Monday, October 19, 2015

Rain Shadow by L.A. Witt

Title: Rain Shadow
Author: L.A. Witt
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Bluewater Bay #10
Main Characters: Jeremy and Scott
Release Date: October 2015
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Jeremy Rose came to Bluewater Bay to work as Anna Maxwell’s bodyguard, not to escape his increasingly bitter relationship with his estranged kids. He just wants to focus on his job and be alone for a while. He’s done with love, especially now that three years after his long overdue divorce, he’s got a front-row seat to the rapid deterioration between Anna and her girlfriend. Cynical doesn’t even begin to describe him.

Then Anna and Leigh’s attempts to reconcile put him in the crosshairs of marriage counselor Scott Fletcher. Scott’s exactly what Jeremy needs right now: gorgeous, hot, horny, single, and 100% uninterested in a relationship. The problem is, too much no-strings-attached sex—and too much time in each other’s company—inevitably builds emotional connection.

Except Jeremy refuses to seek counseling for his broken family, and Scott refuses to get seriously involved with men who work dangerous jobs. They both need to realize they can only hide for so long from the pain they came here to escape. They must face their pasts before they lose their shot at a happy future.

My Review:
Again, this is another great installment to the Bluewater Bay series. I liked this one. Neither Scott nor Jeremy has any desire to have a relationship, and they both have very good reasons for that. While Scott's reasons are more tragic, this story really belongs to Jeremy. The book is told entirely from his point of view.

Jeremy is a bodyguard for the show's director, who is having her own relationship problems. He's from California, but moved to Washington for the show. But he wasn't sad about that happening because that gave him and his family some breathing room. Although it's been 3 years since his divorce, his kids aren't dealing with the fact he's gay too well. They're angry and take it out on him every chance they can. He thinks by giving them space, they may adjust better. 

But because of his kids issues with it, he knows that there's no way he can get involved with another man right now. But with both these guys on the same page, they are free to settle in for a nice, hot sex-only kind of relationship. 

I loved this story just because both guys are so sure that the relationship isn't going anywhere, they don't worry about that aspect of it. They're simply enjoying the hot sex and each other...which means a relationship happens before they even realize it. I also really liked that they are both over forty. That life experience gives them a great maturity and ability to deal with one another that made for a really relaxed read. There was no deep angst for them. They have an issue, they discuss it. The only real point of contention between them is  Jeremy's issue with counselors...which just happens to be Scott's career.

There were several side stories happening besides the romance and I can honestly say I enjoyed both of them. Jeremy is trying to build a relationship with his kids again. And then their is the crumbling of the relationship between Anna and Leigh. That provided an interesting backdrop to the story to watch established relationships at various points in their health and how they recover or don't. 

My only real issue with this book is that the end felt kind of abrupt. While things were in a good place for Jeremy and Scott, everything else felt like it was kind of left hanging a bit. On its way to being better, but no true resolution on the page there...only the hope that it all works out.

But overall, I really enjoyed this one too. This has been a great series that I've enjoyed from the very start and continued to do so throughout.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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