By Michelle Irwin
Clay Jacobs is a soldier. His family—elite members of a secret organization—are tasked with washing the world clean of all supernatural threats. Each new day brings the opportunity to fight at their side for a cause that he’s never doubted is just.
But Clay harbors a dangerous secret. The object of his teenage obsession was not human, and he failed to detect the truth until it was too late to destroy her. Even after she fled, he couldn’t bring himself to report her. Now, the memory of the one who got away not only haunts him, it holds him captive and assaults him nightly. Unable to escape her hold on his mind, he races across the country to locate her and restore his sanity. Only instead of the monster he expects, he finds a woman who ensnares him with her charms. In her embrace, Clay dares to imagine a different life.
When his family discovers his betrayal, and threaten to destroy his dreams in the worst way imaginable, Clay has no option but to return to their side and convince them he’s back on the right track. Will he be able to play his part convincingly when the cause he’s spent most of his life fighting for is the very thing that will end his lover’s life?
Clay is filled with a desperation to find Evie, the high school crush that got away and has haunted his dreams ever since. Actually, she’s the one he stupidly pushed away in a moment of rage and disbelief after discovering she wasn’t human. Even knowing what she is, he does everything he can to find her, unsure of what he’ll do if he ever does: Should he turn her in or keep her secret safe? His search pays off and when he sees her for the first time in two years, his feelings for her get stronger and more confusing. When he sees her, talks to her and spends time with her, he’s ready to give up his family, his beliefs, all he knows, just to be with her. She might not be human, but he knows she’s not a monster he’s been led to believe she is. But his family has other ideas and to protect Evie, Clay leaves her when she needs him most, returning to his family thinking it’s for the best. If you’ve read THROUGH THE FIRE, you know it wasn’t the best for Evie. Nor was it the best for Clay. As punishment for protecting a supernatural, he is forced to endure retraining and has lost his rank and respect within the Rain organisation and his family. Despite the retraining, he still questions the actions and beliefs of the Rain. He understands that some of the creatures they hunt are evil and must be destroyed on site. But because of Evie, he starts thinking that not all supernatural beings are evil, and if they haven’t harmed anyone, why should they be killed?
Clay: She’d been right; my family was nothing more than common murderers. And I was just like them. In fact, I was worse because I’d felt that what we did was wrong for the longest time and yet I did it anyway.
Clay went through an awful lot in this book and spent a lot of time questioning everything, from his beliefs, to his actions, to the actions of his family, to his loyalty to his family and to his family’s loyalty to him. He has regrets and begins to hate what he does. I think he even hates his family a little bit, becoming bitter about how they treat him despite being family and constantly saying that family is everything.
I loved BESIEGED BY RAIN because we got to see Clay’s POV, and we also found out what he got up to while he and Evie were separated. However, the book doesn’t end at the same place in time that THROUGH THE FIRE did, so we don’t know what was going through his head after he and Evie escaped Salem or when they were found again. Clay and Evie are a modern day, paranormal Romeo and Juliet, but I hope their ending isn’t as tragic.
I had this book for over a month before I read it. I really wanted to read it because I knew that if it was as good as THROUGH THE FIRE, I’d love it and wouldn’t be able to put it down. At the same time, I didn’t want to read it because currently no other books have been released yet and I’d be stuck playing a waiting game to find out what happens next.
BESIEGED BY RAIN is a companion novel to THROUGH THE FIRE, and I recommend reading THROUGH THE FIRE before reading BESIEGED BY RAIN.
Clay: She shook her head, and I had to fight back the growl of frustration. I’d come all this way. I’d put in years of effort trying to find her, and she wanted to dismiss me with a shake of her head. It wasn’t enough. I wouldn’t accept it. She had to talk to me; she owed me that much for making herself so unforgettable.
Besieged By Rain (Son Of Rain # 1)
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