Monday, 23 December 2013

Book review: Healing Rain - Karen-Anne Stewart (The Rain Trilogy #2)

Healing Rain

The blurb.
SPOILER ALERT! Do not read this if you haven't read Saving Rain, the first novel in the Rain Trilogy!

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.

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

My opinion
Not that long ago I read and reviewed Saving Rain, the first novel in The Rain Trilogy and I fell hopelessly in love with Kas and Raina and was heartbroken when the novel ended. Luckily Karen-Anne had the next one ready and, even more lucky, she asked me if I was interested in reading and reviewing the sequel too (I mean, duh!).
I loved Healing Rain as much as I did Saving Rain. [Although, I have to say, I'm not a big fan of the cover. I loved the Saving Rain cover, but this one just doesn't do the story justice. I don't really feel "Raina", when looking at that cover]
The way Kas cares for Raina is just so incredibly moving. Raina has had to overcome a lot of horrible things from her past and life just keeps throwing her curveballs. She still has trouble believing and trusting that Kas will always be there for her, that he loves her unconditionally and that she won't have to face her past, or the present, alone.
In Healing Rain Kas and Raina battle Raina's inner demons and they search for a way to protect each other, without endangering or hurting themselves... which turns out to be harder said than done.
The story contains a lot of sensitive issues but the amount of love that Karen-Anne gets across is so huge that it forms a nice balance with all the hard, ugly stuff. 
Karen-Anne left us, yet again, with an amazing cliff hanger, so you'll be desperate for more... and luckily there is: After the Rain is the third novel in The Rain Trilogy. You can expect a review for that one here soon! ;-)

Karen-Anne's websiteTwitter and Facebook,
Healing Rain on Amazon.

Be sure to check out Karen-Anne's fundraiser for Polaris Project to end human trafficking!

A big thank you to Karen-Anne for giving me the opportunity to read and review 
the second part of Kas and Rain's story, I loved every page. 


  1. Hi Maryline! I agree complete w/ your review. I loved Healing Rain and I loved the continued conflict in the story. Sometimes sequels aren't as intenseas book #1 but KA Stewart really kept this story going!

    I also agree about the cover. I loved the covers to books 1 & 3 but this one doesn't seem to quite fit.

    1. Yay, another fan of the Rain Trilogy! You're absolutely right, this is a brilliant sequel... can't wait to read After the Rain! (I think I'll secretly bump it to the top of my TBR list ;-) )

      [Thnx for stopping by Ashley!]