About the book: Two lives, forced together by past events and present choices, find themselves navigating through the murky waters of blame and desire.
Years have passed since Olivia Nelson’s brother’s fatal accident. The day Jacob died, she swore to impose penance upon Landon Gray, the one responsible for his death. Armed with a plan of retribution, Olivia transforms herself into Brooke Johnson, an up-and-coming photographer. She arrives in Argentina’s Patagonia, prepared to make the hospitality magnate pay for the life he destroyed.
Landon Gray has suffered greatly from his guilt, longing only to be forgiven for his harrowing mistake. After the accident, Landon fled Portland, Oregon to his family’s holdings in South America. Upon Brooke Johnson’s arrival at Landon’s resort, he is immediately drawn to the talented photographer.
When Olivia sees Landon again, she is pricked by shadows of doubt. Determined to see her meticulous planning come to fruition, she stays the course, until tragedy strikes once more.
First up, how awesome is that title? I’m not sure what I was expecting when I first signed up to take part in this blog tour but the combination of cover and title hooked me instantally. Thankyfully, I ended up really enjoying the story and writing as well, so this reading experience was a win all around. Also, this book is so perfect for fans of revenge–maybe a little less intense overall, but also less ridiculous!
The Dark Side of the Rainbow tells the story of Olivia Nelson, who is still fairly obsessed with her brothers death, and the man she holds responsible. She goes to no small lengths in order to position herself in Landon Gray’s life. Landon on the other hand, hasn’t exactly been living it up since the accident. Olivia isn’t the only one that holds him responsible for what happened.
I actually would have loved to see this plot expanded a little more, to explore not only more of Landon and Olivia’s past, but their growing relationship as well (not really a spoiler, read it anyway!). There was so much going on in this story that there was definitely room to flesh things out a bit more, though the pace as is was still enjoyable to read.
3.5/5 stars! Highly recommended!
Love You Like a Love Song
Guest Post – Rita Hogan
When writing this blog, I couldn’t resist borrowing the title of Selena Gomez’s song from her album, When The Sun Goes Down. Long before Jane Austen penned her classic tales of love, or Harlequin published their first romance novel, man has been singing about this seemingly all-consuming emotion, composing evocative lyrics, and using them to express their deepest longings.
We first enter this world experiencing the familial bonds of love, but as we grow older and are influenced by books, movies, and love songs we begin to crave that one sublime connection with another person, an affinity that transcends normal everyday relationships of family, friends, and peers. We long for the one who will make our hearts swell with unchartered feelings. The way we dress, carry ourselves, or the connections we make seem to point us in the direction of our search.
As we live our lives, we discover that love stories are central to so many things ranging from the ordinary to the extraordinary and everything in between. So if love is everywhere we turn, why write about it?
Because the romantic love we seek, from as early as adolescence, is written upon our hearts, a solid engraving that neither time nor even pain can erase. Love is what drives us, compels us, and moves us. It is what makes us feel the slow ache when we hear a line from a song like the one from U2’s Iris.
Something in your eyes
Took a thousand years to get here
In The Dark Side of the Rainbow, this all-consuming emotion is at the heart of the story. One long ago summer, before tragedy struck, two hearts began that migratory journey of love, before it was cut short too quickly. Blinded by rage and revenge, Olivia’s feelings for Landon are submerged beneath her grief. Landon, now a broken man, yearns for what he’ll never have, those lost moments of first love. He grieves for the woman he can never forget.
While their story may be as old as time and as ancient as the tribal dance that beats across the African plains, it is the moments in between Olivia and Landon’s story that will surprise you. I hope you enjoy The Dark Side of the Rainbow.
About the author
Rita Hogan is a novelist and business manager with a degree in business from Dallas Baptist University. In 2012, she hand-wrote her first full length novel and has been writing ever since. As an author, it is her greatest joy to walk a reader through the hardships of life feeling as if they have gained more than they have lost, to illustrate with words a backdrop for the hurt that is a very real place for us all, and to phrase for readers the beauty of the moments in between.
Rita currently resides in the St. Louis metro area with her husband Joel and her son Sean. She is a finalist in CrossBook’s and Westbow’s 2014 writing contests. The Dark Side of the Rainbow is her first published work.