Where The Rain Is Made

Keta Diablo
Where The Rain Is Made
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Keta Diablo
Release Date
August 2010
Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance, Time Travel

Nominated for Bookie Award by Authors After Dark.
Nominated for Best Romance of the Year by Deep In The Heart of Romance.

A decadent-looking savage has captured Francesca DuVall and her brother Marsh. Now she spends every waking moment planning an escape from the camp of the brutal Dog Soldiers.

Ethan Gray is a curator at a national museum . . . until he travels through time to help his beloved People. In the Cheyenne world he's known as Meko, leader of the most revered tribe of the plains.

Cultures and hearts battle, violence and death haunt the road ahead, but when kindred souls collide, anything is possible. From the windswept plains of Colorado to the placid life of a curator, their love is fueled by passion and kindled by destiny.

Book Review by Literary Cravings
Jan 03, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
281 people found the following review helpful
From the beginning, Keta Diablo drew me into her magical historical tale filled with action, adventure, romance and danger about the Native American Cheyenne.

Ethan Gray, a curator for the Washington D.C national museum, is a time traveler for his spiritual Cheyenne descendants in the Sacred Arrow council. They make Ethan's life interesting by sending him back in time to help and protect the Cheyenne people, which Ethan came to enjoy since he got to experience the history he studied and curate at the national museum up close and personal.

When the Sacred Arrow council sends Ethan back in time to save the Cheyenne people from total destruction from the white Americans, Ethan eagerly takes up the job. But little does he know the complications that will befall him when as Meko, head of the Cheyenne dog soldiers, he kidnaps Francesca DuVall and her brother Marsh. During Francesca's containment, she and Meko find themselves falling into a deep love which in the end threatens Meko's mission.

I enjoyed reading WHERE THE RAIN IS MADE. I found that Ms Diablo did a great job capturing my attention with this daring story while informing me on the ways of the Native America Cheyenne people during that time without sounding like a history book. I could picture clearly how they lived and their ways. The romance between Meko/Ethan and Francesca was engaging and sizzled off the pages. Though the feelings they had for each other was instant and blazed like a wild fire, it still felt realistic and they did go through struggles like a normal couple would.

Though I did have some confusion with the flow of the story, and how Meko and Ethan was one and the same and how his two lives coincided, I was able to quickly get back on track within the story and continue on. Even though this story is first and foremost a historical romance, I enjoyed the ruthlessness with how Ms Diablo portrayed the savage life of the world back then and how gruesome yet real it all was. In the real world, there is unnecessary war and bad things happen to good people, and I appreciated how Ms Diablo didn't shy away from that in this story, thereby making the tale more realistic and exciting.

Readers can look forward to a well-written story about how love can be formed from the most unlikely places, and even with incredible odds and time, it can last as well as flourish.
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Book Review by Belinda Boring (author,reviewer)
May 11, 2011
231 people found the following review helpful
Oh. My. Gosh. Where The Rain Is Made left me speechless. This was one of those reads where it leaves a lasting impression and you're grateful for the chance to have read it. I'd finished reading another story by Keta in her Kissed From Beyond anthology and loved it, so when this book came highly recommended, I jumped at the chance to review it. I went in expecting a fun read with some heat and passion. What I wasn't expecting was to find an epic tale of love, one that stole my breath and amazed me at every turn. I still choke up thinking about it and feel Keta deserves a standing ovation. I love it when the author delivers a well written romance but when they go that extra mile - adding powerful details to the story - I can't thank them enough. I read to be moved, to have my heart touched so if you're like me, this is a story you MUST read.

Where The Rain Is Made is the perfect blend of romance and history with a smidge of the paranormal. Ethan Gray is museum curator, specializing in Native American artifacts. Everyone is amazed at his knowledge but what they don't know is Ethan has a solemn duty to the Great Spirits - when called upon, he becomes Meko, leader of the Dog Soldiers and warriors of the Cheyenne people. He leaves behind his modern life and journeys back to key moments to help the survival of the People. Called on for a new mission, this time is different - his oath always comes first but there is a woman involved. Cesca is horrified when her home is attacked by fierce Indians and when she is taken captive with her brother, she is adamant that she would rather die than submit. But Meko, the leader who has claimed her, captures her attention and the chemistry between them is intense. This story shares the story of the unique Native American rituals and beliefs, a glimpse at the dangers they faced each day as their lives were constantly under threat. Being a white woman amongst the People, Cesca struggles to accept the violence she sees but is completely undone by the love she feels for Meko. The Great Spirits aren't happy with Meko's love of Cesca so what happens when they recall his mission, separating him from her, across time? This is a story that will make you feel all kinds of emotions - from happiness to anger to sadness to relief. It'll make you cry but also fill you with a sense of wonder. I'm so glad I was able to read it!

What I really appreciated from Keta was that she didn't hold anything back. This wasn't a book where you saw off at the distance the atrocities and pain that came to the Native American people. While she wasn't graphic either, she put me as the reader right in the thick of it. She gave me the full experience which added to the feel of the story. It helped me make the connection, it drew me in and held my heart the entire story. There were moments I had to stop and catch my breath, tell my husband what I was reading before jumping back in. I'm not sure whether Keta was sharing her heritage or whether the wonderful detail came from research but I'm extremely impressed because it made the story phenomenal. I got a taste of American history and I loved the way it was blended in with everything.

I enjoyed the epic feel of the romance, the intensity between Meko and Cesca and I couldn't get enough of them. They were just so real to me, I could picture them perfectly in my mind, right down to hearing them whisper in my ear. Cesca was such a firecracker and I loved her fiery nature. I don't know what I would've done in her situation and I enjoyed watching her slowly succumb to her curiosity for the Cheyenne customs. I loved that she was able to stand up for what she believed in, that she was able to question things and it broke my heart each time she was faced with violence. That was the amazing part of the love she shared with Meko. Even though the violence horrified her and angered her, she couldn't deny that she belonged with him. There was a struggle within her and she was such an incredible character to learn about.

I don't know how to describe Meko other than he was just so overpowering and masculine. For me, he was beyond Alpha - he had this incredible presence that filled the page and he would render me speechless at times. I found myself falling deeply for him. He had this dual existence, a mission and pledge to uphold but Cesca dug deep into his soul. I loved the way he treated her, the patience he had and the amazing tenderness. He was completely swoonworthy one moment and fierce warrior the next. A complete force to be reckoned with and I couldn't imagine the weight he carried. I'm sure all he wanted to do was whisk Cesca away, love and make babies with her, but as leader of the Dog Soldiers, his life wasn't his own. This is an amazing couple and I definitely added them to my favorites list.

I don't know what else to say but to read this book. I absolutely adored it and recommend it to anyone and everyone! You'll be left satisfied and the better for it. Without a doubt, this deserves me OMGSH award. Happy reading!
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