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Beyond the Rain (Realms Beyond #1)

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  625 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
In a universe torn apart by civil war, a warrior and a slave must fight for their lives and a love that may destroy them both.

After five years behind enemy lines, Captain Cyani has to complete one final mission before she can return to Azra-a planet ruled by a sisterhood of celibate warriors. Along the way she finds a prisoner, chained and beaten-but radiating feral power
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by Berkley
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Sep 21, 2014 Hbeebti rated it really liked it
Wow what a wonderful futuristic world JG created. This was such a wonderful book. I had a hard time putting it down. The whole futuristic thing isn't always something that I can get into. This was so not the case here. Soren and Cyani were so wonderfully sweet together that I hated for this to end. I really hope that in the next book I can get a little bit more of them. The H/H each have their own physical and emotional scars and yet they find a way to help each other and fall in love. This not ...more
Sep 06, 2009 Kristiej rated it it was amazing
In the baseball vernacular, I love, just love when a new author hits the ball right out of the ballpark in her first at bat and to my way of thinking, Jess Granger has done this with Beyond the Rain. This debut book is Very Good – Very Good Indeed! And how so you ask?

First of all, the world building is excellent. I always admire authors who write SciFi Romance/Futuristics because to me they start from scratch more then any other genre. Whereas a medieval or a historical or RS already has a basi
Aug 11, 2009 Carrie rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-rom, pnr, read-2009
The premise behind the book gets three stars. The whole sex-bonding sub-plot is too contrived for my tastes. However, the book gets four stars for not only being well-written, but for taking the contrived "bonding" sub-plot in a new direction. Soren doesn't end up a knuckle-dragging alpha male. He's a hero with honor and compassion, and self-control. Cyani is also a character worth caring about, loyal and courageous. Since Ms. Granger has managed to take a cliched plot line and leave out the cli ...more
Aug 13, 2009 Holly rated it really liked it
I don't often like futuristic stories, but this one was very engaging. It dragged a bit toward the beginning (I'd say after the first few chapters) but then it picked up again and I was totally sucked in.

Toward the end I started to get frustrated with the heroine and her overblown sense of duty, but Granger really turned it around for me. Overall I was very impressed with the characters and the world-building.
Feb 21, 2010 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keepers
Very good SF read. Great action, complex world building and memorable characters you would like to know. The plot was intense and page turning, the romance was enduring and touching.

On Cyani's last mission she is caught behind enemy lines while trying to free a very special prisoner from the slave pens. She and the rescued slave first hide together and then steal a ship and escape together only to land on a relatively primitive planet. The pasts and futures of Cyani and Soren are slowly exposed.
Sep 07, 2009 Wendy rated it it was ok
Captain Cyani has been fighting for five long years and she's ready to retire to her home world, Azra, as one of the Elite, a sisterhood of celibate warriors whom rule that planet. But before she can do that, she needs to complete one more mission, to rescue fellow Union soldiers. What she didn't expect was to find a slave chained to a wall and severely beaten. Cyani can't just leave him and frees him, only to find a being who radiates sexual power and unbending will to live.

Soren, the slave, is
Aug 27, 2009 Katie(babs) rated it liked it
Cyani is an intergalactic captain from the planet Azra that is controlled by a group of virgin warrior women who rule with an iron fist. Because Cyani was defending herself from being raped by a group of men when she was a young girl, she was arrested and was sentenced to death. In order to save her life, she was given probation instead. If she puts in her time working in the Union Army and is successful on her missions, she will be able to return to Azra and live a life of isolation. She will f ...more
Aug 16, 2010 Mandapanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi-romance
Don't let the corny blurb put you off this book. It's a suprisingly poignant entry into the SFR field. Cyani is a seemingly cold-hearted ship's captain who is stranded on a hostile planet after risking her life to save the mysterious and alluring Soren. Soren has been held captive and abused for years and has lost hope in his own survival. Soren's character is beautifully drawn. The author is blunt in showing us his grief and weakness and I liked him better for it. This story is sort of a mix be ...more
Mar 10, 2011 Ban rated it liked it
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Jan 01, 2011 Jill rated it really liked it
Very cute and fun romance sci fi:

Basically you have a gorgeous female warrior I-Don’t-Need-Anyone type, Cyani, who falls for a strong yet sensitive and gorgeous man, Soren.

