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Dark Rain

(The Anrodnes Chronicles #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  451 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Alone behind the mask, only his Chosen could touch him.

Raine held no hope for his future. Youngest in a line of brutal, warlike brothers, he is judged to be weak and worthy only to be sold off for political gain. Now the worst of his brothers is taking him to the heart of the empire that has conquered their homeland. Taldan, the Imperial Heir of Anrodnes, is holding a
Kindle Edition, 233 pages
Published December 19th 2018 by Etopia Press (first published December 18th 2018)
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SpeedX I believe at the end of the book, it says the second book should be coming out in February 2019. The suspense itself is killing me, I can't wait to…moreI believe at the end of the book, it says the second book should be coming out in February 2019. The suspense itself is killing me, I can't wait to see what other trials the characters go through and where they end up afterwards. (less)
SpeedX I guess after the ending we're waiting to see how the relationship progress between Taldan and Raine especially since they end up in positions that…moreI guess after the ending we're waiting to see how the relationship progress between Taldan and Raine especially since they end up in positions that they didn't want to happen even though it was a desire on Raine's end. Then you have Taldan's brother who suppose to be taking care of Raine's brothers and their quest to conqueror a neighboring settlement. Last but not least we have Hredeen who loves Taldan but had to leave but his life goes on, se we'll probably see if his path leads back to Taldan and in what capacity (though I personal don't want to see them in a relationship). So yea, there are some good points to look forward to contrary to the sad ending we got. (less)

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Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
*Color Me Surprised*

What an interesting book! I seriously enjoyed it! The characters were quite interesting, the story unique in a way and it was well written. I did, however, struggle a bit with the love a certain person has for another before the main character entered the picture; (view spoiler)
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. This is off to a great start. It has a lot of the elements most of these books have (great world building, abused MC, hurt/comfort rescue, magic, inter political issues/traditions, slow burn, etc) but it seems fresher, cleaner even as the cast of characters are much more wide ranging and nuanced. If it wasn't for the blurb I would have wondered who Raine was meant for and in some respects I still do, because of the interplay between the cast of characters and because **CLIFFHANGER** ...more
Dec 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
That was awful. Anyone looking to read this should be aware that this is not a romance. If anything the romance should have been between Taldan and Hredeen. Raine was basically an afterthought. He wasn't even a second choice, but a third choice out of necessity. It wasn't even until the end of the book that the author thought 'oh I better write in some feelings from Taldan to Raine.' Taldan basically just settled for Raine. Even the sex (at the end of the book) was short and out of place. And ...more
Dec 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Interesting premise and world building but...DNF at 42% because I was growing increasingly frustrated with most of the characters and relationships. Raine is an interesting character with a lot of room for growth and development, but as much as I would love to see him bloom, I just can't stand to read about the rest of main characters and their escapades. Especially Hrdeen or rather whoredeen, as he is basically the personal whore of the not only head of guard, second prince but also the ...more
The time has come for Taldan, Imperial Heir of Anrodnes, to become Emperor as his father has decided to step down. First though Taldan must acquire a Chosen, a bondmate who will share the weight of the mystical magic he will receive during his coronation.

Uncaring of who this bondmate will be, Taldan delegates his brother, Prince Zaran, and closest friend Naral, head of palace security, to narrow the field of twenty four potentials to a final six. Taldan will then choose one of the six to be his
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it
In true "J C Owensian" fashion, this novel gives us one battered-but-surviving main character and one stoic but increasingly warm main character. It's a familiar trope in MM, but here it doesn't quite work (for me!). I empathized with Raine, I liked him and understood his motivations, but I really wanted to see more growth in the character. At the end, I wanted a more assertive character who would never settle for (view spoiler) ...more
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shifters, fantasy
3.5 stars

A very nice start to JC Owens' newest series. I liken it to Megan Derr's Tournament of Losers, but not quite as intriguing. In desperate need of more world building but most of the primary characters were fairly well drawn. A few clumsy words I actually had to look up. But still, I might read the next one.
4 Stars

...actually it was closer to 3.8 but I don't round up anymore and I couldn't justify a 3 star rounding down. Because, color me surprised, I really liked the story, the setting, the world-building. I especially liked being kept on edge over whether Raine/Taldan is romance endgame...and still, sort of, even with that ending, not really knowing for sure.

And I'mma need Book 2 ASAP, author. The intrigue is killing me! 'K? K.
** Five star plus! **
Jenna ~Don't Talk To Me When I'm Reading~
3.5 stars... ending was better than I expected, good enough I’ll be looking for part 2 which I don’t always bother with
Alex Alden
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked the story, but the writing fell short. There were way too many POV characters, and there was a lot of exposition, so I ended up skimming big chunks of the book.

But the story was very interesting; it has a lot of promise. I just wish the writing was tighter.

As a side note (because it almost turned me off reading this), there wasn't a cliffhanger ending as one of the other reviewers mentioned. It ends like a normal book in a series: there were unresolved issues, but there was nothing I
Robin L
Jan 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
40% way in and I’m rooting for Isnay and Raine to get together.

