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Drops of Rain (Hale Brothers Series Book 1) by [Andrews, Kathryn]
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**This book is for anyone who loves a good romance and it is intended for those who are 16 years of age and older.**

Ali Rain
Sometimes I think to myself, “How did I get here?” Then the pain hits and I remember…it’s because she’s gone. I now live in a new town, go to a new school, and I’m supposed to be moving on with my new life. Only, I no longer know who I am anymore. Dancing is all I have left and every day I feel completely alone. Silence has become the theme song to my life. She said to find some joy and light, but I don’t know how. Mostly, I feel surrounded in darkness…that is until I meet him.

Drew Hale
I have only one goal, in 298 days I’m going to drive away from this small beach town and never return. People are always watching me closely, too close, and I’m tired of wearing a mask. I need to be free. Swimming is my ticket out of here and I remind myself daily to fly under the radar, stick to my routine, and under no circumstances let anything distract me. I’m not as perfect as they think, most days I am drowning in guilt. I’m not sure I will ever be able to escape the feelings of shame, worthlessness, and just being unwanted…that is until I meet her.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1108 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Kathryn Andrews, LLC (9 August 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MKK5AGM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #193,462 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I have now read this book twice and have fallen more in love with the story. I can relate to Ali quite well and still had the pounding heart and emotions as if I was reading it for the first time. I'm a big fan of Kathryn Andrews having read all her books and look forward to what's next!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good start of series 10 March 2016
By Michelle - Published on Amazon.com
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3.5 stars. Ali Rain has just moved into town for her senior year of high school. Her mother passed away recently and her father doesn't know how to grieve so Ali is on her on for the most part. Because Ali is so caught up in her own little world, she doesn't recognize that her neighbor across the street, Drew Hale, has been watching her. He even sits behind her in class and watches her practice dance.

Drew is a fantastic swimmer but he doesn't want to get too close to Ali because he never gets close to anyone besides his 2 brothers and 2 best friends. Drew is a rather guarded character. He doesn't talk much, he seldom shares anything about himself and he focuses on school and swimming. However, Drew and his brother Beau are local celebrities because of their athletic abilities and their family is an example of high society for others to envy.

While I enjoyed the depth of the characters, some parts of this story were not really believable. Both Drew and Ali are 19 year old seniors in high school and the way Ali is so oblivious to Drew's existence when this guy is basically keeping an eye on her every move just doesn't seem like something she can easily ignore. When she's face to face with Drew, she's completely captivated by everything about him so how does she not notice that he's staring at her as intensely as he does when her back is turned, given their connection?

I liked the relationship of Drew and his brothers and Ali's friendship with them, too. Drew may not have been the most approachable or nicest guy, but I never thought he was a jerk. He's got his reasons for keeping his distance but in his heart, he's genuine and sincere. Cassidy's character was a bit over the top for high school, but her character served a purpose for the drama. The relationship development between Ali and Drew was well-paced and they had definite chemistry although their first encounter seemed more awkward to me rather than instant attraction. There's also a good underlying message about sacrificing for family and standing up for oneself in the face of adversity or danger.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Refreshing Story That Hit So Close To Home 11 August 2014
By Chelsie - Published on Amazon.com
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☆☆☆☆☆
I was extremely lucky to get the opportunity to read an ARC of Drops of Rain for an honest review, and I can't get the characters or the story out of my head!

Drops of Rain is a captivating story of a young girl named Ali, that has gone through a terrible tragedy, and is alone in a new town trying to figure out how to move on and live again.
Her life takes an unforeseen turn when she crashes into hot and tempting Drew one day.
Sadly, Drew is fighting his own demons every day. His one hope is to leave everything in this town and move on from all of his heartache.
Ali never expected to find Drew....
Drew never expected to find Ali....
Now the two of them have to decide if the life they had planned for themselves is the correct life after all.

Drops of Rain hit so close to home for me for so many reason, and Kathyrn beautifully wrote the hard topics in the book.
This is definitely going in my top 5 favorite books ever.
I loved Ali, and I connected with her on a deeper level...I understood her pain, and where she was coming from.
Drew was the perfect guy....he protected what was his and always kept his focus.

I LOVED THIS BOOK.
It deserves so much more than 5 stars!
Buy it and devour it, you won't regret it.

PS: I fell so hard for Beau, and I am impatiently waiting for his book!!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Reading the Paranormal Review 19 May 2016
By Kelly Rubidoux - Published on Amazon.com
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I was in the mood for something on the lighter side when I picked this book up. It's not necessarily on the light end of the spectrum (poor Ali and Drew!), but it still hit the spot.

Things I liked: Ali dealing with her circumstances. There's a lot going on with her. Grief, abandonment issues, being the new girl on top of everything else. Drew doesn't necessarily make it easier for her, either. He has his reasons. Totally. I get why he pushed her away and tried to keep his distance. Totally get that. Simply put, I liked Ali's strength and how she pushed herself to stay strong.

