This Rains series is made up of three companion novels & one novella; each book follows one of three friends. This second book gives us the story of Emery (Kate’s roommate from book 1) & Drake and is told in alternating POVs between these two main characters as they cross that familiar line from hate to love.
Emery is meant to portray a strong female protagonist who is determined to have a bright future no matter how much work it takes. She’s never been the party girl, so skipping college parties in order to study is no big deal.
Drake is the star quarterback who is counting on going pro to set himself up for a prosperous future. He’s not a fan of the distractions (girls and the parties), but he’d rather do that than be caught in a library.
They both come from a less than ideal family situation, but the main thing these two have in common is how stubborn they are and this caused major frustration for me as the reader! Usually, when crossing the line between hate/love, the characters waver a bit which causes an interesting plot. These two, on the other hand, grabbed that “line” and decided to play jump rope with it! I mean, seriously! There was so much back and forth that it just felt completely unhealthy. As a reader, you want to root for a happy ending, but if this was a real life situation I would’ve told both parties it was best to call it quits. These two had such great banter the first third of the book so the foundation of their relationship was really set nicely, but the constant fighting drained their story. The “twist” in the final chapters also caused for a rushed ending.
Another thing I had a problem with was the inconsistencies. There were quite a few scenes in this second book that were changed from the novella, After the Rain, which was book 1.5 in the series. Ex: In After the Rain, Cory is the person who invites Drake to the party and Beau isn’t too happy about it. That same scene in Changing Forever, Beau is the one who invites Drake and they actually seem like pretty close friends.
The one part of the story I did enjoy was the friendship between Emery and Kate! I’ve always loved a good friendship where there is no drama. The two are genuinely there for each other and it made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside! It also felt really good to see Kate getting along so well after everything she went through in When it Rains.
After having enjoyed book 1, When it Rains, so much, this was really a letdown. Luckily, these are companion novels so they can also be read as standalone. I still really recommend reading book 1!
Changing Forever by Lisa De Jong
Series: Rains #2
Published by Author
Pub Date: June 24th 2014
Format: eBook | Source: Purchased
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Young Adult
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I’ve always let my past dictate my future, letting it paint a picture of exactly what I don’t want to be. Where I don’t want to end up.
Drake Chambers is as arrogant as I am stubborn. A college quarterback, a national star. I thought he was just another one of those guys … the type every girl should stay away from, but he’s carrying more than the weight of the football team on his shoulders.
He unravels the feelings and beliefs I’ve held onto for so long.
I thought we had it all figured out. Two people who’d finally found their happily ever after, but the past always has a way of sneaking into the present.
With one decision, everything changes … forever.