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Caught Up In Raine

(Caught Up in Love #1)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  53 reviews
2017 IPPY Award Winner

Dont judge a book by its cover model

Forty-two and widowed, romance writer Jillian Grant believes hospitals equal death. Plagued by loss and convinced more is imminent when her aunt ends up in critical condition after heart surgery; she has come to equate the absence of pain with happiness. When she spots a hot, young landscaper working on the hospital
Paperback, 308 pages
Published April 18th 2016 by Collins-Young Publishing LLC
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Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
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L.G. O'Connors Caught Up In Raine is an imaginative read that gives us heartbreak and sadness, but also allows us to experience what it would be like to have that feeling of 'young love' again. During the first half of this book, I felt like the story was okay. The writing was a bit different but the plot was interesting, and the second half of the book drew me in even more. I have to admit, I was all caught up in Raine as the reader. I understand the pull that the
Carla Smith
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ill admit I was curious to see what L.G. OConnor would do stepping out of the paranormal genre (her wonderful Angelorum Twelve Chronicles) and into the world of romantic womens fiction. As a beta reader for this novel I can tell you, she didnt miss a beat!

Caught Up In Raine is a story for anyone who wants a good make-your-heart-skip-a-beat romance. A younger man/older woman story, it is so much more than a tale about age. Managing to showcase two very different personalities, shaped by very
Jessica Alcazar
Well now, color me impressed!!

When I first read the blurb of this book, my mind immediately went to that Mrs Robinson place, so of course I jumped at the chance to read this ARC for L.G. O'Connor. And I'm really glad that I did.

I loved everything the author did in this story. She didn't make the age difference in our leads anything more than what it was, a number. She didn't focus on it to the point where it took away from the beautiful love story she presented. She didn't take the baggage
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Star crossed lovers or soul mates? CAUGHT UP IN RAINE will make you wish for just a taste of either one in your life.

When 42-year-old widow Jillian Grant sees 24-year-old Raine MacDonald, she immediately pictures him as the cover model for her new book. It doesn't hurt that he looks exactly like her high school boyfriend and the inspiration behind the new novel. Despite the 18-year age difference, the pair find themselves incredibly attracted to one another. Jillian's insecurities about her age
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ive been on the hunt for stories that features a mature heroine and a feasible plot and this book hit all the right cords for the most part.
Fourty something Jillian is still reeling from a tragic accident that took the life of her one true love. Not even years of marriage were able to erase all those feelings shes decided to keep for her long lost love. Enter Raine, a younger man with some serious issues of his own who not only teaches her that age is just a number but also to let go of the
Nicole Waggoner
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: light-and-fun
I received an ARC of Caught Up in Raine. This is a diversion from my usual genres, but the words "don't judge a book by its cover" ring true! The writing was very good-spinning realistic characters and a well-developed storyline. I particularly enjoyed the pacing of the dialogue and will definitely look for more from L.G. O'Connor.
Jenni Schell
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-books
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. What can I say? I loved this book. I was surprised at just how mature Raine was. These two were meant to be together despite there age difference. This is a perfect modern romance. I love it.
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Absolutely brilliant!
This book will take you on a ride of heartbreak to love. The two main characters are intelligent, strong-willed and have a ton of devastating history to overcome. Between the two, you'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll be swept away into a five star read.
absolutely recommend.
Amy ~ Love At 1st Read
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jillian Grant, a 42 yr. old romance writer has lost quite a few people in her life. While leaving the hospital after visiting another sick relative, she sees a man who looks just like her newest character and hires him for her cover photo.
Raine McDonald is a 24 yr. old student working to make ends meet after the death of his mother caused his plans to crash around him. This opportunity is just what he needs and it doesn't hurt that he thinks his new boss is hot!
I was hesitant about this story
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is my first L.G. O Connor book. Needless to say, this wouldn't be my last!

Writing a romance novel around two individuals with an age difference of around 2 decades can be quite challenging. But she has done the story well - you don't see the age difference much as the characters are made for each other and it shows in the author's writing.

