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Rainey Days (Rainey Bell Thriller #1)

4.12  ·  Rating Details  ·  530 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
Special Agent Rainey Bell is on medical leave and has been for over a year, after a horrific attack left her scarred both inside and out. She drinks too much and hasn't had a good night's sleep in months. On a hung-over morning, in June, Rainey finds herself thrust back into the world of stalkers, rapist and serial killers by a request for help, from an old friend. The nex ...more
Kindle Edition, 297 pages
Published August 21st 2010 by R.E. Bradshaw Books (first published August 2010)
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Apr 18, 2014 Serena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though this book gets many positive reviews, for me this was not a keeper.
Even though I quite understand why others like it so much, I must judge it involving my personal taste, and what I'm looking for in a book to be satisfied.
So it's not the quality of the book that falls short, it's just me.

My problems with this book are:

With the introduction of Rainey's character I was very sure that she was gay. She was "one of the guy's", "tough as nails", former agent. Her reaction to Katie and how
Jan 29, 2015 Megzz rated it it was ok
I don't usually review books that I don't finish. However sometimes I do feel it's necessary to say why one book wasn't good enough to keep me interested.

I read a bit more than half of Rainey Days. And even during that first half I was struggling not to skip chapters. Here's why:

- the story felt like something I've read a thousand times before, with the usual elements that come with a lesbian thriller: the most relevant is the broody detective traumatised by a near death experience/an encounter
Jul 04, 2015 Flfarmer rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
The physically- and psychologically-damaged former FBI agent is not really all that new, but this book was a serviceable enough entry in that category. Rainey Bell, having survived an attack by a serial killer and on leave from the FBI, is hired by an old friend to track down who is stalking his wife and leaving creepy notes and photos about her. The old friend and his wife are on the outs and Rainey and the wife have one of those love at first site situations pop up that inevitably (in these so ...more
Mar 27, 2015 YorkieBoi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, thriller
When I picked up the first book in this series Rainey Days I had absolutely no idea that I would be transported into the world of an exceptional storyteller.

Rainey Days introduces us to the aloof FBI agent Rainey Blue Bell. On medical leave after a life-changing encounter with a serial killer the previous year, we step into her world as she continues her fight to forget the nightmares and move on with her life. Her struggle to cope often has her looking for answers at the bottom of a tequila bot
Sep 04, 2011 Darlene rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Yvensong, Cher-lynn Maynard
Recommended to Darlene by: R. E. Bradshaw
Mysteries and thrillers are not my kinds of books. They are the elements of nightmares for me. But I have read and enjoyed other books by R.E. Bradshaw. Decky has done it again. I read it in one day. I had previously read about 5% of the book before but had left it for a time when I knew it didn't have to replace my bedtime book, though parts would have been ok. ;)
I had to reread it from the beginning and was tied up in the story until the end.

Now I can hardly wait to read Rainey Nights!
Kristen Bowen
Sep 29, 2014 Kristen Bowen rated it really liked it
Shelves: ncc-books
Special Agent and Behavioral Analyst Rainey Bell is surprised to see JW Wilson, a high school friend that became a State Representative, walk into her bail bondsman’s office. Rainey is on medical leave after suffering a horrifying attack while on duty. During her leave, Rainey has taken up her father’s bail bondsman business along with her father’s business partner Mackie. Rainey’s father, who was also her best friend, was gunned down while apprehending a fugitive. This happened not too long bef ...more
Baxter Trautman
Jul 16, 2011 Baxter Trautman rated it liked it
Shelves: lesbian
First novel I've read of Bradshaw's. Her protagonist, Rainey Bell, is an FBI Special Agent on whom Bradshaw clearly did her homework. Having written mysteries/police procedurals I know it's a fine line between too much professional detail and not enough to sound authentic. Bradshaw gets it just right.

Her writing is sound and well-paced. I read this on my Nook and though the formatting was sloppy enough to be a distraction, I don't know enough about e-publishing to know if that's just the way it
Aug 29, 2016 Fleppy85 rated it it was amazing
It took me less than three days to read the book. The first pages I wasn't convinced it was a page turner, after twenty pages I was hooked. Great action, nerve-racking scenes and a little bit of love, just perfect for a long weekend on the couch. I'm going to read the next books as well.
The only downside: I knew quite soon who the killer was, bit then again, I write crime and mystery books too, so maybe I knew because I would have written it the same way
Tatiana Saturno
Aug 01, 2016 Tatiana Saturno rated it it was ok
Shelves: lesbian, criminal, police
I didn't like it very much:
1. It's nice the way the author describe all details... But just it's not my thing.
2. I knew the killer since the beginning (all right that I did the same assumption in another book and ended up being someone that I didn't thought about it, that was what I was hopping for in this one, but not happen).
3. The romance part... It's not developed quite,well maybe because is just the first.
Mar 06, 2015 Lynn rated it it was amazing
I really really enjoyed this book and am looking for the next one in the series.

