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After Rain Falls is BOOK TWO OF TWO in the River of Rain Duet. In order to understand the contents of this book, you must read Follow the River first. This is the conclusion of River and Rain's story. Love has never been important to me. Not because I didn't want it, I just never imagined feeling something so powerful. There was a point where I thought I felt it years ago fo After Rain Falls is BOOK TWO OF TWO in the River of Rain Duet. In order to understand the contents of this book, you must read Follow the River first. This is the conclusion of River and Rain's story. Love has never been important to me. Not because I didn't want it, I just never imagined feeling something so powerful. There was a point where I thought I felt it years ago for the person I trusted most in the world, only to have it shatter in a thousand pieces. But now he's back in my life and I'm certain I was wrong. Because nothing compares to the way I feel about River Lennox. Nothing could have prepared me for the war we waged against one another to turn into a battle to not only find ourselves, but each other. Our prison sentence became our sanctuary from anything--or anyone--who dared to rip us apart. He crawled under my skin, into my heart, and made a home for himself there despite my efforts to stop him. But it doesn't matter now. Not when I find myself being thrown into a chess game I never asked to play with decisions forced on me that no one should have to make. It's not just life and death. It's love and hate. The past and the future. Except...when my past comes knocking with a thirst for vengeance, I start to question if I have a future at all.


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After Rain Falls is BOOK TWO OF TWO in the River of Rain Duet. In order to understand the contents of this book, you must read Follow the River first. This is the conclusion of River and Rain's story. Love has never been important to me. Not because I didn't want it, I just never imagined feeling something so powerful. There was a point where I thought I felt it years ago fo After Rain Falls is BOOK TWO OF TWO in the River of Rain Duet. In order to understand the contents of this book, you must read Follow the River first. This is the conclusion of River and Rain's story. Love has never been important to me. Not because I didn't want it, I just never imagined feeling something so powerful. There was a point where I thought I felt it years ago for the person I trusted most in the world, only to have it shatter in a thousand pieces. But now he's back in my life and I'm certain I was wrong. Because nothing compares to the way I feel about River Lennox. Nothing could have prepared me for the war we waged against one another to turn into a battle to not only find ourselves, but each other. Our prison sentence became our sanctuary from anything--or anyone--who dared to rip us apart. He crawled under my skin, into my heart, and made a home for himself there despite my efforts to stop him. But it doesn't matter now. Not when I find myself being thrown into a chess game I never asked to play with decisions forced on me that no one should have to make. It's not just life and death. It's love and hate. The past and the future. Except...when my past comes knocking with a thirst for vengeance, I start to question if I have a future at all.

30 review for After Rain Falls

  1. 5 out of 5

    ❤️ Nanda ❤️

    Where do I start? I knew that this book would be more sad, after the way that Follow The River ended... But I didn't expected to be so depressing for so long into the story. River... My poor happy, lovely and carefree baby, is completely shattered and unrecognizable in this book. He's soooo down and so broken, that not even he could recognize himself. I liked this book because it's the well deserved happily ever after of my babies, but I can't say that I loved their journey in this second Where do I start? I knew that this book would be more sad, after the way that Follow The River ended... But I didn't expected to be so depressing for so long into the story. River... My poor happy, lovely and carefree baby, is completely shattered and unrecognizable in this book. He's soooo down and so broken, that not even he could recognize himself. I liked this book because it's the well deserved happily ever after of my babies, but I can't say that I loved their journey in this second book. River is a mess until more than half book, he's really in a dark place, and although I can understand the reasons why Rain pushed him away, I can't accept a lot of things that happened along their time apart, or the way that each one of them decided to deal with their problems. Like... why can't you just sit and talk like fucking adults? I get that the author wanted to introduce the theme for her next series, BUT I was expecting a book more into Rain and River overcoming their issues and limitations, and less about The Enclave. There's a lot of things that I could have passed without in this second book... And I won't leave any spoilers here, but I'll say this... She will need to be one hell of a writer to make me like Roman, because I don't give a fuck about him... In fact, he's probably the major reason behind my lower rating in comparison to the first book, because I really hate him! Everything that he did, or that he thought he was entitle to, or that he manipulated to make Rain be with him... Argh! No! I. Just. Hate. Him. That said, yeah... This is also another emotional journey, full of ups and downs and with River and Rain finally getting the happy ending that they deserve. I wish I could have seen more of them as a happy couple, not just an epilogue. But I'm happy at how they ended.

  2. 4 out of 5

    moonlight ☾

    ✰ 5 stars ✰ before anything else, imma just say this now: this book is NOT for everyone. The relationship between both heroes wasn't perfect, it was even toxic at times and I can understand the perspective of someone who wouldn't like this book so feel free to look at the spoiler below about the things I didn't like and you can decide if it's a book you wanna check out or not! ⊱ ──────ஓ๑♡๑ஓ ────── ⊰ i'm going to start with what I didn't like so I can get it off my chest: there were a lot of moments ✰ 5 stars ✰ before anything else, imma just say this now: this book is NOT for everyone. The relationship between both heroes wasn't perfect, it was even toxic at times and I can understand the perspective of someone who wouldn't like this book so feel free to look at the spoiler below about the things I didn't like and you can decide if it's a book you wanna check out or not! ⊱ ──────ஓ๑♡๑ஓ ────── ⊰ i'm going to start with what I didn't like so I can get it off my chest: there were a lot of moments throughout this duet that had me frustrated af and disgusted because of the actions/decisions made by certain characters; for example, in the first book (view spoiler)[(T/W: includes topics, such as rape, homophobia, abuse), it was shocking to read about the scene when Rain had raped River - yes, it was rape - in the shower during their cabin trip and I hated how they played it off as dub-con in the end, when it clearly wasn't while it was happening? Also, the way Rain kept saying the 'f' word (not fuck) multiple times throughout the book, I wanted to keep his mouth shut. :/ meanwhile, for this book in particular, I hated the party scene when Roman took advantage of River, who was drunk, and Rain just sat there, frozen, while the supposed love of his life was being taken advantage of? Tf was that? I wanted him to fight Roman, honestly. I can understand Rain had been through a lot himself, but I personally don't think it should be an excuse for doing the things he did. (hide spoiler)] soo, why exactly 5 stars? I'm an emotional reader, who gets attached (to fictional characters) way too easily. I love characters who are complex, morally grey. They're neither bad nor good, but they're in that grey line as I find them more fascinating to read about. Quite obvious if you look at my 'all time favorites' shelf, lol. Most of the things I read, I don't condone irl, but isn't that the beauty of being able to separate fiction vs reality? Reading is my escape from reality so, despite the shitty things that happened in this book, I can't exactly deny it still made me feel and be emotionally invested. River's my favorite character and him being the wholesome one in all this was like the light in a dark tunnel. He's not perfect by any means, but I truly felt for him. I also enjoyed Rain and River's chemistry overall, minus the bad shit that kept happening to them. With Roman, (view spoiler)[I hate him as of this moment, but I'm not opposed to the idea of him having his own book - mainly because I'm curious to know if he's redeemable (hide spoiler)] . I'm intrigued with the rest of the boys in The Enclave and wouldn't mind reading stories about them as well! would I recommend this? Although I personally enjoyed this duet, I think this is one of those books where it's really up to yourself to decide because, as I said, it's not for everyone but, hopefully, this review could help you (somewhat) decide.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Bell

