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Summer Rain

(Love in the Rain #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  123 ratings  ·  54 reviews
What happens when love gets caught in the rain? In this romance anthology, RITA-Award winning author Molly O’Keefe shows us the power of a city thunderstorm from the top of a skyscraper, while Amy Jo Cousins soaks us in a rain in Spain. New York Times bestselling author Ruthie Knox’s heroine is devastated by a winter storm, while a summer thunderstorm grants Alexandra Haug ...more
Paperback, 434 pages
Published by Pink Kayak Press (first published June 7th 2014)
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* All proceeds from this anthology are donated to RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network), the largest anti-sexual violence organization in the United States.

3.5 stars

Redemption by Ruthie Knox
Private Study by Shari Slade
Storm Warning by Alexandra Haughton

3 stars

The Heart of It by Molly O’Keefe
Sacrifice by Cecilia Tan
Real Feelings by Charlotte Stein
Rainy Season by Mary Ann Rivers
The Rain in Spain by Amy Jo Cousins
Fitting In by Audra North

Amy Cousins
Apr 05, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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I'm so proud to be a part of this anthology in support of RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network). The work RAINN does is incomparable and the authors who came together to contribute to this collection are just stunning in their talent. I hope you all take a chance on this volume. Great stories for a terrific cause! Thank you so much for your support. :) ...more
Summer Rain: Love in the Rain Series's nine story collection is the first of two short story collections edited by Sarah Frantz. The proceeds from the sales of this anthology will got to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN).

This was a strong collection and I enjoyed the wonderful variety of style, setting and types of stories. I came to this collection already knowing the work of Ruthie Knox, Mary Ann Rivers, Charlotte Stein and Audra North but I loved having the opportunity to
Anne - Books of My Heart
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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My review at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks:

This is an anthology of romance novellas. It is on sale for $3.99. All proceeds from this book will be donated to RAINN: The nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization and one of “America’s 100 Best Charities” according to Worth magazine.

I will rate each novella and briefly discuss them. It is hard to say too much without spoiling the story. These are contemporary romances . Many of these are
Trader (RedHotBlueReads)
4.5 stars

I loved this anthology. I can't say enough about it. Usually with anthologies, there are one or two stories by favorite authors I read, but I thoroughly enjoyed all the stories in Summer Rain.
Summer Rain is an anthology of nine romance novelettes, edited by Sarah Frantz. Each story is introduced with a special note from the author, and I thought that made these stories very special and really enhanced their enjoyment. So here are a few brief notes from each one.

All proceeds from the vo
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before I read this I asked myself a question:

Have I bought this predominantly as all proceeds go to RAINN? (which helps victims of abuse and violence in the U.S) - Yes; Summer Rain was brought to my attention on Twitter and I clicked the link. A couple of £/$ to help an important charity in exchange for works from 9 authors is even more of a reason to one-click.

This isn't a review as such and I'm not going to rate each story individually. I started this book thinking I could pick this up and re
Summer Rain is a romance anthology containing nine stories from authors who are all donating 100% of the proceeds to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) which is the largest anti-sexual violence organisation in America. Personally I think it's worth buying the anthology for that fact alone and I can't applaud these authors enough for giving their time to such a worthy cause.

The anthology contains a wide selection of stories, most with a contemporary setting although there are a c
The Romance Evangelist
A copy of this book was provided by the authors for an honest review at The Romance Evangelist.

SUMMER RAIN is a new anthology of short stories by an all-star list of romance writers where each story has three things in common with the others. The first feature tying them all together is at least one scene where rain appears to play a key role in the plot. The second characteristic they all share is that each and every one is beautifully written and deeply touching. And the final, most important
Excellently crafted, with nine unique stories centered on the theme of rain, contemporary to futuristic to fantasy. Nine truly talented authors giving voice to stories of love, relationship, human connections, a must read
Jaime Arkin
A couple really amazing stories in here! Full review to come soon !
Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is the first time I've read all the stories in an anthology (I usually bought and read for only one specific author lol) but this whole collection is just too good so yeah I'm going to review every story.

Redemption by Ruthie Knox

3.5 stars

I think this is recently released on its own? but anyway I love Ruthie Knox's writing and her ability to take my heart and squish it. I feel for Jessie; I too would have become jaded after repeating failures, but the ending is quite great.

[TW: coercive sex
Jun 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ff
Can't decide what I think of this book. It's sort of like the love child of Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck and a romance novel. Each story was well written and poignant. But I like my romance less downtrodden. Many of the authors were beautifully lyrical, which was very uplifting, but some of the characters had so much wrong with them!

It's a great way to try out some new authors, and a fabulous cause (all proceeds go to support RAINN or the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network), so I will sugg
May 31, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Worthy stories for a worthy cause!

Knox, Stein and Rivers are all on my autobuy list and their stories in a short, concise format echoed their voices and themes in their longer works. Knox has a knack for having characters in what you believe should be HEA situations, but there are flaws present in the relationships when you pull back the cover. The reader turns pages watching the MCs work out problems towards an HFN. Rivers has a quirky nerd explaining complex processes in a comprehensible, ente
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nice surprise - the theme really worked for me - lots of broken, unhappy people finding a little solace in unexpected places. Yay for depression in romance?
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Slick‘s review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Review copy provided for an honest review

This anthology is a little different from most of the anthologies we review here at Guilty Pleasures as one hundred percent of every author’s proceeds from this book go to benefit the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN). I will say that each of these stories is touching. Some are quite the departure from what the author’s normally write and I enjoyed seeing them stretch their wings. While s
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Overall, I liked the anthology.
A quick sentence about each story:

Redemption by Ruthie Knox - 6/10 Too sad a story about two people down on their luck. I think the hope at the end wasn't enough to balance the more negative aspects.

