Beyond the Rain by Jess Granger

 TBR2010 - February Theme - Hero in pur­suit or vir­ginal hero

3 1/2. I really enjoyed Jess Granger's futuristic romance debut, Beyond the Rain. Great action, awesome world building and lots of technologic awesomeness to satisfy sci-fi fans with a side of googly eyed heated sexual tension between the leads to make romance fans happy. Although I loved the way it opened as we got to know Cyani and her warrior like temperament as she freed former slave Soren, I found the middle lulled a bit. Some of the presentation of the planet natives bordered a bit stereotypical but the story popped right back into gear as soon as they were up in space again. I loved the twists and turns regarding Soren's family and home and Cyani's as well and found myself happily flipping pages to figure out how they were going to get out of one crunch after another.

I read this for the February theme of virgin heroes and although Soren fit that nature, it was more implied with the way his people bonded for life. I loved that aspect and it fit here. Normally romances with this theme tend to feel forced but the way it's presented here, the leads are given a choice and choose to care for one another, without going overboard. Sometimes the push and pull of their feelings wore on a bit as it happened over and over but the balancing of the action and main storyline with complex characterization made it work.

I'm definitely looking forward to seeing how the world that Ms. Granger has created continues to grow. Looking at how BTR ended and how it will pick up for the next book, I'm dying to see a character I really liked has his own book for the next round. I can't wait to see how everything plays out!