    I am an emotional mess over this book. I knew going in after how book one ended, this book would be heartbreaking. I just didn't expect it on this level. For more than half the book, I was teary eyes. Freaking Gut-wrenching, River and Rain will always hold a special place in my heart. After Rain Falls is right up my alley, I recommend you ahead to the trigger warning; this book is not for everyone, and that is okay. River and Rain are such a complicated couple, both messy and make mistakes when I am an emotional mess over this book. I knew going in after how book one ended, this book would be heartbreaking. I just didn't expect it on this level. For more than half the book, I was teary eyes. Freaking Gut-wrenching, River and Rain will always hold a special place in my heart. After Rain Falls is right up my alley, I recommend you ahead to the trigger warning; this book is not for everyone, and that is okay. River and Rain are such a complicated couple, both messy and make mistakes when they are part. I can't fault them with how they handled it. Both in extreme emotional pain. As much as I love Rain, my poor River. I have never read about a main character like his, so loving, giving, forgivable and broken, he really wears his heart on his sleeve. I just wanted to comfort him—two people who belong together but are part. Rain did what he had to do to protect the one he loves. Secrets unfold, and things move quickly. I am not sure how I feel about Roman; I am not a fan. I am trying to look at things from his perspective, and I can see somethings. Let's see what the author has installed for him in the future, and I will keep an open mind. The book is easy to read. I read it in one sitting. If you like MM, I recommend this duet.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey Renae

    *** I received an eArc in exchange for an honest review.*** What an amazing conclusion to this breathtaking debut duet!!! I am in awe of the amazing journey both River and Rain experienced throughout both of these novels. This novel was the breathtaking conclusion to the cliffhanger that left many unanswered questions. This novel takes the reader on an epic ride that was impossible to put down because you are anxiously awaiting the next development. If you are a fan of stories where the HEA is no *** I received an eArc in exchange for an honest review.*** What an amazing conclusion to this breathtaking debut duet!!! I am in awe of the amazing journey both River and Rain experienced throughout both of these novels. This novel was the breathtaking conclusion to the cliffhanger that left many unanswered questions. This novel takes the reader on an epic ride that was impossible to put down because you are anxiously awaiting the next development. If you are a fan of stories where the HEA is not an easy destination where it must be earned then this is the story for you. I was captivated by River and Rain's story and anticipate the next installment in this fascinating world of fresh and interesting characters.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    OMG I NEED TO TAKE A BREATH 💚💚💚💚💚 RTC. Okay.......breath taken.... I had been hanging out for After Rain Falls since I inhaled Follow the River in December, and C.E. Ricci didn't disappoint with the second book in the duet🥰. We pick up where we left off in Follow the River, and finally get to meet Roman. I have many strong feelings about Roman. Mixed feelings. And he's in this book a lot. From. Start. To. Finish.😒 River and Rain are just everything💚💚. But they have to work through some tough issues OMG I NEED TO TAKE A BREATH 💚💚💚💚💚 RTC. Okay.......breath taken.... I had been hanging out for After Rain Falls since I inhaled Follow the River in December, and C.E. Ricci didn't disappoint with the second book in the duet🥰. We pick up where we left off in Follow the River, and finally get to meet Roman. I have many strong feelings about Roman. Mixed feelings. And he's in this book a lot. From. Start. To. Finish.😒 River and Rain are just everything💚💚. But they have to work through some tough issues and heartache to try and find their HEA. Lots of angst and frustration. And steam 🔥🔥🔥 (thank goodness for small mercies). And of course we learn more about the mysterious Enclave, which gives us the heads up on the next book from the brilliant C.E. Ricci - I can't wait for that one either, despite the fact it may well be Roman's book....😁. Loose ends are tied up (for the most part) and we get all the answers we wanted and needed after Follow the River, but keep the tissues and the wine handy! Triggers do apply in this book, so take care with that as always. Although on balance, I think I preferred book 1, it's still another 5 ✨✨✨✨✨read from me. Do yourself a favour and start reading immediately ❣ (ARC received from the author in exchange for my honest review).

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rosabel

    After having a serious conversation between myself and I, I decided to give this one up, I won't give a rating because I only got until 36% but until that point it was a one star read. Here's the thing, I LOVED the first book, I knew it wasn't perfect but for a first time author I thought it had potential. The drama was there in Follow the River but the difference between that book and this one (I've thought a lot about this because I'm shocked) it's that FTR was a little bit simpler, it was jus After having a serious conversation between myself and I, I decided to give this one up, I won't give a rating because I only got until 36% but until that point it was a one star read. Here's the thing, I LOVED the first book, I knew it wasn't perfect but for a first time author I thought it had potential. The drama was there in Follow the River but the difference between that book and this one (I've thought a lot about this because I'm shocked) it's that FTR was a little bit simpler, it was just about River and Rain's animosity, also there were secrets that I think kept the story fresh, not repetitive and other stuff was actually happening, like Rain's painting, River's reading and walking, etc. Never in my life could I imagine that the author was gonna come out this mess next. Now, in After Rain Falls all becomes a disaster, when you're in chapter one this thought repeats itself in all the pages: I think of River all the time. Then chapter 2 happens wich WTF with that and we got to chapter 3 and the same thought, then chapter 4 and the same thought but this time in River's head. And that was the book for the third part, well not totally we also got the: I can't be seen with you but I still seek you out because... Well the author didn't explain, but it continues with: it got clear to me that I had to maintain my distance and then I run to your house, I sleep with you and I wake up the next morning thinking: I can't stop it I must be with you and then suddenly I think I need to maintain my distance, (where did that change came from? Not even the author knows), then it kept going to: I tell you that we are a mistake and days later, without warning, I appear in front of your house to yell at you about the same thing I've yelled at you and thought about in episode 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.... So it was exhausting and not the good kind, it was really badly written, things didn't make sense, the angst didn't make sense, the development, the transitions, the characters, NOTHING made sense. Bad, bad bad.

  7. 4 out of 5

    JESSI ☾

    ARC received from author in exchange for my honest review. Follow the River was book one in the River of Rain duet and I felt that book in my soul!! From the moment we meet Rain and River their connection is undeniable as well as heartbreaking. In book two After Rain Falls we get to see a whole different side to both beautiful and damaged men. Now, don't get too excited just yet because as with book one this book will test your limits for not only how much your heart can handle but the love ARC received from author in exchange for my honest review. Follow the River was book one in the River of Rain duet and I felt that book in my soul!! From the moment we meet Rain and River their connection is undeniable as well as heartbreaking. In book two After Rain Falls we get to see a whole different side to both beautiful and damaged men. Now, don't get too excited just yet because as with book one this book will test your limits for not only how much your heart can handle but the love you have for River and Rain as well. There were so many moments while reading this book that I felt my stomach just drop for what was to come and while not all of it was sad, C.E. Ricci's ability to create such a tragic tale that gave you so much hope is almost unbelievable. Not once can I remember a story breaking my heart so much while giving me so much hope for where it was headed. River might have been the obvious hero to a lot of people in Follow the River but Rain's passion for what he loved was what made this story so incredible. He might not have made some of the best choices but everything he did, he did because he thought it was the right choice for River. Book hangovers aren't something I generally deal with because I am always ready to dive into the next story, but this story is lingering in my heart and mind unlike anything I've read in years if ever. While my review might not give away really anything about this story, I hope it gives people an idea at how powerful Ricci's words were. This story did not go in any direction I thought it was and while the ending was MIND BLOWING it was exactly how I would imagine Rain and River's story to end after everything that they went through. As if I have to say, After Rain Falls was a five star book and with its companion book Follow the River I will be forever reminded of the love, passion and sheer beauty that was River and Rain. I am not ready to say goodbye to them but that is what makes a story so powerful. Even after the end you are not ready to let the characters to go but I know that if I am ever wanting a dose of Rain or River, I can just crack open one of these books and fall in love all over again with their story.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sam - s.rae.reads

