- Collins-Young Publishing
- Release Date
- April 2016
"Don't judge a book by its cover model"
Forty-two and widowed, romance writer Jillian Grant believes hospitals equal death. Plagued by loss and convinced more is imminent when her aunt ends up in critical condition after heart surgery; she has come to equate the absence of pain with happiness. When she spots a hot, young landscaper working on the hospital grounds with an eerie resemblance to the male lead in her next novel, she convinces him to pose as her cover model.
Working multiple jobs to put himself through college, twenty-four-year-old Raine MacDonald is no stranger to loss. Behind his handsome face and rockin' body lies family tragedy and agonizing secrets. When circumstances put him back in the path of his abusive father, fate delivers Jillian as his unwitting savior. Thing is, when he thinks of her, his thoughts are far from platonic.
Despite their age difference, Jillian and Raine discover they're more alike than they could ever imagine. But torn between facing her own fears and grasping a chance at happiness, Jillian makes a soul-shattering decision that threatens to blow their world apart.
Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Jan 23, 2016 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
161 people found the following review helpful
Star crossed lovers or soul mates? CAUGHT UP IN RAINE will make you wish for just a taste of either one in your life.
When 42-year-old widow Jillian Grant sees 24-year-old Raine MacDonald, she immediately pictures him as the cover model for her new book. It doesn't hurt that he looks exactly like her high school boyfriend and the inspiration behind the new novel. Despite the 18-year age difference, the pair find themselves incredibly attracted to one another. Jillian's insecurities about her age and body and Raine's insecurity and self-esteem issues could be a toxic combo, but instead bond the two beyond what either thought possible. Not everyone is thrilled with the two of them dating, but it doesn't deter them from falling hard and fast for one another. But when push comes to shove, one of them is forced to make a choice that will irrevocably change the course of their lives forever.
CAUGHT UP IN RAINE is the first book in the Caught Up In Love series and is a May-December romance with a sexy, cover-model worthy man and a woman old enough to be his mother. The age difference is a big deal to everyone but Raine; in Jillian he finds a compassionate, caring woman who doesn't see him as just a hot bed partner, but rather treats him like a person, a friend, a lover, a man. In Raine, Jillian finds a sexy, sweet and generous lover who worships her and makes her feel like a goddess. The difference in their ages were most pronounced when it came to attitude. Raine was a bit of a hothead at times, not having that mellowness that comes with age. Jillian tended toward mothering him once in a while, even though she had no experience at it personally. My heart broke for the repeated death in both of their lives, and for the insecurity and pain it caused them both.
This story is both beautiful and haunting, and sometimes it leaves me with more questions than answers, but that's one of the things I love about it. You don't get EVERYTHING from Jillian and Raine, you get the sense that Ms. O'Connor has just scratched the surface with this couple. I loved every second of this sexy, sweet and romantic book!!!
Bottom Line: Let yourself get caught up in Raine as soon as possible. You won't be sorry!
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