Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Blog Tour: After the Rain by Karen Anne Stewart

I received a copy of After the Rain, the third book in The Rain Trilogy in exchange for my review.

The search for Ghost has heated up, with Raina's computer skills putting her fully on the map. Having discovered that Ghost is Evan Parker, the only thing left to do is to have evidence that proves it, a game that becomes more and more dangerous for the unwilling players of the FBI. But Kas' protectiveness is a source of contention for his wife, particularly when he tries to take Raina off the case for her own protection, and yet nothing can seem to dent the love that they have for each other, particularly when talk turns to having a family.

The Rain Trilogy isn't suitable for younger readers, and may even be difficult for older readers due to the subject of human trafficking, rape, and abuse that are reoccurring themes in the books. Though, compared to the presence in the previous two books, the abuse that Raina had been subject too was actually much less of an issue. Well that doesn't quite sound right, but it was less of a key part to the story. In the previous two books the emphasis was on Raina over coming her past, whereas I felt that the emphasis in this book was actually on her embracing her future.

But poor Raina just can't seem to catch a break! Every time she seems to have things under control, something else seems to happen that puts her right back into danger, its no wonder that Kas can get over protective at times! Though I loved Raina as a character, the fact that she was so strong and determined, despite the events of her past, is what really made her for me. Well that and the fact that she still maintained her emotional and softer side.

There is one thing that I think lets this book down (and I wouldn't rate it any lower because of it I may add!) and that is the cover. With book 1 the cover was amazing, and book 2 when you understood it fit perfectly, but I don't think that this cover does the book justice. Some people probably do, and as I said it would never have stopped me reading the book, I was far too engrossed in Raina and Kas' story for that!

After the Rain managed to provide the perfect balance between the action, the emotion and the romance. You may think that emotion and romance are the same thing, but not in this case. I mean the emotions that are invoked by the most shocking parts of this book. There were times when my stomach dropped and I couldn't believe what I was reading, because whether I like it or not, some of those things do actually happen in the real world. The fact that authors like Stewart write about these issues is so important for bringing them to light.

The book isn't all doom and gloom though! There were some funny moments (loved the scene outside Chase's office, had me laughing aloud!) and the epilogue was pure perfection! This is definitely a series that should be checked out!

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 her...by whatever means necessary.


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


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AUTHOR BIO
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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