    “𝐈 𝐦𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮, 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐦𝐞. 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐡. 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭. 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐦𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐀𝐛𝐡𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐧. 𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐦𝐞.” I had the opportunity to beta read this for CE Ricci earlier in January and I am only now just sitting down to write this review because this book MESSED. ME. UP. CE has such a way with words, her talent is outstanding and I absolutely adored in duet with my whole heart. After Rain Falls is book 2 of the river of rain duet. I wont say much about the plot because it would spoil the first b “𝐈 𝐦𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮, 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐦𝐞. 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐡. 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭. 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐦𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐀𝐛𝐡𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐧. 𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐦𝐞.” I had the opportunity to beta read this for CE Ricci earlier in January and I am only now just sitting down to write this review because this book MESSED. ME. UP. CE has such a way with words, her talent is outstanding and I absolutely adored in duet with my whole heart. After Rain Falls is book 2 of the river of rain duet. I wont say much about the plot because it would spoil the first book, but this is a continuation of River and Rain's story. It's messy, it's painful, it's sexy, it's beautiful. "𝐒𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐲 𝐚𝐟𝐥𝐨𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐨𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮'𝐫𝐞 𝐝𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠. 𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐭'𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩𝐬 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐮𝐭 𝐨𝐟𝐟 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐤𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐬, 𝐛𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫'𝐬 𝐝𝐨𝐰𝐧𝐟𝐚𝐥𝐥." This story will break your heart but there will be moments you will swoon, smile like a goofball and giggle. I love these characters so much (especially my baby, River). I know there are a lot of Roman haters out there but I even fell for his character a little bit. I adored this book, these characters, this story, the atmosphere. I just loved this entire journey for these two boys and I want to dive back in and start all over again. *ARC/Beta copy provided in exchange for honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Keri Loves Books

    From Almost to Everything An emotionally charged love story that will leave you breathless. River and Rain went from almost to EVERYTHING. The angst level has reached it’s peak in the conclusion to this unforgettable romance. Heart breaking. Soul crushing. All consuming love. This MM romance will break you to pieces and then put you back together. Stronger. Better. Forever. Rain walked away to protect him. It’s the only way to keep him safe. River is crushed. Just devastated and he’s spiraling. He gave aw From Almost to Everything An emotionally charged love story that will leave you breathless. River and Rain went from almost to EVERYTHING. The angst level has reached it’s peak in the conclusion to this unforgettable romance. Heart breaking. Soul crushing. All consuming love. This MM romance will break you to pieces and then put you back together. Stronger. Better. Forever. Rain walked away to protect him. It’s the only way to keep him safe. River is crushed. Just devastated and he’s spiraling. He gave away his heart and now he’s left struggling with everything. That happy, carefree man we met is gone. Rain wants to stay away, but watching River implode isn’t something he can do. Rain knows he’s being watched by the evil that lurks and it’s only a matter of time until his step-father makes a move. He called his best friend for help because he has resources. However, Roman is causing issues. Everything is complicated. As the story unfolds, secrets will be revealed. Rain can’t walk away, so he’ll need to share his past or they won’t have a future. This story ripped out my heart more than once. I yelled, I got angry and I hoped that they would find their way back. The road is tumultuous and not without pain. It is a journey of letting go of the past and finding a new and better future. The passion this couple shares is utterly explosive. The connection could not be severed. Their love was forever, even when it was ugly. The fight for a future will have you on the edge of your seat. Hang in there because in the end, it’s all worth it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kerish | Wesmie's purple skittle.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 2.5 stars "The number one rule of self-preservation: detach from what destroys you." I am very sad to not like this one as I have been waiting for this since I finished book 1. But what started off as a great enemies-to-lovers story, ended as a...mess. First of all, I don't buy the secret society thingie. Second, it has become such a melodrama that is not very well done for me. It felt forced. I did like Rain and River though and I really hoped with them. The writing is also great. I will still rea 2.5 stars "The number one rule of self-preservation: detach from what destroys you." I am very sad to not like this one as I have been waiting for this since I finished book 1. But what started off as a great enemies-to-lovers story, ended as a...mess. First of all, I don't buy the secret society thingie. Second, it has become such a melodrama that is not very well done for me. It felt forced. I did like Rain and River though and I really hoped with them. The writing is also great. I will still read the author's next book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Anderson (Beauty.and.the.bookies)

    "And now I know we're no longer an almost. We're everything" -- yes baby you guys are everything. Just like this book was everything. These characters were everything. This author is everything. If you ever take my advice and you enjoy emotionally driven, SUPER HIGH ANGST, panty soaking sex and just reading the best MM or flat out romance, READ THIS DUET. Yes there are triggers. Its dark. But it is so worth it. My heart still hasnt forgave me. I have been sitting here trying to form the right kind "And now I know we're no longer an almost. We're everything" -- yes baby you guys are everything. Just like this book was everything. These characters were everything. This author is everything. If you ever take my advice and you enjoy emotionally driven, SUPER HIGH ANGST, panty soaking sex and just reading the best MM or flat out romance, READ THIS DUET. Yes there are triggers. Its dark. But it is so worth it. My heart still hasnt forgave me. I have been sitting here trying to form the right kind of words to review this. Because JUST like the last book, I am feeling so much. So so much. Do you know how when you are just starting a new relationship with someone and although its new and exciting, you feel that love inside when you think of that person? Like your heart is doubled in size, its warm and fuzzy, and you just feel that ACHE? That is what I felt when Rain and River finally got their heads together. I felt that love. It felt so real. Just typing this review and remembering certain parts is giving me the skipping-heart feeling. I can say without a DOUBT I rarely EVER have this feeling while reading a book. Yes I feel the love in fiction books and connect to them in every way but with CE Ricci, its indescribable to me. It makes her automatically one of my favorite authors with only these 2 books. They both brought out feelings in me I can count on my hands that I have had reading the thousand+ books I have read. This story not only had that deep rooted love we all crave, but it had some HOTTTTTT MM SEX. Just like in book 1. I was squirming all over fhe2 place. And it had the perfect amount of suspense. I was on the edge of my seat for multiple reasons during more than half of this book. Rain and River will go down in history as my favorite MM couple ever written. And without saying anything else, because I wanted this review to be somewhat vague about the actual story, I also love Roman and I cannot WAIT to dig deeper into his head. There are others I love but I am just keeping hush right now. "How can emptiness feel so heavy?" Seriously I am struggling with this right now after finishing this. I am so empty. I have the SAME feelings I had when I finished Follow the River. I cant explain it besides I just LOVE this authors words so much I feel actually lost when I am done with her books. Because now I have nothing to look forward to. 5 stars. 50 stars. 500 stars. 5,000 stars. 50,000 stars. 500,000 stars. 5,000,000 stars.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Llakshmi

    “Some rise by sin and some by virtue fall” Every thought of you burns my skin. And knowing my sleep is the only place I'm able to kiss you, touch you, and feel the fire you consume me in…makes me crave the nightmares. OH MY GOD. okay. So. Let me tell you. This book picks after where we left off in follow the river, which was months ago and I honestly had so much time to make up scenarios and expectations for this book. And holy shit did this book exceed all of them. The craziest shit happens in th “Some rise by sin and some by virtue fall” Every thought of you burns my skin. And knowing my sleep is the only place I'm able to kiss you, touch you, and feel the fire you consume me in…makes me crave the nightmares. OH MY GOD. okay. So. Let me tell you. This book picks after where we left off in follow the river, which was months ago and I honestly had so much time to make up scenarios and expectations for this book. And holy shit did this book exceed all of them. The craziest shit happens in this book. Plots and twists that I never saw coming. Towards the middle of the book I wasn’t sure if I was happy about the deviation away from the romance towards the ‘secret society’ but it all kind of fit at some point and I was able to get into it. I might have you, but you own me. Every inch. Every thought. Every moment of every day, Abhainn. You own me.” The romance in this book is the definition of EPIC ROMANCE. It was heartbreaking just like the first one. Possessive, protective, raw and wholesome. We get both river and rain struggling to be with and get pass their intense feelings for each other. We see river spiralling from the events in his life. His family. His lover. His friends. His game. Everything. And we see them lean against each other and the satisfaction I felt when they finally gave in to those feelings were indescribable. “You have me. You will always have me. Until every star in the night sky burns out. “ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lizzy

