Monday, November 17, 2014

After the Rain Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for After the Rain by Renee Carlino!

From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Sweet Thing and Nowhere But Here comes a deeply emotional contemporary romance about the second chances waiting beyond the shattered dreams of youth.

Under the bright arena lights of a rodeo show, young Avelina Belo falls for a handsome cowboy with a larger-than-life personality. After a whirlwind courtship, she happily moves away from her family in northern California and settles into married life with her cowboy on a seven-thousand-acre cattle ranch in Montana. One freak accident later, Avelina’s hopes for the future come to an end.

Nate Myers graduated from UCLA medical school at the top of his class, ready to follow in the footsteps of his father, a superstar cardiothoracic surgeon. Six years later, Nate’s career is being ruined by a malpractice suit. Questioning himself for the first time, he retreats to a Montana cattle ranch to visit his uncle and gain perspective. There, he meets a beautiful young woman named Avelina who teaches him more than he ever knew about matters of the heart.

About the Author:

Renée Carlino lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog, June. When she's not at the beach with her boys or working on her next book, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. To learn more, visit


Nate and Avelina live in two different worlds, Nate is an up-and-coming cardiac surgeon at UCLA, while Avelina is widow with wounds to spare. Both of them have been burned by parts of their lives they thought they could trust. So naturally when they meet, they begin to share some of the pain. That along with instant attraction draws these two together in ways they never knew could happen. Each of them though must learn to deal with their pasts before they can develop a future.

This book takes your typical romance and tackles it with some deep issues. Ava grew up fast at a young age, but you find she's very stunted in other ways. Nate has almost always known where he wanted to go in life, and he's done whatever it takes to get there. All this hard work is threatened by the death of a young patient though. Soon Nate is questioning everything about career and his life (which is pretty much entirely his career). His dad suggests that he go out to visit his uncle on a ranch. Nate meets Ava there, and there is an instant attraction. Ava is still dealing with the circumstances of her sad life as well. You can see why they're attracted to each other, and they seem to go together well.

I liked that although there were naturally obstacles for Nate and Ava, none of them seemed forced as can often happen in romances. Their problems flowed naturally out of their lives, and they managed to deal with them in a pretty good manner all things considered. This made the story feel much more real. I found the end bit a little strange, but ultimately I think it worked for the story. This is a cozy romance that will make you both happy and sad, so be prepared for a gamut of emotions in this book.

Galley provided for review.

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