Jillian a 42-year old widow and Raine who's a 24-year old find solace in one another. Though Raine is younger than Jillian his hard life with his
Deana-Coffee, Books, Life Blog
4.5 Stars

Jillian a widowed woman who feels death is out to those she loves. Shes suffered the loss of too many in her short years. A talented writer and photographer, she allows her work to be an outlet. She hid behind her loss until an unlikely young man hits her sense for passion. Igniting a fire she cant control.

Raine was an amazing character. Working his way through school. Beyond wise for his years. A true gentleman. He too, suffered lost that he carries with him constantly. Raine is
Joann Maggio
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Caught Up In Raine by L.G.O'Connor*****

I received this NetGalley ARC in exchange for an honest review. Usually, I am not a contemporary reader but this book changed my mind.

Ms. O'Connor has given her characters such depth and appeal you can never forget them. Both Raine and Jillian come to life from the pages they are strong and damaged. The age difference becomes a brief factor for Jillian but never for Raine.

Raine is matured beyond his 24 years having suffered at the hands of an abusive
Carol Reddy
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully heartwarming story. Raine and Jillian both have very difficult pasts as well as trauma and guilt deeply ingrained from their experiences. Jillian is a New York Times Bestselling author, freelance photographer and a 42 year old widow after losing her husband prematurely. Raine is a 25 year old part time landscaper, bartender and student trying to obtain his degree. A chance encounter leads to Jillian asking Raine to pose as a cover model for her book. They both take their life ...more
Feb 10, 2016 rated it liked it
I won an advanced readers copy of this book in a contest. It is the first LG OConnor book I have read. This is the story of a 42-year-old widowed romance writer, Jillian, and a 24-year-old gardener/college student, Raine, who she discovers to be her next cover model. Naturally the two develop a romantic relationship. The story has some predictable plotting and would have worked well without Raine bearing an uncanny resemblance to Jillians dead lover. The characters are well-fleshed out and their ...more
Gwendolyn Plano
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of Caught Up in Raine and was immediately engaged by the story. There is a tenderness that threads throughout that is captivating; and, the sexual energy between the protagonist and her lover is palpable. It is a book that begs to be finished in one sitting.

Above all else, I was drawn to O'Connor's writing skill. It is lean, but pulsing with life; it is visually alluring, while being teasingly suggestive. The dialog is paced perfectly, and the intertwining of perspectives is
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was gifted this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

There is an endless supply of emotions when reading Caught Up in Raine. Have your tissues ready. I love LG OConnors Paranormal Romances, so when I had a change to try a Contemporary Romance by this wonderful author, how could I pass it up.

Read More. . .
Dana Byrd
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love in its purest form.

WOW, JUST WOW! Started this book because I loved the cover so much. This was only the beginning...such a beautiful love story you have written L. G. O'Connor. Raine and Jillian filled each others missing pieces with a love that could not be denied. So glad to have found this author that is new to me. I've already downloaded the next two books in the series and am eager to dive into those. I highly recommend this book and feel sure that y'all will fall in love with Raine
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

I picked up Caught Up in Raine because Im an absolute sucker for a well-done older woman/younger man romance, for reasons that Ill get into later. But that isnt all there is to this story. Theres a bit of an unusual second chance at romance thrown in, as well as a heaping helping of Romancing the Stone. Not in the sense of near-death adventures in the jungle, but the part of that story where a romance writer meets the real-life version of her hero, and
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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Well here is another pleasant surprise in books. And I have to admit, I did judge the book by it's cover when I first signed up for it :-)


This is book is about Jillian who is a forty-two-year-old romance writer. She lost her husband and several other family members that she loved and she doesn't feel like there is anything out there left for her and she's scared. All she has is her older sister Kitty after they lose the last living relative.

One day when
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3.5 stars

A May to December romance Interesting but strange, at times. I guess thats the best way to describe this story. I was a little bit put off in the beginning and then kind of got into the story.

You know you can really tell when two characters should and will click in a story. I didnt really get that with Raine and Jillian. Jillians first glimpse of Raine has her thinking that its her deceased boyfriend and she immediately offers him a
Anna's Herding Cats

Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.