    𝙄 𝙗𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙢𝙮 𝙩𝙚𝙚𝙩𝙝 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙨𝙣𝙖𝙧𝙡 𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙙𝙨 𝙢𝙚𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙘𝙪𝙩 𝙝𝙞𝙢 𝙙𝙚𝙚𝙥𝙚𝙨𝙩. “𝙃𝙤𝙬'𝙨 𝙞𝙩 𝙛𝙪𝙘𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙛𝙚𝙚𝙡? 𝙉𝙤𝙩 𝙟𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙗𝙚 𝙪𝙨𝙚𝙙 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨, 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙝𝙖𝙩𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙨𝙚𝙡𝙛 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙞𝙩. 𝙃𝙤𝙬'𝙨 𝙞𝙩 𝙛𝙪𝙘𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙚, 𝙗𝙖𝙗𝙮? 𝙆𝙣𝙤𝙬𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙢𝙤𝙪𝙩𝙝 𝙬𝙖𝙨𝙣’𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙡𝙖𝙨𝙩 𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙗𝙚 𝙬𝙧𝙖𝙥𝙥𝙚𝙙 𝙖𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙 𝙢𝙮 𝙘𝙤𝙘𝙠.” Wow. After rain falls was just what I needed. another masterpiece at best. chelsea has a way of sucking me in, and i become so engulfed and so obsessed with river and rains stories. i’m not going to say too much because i really don’t want to s 𝙄 𝙗𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙢𝙮 𝙩𝙚𝙚𝙩𝙝 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙨𝙣𝙖𝙧𝙡 𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙙𝙨 𝙢𝙚𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙘𝙪𝙩 𝙝𝙞𝙢 𝙙𝙚𝙚𝙥𝙚𝙨𝙩. “𝙃𝙤𝙬'𝙨 𝙞𝙩 𝙛𝙪𝙘𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙛𝙚𝙚𝙡? 𝙉𝙤𝙩 𝙟𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙗𝙚 𝙪𝙨𝙚𝙙 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨, 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙝𝙖𝙩𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙨𝙚𝙡𝙛 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙞𝙩. 𝙃𝙤𝙬'𝙨 𝙞𝙩 𝙛𝙪𝙘𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙚, 𝙗𝙖𝙗𝙮? 𝙆𝙣𝙤𝙬𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙢𝙤𝙪𝙩𝙝 𝙬𝙖𝙨𝙣’𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙡𝙖𝙨𝙩 𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙗𝙚 𝙬𝙧𝙖𝙥𝙥𝙚𝙙 𝙖𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙 𝙢𝙮 𝙘𝙤𝙘𝙠.” Wow. After rain falls was just what I needed. another masterpiece at best. chelsea has a way of sucking me in, and i become so engulfed and so obsessed with river and rains stories. i’m not going to say too much because i really don’t want to spoil it, but all i’m going to say is that i could feel the pain. i could feel the pain that both river and rain have for each other. it’s all consuming. “𝙏𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙖 𝙥𝙤𝙞𝙣𝙩 𝙞𝙣 𝙢𝙮 𝙡𝙞𝙛𝙚 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙄 𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙘𝙪𝙢 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙩𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙄’𝙙 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙙.” 𝙄 𝙜𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙙𝙨 𝙤𝙪𝙩, 𝙙𝙚𝙨𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙜𝙖𝙞𝙣 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙩𝙧𝙤𝙡 𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙧 𝙞𝙣𝙨𝙞𝙙𝙚 𝙢𝙚. 𝙂𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙤 𝙢𝙮 𝙙𝙚𝙨𝙞𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙠𝙞𝙨𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙝𝙤𝙡𝙙 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙛𝙪𝙘𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙚 𝙝𝙞𝙢 𝙞𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙡𝙖𝙨𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙄 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙙𝙤 𝙧𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙣𝙤𝙬. “𝘽𝙪𝙩 𝙄 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙬𝙧𝙤𝙣𝙜, 𝙗𝙖𝙗𝙮. 𝙄 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙠 𝙄 𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙛𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙩𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙩𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙨.” i’ve always loved the dynamic between river and rain, being brooding alpha heroes and I just love them so much. ever since i first met them, i have been completely infatuated with them. if you thought follow the river was great, wait until you read after rain falls. you ain’t seen nothing yet. love these boys forever and ever🥺🖤 “𝙃𝙚 𝙘𝙖𝙧𝙫𝙚𝙙 𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙣𝙖𝙢𝙚 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙤 𝙢𝙮 𝙝𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙩 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙝𝙚 𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙞𝙩 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙢𝙮 𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙨𝙩. 𝙄 𝙙𝙤𝙣’𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙠 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙗𝙚 𝙖 𝙙𝙖𝙮 𝙞𝙩 𝙙𝙤𝙚𝙨𝙣’𝙩 𝙗𝙚𝙖𝙩 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙝𝙞𝙢.” **ARC Provided in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elle (literary.ya)

    Welp. I have just died a thousand deaths. And I am being serious. I haven’t cried in a book like this since Broken Knight. River & Rain were everything in FTR, here we are, second dose, and just like the second dose of the Covid vaccine, ARF fucked me up even more than the first book. I was so incredibly invested. The story was woven in such an immaculate way you literally feel every pull on your heart, every tug on your soul. YOU FEEL THESE BOYS. To say they are one of my favorite MM couples ev Welp. I have just died a thousand deaths. And I am being serious. I haven’t cried in a book like this since Broken Knight. River & Rain were everything in FTR, here we are, second dose, and just like the second dose of the Covid vaccine, ARF fucked me up even more than the first book. I was so incredibly invested. The story was woven in such an immaculate way you literally feel every pull on your heart, every tug on your soul. YOU FEEL THESE BOYS. To say they are one of my favorite MM couples ever is an understatement. CE Ricci is not shy why it comes to words. She hits you with every feeling, every emotion, every frustration possible. And she does it with such grace that you’re literally thirsty for more. This was an absolute masterpiece of a conclusion for their story. I cannot recommend this duet enough. And now we wait. For what she’s going to hit us with next. And I already know. I AM NOT PREPARED FOR IT.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Abby J Capps

    ... Whatever word is stronger than love, that’s what I feel for him. He is the object of my obsession, the gravity for my orbit, every star in the night sky reminding me that I’m not alone. He’s the center of my goddamn universe. I was lucky enough to alpha read this bad boy and I can’t believe the duet is complete! These boys.. are e v e r y t h i n g. The journey these two took me on will forever have a place in my heart. After Rain Falls ripped my heart out several times, I laughed out loud, I ... Whatever word is stronger than love, that’s what I feel for him. He is the object of my obsession, the gravity for my orbit, every star in the night sky reminding me that I’m not alone. He’s the center of my goddamn universe. I was lucky enough to alpha read this bad boy and I can’t believe the duet is complete! These boys.. are e v e r y t h i n g. The journey these two took me on will forever have a place in my heart. After Rain Falls ripped my heart out several times, I laughed out loud, I got so angry I wanted to pull some characters out and smack them, and I cried quite a few times. This duet is a whirlwind of emotions, period. But ARF? Wooo. Slayed. He’s nothing but a walking, talking massacre for my heart. If you enjoy MM romance and are okay with some triggers then I will never be able to recommend this duet enough!! 💚🌧 He’s the oxygen. And he makes me feel alive.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marian

