What happens when love gets caught in the rain?
In this second volume in the Love in the Rain series, Del Dryden’s heroines find shelter from a powerful thunderstorm in their feelings for each other, while Alexis Hall’s heroes find the past between them washed clean by falling rain. Inara Scott’s hero and heroine upend their lives with a kiss in the rain, while Serena Bell’s characters set their world to rights in a winter storm. Rain helps Amber Lin’s lost lovers find each other, light morning rain washes away evidence of a goddess’s visit in Suleikha Snyder’s story, and rain-slicked city streets provide a backdrop for a burgeoning romance in Tamsen Parker’s tale. Rainy days bring solace to Cole McCade’s hero, while Stacy Reid’s heroine makes a bold journey toward love in a raging storm.
Nine romance novelettes, edited by Sarah Frantz. All proceeds from the volume will be donated to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (www.rainn.org), the largest anti-sexual violence organization in the United States.
Full disclosure. I’m an unabashed fan girl for all things Cole McCade. I’ve been enjoying his twitter company for almost a year now. However, I can be objective and believe it or not, I’m a very picky reader. I was so looking forward to reading his story but there was pressure. What if I didn’t like it? Well. We can all rest easy. Cole is a gifted writer who takes my breath away.
Sometimes It Storms is Cole’s piece in the Winter Rain anthology. SIS is a beautiful, raw, emotional story. It made me ache, it made me rage, it made me cry, but it also made me smile, melted my heart, and made me feel so hopeful.
The story is told from Ethan’s point of view. Ethan is an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse. His demons are alive and seem to be consuming his life to the point that he finds it difficult to develop personal connections. But then he meets the lovely Aurelie who actually takes the time to get to know him and digs deep to see who he really is. Their romance is the catalyst that brings Ethan back to life so to speak. It was really lovely to see their relationship blossom. I was amazed and awed by Ethan’s capacity for love. All in all, this was a haunting and profound journey. I was honored to be along for the ride.
I appreciate that the author took such care to describe the legacy of abuse, from the way Ethan feels to be touched by another person to how it affects all aspects of his life. It is especially important that we are hearing the story through a male POV as there still seems to be a societal stigma associated with male abuse survivors. These stories and this book are so important because men and women need to have their stories told.
Finally, I can say without a doubt that Cole McCade has made his mark. I cannot wait to read more from him.
*One last thing. I haven’t had a chance to read the rest of the stories in Winter Rain, but if they are even half as good as Sometimes It Storms, I know it will be well worth my time and yours. Plus, I’ve heard great things about the other authors.
This story really touched my heart. It’s a story about silencing your voice in the wake of abuse. This is Ethan’s journey, and I’ll be honest, parts of this were hard to read. The words on the page moved me to tears; made me feel Ethan’s pain. It lingered in my mind for days after I read it. Ethan tore at my heart…
“Whenever he thought of rain, he thought of home.”
Let me tell you, this backstory gutted me. Ethan and his brother Marc… I can’t even write this without tearing up. These two kids, their innocence lost …praying for rain. Ugh. It was heartbreaking. And it happens. And stories like this need to be written. And they need to be shared. It made me angry; I wanted to reach in the book and protect these two little boys from the horrors of the world.
In the midst of tragedy, there has to be hope. Aurelie was Ethan’s hope. She was kind, sweet, and had her own story to tell. This is about finding love, and Ethan gaining the courage to not be silent anymore. Everyone needs to read this.
Thank you, Cole, for sharing your writing with us. Thank you for giving Ethan a voice to tell his story and speak to us.
Before I share my thoughts on Sometimes It Storms, I am adding a disclaimer. Right now, I am NOT Cole McCade’s friend. At this moment, I am a reader reviewing this book. So this review will have no influence on the wonderful man that Cole is.
You come across a book every now and then in life that is just unbelievable, horrifically beautiful, gut-wrenching. This was one of those books. And I am so glad I read it. It’s hard to write this review without giving away spoilers, but in this short story, Cole gives us a whole story! Which is not an easy thing to do. You learn about Ethan. My heart broke over and over for this man. He went through things that nobody, MAN OR WOMAN should ever EVER have to go through. He has demons, issues, problems. That he has dealt with pretty much his whole life. Until one, Aurelie Jacobs, waltzes into his life. And THANK GOD FOR HER!! She brings the life, the hope, the healing, back into his life. Aurelie also has a very horrific past. But together, they become as one. One beautiful and hopeful couple.
My favorite quote that literally broke me…
“He made himself look at her, made himself smile—and deep down, in that secret place where he was afraid to look, he let himself clutch on to a tiny fragment of hope.”
Cole McCade, your writing, absolutely beautiful. You sucked me in right from the beginning. You are an amazing man with an incredible gift. I so look forward to your future stories!! If you haven’t picked up Winter Rain yet, you need to!! There are some pretty amazing authors that contributed to this! Go and 1-click it now!!
This story broke me. In the worst way and yet… in the best way. Then it put me back together. It made me cry, warmed my heart, closed my throat, and quickened my breathing. It made me smile and gave me hope. There are those rare stories in this world. Unique gifts that need to be written, need to be read. They attach to your soul and change your being. Sometimes It Storms is one of those. I’m at a sincere loss for words that would do this story justice. The poignant, beautiful words of Cole McCade moved me and I could not recommend them more. Ethan and Aurelie are possibly my most favorite characters I’ve read in a long time. Read this book.
“It was the first thing he’d said in forever that didn’t taste like the color of hate.”
“He couldn’t speak. He thought if he spoke, she’d see the stains that turned him black inside, starting on the inside of his mouth. He could never speak when it mattered; those stains smothered his words and turned them ugly and broken.”
“Everyone’s afraid of something, too. And a lot of times, they have to get past that fear to have that one thing they really want.”
“Whenever he thought of rain, he thought of home.”
About the Author
Corporate consultant by day, contemporary romance author by night.
36 years old. Coffee addict. Cat lover. Bibliophile. Technophile. Definite sapiophile. Native Southerner. Runner. Country boy turned city suit. Shameless collector of guitar picks, vinyl records, and incense holders. Aficionado of late-night conversations over live music in seedy bars. Browncoat with a secret crush on Kaylee Frye.
Fascinated by human sociology, and particularly by the psychology of sex and gender – and their effect on relationship expectations, the culture of dating, and what it means to fall in love.
Non-smoker. The picture’s just a stock photo. A rather broody, dark one for someone who isn’t all that broody or dark, but sometimes forgets to smile even when he means to.