What happens when love gets caught in the rain?
The second volume of the Love in the Rain series, Winter Rain, releases in November 2014 and features stories by Delphine Dryden, Inara Scott, Amber Lin, Serena Bell, Alexis Hall, Suleikha Snyder, Stacy Reid, Cole McCade, and Tamsen Parker. All proceeds from the volume will be donated to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (www.rainn.org), the largest anti-sexual violence organization in the United States.
In the meantime, you can read the first volume, Summer Rain.
** This review will be short impressions of each story. You’ll get my general feel of the compilation.
Dream by Delphine Dryden
Talk about a surprise. I’ve never read anything by Delphine, and for the first story in the anthology, the last gender pairing I’d expect is F/F.
Dream tells the story of a woman living away from her family, dealing with a job she loves and a boss she hates, dealing with a hidden crush and an unresolved dream that’s been plaguing her for months.
When she finally acts on her crush, the surprising revelations are possibly the best thing that could happen to her.
Delphine Dryden’s writing is wonderful, and while I’m not a fan of written thoughts (in moderation they’re fine), I loved this story.
Sales Tax Not Included by Inara Scott
This little story had the potential to be amazing. I loved both characters and their struggles. The words seemed to flow easily and I soaked them up and wanted more, but then it just stopped without much of a closure. I’d have loved to get another chapter and not quite finish the story with bliss, but with more of a hint towards the future. It felt almost like the characters arc was left unfulfilled.
Exposure by Serena Bell
I’m officially declaring Beckett as perfect. But the story isn’t about him. Much.
Jenny and Beckett’s story spans their whole lives, but we only get a glimpse, less than 24 hours, even. And weirdly Bell managed to show both their arcs in that glimpse.
Also, there’s some hot tent sex. Just sayin’…
Sand Dollar Cinderella by Amber Lin
This story is very simple. A young woman wanting to experience something. A man wanting stability. But with its simplicity, the story is wonderfully emotional. It also carries through a deep socially moral issue. And one more excellent point – there’s light dirty talk and they act on it.
Behind the Mask by Alexis Hall
Fantastic story about acceptance and vigilantism. I really don’t want to say much, just that it’s really really good.
Spice and Sand by Suleikha Snyder
I have a problem. I really liked Snyder’s writing. Spice and Sand is very well written, flowing, the story is original and very sweet. But when writing fantasy/mythology and mixing in heavy cultural and ethnic phrases and behaviors, it distracted me from the story. I found myself reading many of the parts a few times to get my mind back in the story.
I do have to say that the emotion and need jumped off the pages and was rather lovely.
Remembering Yesterday by Stacy Reid
I found another series to get addicted to. Oh boy…
We have the gorgeous town princess, the ultimate no-good bad boy and a memory loss. I especially loved how strong Ava is and how mature when confronting her parents and her past. A little schmaltzy there at the end, but nothing that will make me not want more of this world.
Remembering Yesterday is the first installment in a new contemporary series. Devlin and Ava’s story is short and gorgeous, and steamy hot with a decently proportionate amount of angst. I’m adding the entire series on Goodreads when it becomes available. Gah. Can’t wait.
Sometimes It Storms by Cole McCade
I think I love Cole McCade. First of all, I don’t get to read male authors very often. Secondly, such fabulous contemporary writing… Anyhoo, this story. THIS STORY. It broke my heart. A lot. And then it made my heart happy and smiling. I’m feeling confident enough to recommend this compilation for Sometimes It Storms alone.
Needs by Tamsen Parker
Yay, another sweet story. Misconceptions are an issue with life. For everyone, I think. We just can’t avoid it and normally we’re not consciously critiquing ourselves. Needs is the kind of story that will make you reevaluate the things that most affect you and your life choices. And it does so with the simplest of plots.
Also, I’d read any Tamsen Parker story. Any day.
I think I can safely rate this compilation . These stories were clearly written by authors who care about the various issues RAINN was created for. They’re well written, packed with feeling and are so very sweet.
This compilation is benefiting RAINN, so hey – what better reason than that to buy it? And you get some kickass, swoony (and steaming hot) stories to read in the chilly and getting chillier weather. And it’s only $0.99.
A special thank you to Audra North who did all the backstage work to put this (and the previous installment, Summer Rain) together.