    So, this is my personal opinion, because I know that many loved it ... But it was not my case. I felt like 98% of the characters were angry. The drama and toxicity increased. MUCH. I felt that instead of getting better, it got worse. And sometime after the middle I was bored. I just wanted to know how it ended. Meh. I am so disappointed and frustrated.😔

  17. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    I read this days ago-DAYS AGO-& I’m still processing because this book 𝙝𝙪𝙧𝙩. But the pain was necessary. Rivain needed to go through that heartbreak, that utter soul wrenching pain. And you feel every single second of it. River’s pain is so palpable I swear to god it reached through the damn pages of the book & ripped my heart from my chest. Everyone knows Rain’s my baby-but fck did I feel for River so damn hard I wanted to scream at Rain & throw my kindle across the damn room. And Rain.. ever t I read this days ago-DAYS AGO-& I’m still processing because this book 𝙝𝙪𝙧𝙩. But the pain was necessary. Rivain needed to go through that heartbreak, that utter soul wrenching pain. And you feel every single second of it. River’s pain is so palpable I swear to god it reached through the damn pages of the book & ripped my heart from my chest. Everyone knows Rain’s my baby-but fck did I feel for River so damn hard I wanted to scream at Rain & throw my kindle across the damn room. And Rain.. ever the fucking martyr. His pain is suffered in silence for the majority of the book & my heart couldn’t handle it. I was in CE’s DM’s so much 🤣 but Rain’s character development from the first book to now is beyond fucking PHENOMENAL. An author has a serious fucking talent when they can make you feel like you’re in their characters shoes, feeling every single damn thing they do, & for this only being CE’s second book-I am BLOWN away. Her words are *chefs kiss* After Rain Falls was painfully perfect in every way. River & Rain are extraordinary characters individually but together? Together they are completely fucking epic & they will forever have a place in my heart 😭 -side note. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but CE managed to make me feel empathetic towards Roman 😒. I still hate him don’t get me wrong, buttttt. I feel his pain. And I kinda can’t wait for his book & that’s all I have to say about him *cue eye roll*

  18. 4 out of 5

    Marley Valentine

    Review To Come

  19. 4 out of 5

    M

    Welp, this book, as they say, jumped the shark (do they still say that? IDK, I'm old). Anyway, it was very... not good, and wildly over the top. I kind of found the first book compelling because trapped in a cabin is genuinely one of my favourite tropes, plus who doesn't love a good enemies to lovers vibe. But this book is just a genuine mess. Apart from the absolutely, mindbogglingly nonsensical plot, I struggled to tell the MCs apart. They were both unbelievable dumbasses and neither of them s Welp, this book, as they say, jumped the shark (do they still say that? IDK, I'm old). Anyway, it was very... not good, and wildly over the top. I kind of found the first book compelling because trapped in a cabin is genuinely one of my favourite tropes, plus who doesn't love a good enemies to lovers vibe. But this book is just a genuine mess. Apart from the absolutely, mindbogglingly nonsensical plot, I struggled to tell the MCs apart. They were both unbelievable dumbasses and neither of them seemed very distinct. And then there's this thing with a secret society that made no sense whatsoever, and all these profoundly unnecessary side characters. The list of poor plot decisions goes on and on. Apart from that, I found the dialogue unrealistic and soap-opera level melodramatic. Real people do not talk like that, I wish authors would aim for authenticity in this. It so takes one out of a story when people just like say things no human has ever said in real life. I'm not sure who this book was for, or what story it was really trying to tell. If you pared it down to just Rain and River trying to be together while dealing with past traumas and family drama it might have been a readable story, but all the extraneous stuff just honestly ruined it. Yeah, no, this one was not for me.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ashleyalwaysreads

    Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 __________________________________________________ “𝔹𝕖𝕔𝕒𝕦𝕤𝕖 𝕗𝕒𝕝𝕝𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕗𝕠𝕣 ℝ𝕒𝕚𝕟 𝕨𝕒𝕤 𝕝𝕚𝕜𝕖 𝕓𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕟𝕘. 𝕀𝕟𝕤𝕥𝕚𝕟𝕔𝕥𝕦𝕒𝕝. 𝕀𝕟𝕘𝕣𝕒𝕚𝕟𝕖𝕕 𝕚𝕟 𝕞𝕪 𝔻ℕ𝔸. 𝔸𝕦𝕥𝕠𝕞𝕒𝕥𝕚𝕔.” Wow. What an amazing end for our boys. I’m not going to go into much but I’m just going to say if you like being gutted,ruined, torn apart and put back together. The definitely read this duet! “𝕀𝕗 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕟𝕜 𝕪𝕠𝕦’𝕣𝕖 𝕝𝕠𝕤𝕥, 𝕛𝕦𝕤𝕥 𝕗𝕠𝕝𝕝𝕠𝕨 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕣𝕚𝕧𝕖𝕣.” I was so scared going into this because of the pain we went through in book one with th Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 __________________________________________________ “𝔹𝕖𝕔𝕒𝕦𝕤𝕖 𝕗𝕒𝕝𝕝𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕗𝕠𝕣 ℝ𝕒𝕚𝕟 𝕨𝕒𝕤 𝕝𝕚𝕜𝕖 𝕓𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕟𝕘. 𝕀𝕟𝕤𝕥𝕚𝕟𝕔𝕥𝕦𝕒𝕝. 𝕀𝕟𝕘𝕣𝕒𝕚𝕟𝕖𝕕 𝕚𝕟 𝕞𝕪 𝔻ℕ𝔸. 𝔸𝕦𝕥𝕠𝕞𝕒𝕥𝕚𝕔.” Wow. What an amazing end for our boys. I’m not going to go into much but I’m just going to say if you like being gutted,ruined, torn apart and put back together. The definitely read this duet! “𝕀𝕗 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕟𝕜 𝕪𝕠𝕦’𝕣𝕖 𝕝𝕠𝕤𝕥, 𝕛𝕦𝕤𝕥 𝕗𝕠𝕝𝕝𝕠𝕨 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕣𝕚𝕧𝕖𝕣.” I was so scared going into this because of the pain we went through in book one with that fucking cliffhanger...but it was all worth it. The love I have for River and Rain will transcend time. This duet made me want to rage and scream. I cried a lot and I laughed but in the end it was all so very worth it. ___________________________________________________ “ “‘𝘐 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘦 𝘐 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘢𝘭𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘣𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘴𝘢𝘧𝘦 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘴 𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥 𝘰𝘯𝘦.’” 𝘔𝘺 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘤𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘰𝘯𝘦, 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘦𝘵 𝘮𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘣𝘰𝘥𝘺 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘧𝘪𝘳𝘴𝘵 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘐 𝘴𝘢𝘪𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘪𝘮. “

  21. 4 out of 5

    Becca Steele

    This duet is a fucking masterpiece. The angst! CE Ricci KILLED ME. It physically hurt to read in places, and I was here for it. SO MANY EMOTIONS. River and Rain have stolen my heart, and I may never be the same again. Have alcohol/tissues/a punch bag handy, because you'll need them. This duet is a fucking masterpiece. The angst! CE Ricci KILLED ME. It physically hurt to read in places, and I was here for it. SO MANY EMOTIONS. River and Rain have stolen my heart, and I may never be the same again. Have alcohol/tissues/a punch bag handy, because you'll need them.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Camila

