Friday, November 14, 2014

[Blog Tour] After The Rain

After the Rain
by Renée Carlino
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.

After the Rain
After the Rain tore me up in the best way possible. Sexy, sweet, and sad…Nate and Avelina’s story is one that goes straight to my list of all-time favorites.”
--A.L. Jackson, New York Times bestselling author

In AFTER THE RAIN (Atria Paperback; November 11, 2014)eighteen-year-old Avelina Belo meets a charismatic cowboy the summer before her senior year of high school, not knowing that accepting his invitation to dinner will lead to a whirlwind marriage three months later and an exciting new life on a Montana ranch. She also doesn’t know that, in a few short years, fate will send everything crashing down around her.

A thousand miles away and fresh out of medical school, Nate Meyers is poised to become UCLA’s next superstar heart surgeon. His laser focus is the key to his success, but it’s also his greatest liability. When a routine surgery ends in disaster, derailing his career, he’s confronted with the hard truth: there’s no one waiting for him at home, no one to help him pick up the pieces.

Regrouping on his uncle’s Montana ranch, Nate meets Avelina, a beautiful but mysterious young woman who keeps to herself and barely speaks a word. As he discovers the details of her devastating past, Avelina teaches him more about matters of the heart than he ever knew before. But can they trust each other enough to put everything on the line?

AFTER THE RAIN by Renee Carlino
Paperback | On sale: November 11, 2014 | ISBN: 9781476763996 | 304 pages | $15.00
eBook: | ISBN: 9781476764009 | $7.99

Renée Carlino masterfully wrote a beautiful work of art with this book.  I was spellbound by the beginning, made to fall in love, feel true heartache, and learn to love again. I do have to say that while this book gave me some serious feels, some of those feels were irritation of the characters, which made me want to put the book down at certain times. Other than that one issue, I thought that this book was heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time.

It’s as exhilarating as it is terrifying to fall in love.

The issues I have with irritability may stem from my normal every day to day real life. I haven’t been in a great place as of late, and even though reading is my escape from reality… I’m afraid my short abrupt moods may have spilled over into the realm of fictional character loathing. Don’t get me wrong, I did love the characters, however at times I felt that Avelina got a bit whiny and tried to play the “whole oh woe is me” act while playing the “eff off I don’t need your help” act.

Now in the beginning of the book you get to meet Jake. You’re going to swoon for Jake, and then if you’re like me… you’re going to despise him. I understand why he felt the need to do what he did, but I also see the other side of it as well. The way Jake treated Avelina in the end, just affected me the wrong way. Again, it could be due to my current situation in my actual life, but is the other reason why I felt I couldn’t love this book as much as someone else could.

I was learning that being alive means knowing the threat of dying is there but facing your mortality and moving through it anyway.

This book touches on a serious illness (Depression) that should never be taken lightly. Always remember that you don’t know the whole story, and that everyone has their daily battles as well as their strengths. Remind people of their greatness, cause you never know… that smile you gave to that one person may just be the smile that saved their life. 

While you’re learning about Avelina and her story, you also get to meet Nate. I swooned so hard for Nate. He pulled on my heart strings by being a Surgeon, and it was just a love affair that never ended after that. Oh man, take a Dr, throw some cowboy boots on him and take ME to the rodeo! Seriously, you’re going to swoon. Even though he’s a surgeon, Nate is down to earth, and just absolutely fabulous.

Ms. Carlino has definitely got a winner here with this novel. I honestly wish that I could have given it a better review than this. I’m not going to say that this book wasn’t the one for me, because I truly adored this book and I’m so happy that I read it. I just wish I was in a better place when I had read it, so that maybe I could get the full effect from it. I could see myself reading this book again, maybe on a beach next time – where I’m more relaxed.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who’s looking for a great romance, and who isn’t afraid to have some tears rolling down your face from time to time while reading. 

Renee’s first friends were the imaginary kind and even though her characters haven’t gone away, thankfully the delusions have. She admits she’s a wildly hopeless romantic and she blames 80’s movies staring Molly Ringwald for that. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog June. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on the next book, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate.

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