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When It Rains (Rain, #1) by Lisa De Jong

My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
I’m giving this book four stars because I feel the execution deserves it. The storyline itself did not grip me as I’d hoped, but that’s due to my own personal preferences, and not the quality of the writing.


There were certain aspects of the plot that didn’t sit well with me, namely the ending. And not for the obvious reasons, but reason that would become spoiler if mentioned. (See my Goodreads review for spoiler).


There is also some debate over whether or not this story embodies a love triangle, and I guess it boils down to opinion and how you look at it. I personally considered this a love triangle because of the intense emotional connection that was presented between heroine and both heroes, although it was not a deceitful one.


Yes, there are two guys deeply in love with the Kate, but she does NOT cheat nor does she switch back and forth between the two. It also helps that the three of them don’t spend time together, as one guy is away at college. The way the triangle unfolds is subtle, and more about Kate finding herself after a suffering a severe trauma; it doesn’t display the typical ‘heroine forever drowning in her indecision’ scenario.


Although I wasn’t entirely invested in this story, it was heartbreaking and there were moments that touched me deeply. The beginning was insanely compelling: opening in the midst of an intense, defining moment. I do feel the intro promised more than the plot ultimately delivered, but I was still very much impressed by the power of this story.


I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy emotional tearjerkers, and those who are not entirely opposed to love triangles of any kind.

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Book Stats:

▪ Genre/Category: New Adult Romance
▪ Steam Caliber: Very steamy
▪ Romance: A non-deceitful love triangle.
▪ Characters: Well fleshed out and equally lovable
▪ Plot: Heroine tries to find herself after suffers a sever trauma.
▪ Writing: Engaging, descriptive, and gripping.
▪ POV: 1st Person: Heroine
▪ Cliffhanger: None/Standalone

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