Friday, June 19, 2015

Book Review: Kisses in the Rain by Krista Lynne Jensen

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Kisses in the Rain by Krista Lynne Jensen

Book Description:

Georgie Tate is a survivor. She survived an abusive relationship. She survived the car accident that took the life of her controlling fiance. Now she just needs to survive the memories that haunt her. Escaping to her aunts' cozy home on a tiny island outside of Seattle, Georgie finds just the change of pace she needs to pick up the pieces of her life. Taking a job at a local seafood restaurant is the first step in reclaiming her sense of self, but she is completely unprepared for the battle that awaits her there.

Jace Lowe has loved and lost, and he's determined that it will never happen again. Hardened by heartbreak, he stays focused on his work as sous chef at one of the island's top seafood restaurants. When beautiful Georgie takes her place on the restaurant's staff, Jace is resolved to keep her at arm's length, and his downright rudeness her first week goes a long way in achieving that goal. Georgie, on the other hand, doesn't want anything to do with Jace anyway and prickles against his abrasive behavior. As the combative pair comes together on a joint project for the restaurant, they find their distaste for one another dwindling. The connection is undeniable—and it terrifies them both. Can two people jaded by the past be softened by the promise of once-in-a-lifetime love, or is this just another recipe for disaster?

Rorie's Review:

I really enjoyed this book. Both main characters come with some baggage that they need to work through, and it takes time - and a few backsteps - to get things right. After Jace got over his grumpiness, he turned out to be a very likeable guy. Georgie had a hard time trusting anyone, even herself, due to her past, but gradually she was able to move on with her life one step at a time.

I found myself getting frustrated that Georgie couldn't remember much about the accident and what caused it, because I was dying of curiosity and just wanted to know! However, the way it played out was essential for the way the rest of the book went, so I just need to learn how to be more patient.

Not only was it good to get to know Georgie and Jace better, but the supporting characters were fun to get to know too. I also enjoyed reading about the cooking. I'm not a seafood fan at all, but it was interesting to see how they would come up with new recipes for the restaurant.

All in all, it was a fun book to read. I would definitely recommend this to people.

Tarah's Review:

I was really drawn to this book. Not only did the synopsis sound intriguing, but the cover is delightful. I don't think I would describe this as a fun book (or a cheesy LDS romance, like I normally use to describe LDS books), because of the weighty issues it covers, but it was definitely well written and hard for me to put down.

I loved how the characters are portrayed, and how they grow. I love the relationships with the secondary characters.  I love how the romance wasn't rushed, but started rocky and turned to respect and friendship and then more.

Because it is an LDS book there is some religious parts. They go to church, they talk about forgiveness, etc. While I would describe this as a clean read that I wouldn't mind a teenager reading, there is kissing (which, it's a romance, and I found it to be super sweet).

Overall, I would recommend this book, and I would reread it again and again.

Andrea's Review:

I've read a few other books by Krista Lynne Jensen, and while they were enjoyable, Kisses in the Rain is definitely her best book so far. I loved it and am looking forward to reading it again.

The author wrote such great characters, both main and supporting. Everyone played such an important role in building the story and helping Georgie and Jace heal and grow.

The story was very enjoyable. It was much deeper than your standard romance novel. The relationship built from the ground up with an initial rockiness that made it that much more real.

The setting was so well described that I almost felt like I was there. And the creation of the food for the new menu was fascinating.

I highly recommend this book.

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About the Author:

Nearly every one of Krista Lynne Jensen's elementary school teachers made a note on her report card pointing out that she was a daydreamer. It was not a compliment. So, when Krista grew up, she put those day dreams down on paper for others to enjoy. When writing, she fuels her creativity with chocolate covered cinnamon bears and popcorn. When shes not writing, she enjoys reading, hiking, her family, and sunshine. But not laundry. She never daydreams about laundry. Krista is a native of Washington State and now lives in the northern Rocky Mountains. Through her stories she places characters in settings she loves, brings them to life, and challenges them to fight for what they want. The Orchard was inspired by Jane Austen's Persuasion and Flathead Valley, Montana, a favorite family vacation spot. If she had a cat, she would call it Jane. She is the author of Of Grace and Chocolate, 2012. Title: Kisses in the Rain
Author: Krista Lynne Jensen
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Published: June 2015
ISBN: 1680472399
Source: We received copies from the publisher in exchange for a review.

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