My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Well this sits firmly on my “worst books ever” shelf. I hated it. I’m quite shocked that this came from Carlino because while I do think that the quality of her novels have declined since Sweet Thing, all have been enjoyable even if I did have some peeves. After the Rain was awful. I’m not quite sure how, after being in such a rut, that I didn’t DNF it.
The amount of melodrama in this novel is threat level Charlie and all of it is either caused by or made unbearable by Ava. Ava is awful. She was written to have no self-worth, no will to live, to be extremely depressed, to talk like a robot, and to be extremely unreasonable. Throughout the entire book I was trying to kill her with my mind.
Nate started off as an interesting character. I remember thinking that I liked him, but as soon as he got interested in Ava (for no apparent reason) he became a cheesy pushover who seemed to live only to serve her. It was such a turn off. Ava would over-react, act like an idiot, refuse to talk to him, and he would drive across the country to make it better. He was constantly catering to her and trying way to hard to make her feel better. It made me feel gross. He became desperate for Ava’a attention and it made me extremely aggravated.
The sex scenes were not hot. Ava’s mental state made it really hard for me to even read these. She was so fragile and such a shell of a person that it felt wrong for them to be having sex. I am not under any circumstances making any claims of rape, but it felt inappropriate and franking kind of predatory for Nate to be physically intimate with her. She was just so messed up in the head that it seemed like Nate should have been trying to take care of her in other ways. I think the author did attempt to write this, but I think the novel would have been better served if there was no sex between Nate and Ava until the end of the story. It was just creepy to me the way it was written. Regardless of all of that, it wasn’t even hot.
This is the end of the spoiler free portion of my free. I HAVE to tell you guys all of the dumb shit that happens in this book because I don’t think the above explains how awful the novel truly is, but before I do that I have one word of advice to those of you who still may want to read it (it’s $7.99 on Amazon!!! Expensive for an eBook!):
If you’re still reading, here’s a list of spoilery things that happen (in order) to really drive it home: Continue reading