I LOVED the relationship between Drew and Beau. Brothers, man. They rocked that part. I didn't love how Beau was used against Drew, but that's another story. The two of them together made a formidable team. *thumbs up*

There were a few instances where the dialog came across as a little stilted. Enough that it threw me out of the story. I can't think of any specific examples, but I had a moment or two of "Would a high schooler REALLY say that?" Still, I enjoyed Ali and Drew's story and want to see Beau catch his special lady friend. So, there's that.

-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A story that comes Full Circle! 30 August 2014
By lrut07 - Published on Amazon.com
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Drops of Rain is one of those stories that makes your heart hurt. The story is constantly pulling at your heartstrings, making you feel the characters pain and heartache. But the meaning behind this story is truly beautiful. This helped in healing my broken heart.

Author Kathryn Andrews gives us four characters that will change you; Ali Rain and The Hale Brothers: Drew, Beau, and Matt. They are four characters that give so much, and never ask for anything in return. They all live in their own personal hell, and they all rely on one another; more so the Hale Brothers. But they each battle their own demons, all the while moving forward with their lives, and grasping onto anything to stay afloat. As I mentioned they each live in their own personal hell, but it is so much more than that. It had me aching for them. Sure they're fictional characters, but they each mean something to me.

I really enjoyed where this story started and where it ended. It showed growth in not only the characters but the author as well. I also loved how this wasn't a story that was built on instalove, instasexuality, or instaromance. Author Kathryn Andrews, gives Drops of Rain to us in layers. It was a slow building, easy paced, and a very deep story, that is given in alternate POVs, from Ali and Drew. We learn to understand them better this way. Drew is like a very tough egg to crack. Where Ali is little more fragile. They are guarded and have a passion like no other, and they each love with their whole hearts.

The fact that Drew and Ali love with their whole hearts had me worried. We see how passionate they are in their sports, but we also see how they stumble in their personal lives. I didn't know if this would be a huge conflict for them. But it wasn't. It was pure bliss and so wonderful to watch them move forward with one another. Their connection was magnetic and all consuming. It was more or less trial and tribulations before they give into their hearts. However, they're still fighting against life. This leaves huge pause for what each day brings them. Can they keep their hearts from cracking? Will they be able to see past all of the hurt from their lives? Or will their lives slowly sizzle out in front of them?

The secondary characters are a great aspect to Ali and Drews story. Leila is more or less, Ali's bestie, and helps her to ease into the new school and area. Beau and Matt, are Drew's brothers, but they're both more than that. Beau! Beau, owns me. I fell hard and fast for him. Yes, I know he is not the hero, but he is a character that I would love to keep in my pocket. He stole the show, in certain scenes. He had me in fits of laughter, but he also had me in tears. He is by far one of my favorite secondary characters, EVER! He has layers. Layers that are brutal, beautiful, and layers that will have you smiling from one ear to the next. Matt is the quiet Hale brother, but he still is a sweet little guy. Then we have the Evil Queen Bee, Cassidy. She really is wretched. It's like her mission in life is to take out anyone who catches the eye of her one and only. Yeh barf! Gahhh...she really irritated me. Like a ton. She is just evil. Oh and I cannot miss Grant! Grant is amazing. Great guy all around. Has a knack for throwing awesome parties, and making everyone feel comfortable!

This is one of those stories that will have you flipping pages wondering what is going to happen next. It isn't necessarily nerve wracking, but it definitely gets you sucked into the deepness of the characters. The fact that Drops of Rain , is a debut novel, speaks volumes. Author Kathryn Andrews, truly delivers with her story and her characters. Drew and Ali, are just so very raw and real and lovable! I not only loved Drops of Rain , but I love the cover. It is stunning! I give Drops of Rain 4.25 Stars! I cannot wait for Beaus story. I know he has a ton to tell and give to us readers!!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fell in love after the first page! 20 September 2014
By Elexis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
For a debut novel, Kathryn knocked this one out of the park!
I felt every single emotion her characters felt..and I laughed and cried. I even had to stop reading because some things hit too close to home -it was that real to me.
This was a remarkably beautiful story of a group of people in horrible situations overcoming everything together.
Drew and Ali can't fight what they feel, from the morning they fatefully meet, even if they don't understand it.
Watching them from a readers eye-view is both beautiful & haunting!
High schoolers are mean ...and what happened in this book may not be believable to some, but I have been to many different schools and people can be downright cruel and influences are all around. Bullying is not something to be taken lightly& K.A handles it with care.
. (Both characters are 19, so there are some adult moments in the book, but it's classy!)
I love how every question was answered , in its own due time :) !
I love how I learned so many new pointless facts that helped build my love for the characters.

"Did you know that the dragonfly is considered the ballerina of the insect world. The dragonfly, in almost every part of the world symbolizes transformation, change, and light. It's a change that comes in the perspective of self-realization, primarily in mental and emotional maturity, and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life. It's connected to happiness, lightness, and joy." -Ali Rain <3

I'm still in my hangover &I am not good at writing reviews , but I think everyone who loves a happily ever after should read Drew&Ali's story!
Drops of Rain is going on my favorites list!!

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