    This is going to be an unpopular opinion but whatever. I read this book in one day because I was in a rush to finish it and not look at it longer than necessary lol. Beware of SPOILERS cuz there's a lot. This review will be a doozy so strap in. TRIGGER WARNING: talk of rape. Okay, so this book was unsatisfying for me, to say the least. I found there to be too many issues. I didn't add a review to the first book because I was waiting for this one. 1- I never like when authors romanticize co-depend This is going to be an unpopular opinion but whatever. I read this book in one day because I was in a rush to finish it and not look at it longer than necessary lol. Beware of SPOILERS cuz there's a lot. This review will be a doozy so strap in. TRIGGER WARNING: talk of rape. Okay, so this book was unsatisfying for me, to say the least. I found there to be too many issues. I didn't add a review to the first book because I was waiting for this one. 1- I never like when authors romanticize co-dependence, ownership of a person, obsessive and possessive thoughts and behaviours, rape, etc. - I know a lot of people think it's hot to hear someone say "you're mine and I'm yours" but when it's repeatedly shoved in your face, you feel like you're choking on it and getting second-hand embarrassment. It irks me when unhealthy relationships are normalized and made to be romantic when really they're co-dependent and toxic as hell. River: "I wanna be able to claim you and mark you as mine and not look like an idiot for it. And there was so much of that from both River and Rain..just ugh... 2- I felt bad for Roman. Not saying I liked him but I pitied him and wanted to shake him out of his obsession with Rain despite knowing Rain would let him down. Not everyone will agree with my pity for him, though I get why because Roman was hella petty and only breaking his heart further when he kept pining after Rain, but when Ciarain told him to leave the hospital in such a careless, heartless way, my heart broke for Roman. He saved the man he despised and resented and all for Ciarain and because it was the right thing to do. And Ciarain just tossed him aside like he meant nothing. I don't think it would've worked out between Roman and Ciarain, especially because of his baby plan and because he just couldn't accept that Ciarain never loved him. He at least realized at the end if it did work out with Ciarain, he would've been the second choice. And Ciarain isn't blameless, he led Roman on a few times. 3- I understand River's contempt for Roman but when he thought this: This has been a game to him from the beginning. It’s been filled with heartache and agony and he’s been a puppet master behind such a large majority of it. Feeding into my insecurities, letting me assume the worst. I thought he was throwing a lot of blame where it didn't belong. It wasn't a game to Roman, he might've wanted to be petty towards River but he loved Ciarain and he did what a lot of people would do in his position: he fought for his love to win. Even if he was petty and curt with River, he was in pain because the man he loved, loved someone else. River wasn't grateful when he woke up at the hospital. Roman saved him and not Ciarain lol. Roman saved Ciarain from Ted as well. He helped the man he loved countless times and he didn't get the gratitude that he deserved. Looking back to Roman, I scoff. “And you? You’re no better. Deception is the name of the game for you, for all of you in this secret society that hasn’t managed to do jack shit to help with this mess we’re in.” Lol, this was hilarious, because who the fuck is River to scold Roman about what he has been or has not been able to do to help Rain with Ted. As far as I'm concerned, Roman is not obliged to do jack shit but he's trying because he cares for Rain and because it's genuinely the right thing to do. Lol, River and Rain survived only because of Roman. And LOL when River forgave Rain right away after he got caught kissing Roman back and all because Rain said he loved River... River was such a pushover when it came to Rain. Ciarain truly had both men whipped. 4- River: It’s hilarious to the point where I want to laugh, but I can’t. Because this is my life and the person I love being thrown into the equation. The person I’ve battled for, gone to war for, and it still manages to feel as if I’m the only one fighting. What war is he talking about lol... a lot of the writing in this book was extremely dramatic and cringe. I was sighing in my head a lot. 5- I don't like Ciarain. Not since the first book but I wanted to understand why so many readers are enamoured with him despite what he was like and what he did in the first book but NOPE, including the way he was with Roman throughout the book... just his carelessness in general was gross. He put Roman through the wringer. Oh and also He effing RAPED River in the first book. I don't care if River says he could've stopped it if he wanted. He was in shock when it happened. I don't care if River loved or lusted after Ciarain enough to get over it. It was a vile and brutal attack. And he won't get any sympathy from me because Ted sexually abused Rain when he was young. In fact, it makes things worse because if he knew how it feels to have your body abused like that, he wouldn't have put his unlubed dick forcefully in River. And Idc that the author wrote him to be aware of that fact because it doesn't change anything. I can't support any relationship that has had that no matter how many times the author writes a happy ending. If I was showering in the shower and all of a sudden I feel this pain in my asshole and it feels like I'm torn apart and it's because the guy is so angry that he shoved it up there without any care for who he's hurting, I'd never be able to get that out of my head no matter what I felt for him beforehand, no matter what the author writes, a person does not let that shit go unless there's an unhealthy infatuation that's written as love. It's insulting to victims. That said, just because I felt bad for Roman, I didn't like what happened at the party and what Roman, in his desperation, did. I didn't like that at all. Didn't like Rain in that scene either but his shitiness wasn't surprising whatsoever. A lot of River's behavior is just as questionable as Rain's. In the first book and in this one. I can't go into it too much because then this review will be soooo damn long. But I don't like River either lol. 6- The author has potential in writing but the crazy run-ons of thoughts and feelings during actual conversations was too much and unrealistic, it got super annoying. It was also hella wishy-washy and cheesy af and made me cringe, many, many times it felt like a script for Days Of Our Lives. 7- Not sure if I'll read Roman's book (if he gets one) because I'm guessing the author would milk his pain over losing Rain to another man and I'm honestly sick of Rain and River after only two books lol. But I still hope the author will write something for him; I want him to find someone worthy of his love and I want him to forget about Ciarain because I truly believe Ciarain didn't deserve him as a friend or as a lover. But I'm guessing Roman would only go through more pain before he finds actual love. 8- Author in Preface: They aren’t perfect. They hurt each other as much as they love each other. They make mistakes. They’re going to do things that make you angry, happy, sad, and probably everything in between. But to me, it makes sense because that’s how real love works in all of our lives. So if I’m doing my best to make them as real as possible, shouldn’t their relationship be too? Lol wtf. Their relationship wasn't by any means "real", it was hella toxic NO MATTER HOW MANY HAPPY ENDINGS ARE WRITTEN FOR THE TWO OF THEM. If you truly feel different then ok wtv but dont generalize this shit. And that's NOT how "real love" works, dude. I just...can't even with this statement.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bookish.Gusto

    How can emptiness feel so heavy? This book picks up right where the last one left off...with River's and my own heart shattered. The intensity, angst and volatility of their relationship flares up again and again and I loved it ...... till 45%. After that, this story lost me for the most part cuz of the following: 🥀 The whole Enclave stuff took a LOT away from the story for me. I felt like an angry possessive book girlfriend who didn't want the focus to be anywhere but on River and Rain. The How can emptiness feel so heavy? This book picks up right where the last one left off...with River's and my own heart shattered. The intensity, angst and volatility of their relationship flares up again and again and I loved it ...... till 45%. After that, this story lost me for the most part cuz of the following: 🥀 The whole Enclave stuff took a LOT away from the story for me. I felt like an angry possessive book girlfriend who didn't want the focus to be anywhere but on River and Rain. The Enclave stuff snatched away that focus and also stretched the book unnecessarily. 🥀 After 45%, the story became entirely too predictable. For me, atleast. So, I became sort of...detached I guess. 🥀River was giving Rain tooo many chances *wry smile*. The whole thing became a mess The positive points: 🖤 The first 45% portion of the book was absolutely explosive. 🖤I loved Roman. Definitely want to see where his story goes. Even though I rolled my eyes very hard when we get to know that he genuinely believes Enclave is all goody-goody and humble people-serving organisation (I mean, how can anyone think so much power can exist at a single place without being used for some not-so-innocent or shall we say, nefarious purposes.) 🖤The goofy scenes with River and Rain ( Especially the 'soulmate' scene😆, it was amazing) 🖤The sexy times🔥🔥All the scenes were H.O.T. However, I am particularly biased towards the River, Rain and Roman (should be & could be) threesome. *Hint Hint, CE* Despite all of my rambling above, I am desperately looking forward to new books by this author. I love her writing style.♥️ Some quotes that I loved: “You look me in the eyes a little too long to feel nothing for me.” Everything about him kills me. He’s nothing but a walking, talking massacre for my heart. We're nothing but an almost.