So Caught Up In Raine one was going pretty well...until it wasn't. The quick of it is that Jillian is an author and one day after a visit with her aunt she runs into a young man who's not only perfect for her upcoming book cover but is the spitting image of the first love she lost in an accident years earlier. And on a whim she asks him to be her cover model. There's an instant attraction despite the many years separating
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
This book is so much more than the typical May/December romance; that is only a piece of the puzzle of Caught Up In Raine. Jillian and Raines relationship is complicated, and messy and they both come to the relationship with baggage (actual baggage not the perceived baggage we get so often in romance). This was an excellent start to L.G. OConnells new series and Ill be patiently/not-so-patiently waiting for the rest of the books.

The Good
-Its so refreshing to read vulnerable characters. Although
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is my first L.G. O'Connor book and wont be my last, This book grabbed me and wouldn't let me go. This is a heartwarming story of a May/December romance with the woman being the older of the two. Jillian is a widow who has been trying to get back into the dating scene by going on line. That is not working for her at all. She's also an author and photographer who has most of her life together if people she cared about would just quit dying.
Her first love died while she was driving ending
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received a kindle copy of this book through a giveaway and am giving an honest review of the item in return.

I'm having a hard time trying to understand why I didn't like this book as much as I thought I would. I liked the premise of it and I like stories where the older woman falls for the younger guy which is why I'm so confused. It starts off well which is why I was practically devouring it at first but then it seemed to slow down on me and I lost some interest. There was a character or two
Feb 04, 2016 rated it liked it
For some reason I just couldnt get into this book. I thought it had wonderful characters and a wonderful plot. I thought it started out to slow and just moved to slow for me throughout. I did have a hard time with the age gap being closer to her age than his it was hard to put myself in their shoes. There were some very emotional touching scenes that reach out and grab your heart. There were many good parts. I cant say there was anything bad I just didnt connect with the characters. I honestly ...more
Trudy Powders
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jillian Grant has been through loss.Raine MacDonald has suffered pain and heartache. A chance encounter brings the two together.Jillian spots Raine and would like to use him as a cover model on the book she is writing.Raine excepts,he needs money for college.Jillian is haunted by Raines resemblance to her lost love,Drew. The two connect on many levels,but the age difference bothers Jillian,she is older than Raine.They both agree they want to try more then just friendship.Both have their secrets ...more
CAUGHT UP IN RAINE is a well-written and emotionally raw story of two people who have been grievously hurt finding true love. Romance novelist Jillian Grant believes life is loss, having death steal her loved ones since she was young most recently her husband. Now her aunt is critically ill and leaving the hospital one day, she spots Raine MacDonald who is the spit and image of an old flame. She asks Raine to be her cover model for her new book and he agrees which leads them begin to a ...more
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
I do believe there are old souls and for the most part age is just a number, especially in Raines case. He and Jillian are so in tune with each other it is hard to believe they are almost two decades apart. I feel, the way Jillian wants to hold on to her pain instead of opening up to Raine is much more telling of their differences. The tears and joys Raine and Jillian share has your heart aching for them to make it work against all odds.
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Kristen Harnisch
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I dont read romance novels. Or at least I didntuntil I was swept away by this engrossing, heady love story between two unlikely partners, nearly twenty years apart in age. Jillian and Raine come from two different worlds, but their connection scintillates with magic as they grapple with his past and tackle challenges that threaten to destroy their hard-won relationship.

L.G. OConnors writing is intelligent, fast-paced and exciting. The characters have heart, the dialogue sparkles and the romance,
Kelly Kittel
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you're looking for a great vacation read, look no further! LGO never disappoints, which is why she's the only romance writer I read and why I'm the self-appointed president of her fan club! And if you haven't read her Angelorum trilogy you're in for a treat. I was totally caught up in Raine and would have read it in 2 or 3 nights but I was on a road trip and was unable to read. Now I'm ready to tackle Raine's recipes while I wait for the next book in the trilogy, although I wish I had a ...more
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LG OConnor is a corporate marketing exec by day who takes her author cape out at night. An avid reader, she loves books with memorable characters that make her heart sing. Shes the author of the urban fantasy / paranormal romance series, The Angelorum Twelve Chronicles, and the award-winning romantic womens fiction series, Caught Up in Love. A native Jersey Girl, shes always in search of the ...more

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