When it Rains by Lisa De Jong: Blog Tour and Review

Synopsis:

One night changed my life forever.
Beau Bennett has been my best friend since I can remember. He was my first crush before everything came crashing down, and now he wants more, but it’s more than I can give him. Things are different now. I wish I could tell him why, but I can’t.
I haven’t told anyone.
I never knew how much I really needed him until the day he left for college, and I was completely alone.
Then one day, Asher Hunt rides into town with his dark, captivating eyes and cocky grin. He doesn’t care who I used to be, he’s simply breathing life into what’s left. People warn me to stay away from him, but he helps me forget the pain that has held me hostage for so long; something I thought was impossible before he walked into my life.
I’ve been hurt.
I’ve been saved.
And I’ve found hope.
I thought my story was written that night, but now I know it was only a new beginning. Until one secret turns my world upside down…
Again.

Excerpt:

“What’s wrong? What did I do” The ache I hear in his voice makes my heart fall a little further into my stomach. This is my fault, not his.

When I felt Beau’s body on top of mine, I could see the anger in Drew’s eyes and I feel the way his fingers dug into my skin. I just want the memories to go away.

“Fuck. Kate, please say something!” Beau says with a strained voice.

I flinch, wrapping my arms around my stomach. “Can you please just take me home?”

I want to tell him. I want to tell someone, but I can’t.

He stands in front of me with his hands folded behind his neck. I back away, making sure to put an arms-length distance between us. “Jesus, will you please just tell me what’s going on? I can’t keep watching you pull further and further away from me.”

“Just take me home, Beau,” I whisper before walking in the direction of the truck. When I hear him call my name, I stop and turn my neck to look back at him.

“I can’t keep doing this shit. Why won’t you talk to me? Give me one reason!” he yells gripping his hair between his fingers.

“You don’t want to hear it. Trust me,” I cry, covering my mouth with my hand. Just thinking about telling him everything makes the bile rise from my stomach. No one wants to hear that good little Kate isn’t who they think she is. She’s been damaged.

“Try me,” he says, sounding tired and frustrated. “Nothing you tell me will change the way I feel about you. Nothing.”

Stacia Says…

 As a advent reader, I know that books will bring out feelings in me and sometimes even make me experience things that I wasn’t expecting; this is one of the reasons that I love to read. I will admit that I am a tender heart and I cry easily and I also admit to almost throwing my kindle, on more than one occasion when reading. With all that being said, I was not prepared for the emotional ride that When it Rains took me on.
This book is about main character Kate Alexander, who lives next door to her best friend and the boy she has always secretly loved, Beau. Kate always thought that Beau would be her forever, until one rainy night when he isn’t there to protect her; she is violated in the worst possible way. Now, broken and only just barely going through the day to day motions of living, Kate has pushed away everyone that cared about her, including Beau, who is getting ready to leave for college.“Kate, I’m going to miss you. I’m so damn in love with you, I can barely stand to spend a few hours apart from you, and now we’re going to be miles and hours apart.”

In walks Asher; a gorgeous guy that is new to town and brings out feelings in Kate from the moment their eyes meet. Asher helps Kate talk about what happened to her and even pushes her to face her nightmares and try to move past them. However, Asher is keeping a secret of his own that could bring more heartache to an already broken Kate.
“I want to know you. I want to know what it is that made you cry, but more than that, I want to know what I have to do to make you happy again.”
I am beyond happy that this book is a standalone, because I don’t know that my emotions could take reading a whole series. I usually have a hard time with “triangles.” Not that I am not a fan of them, I just have a hard time choosing between the two guys and usually end up torn. I can say that this book didn’t leave me feeling that way; I loved both Beau and Asher and I think Kate needed both of them. I did want a longer ending and/or epilogue, but that was just for my own greedy satisfaction. I think the author ended the book when and where it needed to end.
I give this book 5 emotional stars!

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About the Author:

Lisa De Jong is a wife, mother, and full-time number cruncher who lives in the Midwest. Her writing journey involved insane amounts of coffee and many nights of very little sleep, but she wouldn’t change a thing. She also enjoys reading, football, and music.

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Comments

  1. thanks for the giveaway ;p

  2. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  3. Thanks fir the great giveaway!

  4. Thanks Lisa! 🙂