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Rainey Nights by R.E. Bradshaw
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Sep 05, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: lesbian-fiction

Rainey Nights by R. E. Bradshaw is the fantastic second book in the Rainey Bell Series. It's been 9 months since the events in the first book in the series, Rainey Days, and Rainey is settling into her new life with Katie Meyers. She's hired extra help in her bail bondsman business so she can spend more time with Katie, they're building a new house, and talking of extending their family. Life is finally good.

Unfortunately, the past has a way of intruding and a series of murders, copying one of her previous FBI cases, brings danger back into her life. When it becomes obvious that the copycat is targeting her, she needs to find the strength to keep Katie safe and insulated from the darkness of her previous life. This isn't easy when you're dealing with a headstrong partner and Rainey will need to compromise and make adjustments to her life as she's forced to step back into a job she thought she'd left long ago.

Though Rainey and Katie's love is the backdrop to the story, Rainey Nights is at heart a thriller. We get a glimpse into the life Rainey led when she was with the FBI and the human depravity she had to deal with constantly, which helps to show exactly what she's trying to protect Katie from. Though there are some really brutal scenes, they fit in the context of the story to help show the evilness that Rainey knows lives in the world.

The mystery of just who the serial killer could be is well written. There are enough misleads to keep you guessing, yet enough establishment of who it is, that when it is revealed, it isn't totally out of left field. Normally I pick it out pretty early in the story, but Bradshaw had me going to right near the end.

Rainey and Katie's relationship is put to the test and both characters grow and compromise through the book, though I wanted to boot Katie in the behind a few times. All the supporting characters are back, Ernie, Mackie, Danny, Freddie, and others, and help to add their own charm to the story.

Rainey Nights is yet another well written book from Bradshaw. Although it could stand on it's own, having read the first book in the series would definitely add to your reading pleasure, as you'd have a greater understanding of the nuances of the behaviours and interactions of all the characters. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book in the Rainey Bell Series.

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