Update: Just finished. Fuck this book. NOT a romance!
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it

This was an unexpected story. First I anticipated that the story would be told from Raine's and Taldan's points of view. Instead found I was reading from other main characters in the story. The basis of the story is Taldan will be the next emperor and needs a chosen. He is not vested in the task and ask his brother and friend to narrow down his choices. Raine is part of the chosen selection a decision made by his abusive brother. The story follows the process and you get an opportunity
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

Interesting world with interesting characters. Loved the world building: empire set up and politics.
Taldan is the Imperial Heir of Anrodnes. He is holding a traditional ceremony by which the 'chosen', a companion, is selected. The 'Chosen' is to be selected before the Heir becomes the emperor and starts wears the metal mask. After his ascendance, the Chosen is the only person who can see the emperor without the mask. Raine is one of the competitors for the 'Chosen' position, forced to
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4 stars
I really liked this book. It wasn’t a romance by any means, and it wasn’t even what I would consider romantic. I really liked the characters and loved that we got multiple points of view throughout the story. I’m really interested in seeing where the author takes the series.
Stephanie   GooglyEyes
This book gave me life. I can't wait for February
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
philip jarvis
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Such a good start to a new series not at all what I was expecting after having read the only review on Amazon i started this book fully expecting to read a book with no passion between the m.ain character's but that couldn't be farther from the truth it was full to the brim with passion maybe not the romantic kind but there was deffinitly a sexual chemistry and passion all the way through can not wait for next book
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Plain boring with a strong, false ring to the entire story that I found impossible to shake. Things time and again occur without being foreshadowed or even made logical-sounding, which is an obvious abuse of the author's God complex ('behold, I do what I want with my creative process and my characters'); since there are two more books scheduled to appear, it would seem that the prolegomena to the tale would be contained within this one, yet they do not, mostly because Dark Rain, while it is very ...more
Apr 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Okay, I'm gonna start with the good because the rest devolves into ranting and it's not a bad book. It's just not a romance novel. Raine is far and away the best part of this story. He's funny, smart, sweet, practical. He's stronger than he thinks he is. I loved the way he tries his hardest to keep to himself and out of anyone's way, and has no idea that his very presence is turning the palace upside down. There's also a scene where he was, um, under the influence, and it was HILARIOUS. I really ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
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May 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm, fantasy-read-2019
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Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Stopped. At 66%

Love writer. Couldn't get past 66% . Main characters showed more interest in other ppl than each other . Love angst ,love the tummy dropping at the unjust things that happened. But could not get past the ( spoilers) interest the main character has for one of his harem than his supposed love interest the blurb portrayed . Or really the interest and the awe the whole royal family had for the harem person . The share and share alike with this person made it seem like this was a
Chancey Knowles
I REALLY like the start of this trilogy. But I do feel, I should start with warnings for those who might should read deeper into the reviews before purchasing:

First warning, those looking for a deep loving romance by the end of this 1st book... It does not happen There is just too much the m/c's have to overcome. The respect grows. Bonds definitely begin to form. But given this is at least a trilogy, plus everything that happens combined with their character types, I would have personally found
Feb 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Every book needs a "hero" but not every hero is a hero.

There is a choice to be made but only a few authors choose the path that will make their MC a victim, a thing to be pitied, sympathized with, understood and instead of the rise of a phoenix, of growing from ashes to something beautiful, Raine was a tool for emotional roller-coaster that made this book not a cleverly constructed tale but simply a mess of emotions.

Either I was getting angry at that person (because he was bad to Raine) or I was
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
It is kind of Cinderella story with several twists. It was easy read, but i still did not get really involved in it.
And after reading it i have couple of questions:(view spoiler)
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

I would have given this book 5 stars, if approximately 3 chapters of useless fill in could be taken out. I really liked the plot of the story ,the characters
and the lead in to the next book in the series. It was well done without having a cliffhanger. I did find myself skipping ahead a lot, because of, (in my opinion), extra useless long, winded internal dialogue. I also hope the emperor becomes more approachable and loving in the future books. Raine deserves that. He certainly doesn't
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars that would've been 4 stars if the book had had even one (1) female character.

I found this book by accident and did not expect much, but found myself positively surprised by the plot as well as the characters. It is not a typical romance and thus not a book for readers who are coming here to see Raine and Taldan fall in love at first sight. They are, arguably, not even necessarily the main pairing. Nevertheless, the progression of their relationship was what kept me hooked all the way
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, series, m-m
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Gus Gomez
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great plot. Slow burn. But fell slightly short with the romance.
Taldan and Hredeen's sexual activities seem to be the center of the story, like it's happened throughout the book
I know Taldan love Hredeen maybe because they shared so much for years but I really would like him to realize in Book 2 that what was between them was not love but only sexual satisfaction from the oozing lust that was obviously driving them. I would love him to slowly, if not quickly, develop some deeper feelings
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Also known as J.C. McGuire.

J.C Owens lives in small town, rural Alberta and is a self confessed writing-a-holic. In the absence of help for this affliction…

I do indeed love to write and have over twenty books sitting idle in my computer, waiting… I love the genre of male/male stories and conflict in what a person thinks they want, versus what they truly need to become themselves. I think any

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