Wednesday, October 9, 2013

***Blog Tour Stop and Giveaway*** When it Rains by Lisa De Jong

Title: When it Rains
Author: Lisa De Jong
Release Date: Sep 25, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance


One night changed my life forever.

Beau Bennett has been my best friend since I can remember. He was my first crush before everything came crashing down, and now he wants more, but it's more than I can give him. Things are different now. I wish I could tell him why, but I can't.

I haven’t told anyone.

I never knew how much I really needed him until the day he left for college, and I was completely alone.

Then one day, Asher Hunt rides into town with his dark, captivating eyes and cocky grin. He doesn't care who I used to be, he's simply breathing life into what’s left. People warn me to stay away from him, but he helps me forget the pain that has held me hostage for so long; something I thought was impossible before he walked into my life.

I’ve been hurt.

I’ve been saved.

And I’ve found hope.

I thought my story was written that night, but now I know it was only a new beginning. Until one secret turns my world upside down…


 “What’s wrong?  What did I do?” The ache I hear in his voice makes my heart fall a little further into my stomach.  This is my fault, not his.
            When I felt Beau’s body on top of mine, I could see the anger in Drew’s eyes and feel the way his fingers dug into my skin.  I just want the memories to go away.
            “Fuck.  Kate, please say something!” Beau says with a strained voice.
            I flinch, wrapping my arms around my stomach.  “Can you please just take me home?” 
I want to tell him.  I want to tell someone, but I can’t.
He stands in front of me with his hands folded behind his neck. I back away, making sure to put an arms-length distance between us.  “Jesus, will you please just tell me what’s going on?  I can’t keep watching you pull further and further away from me.”
            “Just take me home, Beau,” I whisper before walking in the direction of the truck.  When I hear him call my name, I stop and turn my neck to look back at him. 
            “I can’t keep doing this shit.  Why won’t you talk to me?  Give me one reason!” he yells, gripping his hair between his fingers.
            “You don’t want to hear it.  Trust me,” I cry, covering my mouth with my hand.  Just thinking about telling him everything makes the bile rise from my stomach.  No one wants to hear that good little Kate isn’t who they think she is.  She’s been damaged.

            “Try me,” he says, sounding tired and frustrated.  “Nothing you tell me will change the way I feel about you. Nothing.”

Jenn's Review
We all read books and know when we finish, there are going to be some that stick with us. When it Rains is one of those books, for me. I’ve ugly cried before and I’ll think about a book for a while after I have finished it. Well never and I mean NEVER have I had this kind of reaction. Scrolling through Facebook the other day, I come across a teaser pic and immediately my mind went to that scene in the story and my eyes got teary.

When it Rains was beautiful and 100% gut-wrenching. I am finding it very hard to put my thoughts down, in fear of spoiling the story but also it’s as though I’m tongue tied. But, I’m going to try and do it justice.

At 17, Kate lost her innocence. Actually it was taken but with that she lost the ability to live. She became a shell of herself, just going through the motions. She lost her friends. All but one. Beau was never far away. He knew something was wrong but since she refused to speak of what happened to her, there was nothing he could do. Now it’s time for Beau to leave for college and he can’t leave without telling Kate how he feels and how long he’s felt this way. Kate does what she’s done to everyone else. She pushes him away and from that point on their relationship is awkward and strained.

This part alone broke my heart. He wanted so badly to be there for her. He didn’t know what was wrong but he wanted to fix it. With promises of coming home every weekend, he had no choice but to leave for school.

Kate has put off college with the excuse of needing to work to be able to attend school. It’s safer this way. She’s barely comfortable with herself, much less with a bunch of strangers. Working at the diner, she sees the same people almost every day. Again, it’s safer this way.
Then Asher walks into the diner. It takes some time but he convinces her to start living again. Take risks, challenge yourself. I swear, as I’m typing this I’m reaching for the tissues! Kate and Asher grow closer and soon she shares what happened to her two years ago. He comforts her and helps her move on in the most amazing way. But Asher has a secret he’s holding onto as well. And, when Kate finds out, her world is tilted on its axis. Mine was too actually and this is where I lost it. Sometimes I will add quotes to a review but right now I can’t even bring myself to open the story. That is how affected I am! I read this weeks ago and it has stayed with me.

Everyone I talk to, I tell them to read this book. But I’ll advise that about halfway through, take a couple ibuprofen and maybe have some re-wetting drops for your eyes. You’ll need it! I am rating this book 5 out of 5 grab your tissues and be ready stars.

Author Information:

Lisa De Jong is a wife, mother and full-time number cruncher who lives in the Midwest. Her writing journey involved insane amounts of coffee and many nights of very little sleep but she wouldn’t change a thing. She also enjoys reading, football and music.

For more information about Lisa and her books follow her at:

Twitter: @LisaDeJongBooks
Blog: www.lisadejongbooks.blogspot.com



  1. I can not wait to start reading your books.I also love giveaways.I collect books as well as reading them..Heather Bell

  2. This book sounds really good. Can't wait to read it now that I have heard about it. Thanks for the GA!

  3. I have heard great things about this book! Would love to read it!

  4. This sounds like a really good book. Thanks for the giveaway.