RAINE by J.C Valentine
Publication Date: October 7, 2014
Raine Forester was an average girl leading an average life. She slipped beneath everyone’s radar, until Camron Moss, the most popular guy in school, took interest in her and changed everything.
Some acts are unforgivable.
Raine thought she’d been accepted. She thought she was one of them. She thought she was in love… until one moment made her realize she’d trusted the wrong person. Lies are told, hearts get broken, secrets are revealed, and sometimes, true love is found in the least likely places.
I have to admit that J.C Valentine is fast becoming one of my favourite authors and after reading the synopsis for Raine, I could not but indulge in reading what promised to be a very interesting read! I was not disappointed……
Raine is a very complex character and J.C valentine has really put her all into breathing depth and a vulnerability into her that makes her likeable for who she is not pitied for what she has come through. More and more authors are tackling the harder more “tabooed” subjects of human trafficking, rape and abuse in its many forms along with many forms of mental health problems. Within Raine, J.C valentine has expertly written about a young innocent, impressionable girl who has to deal with an issue that is becoming a more spoken about problem that mentally and physically scars young girls, and boys; bullying. Never feeling like she has truly fit in, either with her family or at school Raine is over the moon when Cameron Moss (the most popular boy in school) asks her out. On the night of the school Prom Cameron tells her he loves her in order to get what he wants but it’s all a lie, at the after party things go from bad to worse and what happens in that room between Cameron and Raine sets her on a path she never thought, nor did he, would happen. Now pregnant Raine has never felt more alone and ostracised by everyone for making the mistake of trusting that someone truly cared about her for who she was and that they would never do to her what Cameron did. To be honest this novel was a complete roller-coaster for me and had me in tears most of the time. I believe in Raine we can all find a part of her that we can relate to, even if for you it’s just in some small way where for others you may find it’s in bigger ways than you think. Her journey from the bottom to where she ends up is a true coming of age, maturity, learning to trust, loving yourself, believing in yourself and in the end a sexual awakening within a novel I have ever read. Raine finds comfort, understanding and love in the arms of no other than Cameron’s big brother Jarred Moss. Can this strange triangle of events work in Raine’s favour? will her relationship with Jarred be able to stand the tests that Cameron and his family throw at it?…. Only time will tell.
Cameron to put it politely is the world’s biggest pr@ck! Totally self absorbed and full of himself he knows that the shy and innocent Raine is the perfect “bet” to take to Prom in order to get his way with her, what happens in that room in nothing short of horrific but in the end boils down to her word against his. Only Karma has another idea and her ending up pregnant is one kick in the nuts he does deserve! Shame he doesn’t learn his lesson!!!!! his brother Jarred on the other hand is the black sheep of the family as such, and is determined to help Raine only he quickly discovers he is falling in love with her. fighting with his family to vindicate her name and shame his brother for his misdeeds, Jarred is a true gentleman (with a hot stud on the inside waiting to be let out lol), he is passionate in his feelings, protective of Raine without fault and without a doubt one of the most decent characters I have had the pleasure to read 🙂
Writing about such sensitive subjects must have been very tricky and I have amazing respect for any author that takes on the monumental task of researching the true nature of such darkness and is able to produce such a wonderfully written novel that not only speaks about these core issues informing others about the choices that there are out there in the real world for survivors (not victims, survivors) of unspeakable crimes. Both women and men alike are not degraded in my opinion by authors writing novels that feature these types of events but are celebrated for their strength, their spirit and their determination to prove that what happened to them does not define who they are. Within Raine we see all of this and I loved reading it, the plot was expertly, but sensitively written and J.C valentine truly showed us just how a beautiful butterfly can be born from the cocoon the young shy, innocent girl Raine once was created in order to escape within herself, her metamorphosis complete! 5***** Stars!!
About the Author
USA Today Bestselling author J.C. Valentine is the alter-ego of Brandi Salazar, whose enjoyment of tales of romance spurred her to branch out and create her own.
She lives in the Northwest with her husband, their wild children, and far too many pets. As a university student, she studies literature, which goes well with her dream of becoming an editor. Brandi entertains a number of hobbies including reading and photography, but her first love is writing fiction-in all its forms.