L.G. O'Connor’s 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 main character, Jillian, feels toward Raine. The attraction was there before she even realized it with her unconscious actions, making it clear that she made the decision to keep him around. When things come to a head near the end of the book, I was surprised with the outcome given the character’s circumstances, which lead to my favorite part of the story when there is a beautiful scene that made the whole story so much more significant. For all the contemporary romance fans out there, this book is for you. I recommend it highly.
In Caught Up In Raine, Jillian is leaving the hospital when she spots a man who looks like the main character in the new book she is writing. After a photo shoot for Jillian’s book cover, Raine and Jillian keep trying to find ways to see each other. When Raine finds himself in the hospital again, that's when things start to heat up in the story. There are so many factors when it comes to the reasons why Jillian's reluctant to start a relationship with Raine, but once she sees him for whom he really is, Raine seems to bring back the youthfulness within her.
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 grounds with an eerie resemblance to the male lead in her next novel, she convinces him to pose as her cover model.
Working multiple jobs to put himself through college, twenty-four-year-old Raine MacDonald is no stranger to loss. Behind his handsome face and rockin’ body lies family tragedy and agonizing secrets. When circumstances put him back in the path of his abusive father, fate delivers Jillian as his unwitting savior. Thing is, when he thinks of her, his thoughts are far from platonic.
Despite their age difference, Jillian and Raine discover they’re more alike than they could ever imagine. But torn between facing her own fears and grasping a chance at happiness, Jillian makes a soul-shattering decision that threatens to blow their world apart.