I love to read just about anything, as long as it's fiction. I read for me - that means I read what I want, when I want. My reviews tend to mostly be based on how I'm able to personally connect with the story/characters. They are not intended to influence someone to read, or not read, a particular book. I always encourage people to take a chance and make up your own mind.
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I've read several books now by author Nicole Deese and I've really enjoyed them. I was excited for her new book, The Promise of Rayne. Unfortunately, I'm in the apparent minority of readers because I didn't love this one as much as her others. I did still enjoy it, but I just couldn't get as invested in these characters as I have in her previous books.
The petty conflict between Rayne's uncle Cal and their neighbor Ford was a bit extreme. The ending did justify the reasons for the dislike somewhat, but it still seemed quite over the top. I don't do petty, so maybe that's one of the reasons it was difficult for me to connect with the story.
I did like the relationship between Rayne and Levi. I thought they were good together and I liked how their differences complemented each other.
I think what bothered me most about this book was Rayne herself. She was very committed to her family, and I can appreciate that. However, for someone who was painted to be generous of heart and willing to look past the Shelby family stigma, she really didn't extend that to Ford. I didn't like how she could not see for herself who she should trust - she wouldn't believe the person who treated her with respect until the person who treated her like crap fessed up to lying, just because he was family. If she were truly generous of heart, then I think she would be willing to question her family's actions as soon as she realized how she should be treated by someone who loves her.
There were a few other petty things I had issues with as well.
Overall, not my favorite but still glad I read it.