Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Review: Raine Falling by Paula Marinaro

Raine Falling (Hells Saints Motorcycle Club #1)
by Paula Marinaro

After a lifetime of uncertainty, Raine Winston shouldn’t be fazed by anything anymore. But she’s terrified. Terrified that her wayward sister, Claire, has gotten into debt dangerously over her head. Terrified that a muscle-clad biker named Diego doesn’t want payment with money—he wants much more. And terrified of the dizzying desire she feels whenever Diego touches her…

Diego Montesalto spends his days raising hell and his nights in the arms of fast, easy women. Tough, tattooed, and used to taking what he wants, he refuses to get emotionally invested in anyone. But he can’t stop thinking about Raine’s sweet smell, striking blue eyes, and quiet determination. She may have the spirit of a warrior, but she needs someone to guide and protect her.

When Raine has no choice but to go on the run, she falls straight into the Hells Saints’ mayhem-filled world…and into Diego’s strong arms. But in a life filled with hard choices, raw lust, and blood-soaked violence, is there room for loyalty…or love?

Revised edition: Previously published as Game Changer, this edition of Raine Falling includes editorial revisions.

Rating: 2 stars - Ok
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Bought 
I read this when it was published as Game Changer and personally I preferred that name better. Raine's mom died when her and her sister were young. Her dad never got over his wife death and to deal with his emotions he became an alcoholic. This lead him to not be able to care for his kids. Raine has been taking care of her sister since she was young. Prosper was her dads best friend and when things got bad he would step in and take care of the girls. Prosper told Raine that if a situation came up that she needed an out to go to his Club. He called this the Game Changer. Raine sister's boyfriend owed some bikers money and of course Raine has always been there to bail her sister out. This is when she decides to go the club and look for Prosper. I love Raine's devotion to her sister.
The book started out so promising and fell in love with Paula Marino writing voice. I loved all the flashbacks when Raine was young and having her talks with Prosper. He really stole the spotlight in this novel. Since he was more of a second dad to Raine, I connected more with them. Their father/daughter moments were what kept me reading on. Look forward to any flashbacks or present talks. The flashback broke my heart but at the same time glad she had someone like Prosper in her life.
Does anyone ever get tired of being brave, Prosper?" I put my tiny hand in his.
He squeezed it gently and said, "Sure they do little darlin', People get tired of being brave all the time."
"What happens then, Prosper?" I was looking at him now, the weight of the world on my shoulders.
I heard something catch in the back of his throat, and he had to clear it before he went on. "Why they call on someone who has some brave left over, that's what they do."
I thought about this for a while. "So Prosper?"
"Yeah, Raine?"
"You got this?"
He brought the back of his hand up to his eye. "Yeah, darlin', I got this
What did not work for me was I could not connect with Diego the hero and Raine as a couple. It was hard to connect with them because he was gone most of the book and if he was home their time was cut short. I needed more of them together. I needed more dialog with them as well. The middle of the story really dragged on with mindless stuff. There is more inner dialog then actual dialog. Too many POV's.
Even though I had more issues with Raine and Diego story I still feel that Paula Marinaro has a beautiful writing voice and Hells Saints Motocycle club has potential. Next up is Raine sister Claire in Chasing Claire (Hells Saints Motorcycle Club #2).    I will give this author one more go. Plus I would love some more of Propser.

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  1. I see what you mean when you read a book that leaves you with the idea that it could have been better, you''re right to give this author another chance :)

    1. I look forward to giving this author another chance. I really enjoyed her writing voice and she was able to write good enough I did connect with a few characters. Bummer I did not connect with the H/h.


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