  24. 4 out of 5

    LuLu (lulu.books_and_dreams)

    I can't even begin to put into words how much I loved this book. After Rain Falls was my most anticipated read of the year so far and I was lucky enough to read it earlier and for that I am extremely grateful to Chelsea. Thank you for understanding my addiction with River and Rain😘 This is the second and final book in the River of Rain Duet and it picks off where Follow the River ended. If you've read it you know the heart shattering cliffhanger I'm talking about😜 I managed to read this book in le I can't even begin to put into words how much I loved this book. After Rain Falls was my most anticipated read of the year so far and I was lucky enough to read it earlier and for that I am extremely grateful to Chelsea. Thank you for understanding my addiction with River and Rain😘 This is the second and final book in the River of Rain Duet and it picks off where Follow the River ended. If you've read it you know the heart shattering cliffhanger I'm talking about😜 I managed to read this book in less than 12 hours just because I was dying to find out how everything would fall into place. River absolutely destroyed me and I just wanted to reach inside the book and hug him. The transformation of his character from the first book is painful to witness. The pain he goes through at the hands of not only Rain but his family as well takes him to a horrible breaking point. “𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗱𝗶𝗱𝗻’𝘁 𝗵𝘂𝗿𝘁 𝗺𝗲,” 𝗜 𝘄𝗵𝗶𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗿, 𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗺𝘆 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗱 𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗺𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵. 𝗔 𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝘀𝗹𝗶𝗽𝘀 𝗱𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝗺𝘆 𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗲𝗸, 𝗵𝗶𝗱𝗱𝗲𝗻 𝗯𝘆 𝗱𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗮𝘀 𝗜 𝘂𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗵𝗼𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗱𝘀 𝗜’𝘃𝗲 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝘀𝗽𝗼𝗸𝗲𝗻 𝗮𝗴𝗮𝗶𝗻𝘀𝘁 𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗹𝗶𝗽𝘀.“𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗱𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗼𝘆𝗲𝗱 𝗺𝗲.” Rain ping-pongs between what he feels is the right thing to do and his explosive attraction towards River. He ends up hurting himself almost as much as he's hurting River. Both of them say and do hurtful things that I wished with all my heart they would come back from. “𝗜𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝘀𝗻’𝘁 𝗮 𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗲, 𝗺𝗼 𝗴𝗿á. 𝗡𝗼 𝗺𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗯𝗲.” And Roman, well..while his actions stem from a relatively good place, he only manages to bring more pain and disappointment into the mix. “𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗜 𝗱𝗼 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝘀, 𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗹𝗲 𝗔𝗯𝗵𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗻? 𝗜 𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺.” I must admit by the end I kinda fell in love with him a little bit and now I can't wait for his book. After Rain Falls is a story full of heartbreak, pain, betrayal, secrets and loud gasping moments😱 It is NOT a love triangle!!! It was perfect and so much more than what I expected and now that River and Rain's story has come to an end I don't know what to do with myself. They will forever hold a special place in my heart and this duet is one I will most definitely re-read often. Again you should take into consideration the blanket trigger warning at the beginning of the book. Out of respect for her work I won't list the triggers. Everyone is free to make their own choice when reading a book that has a blanket trigger warning and if you're not comfortable with that please contact Chelsea and I'm sure she will be more than happy to provide a detailed list.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ally

    I don't think any review I could write will do this book justice. I loved it. SO. DAMN. MUCH! Well, it all starts with chapter one....pain. So much pain. I cried more times during this book than I have with any other book in a LONG TIME. River's pain...you'll feel it. HARD. His agony was palpable. Not to say Rain isn't in pain too but River is the one that wears his emotions on his sleeve. There was one point when River was describing his mental turmoil and it literally made me sob because I felt I don't think any review I could write will do this book justice. I loved it. SO. DAMN. MUCH! Well, it all starts with chapter one....pain. So much pain. I cried more times during this book than I have with any other book in a LONG TIME. River's pain...you'll feel it. HARD. His agony was palpable. Not to say Rain isn't in pain too but River is the one that wears his emotions on his sleeve. There was one point when River was describing his mental turmoil and it literally made me sob because I felt it so deep within my own soul. It's relatable, it's raw, and it's so REAL. It takes a very talented author to be able to put that pain on paper and nail it. Then on the other hand you have Rain who just does what he thinks is best even at the expense of his own happiness. THESE TWO BOYS OWN MY HEART AND SOUL. Fun Fact: Every time Rain calls River, Abhainn or Mo Gra...I DIE. Every. Single. Time. Now we get to the tricky character....Roman. I'M SORRY YOU GUYS BUT I JUST CAN'T HATE HIM!! My heart hurts so bad for him!!! Am I saying his actions towards my baby, River, are justifiable? HELL NO. He is going to push you in this book. He's going to make you want to slap the hell out of him. He's going to make you want to toss your kindle/book across the room....but I think that's why I liked him so much. He's the extremely morally grey character that I can't help but love. He needs to go find his own man though because these babies are taken. For those of you here for the sex details...IT'S HOTTTTTTTT. C.E. Ricci also introduces us to the boys of the Enclave who will be getting their own books. I'm so excited for their series! Each one of them has their own unique personality and I'm already going to say that I know Kaede will be my favorite. I'm so sad this duet is over but it was everything I could have possibly wanted.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michelle (Your Favorite Book Bag)