It was well written and full of tension, although I had worked out the killer before the end
Jul 03, 2012 Ruth rated it really liked it
Rainey Bell is hiding from her past, the serial killer that got away, drowning her memories in alcohol.

A favour for a childhood friend brings the killer back into her life and she has to confront her past to save the ones she loves.

What I loved about this book was the characters and the way the way their relationships developed. Bradshaw bases her story on two straight women who fall in love, which defies conventional lesbian wisdom about being born gay but highlights the magic of love at first
Mar 07, 2015 Britni rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed it!! Full of action! The only reason it isn't rated five stars is because I was able to pinpoint the "perp" within the first couple of chapters.
Misty Jenkins
Mar 06, 2015 Misty Jenkins rated it it was amazing
I adore Rainey! Will definitely keep you on your toes!
Apr 02, 2016 Hess rated it really liked it
Shelves: f-f
A solid thriller with a side of romance.
Jun 16, 2014 Kay rated it really liked it
Good mystery, first in the series.
Sep 08, 2014 Bonnie rated it really liked it
not bad...a little predictable in places.
Oct 24, 2015 Caroline rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt, mystery, adult
Short review: This was another foray into the forest of lesbian genre fiction. And it's a weird entry. In a twist from some of the other series I've tried, this one actually have a more-than-capable mystery plot. But the characterizations weren't worth the price of admission, and the literal insta-love romance plot was not appreciated. (view spoiler)
M.E. Logan
Mar 05, 2016 M.E. Logan rated it really liked it
Shelves: lesbian, mystery
A 2011 Lambda Literary Award Finalist
Special Agent Rainey Bell is on medical leave and has been for over a year. The death of her father and an attack from a serial killer has left her scared. She drinks too much and can't sleep as she tries to get her grounding and her life back. A request from an old friend tests her skills, her endurance and gives her a reason for living.
Heather Henkel
Jul 16, 2015 Heather Henkel rated it it was amazing
This was a nice detective series and I enjoyed the book.
Jan 19, 2016 Fin rated it really liked it
Shelves: gblt, thrillers
Really good book. I love Rainey and Katie's characters. I thought the story was outstanding.

Rainey is a bit paranoid and that is certainly understandable, but I thought at times, her paranoia came across as filler.

Still, I immediately bought all the books in the series after finishing this one so.....

Highly recommended.
Feb 21, 2012 Jaid rated it really liked it
Shelves: lesbian-romance
I really enjoy Ms Bradshaw's style of writing. This book would have easily been a 5 star if not for the see through plot. It could have just as easily been a 3 star if not for some stellar writing. So I give props to the author and look forward to reading more of her books.
Debbie Russell
Jun 09, 2012 Debbie Russell rated it really liked it

Thoroughly enjoyed this, was very well written. My only criticism is that almost immediately it became obvious who the bad guy was. Other than that it was a very enjoyable read and looking forward the the next one.
Sep 25, 2012 Jeanne rated it it was amazing
Extremely compelling characters, excellent prose and terrifying story line. Couldn't wait to finish in order to read the next in the series. The romance was hot and the suspense was kept me checking my doors and windows.
Sally Trotter
Aug 09, 2016 Sally Trotter rated it it was amazing
This was the first Rainey Bell book that I have read & cant wait to read the rest. Without giving the game away who saw that coming a masterful mystery which had me guessing till the last few pages
Nancy Danforth
Jan 04, 2014 Nancy Danforth rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-read
I love r e bradshaw, thankful to a friend for referring her. The writing is light, easy and happy reading. Rainey Bell is real,, likeable and lovable. Solid yet light gay fiction.
Aug 06, 2014 Kirsty rated it liked it
It was ok but a little predicable with regards the story that draws the two women together. I also found the attraction a little fast.

Overall though a good read.
Naomi Stebler-stock
Bradshaw is one of my favourite all time authors! I can really relate to the characters & also someone very special in my life.
Oct 20, 2011 dufee rated it really liked it
Loved the setting,since Im a North Carolinian.... Great story!
Bronte Thompson
Aug 27, 2014 Bronte Thompson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dem-gay-novels
i found this book extremely hard to put down.
Jan 08, 2015 Kennedy rated it it was amazing
I like this very much. Enjoyable characters.
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How did a girl from the Outer Banks of North Carolina end up writing contemporary women's fiction in Oklahoma? Well, there has to be a woman involved. Bradshaw began her writing career in 2010, after leaving Theatre and teaching. Since then, her novels ranging from the popular romance, Waking Up Gray, to the Lambda Literary Award Finalists, thriller Rainey Nights and mystery Molly: House on Fire, ...more
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