The sex angle is clever. As it happens, Soren is a member of the Byra race, called Byralen. This race emits sexual pheromones so potent that other races try to capture Byralen, chain them up, and extract their sexual fluids to use as aphrodisiacs. But these chemical compounds are also what keep the Byralen alive. And once the
Dec 30, 2009 Karagan rated it really liked it
I picked this one up for a friend who had it listed on her Amazon Wish List. It never made it to my friend.

Shameless curiosity made me crack it open and obsession demanded I never let it go. It’s imaginative, with a well rounded cast of clever characters including a fox that acts like anything but a fox, a warrior woman who will risk it all to do what’s right, and a brave and selfless leading male any woman could love. I couldn’t get enough of Soren.
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.5/5; 4 stars; B+

Jess Granger is a new author for me. I heard about this book on one of the sci-fi/romance groups here on GR. I enjoyed the science fiction aspect of the book very much, as well as the characters. The only things that took away some of the enjoyment for me was Cyani's over the top self torture for the sake of duty. I liked the character of her brother and am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Jun 26, 2010 Coffcat rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, romance, fantasy
I was really pleasantly surprised by this book. I'd read some of the reviews and was hoping it would be decent. This book was so much more than I expected-the main characters were very well rounded, the plot moved quick and there was a very nice blend of sci-fi, action and romance. I read the whole thing in one sitting, it was that good. I'm so pleased this is part of a series, I'm really looking forward to reading the next one.
Dec 26, 2011 Maureen rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, romance
Interesting concept but the story tried to do too much without building it up. It was rushed and there was a lot of "telling" instead of "showing." The characters took too many leaps of logic and the author kept introducing new plot points and characters like she was totally winging it. But even still, it was a coherent and interesting story, if barely.
Jan 11, 2014 Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yay sci-fi romance!!!!! Interesting world(s) and technology, but not presented in on over technical "i know what I'm talking about" manner that took away from the characters. The heroine is a tad wishy-washy toward the very end (view spoiler), but very believable as a capable military commander who'd been raised in a matriarchal warrior society. I really loved that the hero, Soren, was the "gentle" one in the relationship and didn't always ...more
Oct 30, 2009 Megan rated it really liked it
The writing was a bit awkward at times, but the book sucked me in nonetheless. A perfectly enjoyable way to spend the afternoon.
Apr 03, 2011 Jeri rated it it was ok
2.5 I should've really loved this one; it has so many elements that appeal to me. But somehow, it never really engaged me ...
Dec 18, 2009 VampFanGirl rated it really liked it
For an indeterminate amount of years, Soren has suffered brutal enslavement at the hands of his captors, the barbaric Garulen. What was once a pure and life-giving biological trait of his people now has been tarnished and sullied into the conduit for a sickening drug trade. When he's rescued by the beautiful Azra warrior, Cyani, and her fox-like scout, Soren swears that he'll do everything in his power to keep his drug induced body from harming her despite the fact that her lushness has his horm ...more
Jun 10, 2011 Jan rated it really liked it
Boy oh boy, how I liked this book! A perfect mix between romance and science-fiction. Or space-fiction. And that includes the sex-hormone thing, which is a trope I'm not normally a fan of, but Granger deals with it really well here.

Cyani is on her last mission as a Union Captain when she encounters Soren, a Byralen enslaved for years for the sexual hormone typical for his species. She refuses to leave him, but freeing him takes up too much time, so they end up stuck with each other while they fi
Sandy M
Jul 26, 2011 Sandy M rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
I’ve never been one to read a lot of futuristic romance. The biggest reason I don’t care to is really a lame one. I hate all the weird, unpronounceable names that authors come up with for their characters, planets, swear words, whatever. See, told you it was lame. But it’s something that always makes me cringe and then I end up irritated after a couple of pages of this kind of thing. I am so glad this author kept it simple when it came to the names she chose to use in BtR.