    “𝙸 𝚘𝚙𝚎𝚗𝚎𝚍 𝚖𝚢𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚏 𝚞𝚙 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚊 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝙸 𝚏𝚎𝚕𝚕. 𝙷𝚊𝚛𝚍 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚏𝚊𝚜𝚝 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚊𝚝 𝚘𝚗𝚌𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝙸 𝚌𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍𝚗’𝚝 𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚙 𝚖𝚢𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚏.” 𝙰𝚗𝚍 𝙸 𝚌𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍𝚗’𝚝, 𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚗 𝚒𝚏 𝙸 𝚠𝚊𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚛𝚢. 𝙱𝚎𝚌𝚊𝚞𝚜𝚎 𝚏𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚁𝚊𝚒𝚗 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚋𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐. 𝙸𝚗𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚌𝚝𝚞𝚊𝚕. 𝙸𝚗𝚐𝚛𝚊𝚒𝚗𝚎𝚍 𝚒𝚗 𝚖𝚢 𝙳𝙽𝙰. 𝙰𝚞𝚝𝚘𝚖𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚌.” River emulates his namesake. He’s a violent current with frigid temperatures and the unpredictability of where the water will meet land again. He’s lost, lonely and so very broken. “𝙸𝚝’𝚜 𝚁𝚒𝚟𝚎𝚛. 𝙴𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚢 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚛 𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚗𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝 𝚜𝚔𝚢 𝚠𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚋𝚞𝚛𝚗 𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚋𝚎𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚒𝚝 𝚒𝚜𝚗’𝚝 𝚁𝚒𝚟𝚎𝚛. “𝙸 𝚘𝚙𝚎𝚗𝚎𝚍 𝚖𝚢𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚏 𝚞𝚙 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚊 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝙸 𝚏𝚎𝚕𝚕. 𝙷𝚊𝚛𝚍 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚏𝚊𝚜𝚝 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚊𝚝 𝚘𝚗𝚌𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝙸 𝚌𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍𝚗’𝚝 𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚙 𝚖𝚢𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚏.” 𝙰𝚗𝚍 𝙸 𝚌𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍𝚗’𝚝, 𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚗 𝚒𝚏 𝙸 𝚠𝚊𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚛𝚢. 𝙱𝚎𝚌𝚊𝚞𝚜𝚎 𝚏𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚁𝚊𝚒𝚗 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚋𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐. 𝙸𝚗𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚌𝚝𝚞𝚊𝚕. 𝙸𝚗𝚐𝚛𝚊𝚒𝚗𝚎𝚍 𝚒𝚗 𝚖𝚢 𝙳𝙽𝙰. 𝙰𝚞𝚝𝚘𝚖𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚌.” River emulates his namesake. He’s a violent current with frigid temperatures and the unpredictability of where the water will meet land again. He’s lost, lonely and so very broken. “𝙸𝚝’𝚜 𝚁𝚒𝚟𝚎𝚛. 𝙴𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚢 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚛 𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚗𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝 𝚜𝚔𝚢 𝚠𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚋𝚞𝚛𝚗 𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚋𝚎𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚒𝚝 𝚒𝚜𝚗’𝚝 𝚁𝚒𝚟𝚎𝚛.” River is all Rain sees. He’s the first and only person his mind sees, dreams and focuses on. He’s trying to do right by his lineage- but he has had every possibly road block in his way to make things right between them. “After Rain Falls,” by CE Ricci is book two and the conclusion in the River and Rain Duet. It is an MM romance, and is filled to the BRIM with heartache, angst and thoughts of forever just skimming the surface of the water. It picks up where it left off in book one, and to tell you that my heart was not shattered into tiny pieces throughout this story would make me a liar. River and Rain are imperfectly perfect for each other. They fight for love, in retrospect, and it shows that no matter the obstacle their magnetic connection is worth all of the pain it took to get to where they are. An amazing conclusion to this duet, and I’m so ready for those Enclave boys.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I had so much anxiety waiting for this book! Like will I be fucked up again and be in a massive slump, I was kinda scared to read it. Well I'm not slumping so that's a bonus! That takes nothing away from the book, just the fact that it is a duet so we have the conclusion. The angst was alive and well again, the push and pull, like these boys were made for each other but Rain was trying to protect River and he needed to push him away to do that. Cue the heartbreaking scenes. The sex scenes were fuc I had so much anxiety waiting for this book! Like will I be fucked up again and be in a massive slump, I was kinda scared to read it. Well I'm not slumping so that's a bonus! That takes nothing away from the book, just the fact that it is a duet so we have the conclusion. The angst was alive and well again, the push and pull, like these boys were made for each other but Rain was trying to protect River and he needed to push him away to do that. Cue the heartbreaking scenes. The sex scenes were fucking hot as per book 1, they didn't disappoint. We meet the players and members of the enclave in this book, they are introduced through Roman as they are helping with the "issue" of Ted. I feel like there was too much of them towards the end, I would have preferred all the focus on River and Rain as it was their book. With the enclave it just left more questions about the society and its members. I didn't feel like that part of the story was done smoothly at all. As for Roman, I didn't actually hate him as much as I thought so I will definitely be reading his book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nichol

    *Takes deep breath* Wow. I got home from work, and immediately holed myself up with the ARF playlist, and told my husband not to bother me. I don’t feel like I have ever read a book, or books, and just felt like I knew the character’s souls. Ricci is a literary genius. Her words are designed not only to portray the emotions the characters are going through, but to make the reader FEEL right along with them. I don’t want to delve too much into the story line, because spoilers are no fun, but know t *Takes deep breath* Wow. I got home from work, and immediately holed myself up with the ARF playlist, and told my husband not to bother me. I don’t feel like I have ever read a book, or books, and just felt like I knew the character’s souls. Ricci is a literary genius. Her words are designed not only to portray the emotions the characters are going through, but to make the reader FEEL right along with them. I don’t want to delve too much into the story line, because spoilers are no fun, but know this; it took me about 6 hours to read this in one sitting, and I. Am. Drained. In the last 6 hours, I have cried (more than once) and I have laughed. I’ve been angry, and sad, and happy and stared at the page like a heart eyed emoji. This story deals with trauma of all ranges, toxic love, and the healing of two darkly tangled souls. Pro-tip: any time you see “What song?” on the page, just go ahead and pull it up. I have always tried to do that if a specific song is mentioned in a book, but I feel like Ricci dived into the depths of the music world to find the songs that so accurately match what’s happening on page that it heightens the emotions the reader feels that much more. Rinn thu cho math. I cannot wait to see Roman’s redemption and who you have prepared to cut him to his knees. Everyone was right, I love to hate him, and hate to love him.

  29. 5 out of 5

    G.N. Wright

    I have been waiting to devour this ever since I finished Follow The River and I have literally not stopped reading it all day! This book was everything but I can't even begin to get into it without giving any spoilers so all I can say is you have to read this book, this duet! It's a masterpiece. Books that can make me feel every emotion... Love, lust, hope, happiness, anger, despair and pure freaking grief all in the space of a few chapters or even sentences. Just amazing. I laughed, I cried and I I have been waiting to devour this ever since I finished Follow The River and I have literally not stopped reading it all day! This book was everything but I can't even begin to get into it without giving any spoilers so all I can say is you have to read this book, this duet! It's a masterpiece. Books that can make me feel every emotion... Love, lust, hope, happiness, anger, despair and pure freaking grief all in the space of a few chapters or even sentences. Just amazing. I laughed, I cried and I yelled. So much yelling!!! At the characters, at the author! Just prepare yourself to read this book... You need snacks to stress eat, tissues to wipe your tears and bubble wrap for when you throw your kindle across the room! River and Rain have a firm spot in my little book boyfriend heart for sure. Can't wait for more from CE Ricci

  30. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    Oh my, I have just realised that I didn't immediately write a review for this amazing follow up to one of my fave books of 2020 Follow the River. Seriously, I was in a book fugue after finishing After Rain Falls, and I just have to say that C.E. Ricci has done it again and knocked it out of the park 💚. After Rain Falls picks up where Follow the River finishes, with River and Rain at odds with each other, and Rain's former bestie Roman back in town to support him. I know readers are taking sides o Oh my, I have just realised that I didn't immediately write a review for this amazing follow up to one of my fave books of 2020 Follow the River. Seriously, I was in a book fugue after finishing After Rain Falls, and I just have to say that C.E. Ricci has done it again and knocked it out of the park 💚. After Rain Falls picks up where Follow the River finishes, with River and Rain at odds with each other, and Rain's former bestie Roman back in town to support him. I know readers are taking sides on this, but nuh uh I do not ship Roman in any way, not after THOSE 60 seconds...🤬. We learn more about the mysterious 'enclave', setting us up nicely for C.E. Ricci's next series, and without giving too much away, our boys do get their HEA but it's a really rocky ride to get there. I found myself very frustrated in parts throughout the book, angst levels were high and at times I just wanted to bang the boys' heads together to make them see sense. Whilst still a 4.5 (rounded up to 5) star read for me, I preferred book 1 more. I just love that enemies-to-lovers, fighting-the-attraction-to-each-other trope more than the we're-in-love-and-this-is-all-too-hard trope. Both exceedingly 🔥🔥🔥 in the capable hands of Ms Ricci though 😈. Highly recommended, and if you loved book 1 you're going to need to read this one 😍. 4.5 ✨✨✨✨ I was excited and grateful to receive an ARC of After Rain Falls and this is my honest review.

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