Healing Rain by Karen-Anne Stewart
The Rain Trilogy #2
Genres: Romance, Thriller, Suspense, Crime.
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.
Book Review ~ ‘Healing Rain’ by Karen-Anne Stewart ~ 5 Stars!
I was on tenterhooks for the weeks after I finished reading ‘Saving Rain’. I had to force myself not to read the next two books in the series straight away because I desperately wanted to keep the story alive for me as long as possible, and I wanted to savour every part of Kas and Raina’s journey of their love.
We returned to Healing Rain right where Saving Rain left off, and by god was that a cliffhanger of an ending. I felt devastated for Kas when Raina turned down his marriage proposal, but also so thankful that the strength of his love, and the complete devotion he had for her and her safety meant that he could push aside his pride and fight to get Raina back. I was on the edge of my seat as he begins his journey to getting Raina back.
What I love so much about Karen-Anne Stewart’s writing style is how effortlessly she weaves the story, with the perfect pace in terms of both character and story development. I like how Kas and Raina had to overcome many little obstacles over the course of their relationship and that it isn’t like in some books, where there is a huge build-up to a huge event that happens towards the end of the novel. I love how fresh this style of story is, and that there are so many incidents and events throughout the novel that I feel like I’m constantly kept on my toes. It beautifully contrasts with the way that the threat of the Ghost in the sex trafficking storyline keeps the entire investigative department and Kas and Raina constantly looking for and following up different leads, which happen throughout the story.
I loved how Raina really started to believe in herself throughout this novel. The way she stands up to her father was so empowering, but also heartbreaking to read, when we see the pain she puts herself through so that she can save Kas from her father’s wrath. I also adored how this caused a bump in Raina’s psychological condition, and that she had a minor setback. As much as I love to see the heroine overcome her demons, I love the realistic route that this story takes, making it clear that there are highs and lows in any recovery for abuse victims and that strength and belief in themselves is something that can be dashed in a second, even when it is unbelievably strong just an hour beforehand. It was beautifully and realistically portrayed and I commend the author for her fantastic work on the incredible way she depicted this, sadly, common feature of abuse.
And for every story there are the bad guys. There is the threat of Raina’s ex-boyfriend Chris’ looming release from Prison, and the way that ‘The Ghost’ is running them in circles with their investigations in the sex-trafficking. Funnily enough it was one of the ‘good guys’, who I came to dislike the most as a character. Brent was an interesting character that was introduced in this novel, when working with Raina on an undercover investigation. I held no dislike for him when his attraction to Raina became clear, but I began to loathe the way he acted on it. I hated the way he caused such grief for Raina by trying to force his affections on her, and the way he doubted her and Kas’ love when he had seen so little of it. I didn’t hate him for his jealousy, but for the way he seemed to think that he knew better than Raina, similarly to how many other men had treated her in the past, when he told her that she was too young to know that she would love one man for the rest of her life. He became the character I loved to hate, and I was devastated when his actions caused Raina to have another setback in the development she had made in believing in the worth she had.
This was a stunning second novel in a really incredible series, and with another cliff hanger, this time a deadly one, I just knew that this book, and this series had captured a part of my heart.
Blogger Note: Go here to read my review for ‘Saving Rain’, the first book in ‘The Rain Trilogy’.