Besieged by Rain by Michelle Irwin

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Clay Jacobs harbors a dangerous secret. Evie, the object of his teenage obsession, isn’t human. But instead of destroying the supernatural threat, as he’s been instructed by the Rain—the organization he belongs to—he let her escape.

The memory of the one who got away not only haunts him but holds him captive and assaults him nightly. Unable to escape the visions, and the guilt, he races across the country to locate her and correct his mistake. Instead of the monster he expects, he finds a woman who ensnares him with her charms. In her embrace, Clay dares to imagine a different life. One free of the constant need to kill.

His family—and the oaths he made to them—is not so easy to escape though. When the past catches up to him, it won’t only be his happiness but also the life of his lover at risk. What will it take to free himself from the grip of the Rain?

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I absolutely loved the concept of this book, right from the blurb. And the book itself didn’t disappoint. The Rain work toward the distruction of monsters and those they consider evil. Of course, since this is a paranormal romance, the main character, Clay isn’t so sure that the things he was raised to believe are true. I loved that this book had a bit of a gender flip from what you usually see in paranormal, it made for such a great read and lots of great, swoon worthy moments. It was nice to see the woman as the seemingly untouchable paranormal creature. And there’s a companion series to this one that explores Evie and Clay’s story from her perspective. So cool!

I don’t think the cover of this book does the novel inside justice. I like the typography and the water element, but thought the cover was overall a little cheesy and not quite as memorable as a lot of the other books we’re seeing released this year. Please don’t let that deter you from reading the book though.

Overall, this was a wonderful romance story with some really unique world building and plot elements. I’d love to see more people reading this book because I desperately need to obsess about it with someone. I’ll be hunting down the Daughter of Fire books shortly.

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