avelina’s hopes for
the future come to an end.
Nate Myers graduated from UCLA medical
school at the top of his class, ready to follow in the footsteps of his
father, a superstar cardiothoracic surgeon. Six years later, Nate’s
career is being ruined by a malpractice suit. Questioning himself for
the first time, he retreats to a Montana cattle ranch to visit his uncle
and gain perspective. There, he meets a beautiful young woman named
Avelina who teaches him more than he ever knew about matters of the
I want to start off by saying how
much I LOVE Renee Carlino’s novels! I was SO excited once I learned that a
brand spanking new novel was coming out. I jumped at the opportunity to review
After the Rain. I will do my best to review this novel and give it the
attention that it deserves without spoiling the story. I will say that there
are several twists in After the Rain.
In After the Rain you will meet
Avelina Belo. I refer Avelina as a barrel racing cowgirl. At the time Avelina
lived in California with her family. After a trip to the rodeo Avelina meets
herself a cowboy that she becomes absolutely smitten for. This insta-love that
Avelina has succumbed to has lead to her moving to Montana with her cowboy.
Life couldn’t be any better. Avelina has fallen into a comfortable routine and
she has adapted very well to her new surroundings. Avelina and her cowboy decide
to go on a little trip, but little did Avelina know that this trip would change
her life forever. There was something eerie in the air, Avelina could feel it
and she was not the only one. Avelina and her cowboy decide to ignore this
intuition and continue on with their plans. That is when a freak accident
occurs and it changes Avelina’s life forever. It is difficult for Avelina to
pick up the shattered pieces and move on when she allowed her cowboy to hold
the reigns this whole time. Avelina was lost and had no clue on how to live her
life the way that she wanted to when all she was ever use to was living her
live the way she was expected to. Avelina needed a purpose to continue on and
work to put the pieces of her life back together, but the only thing that
Avelina was currently doing is surviving, she was not living. Well, that is
until she met Nate Myers.
Nate Myers is a smart, career driven
man. His only focus is becoming the best cardiothoracic surgeon that California
has to offer. Nate is not interested in getting serious with a woman because
college and work are more important. Nate got a rude awakening when he let his
ego go to his head, which landed him a malpractice suit. Nate at this time was
lost. He was not prepared to cope with the feelings that occur from losing a patient.
At this time Nate needs an outlet. His father suggests that he takes a breather
by going to the cattle ranch in Montana where some of his family lives. Upon
arrival, Nate meets Avelina. His aunt has warned Nate about Avelina’s past and
her reclusiveness. I think that Nate views Avelina as an opportunity to help
someone in order to make up for the patient that he could not help. Not only
does Nate need to do this for himself, but he also needs to do this for Avelina’s
well-being. Avelina’s lifestyle at the time is not healthy. Not physically per se,
but mentally. From here on out Avelina is Nate’s mission. He is determined to
crack her shell and get to know her. Little did Nate know that Avelina would
influence Nate to re-evaluate his lifestyle and priorities.
Ultimately, Nate and Avelina need
each other, but they don’t know it yet. They bring out the good in each other. This
leads to each of them questioning their lives and most importantly, their
future. They give each other hope and they begin to wonder if there is really
something more that their life is supposed to become.
All in all, After the Rain is a
fantastic story that will take you on a journey of two characters on the road
to self-discovery and overcoming the challenges that were thrown their way.
This is a story that you will cherish and is good for any reader!
**ARC kindly provided via Net Galley for an honest review**
Tamed by K.A. Robinson Blog Tour Stop and
Tamed, Torn Series #5, is
now live! This book focuses on Adam and Amber. Adam is the guitarist with a
wild streak in the Torn Series band, Breaking The Hunger. Amber is the best
friend of the main character of Torn, Chloe. Both of these characters
have a wild streak, something you're aware of if you've read the other Torn
**Tamed can be read as a standalone.**
I hope you like your
rockers a whole lot dirty, because with Adam, that's what you'll get.
has been full of them. Time and time again, I’ve tried to change, tried to make
the right choices, but it doesn’t matter. I always screw up.
I hoped that Adam would be different, that he wouldn’t be a mistake. Our
relationship was supposed to be about sex and nothing more.
Fun, easy, simple—that was what we wanted.
things are never simple, not for me.
Adam changed me.
He made me the person I am today. I hate who I am and what I’ve become. I'm not
proud of the things I've done.
I thought my greatest
mistake would be falling in love with him.
wrong. My greatest mistake is much, much worse.
Yay!! Amber’s story! I am in love with all of the characters
from Author K.A. Robinson’s Torn series, so imagine my excitement when I
learned that TAMED was in the works! Even though TAMED is a part of the Torn
series it Amber’s story can be read as a standalone. If you have read all of
the Torn novels then you know that Amber is Chloe and Logan’s best friend. They
are a trio. Adam on the other hand is a member of Drake’s band and Drake is
I really liked Amber’s character, but I could not help but
feel bad for her. Amber makes a lot of mistakes and unfortunately she is
currently enduring the consequences of her mistakes. Amber was never interested
in a committed relationship. Amber enjoyed being a college student with no
commitments and having the ability to live the life of a careless college
student. Amber was convinced that nothing would change the path that she was
leading…she was content. However after tagging along with Chloe to see Drake’s
band perform, she met Adam. Amber was immediately swept away by his gorgeous
good looks and cocky attitude.
What can I say? Adam was a ladies’ man or so it seemed. Adam
also was not interested in a committed relationship, but he was certainly interested
in getting to know Amber better, but he was timid at first. Adam did not want
to become involved with Drake’s girlfriend’s best friend especially when all he
planned to do was love women and leave them! Yup! Adam is a womanizer. However
Amber’s temptations and forwardness was no match for Adam. She was a woman with
a plan and her plan was to get a taste of Adam. At first Amber and Adam agreed
to keep things open and to just have fun, but once the deed was done things
changed. Amber was different. Adam also caused Amber to experience a connection
that she has never felt before.
Amber and Adam have fun for a while, but it was time for
Adam to go on tour, so he departed after an agreement to remain friends was
made. Every time Adam and Amber would get together they could not help their attraction
from growing, so Adam did what he knew best…he pushed Amber away. Even after
their official separation their paths kept intertwining. This is when mistakes
are made….At this time I HATED Adam. I thought that there was no way that he
could redeem himself for what he did to Amber and how he treated her. The real
question is can Adam and Amber put the past in the past and focus on the real
issue a hand? How can a mistake that was made during one careless night be
fixed? You will have to read TAMED to find out!
K.A. Robinson is
twenty-four years old and lives in a small town in West Virginia with her husband and toddler
son. She is the New
York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Torn Series, The
Ties Series, Breaking
Alexandria, Taming Alec, and Deception. When she’s not
writing, she loves to read books that usually have zombies in them. She is
addicted to rock music and coffee, mainly Starbucks and Caribou Coffee.
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