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RAINE THOMAS is the award-winning author of a series of YA fantasy/romance novels about the Estilorian plane, including the Daughters of Saraqael trilogy and the Firstborn trilogy. She is also the author of the bestselling New Adult Contemporary Romance, For Everly, and the much-anticipated spin-off, Meant for Her. She is a proud member of Romance Writers of America and is a contributing blogger to The Writer's Voice. When she isn’t planning weddings, writing, or glued to social media, she can usually be found on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches with her husband and daughter or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.
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Format: eBook ARC
Debut: October 15, 2013
Read: October 28-29, 2013
Photographer Sierra Stratton views the world through a lens all her own. She has an uncanny sense about people, something that often causes her trouble. When she meets the sexy and brooding Evan Dorsey, her intuition tells her he’s suffering, and she wants to be the one to help him.
Evan isn’t open to help from anyone, however. His focus is on his Major League career and making himself as marketable as possible for his upcoming free agency. He plans to ride out the season in Atlanta and then sign with another team, away from the painful memories that haunt him.
Someone’s eager to send him on his way, too. Between anonymous threats and equipment sabotage, it’s clear he’s earned himself an enemy along the way. To him, it’s one more sign that he’s right to move on.
But Sierra threatens his conviction. Her contagious smile proves hard to resist, as does her kiss. She tempts him in ways he never anticipated, making him question his plans for the first time. If he’s not careful, she might just convince him that he’s meant for her.
Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 85
This is my first venture into the contemporary sports section, and I really enjoyed it. =) Not that I had any idea about the baseball terms, but the ups and dows that come with a team are something I love.
But of course it's not just the baseball that deserves the credit for being the sorce of good AND evil in this, no, a whole lot of more good came from the photography part. I really, really admire people who can capture a moment in a picture. Those kinds of people where the saying "A picture tells more then 1ooo words" comes true. Sierra with all her intuitive and nursing traits was perfect to get a camera in hand. Not just that either, of course. She was one amazing woman through and through, and can get straight in line with all the other females in Raine Thomas' stories: strong in their own way, determined, powerful in her element, and just the perfect match for their guys.
I doubt it will every cease to amaze me how well Raine can put two souls together. One entirely broken, the other glowing from the inside out, and it always reads like there is no other way for them than to find each other, like... like gravity. The little pushes they get from outside sources are only to shorten the agony, because they would undoubtedly always find their other half. And it's never like some lovesick-puppy story, despite the kind of insta-love feeling underneath. It's always on a reasonable bases -- like Sierra. The intuition of that woman doesn't only count as a 6th, but also as a 7th sense, making her totally entitled for insta-everything.
While Sierra was instant, Evan was all about progress, and not all of it painless. He had to sort through some harsh problems, and while he didn't handle everything right, it was the point that he got through. I have to say, on some level this exceeded young/new adult, because it wasn't all about thinking things through and comimg up with the right solution, or about leaning from mistakes, but about getting through in the first place. It was important in order to portrait Evan as a guy totally floating without roots as he was, and he was generally an amazing "project". He's getting some extra points for having to handle a harem (Sierra's 5 female family) all on his own from now on, too. 😛
Throughout the story, I laughed a lot, I screamed and cursed at points, and I was on the brink of tears. Yap, a trademark Raine Thomas' read.
Area Scan: Flow: 5/5 -- Vocab: 4/5 -- Plot: 5/5 -- Heroes: 5/5 -- Sidekicks: 5/5 -- Villains: 5/5 -- Romance: 5/5 -- Drama: 5/5 -- Action: 5/5 -- Suspense: 3.5/5 -- Humor: 4/5
Discovered: 5+ Hoods
Companion: For Everly
Thank You for approval of an ARC goes to:
author Raine Thomas