Title: Rainshadow Road
Series: Friday Harbor, #2
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Library (Paperback)
Lucy Marinn is a glass artist living in mystical, beautiful, Friday Harbor, Washington. She is stunned and blindsided by the most bitter kind of betrayal: her fiancé Kevin has left her. His new lover is Lucy’s own sister. Lucy’s bitterness over being dumped is multiplied by the fact that she has constantly made the wrong choices in her romantic life.
Facing the severe disapproval of Lucy’s parents, Kevin asks his friend Sam Nolan, a local vineyard owner on San Juan Island, to “romance” Lucy and hopefully loosen her up and get her over her anger. Complications ensue when Sam and Lucy begin to fall in love, Kevin has second thoughts, and Lucy discovers that the new relationship in her life began under false pretenses. Questions about love, loyalty, old patterns, mistakes, and new beginnings are explored as Lucy learns that some things in life—even after being broken—can be made into something new and beautiful.
There are always those authors that I see all over the place, the authors that people are ALWAYS talking about, and yet, the authors that I fail to ever check out. Lisa Kleypas is one of those authors. There are a few bloggers I follow who raved about her writing and this series specifically, that I decided to add one of her books to my ever-growing library pile. I’m sure glad I did!
Even though I started reading this series at book number two, I was happy to realize that I could still get into it. Of course, when I started reading it, I didn’t actually realize that it was part of a series until I went to add it on Goodreads. Once I finished, I knew I had to read the rest of the series (naturally, jumping to book number four next …). It was light and fun, but also had touches of seriousness with family and bad relationships.
I have to say that I loved Lucy’s character, but absolutely hated her sister. I loved that they had to deal with one another throughout the book, but I found it so hard to try and like Lucy’s sister — I mean, stealing your sister’s boyfriend isn’t right AT ALL. I also wasn’t the biggest fan of Lucy’s parents, but I was happy to see some kind of redemption.
And the romance! I loved the romance in this book! I also really loved Sam’s character. I felt like certain parts of the stories could’ve gone the same old cliched ways, but they really didn’t. I was happy to be surprised in that way.
The only thing that I wasn’t too sure of in this story — and it seems to be prevalent throughout the series — is the magic. I guess whenever I think about magic, I think of witches and whatnot, so to be a book with contemporary magic kind of threw me, but I still enjoyed the book, nonetheless.
I’m happy to have given this book a try and can’t wait to read more in the series!