Monday, December 31, 2018

✱✱AudioBook Review✱✱ Rainy Days by A. S. Kelly

Rainy Days
by: A. S. Kelly
Four Days Series, Book 1
Narrated by Kevin L. Knights

Tormented rock star Liam O'Reilly left Dublin and achieved success, hoping to build a new life free from the demons of his past. Now that it seems he's gotten everything he ever wanted, why isn't he happy? Is it because he's realized the most important thing in his life is the promise he never kept?  

Sensitive and damaged Rain O'Donovan lives with her brother and his friends in a tiny seaside town north of Dublin. Once a popular and lively schoolteacher, a car accident has wrecked her life so that her only pleasure is walking in the rain, and her world revolves around mundane tasks, devoid of hope for the future. The amnesia around the time of the accident that changed everything means her struggle with life is a day-to-day torture, and more than anything else, she longs for answers.  

When Liam returns to his home town after his two-year absence, he's determined to try to make amends for the terrible mistakes he made. But is it too late to put things right?  

Rainy Days is a complete stand-alone and a part of the Four Days series.

Momma Says: 3 stars⭐⭐⭐

I finished this one with mixed feelings. The story is an emotionally charged romance, and the angst is so thick that it's almost palpable. Liam and Rain's story certainly tugs at the heartstrings, but it all becomes a little overwhelming at times. Given the length of the book combined with so much angst, it started to feel like nothing good was ever going to happen for this pair. Even so, I felt like this one didn't quite live up to its potential, but that is due in large part to the narration. From the beginning, it feels almost mechanical with little to no feeling coming through. That, in itself, kept me from connecting to either the story or its characters. So much so that I stopped listening several times before finally finishing. In the end, I think this one would've been much better had I just read it myself, which I may do to see how I feel about the book that way. As it stands, the narration was disappointing at best and leaves me with something that I can't say I'd recommend. 

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