â€śDonâ€™t judge a book by its cover modelâ€ť
Forty-two and widowed, romance writer Jillian Grant believes hospitals equal death. Plagued by loss and convinced more is imminent when her aunt ends up in critical condition after heart surgery; she has come to equate the absence of pain with happiness. When she spots a hot, young landscaper working on the hospital grounds with an eerie resemblance to the male lead in her next novel, she convinces him to pose as her cover model.
Working multiple jobs to put himself through college, twenty-four-year-old Raine MacDonald is no stranger to loss. Behind his handsome face and rockinâ€™ body lies family tragedy and agonizing secrets. When circumstances put him back in the path of his abusive father, fate delivers Jillian as his unwitting savior. Thing is, when he thinks of her, his thoughts are far from platonic.
Despite their age difference, Jillian and Raine discover theyâ€™re more alike than they could ever imagine. But torn between facing her own fears and grasping a chance at happiness, Jillian makes a soul-shattering decision that threatens to blow their world apart.
2017 Independent Publishers Book Award (IPPY) for Romance – Bronze
Praise for Caught Up in RAINE
“This story is both beautiful and haunting…I loved every second of this sexy, sweet and romantic book!!!” ~The Romance Reviews, Top Pick, 5 stars
“L.G. O'Connor's Caught Up in Raine is an imaginative read that gives us heartbreak and sadness, but also allows us to experience what it would be like to have that feeling of ‘young love' again…For all the contemporary romance fans out there, this book is for you.” ~Night Owl Reviews
“O'Connor delivers a unique women's fiction story packed with emotion, humor and sexiness. I could not turn the pages quickly enough…” ~Caridad Pineiro, NYT Times & USA Today Bestselling Romance Author
“The plot is driven by a May/December premise that is blown away in the sexy love scenes.” ~Â Library Journal
“Caught Up in Raine brought me to laughter and to tears. O'Connor's characters are complex, with strengths, fears, insecurities, and a depth of emotion that bring them to vibrant life on the page.” ~Â The Romance Dish
“LG O'Connor had me at “hello” with this plot. Phenomenal writing skills at work is what has made Caught Up in Raine a hard to beat Romance for 2016…” ~HEA Romances with a Little Kick Blog
“WOW! What an absolutely fantastic story! I absolutely fell in love with Raine, and wanted Jillian for a girlfriend! Well written and very relevant as a contemporary romance with two amazing, memorable characters.” ~Â Carla Susan Smith, Author of A Vampire's Promise
“Urban fantasy author O'Connor (Trinity Stones) branches out into romantic women's fiction with a sexy tale of angst, guilt, love, and hate.” ~Publishers Weekly