Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Book Review: Praying for Rain

Imagine a world where rules are nonexistent. Food is sparse and everybody has to put their own needs first in order to survive. You’re always tired because of the awful nightmares you have about April 23rd and a typical breakfast consists of a burger, soda, and fries from the local fast food joint.

WELL, AS CRAZY AS THAT WORLD SOUNDS, THAT WORLD IS NOW RAINBOW WILLIAMS’ REALITY.

Praying for Rain

People are running wild. Cars are abandoned all over the streets and the highway is cluttered with even more abandoned vehicles. Bad people have taken over the grocery stores and are guarding the food in exchange for sexual favors. Young girls like Rain have to dress modestly and stay in well populated areas to avoid being taken advantage of.

It’s a mess. But it will all be over on April 23rd.

At least that’s what the dreams have been telling them.

That’s the least of Rain’s concerns, though. With the help of a bottle of painkillers that she steals from her Dad, she just wants to numb herself until April 23rd, when it’s all over. But when she’s kidnapped from Burger Palace while ordering her meal one morning, she knows that she’s going to need all of her senses to get herself out of this one.

He’s attractive. He has a motorcycle. And he’s wearing a Hawaiian shirt.

His name is Wes, and he is the exact opposite of what she needs right now.

But when the two of them put their heads together, good things seem to happen. He might be exactly what Rain needs to distract herself for the next couple of days, while she’s the help he needs to find the bomb shelter he’s been looking for, so that they can hopefully ride out the end of the world.

I wasn’t expecting to like this book because I’m not super into end of the world, apocalypse type stories. But this one had me hooked from the very beginning and I managed to blow through this book in just a few hours.

I was a little bit disappointed when I got to the cliffhanger ending. But then I found out that books 2 and 3 are coming out this year (in 2020) which is great, grand, and wonderful because this story really sucks you in.

Ok, Ok. I’ve displayed my cards a little too early, but I give this book 5 stars. The story is unique, the characters are fun and have great chemistry, and the story moves at a quick pace which is something I really enjoy in contemporary, or contmporary-ish romances.

Something that I think readers should be aware of is how dark this book can get. That’s reasonable, since it is about the end of the world. But if you’re squeamish or don’t like to read about death and dying, this might not be the story for you.

BB Easton is an author who I haven’t read anything from before, but she’s been added to my list of authors I really like. Her writing style is easy to get into and I appreciate the pop culture references mentioned throughout the book, like music references and more.

Would I recommend this book to a friend? Yes. For sure.

Who do I think would like this book? Romance readers. Rain and Wes have great chemistry and I look forward to seeing what comes next for them in the next book in the series. They try to deny their feelings for each other at first, but as they work together to try to avoid the apocalypse, they realize that they have more in common then they thought.

Thanks for checking out my book review of Praying for Rain by BB Easton. If you want to see what else I’m reading, feel free to check out my goodreads profile.

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xo Marian

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