The Heart of It by Molly O’Keefe - 8/10 Cute story about a writer and an escort. Interesting emotional layers. Would love a full length story.

Sacrifice by Cecilia Tan - 8/10 Fantasy about a demigod and a sacrifice. Enough details to make it unique.

Real Feelings by Charl
Maria Rose
This anthology of short stories told by very talented authors was written with the proceeds going to RAINN, an anti-sexual assault charity. All the stories have rain in them, and at least partially take place in the summer (hence the title). But each story is unique in and of itself in the same way that the writers are unique and have their own styles and stories to tell. The following is a short review of each story in the collection.

Redemption by Ruthie Knox

Ruthie is good at putting the reader
Petra Grayson
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
So all of these stories revolve around rain, which I didn't actually take note of while I was reading. Go figure. Some of the stories revolve around the idea of consent and acceptance, others find hope and transformation. I enjoyed each of the stories although there was very little I Love You's or happily-ever-afters. There was the hope of more, but some of the stories were more of an exploration of life and a character's journey to love themselves through their interaction
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Going to review the Summer Rain anthology of wonderful short stories. Ruthie Knox has graciously provided me with a copy, though I would’ve (and will probably still do it) purchase a copy. See, the whole thing was compiled for charity and all proceeds go to RAINN. How awesome are these authors?

Redemption by Ruthie Knox

Yup. It’s exactly as Ruthie describes it in her synopsis. It’s sad and not very optimistic, and packed with (seemingly) emotionless dialogue. But if you know Ruthie Knox, you know
Redemption - **** Jessie's cheese shop is failing and she she is losing her house. Mike is her handyman/lover. Both want a deeper relationship but don't think they have anything to offer. I liked the characters and didn't feel I was cheated because the story was short.
The Heart of It - **** Elena is an escort and Gabe is her client. Both have demons to deal with and the sex was hot. I understood the characters and their fears. Gabe was adorable, needy but scared and most of all brave.
I received a e-copy for review from the lovely Alexandra Houghton! (Thank you!!)

Summer Rain is the first anthology I've ever read. I must say I will be on the lookout for more romance anthologies in the future. I enjoyed being able to savor each story one at a time. There's a certain appeal and satisfaction in reading a short story or novella in one sitting. The anthology encompasses a wide range of moods, from melancholy to lighthearted, and it is perfect for lovers of contemporary adult romanc
4 stars

Summer Rain anthology has been written by these wonderful authors, Ruthie Knox, Molly O'Keefe, Cecilia Tan, Charlotte Stein, Mary Ann Rivers, Amy Jo Cousins, Audra North, Shari Slade, Alexandra Haughton, in support of RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network)

I enjoy reading anthologies, for me it's a great way to be introduced to authors I've not read their work before and to enjoy a short story from my favorite authors :)

There was a couple of stand out stories for me, loved Redem
Cecilia Tan
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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I've been in a lot of anthologies, but this one is special for two reasons. One, it's a fundraiser for RAINN, an organization that works tirelessly on behalf of rape, abuse, and incest survivors, so I was very glad to participate in it. Two, Audra North has compiled an incredible collection of stories with such a high talent level! Each novella is deliciously crafted, and Sarah Frantz put a terrific polish on it. I often don't get around to reading the anthologies I'm in, I confess, but this one ...more
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
This anthology is worth it for the Ruthie Knox story alone. I read several (if not all) of the other novellas, and was mildly pleased with each. But Redemption is head and shoulders above the rest and that's all there is to it. Knox is pretty much always a safe bet, but she plain kills it with this sad, wintry tale of two lonely individuals who are dead certain they're using each other to stave off utter despair. It's sober and aching and simply lovely. I loved Jessie and Mike, their anger, thei ...more
This is a pretty solid anthology, with several contributions I quite liked, including stories by Molly O'Keefe, Ruthie Knox, Mary Ann Rivers, Amy Jo Cousins (who is new to me and whose story, The Rain in Spain, was my favorite). I far prefer anthologies like this that are loosely connected by a theme or concept (Defy the Dark is another good example) than anthologies unified by a sub genre, such as steampunk or urban fantasy, etc.

I'll write a bit more on the blog soon...

Proceeds from this anthol
Bette Hansen
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful collection of 9 short stories by 9 different authors. There is no common thread within this collection and some of the stories didn't work for me but overall the collection is good. Add to that the fact that the proceeds from the sales of this anthology will got to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) and you definitely have a winner. ...more
Read Storm Warning by Alexandra Haughton and enjoyed it.
Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

This anthology contains 9 short stories, each has something to do with "rain" and together support in its profits RAINN organization (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network).

I was hyped about this one when I first saw it on Ruthie's website. It's no wonder, I'm hyped about anything she writes :) then I saw that Charlotte has a novella in it as well and I was really interested in reading it as well. I read two amazing short stories by her (Curve Ball and Run to You) but then I tried r
Heidi Hart
I don't read a lot of short stories, so I always forget how much I like them. I respect the skill it takes to make a reader understand your characters and care about their lives when you have to tell a story in just a few dozen pages rather than a few hundred. I highly recommend this anthology of romance short stories, because not only are most of them excellently crafted and beautifully written, the writers donated these stories so that 100% of the profits from this anthology supports RAINN, th ...more
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