Because this is a very
Jane Stewart
Sep 26, 2010 Jane Stewart rated it really liked it
Enjoyable. I liked it. Above average futuristic scifi romance. Interesting characters and events.

Celibate women warriors rule the planet Azra. They are beaten and trained to avoid touching and loving others. Cyani is one of them, a captain in the Union Army. She is on a mission to rescue slaves held by the Garulens on an asteroid. For their safety she orders her crew to leave the planet while she stays behind to free one last slave, Soren. Soren has been held prisoner for many years.
3 1/2. I really enjoyed Jess Granger's futuristic romance debut, Beyond the Rain. Great action, awesome world building and lots of technologic awesomeness to satisfy sci-fi fans with a side of googly eyed heated sexual tension between the leads to make romance fans happy. Although I loved the way it opened as we got to know Cyani and her warrior like temperament as she freed former slave Soren, I found the middle lulled a bit. Some of the presentation of the planet natives bordered a bit stereot ...more
Nov 05, 2011 Cyp rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Sci Fi Folks
Originally posted on A Bookalicious Story.

The thing about Sci-fi is, once you've read one of them, you've probably already read them all. Not to say that I don't like them, it's just that it gets old. But Granger is a fantastic author, for that I do commend her.

I've actually took 5 months to read this book. I got bored in the middle portion and chucked it aside for 4.5 months, so I can't give an accurate synopsis, and I think the one above pretty much summarises the whole thing. Cyani's an Elite
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Jan 18, 2012 ErOtic_SCiFi_CHick rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: insomnia deprived (this one's a sleeper!)
I was disappointed!...i was bored the whole way through...but it did have promise just didn't deliver. I couldn't relate to any of the characters! The Hero was a Sap the heroine was a cross between a wanna be bad-ass and a confused idiot! I gave the book two stars because I loved the wolf Vicca best character in the whole book, and because the premise of the book had potential.The beginning of the book that introduces the tortured hero and the determine heroine was pretty much the best part from ...more
Jun 11, 2010 Marissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, sci-fi
Very surprised by this book. I have been delving into paranormal romances for some time, now and came across this book as recommended reading through Amazon. I downloaded the free sample chapter on my Kindle a few weeks ago. While waiting for the train home, I started reading through many of the previous sample chapters I had downloaded before. Many I was very meh about but this first chapter completely HOOKED me. I ordered the rest of the book through the kindle wireless (first time I've ever d ...more
Sep 26, 2009 Maria rated it it was amazing
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Dec 04, 2014 Summer rated it really liked it
Shelves: aliens, space
This book reminded me of The Cat Star Chronicles by Cheryl Brooks. Dangerous alien male slave bound and in need of rescuing. The books differ greatly from there on out but they have a similar feel. I liked the world building, not too many new words to distract from the story. I can't wait to see what else this author has to offer.

The only thing I disliked about the book was that the heroine wasn't fully human.
Erin Kyle
May 12, 2013 Erin Kyle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge fan of this book. Huge fan. The pacing was good, dialogue great, storyline interesting and intricate.

Cyani is a soldier sent out to war as punishment for a crime she committed on her home planet in self defense. She's on the last mission required of her before she can go back home. And of course, this mission -- to rescue some "good guy" prisoners -- goes awry when she learns there is an unexpected prisoner in the same compound. Soren.

His part of the story (the hormone generated in t
This was a good read. I liked both of the main characters, Cyani and Soren, as well as Cyani's twin brother Cyn, who makes an appearance later in the book.

I enjoyed the world-building, especially the planet Byralen and the Byran people (chiefly Soren). The gardens that the Byran males keep were rather fascinating, as was their unique chemistry and ever changing eye color.

The book was a nice blend of science fiction and romance/erotica. The relationship between Cyani and Soren was a slow and rea
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I grew up in a small town in the middle of the San Joaquin Valley in California. As a kid, I spent most of my time reading, swimming, fostering my obsession with horses, and annoying my two brothers. I loved to write, though I’m pretty sure the only “book” I wrote as a child had something to do with a princess hiding behind a tapestry so she could sneak out of her castle because her brother was be ...more
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