Captain Cyani has been fighting for five long years and she's ready to retire to her home world, Azra, as one of the Elite, a sisterhood of celibate warriors whom rule that planet. But before she can do that, she needs to complete one more mission, to rescue fellow Union soldiers. What she didn't expect was to find a slave chained to a wall and severely beaten. Cyani can't just leave him and frees him, only to find a being who radiates sexual power and unbending will to live.
Soren, the slave, is one of the Byralen, a group of people who possess hormones that are used to bond with their mates. Unfortunately, those hormones sell for a pretty penny as a sexual narcotic in the underworld and because of that, he's had to endured torture for years as his captors leeched these stuff from him. As a result, when he's rescued by Cyani, his hormones are all out of whack. And the fact that he certainly didn't expect to be freed by a beautiful soldier.
All Cyani wants is to go back home, and retire but seeing Soren in such a state, she can't help but to stop and help him. Due to being a slave for so many years Soren's hormones are severely unbalanced and if he doesn't bond with a woman, quick, he will die. Is Cyani the woman he needs to survive?
I had a very hard time reading this book. I just couldn't relate to the main characters, Cyani and Soren, at all. These are two very scarred people and seeing them try to deal with each other's problems didn't faze me at all. I was expecting to at least be made to care about what happened to them, but I honestly didn't. I didn't care about what happened to them and that really affected my feelings towards this book. I really didn't hate Beyond the Rain, I thought the fight actions were great and there was something that kept me reading. Because while I didn't much care about the characters, I did wanted to know what would happen next.
About a quarter left of the book was when I felt really invested in the story and that was just not good enough. There were certain parts I did enjoy, but they weren't enough. The writing was okay, there didn't seem to be much character development, which is my main problem.
While I'm sure other readers will enjoy Beyond the Rain, it just wasn't my cup of tea.
In a universe torn apart by civil war, a warrior and a slave must fight for their freedom, for their lives, and for a love that may destroy them both…
After five years behind enemy lines, Captain Cyani is ready to retire to her homeworld of Azra as one of the Elite — the celibate warrior sisterhood that rules the planet. But first she must complete one final mission to rescue her fellow Union soldiers. The last thing she expects to find is a prisoner, chained and beaten — but radiating feral power and an unbroken spirit…
Soren is a Byralen, an enigmatic people who possess a unique hormone that they use to bond with their mates — and that is sold as a sexual narcotic in the shadow trade. For years, he has endured torture at the hands of his captors as they leeched his very essence. The last thing he expects is to be freed from slavery by a beautiful warrior woman with radiant blue eyes.
Driven by her rigid sense of honor, Cyani frees Soren even though her life hinges upon the success of her mission. But after so many years in bondage, his hormones are so unbalanced that he will die if he does not bond with a woman. Can the lovely but distant warrior be the woman he needs to survive, or will the forbidden bond destroy them?