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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: It Pours by C.D. Cain (149-06-15-2016)

1) Having not read the first book I was concerned that I would not be able to follow this one, however that wasn't the case. I really enjoyed this authors book especially liked the characters Mo, Jazlyn, and Stormy. The authors writing has a smooth even flow and makes reading her story very enjoyable.

2) I have liked a lot this book. The story is believable and realistic. The protagonist is likable with all her flaws, because she is simply a human being that try to find herself in a chaotic and demanding setting. It is a book that left me wanting to know what happen next, and this in my experience is always a good thing when a book is part of a series. Good job!

3) Slow-paced, a little drawn out at times, but the plot is wholly focused on Rayne and her development as a character. Good exploration. A little wordy at times, but the character is *thinking* about things, so I find it reasonable. The author is not just talking to talk, but revealing questions and deep concerns about the character. I like that some elements didn't resolve cleanly (Sam, Charlie Grace) but that there was overall support. Helped lend a real feeling to the story. Areas were developed as much as they needed to be. I did find the overuse of rainstorms to be somewhat overdone. Setting wasn't the principal focus, but when it was called for, it was reasonable. Overall character development was well-done. Rayne feels like a real character caught up in circular logic due to trying to reconcile everything amidst fear. Mo, Jazzlyn, and Violet are also believeable, and all of the character scenarios are believeable. There is a tendency to have some shared voicing between all the characters, as if they are different aspects of each other, but otherwise they each have their own little things that make them different and feel like different people. Nice use of regional dialect. Dialogue is good overall, feels organic. As mentioned before, a little wordy, but not without reason. Still, some paragraphs were easily skipped over and might be distilled down to their core meaning rather than rambling. Some typos, some usage problems (bass, which is the low sounds between a specific range of frequencies, and base, the flat part of an object which contacts another surface, are not the same) that need to be resolved in the final copies.

It Pours (Chambers of the Heart) by C.D. Cain
Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction
Series: Chambers of the Heart
Paperback: 270 pages
Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing (June 17, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 194383718X
ISBN-13: 978-1943837182
Amazon: It Pours (Chambers of the Heart)
Amazon Kindle: It Pours (Chambers of the Heart)

In the second installment in the Chambers of the Heart series, Rayne Storm's life has become reminiscent of an early morning's mist hovering over the surface of her beloved bayou. She follows the path her mother, Charlie Grace, and Grant had designed for her years ago and accepts Grant's proposal. At the engagement party, Samantha "Sam" LeJeune and Rayne allow their deepest layers of doubt and insecurity to shroud their undeniable attraction to each other and say goodbye as Sam moves to Florida for her residency. During her residency at the University of Alabama, Rayne explores the local gay community and makes friends there who reawaken her. Now Rayne finds herself in a fog of choices between an upbringing she both loves yet resents for its deep southern values and a life she knows she has no choice but to live. At some point she knows the rain will fall and when it rains . . . it pours.

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