Waiting for Rainby Susan Mac Nicol
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The village of Stamford, the quintessential chocolate box English scene, seemed an impossible dream for foster kid Toby Prentiss. Now he’s found a home among the haystacks and village fairs as the general manager for the Duck and Drake Hotel. With the fears and demons from his youth hidden away in this bucolic oasis, he’s very protective of who he lets in. Until he stumbles across shirtless carpenter Rain Engel building the hotel’s new custom-designed bar.
Working in the countryside, Rain prepared to face his biggest fear: sheep. He didn’t expect to deal with his second biggest fear: commitment. Toby’s controlled tough guy façade coupled with his “find happiness where you can” optimism calls to Rain like nothing before. While Rain may be an exhibitionist, his romantic history forces him to hold his emotions close. As their relationship develops, secrets from their pasts drive a wedge between them: the ex-boyfriend who tore apart Rain’s trust and Toby's history with the law. But can the secrets hiding among the quirky villagers bring them together? With missing sheep, pole dancing at the winter festival, and a crippling drought, everyone is waiting for Rain.
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Susan Mac Nicol writes very hot, very steamy sex scenes. And this book is full of them. Unfortunately, the story itself is quite complicated and feels very disjointed. Beyond Toby and Rain’s romance, the author strings together several very complex subplots without ever fully developing any of them. We have domestic abuse, workplace harassment, gay bashing, drought, sick kids needing hospital treatment...I think there were a few more but I lost track. Some of the details don’t really make sense. The timeline for Toby’s rise from bellman to hotel manager is improbable. Since the UK has the NHS, people don’t mortgage homes for hospital bills. There are no hospital bills here so the climactic fundraiser is unlikely. I still don’t fully understand the reasons for the total hate Tammy’s boyfriend has for Toby. And the rampantly homophobic town is nothing like the accepting English village I live in. As we lurched from topical theme to dramatic incident, I found myself skimming the plot and enjoying the romance. I really like Rain and Toby. Simon is also a great character and I’d love to see him as a romantic lead in a future book. Lucas and Tammy were also great supporting characters. So I would recommend this for the characters, the sexy bits and the romance - but not necessarily the story itself. **I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review from Inked Rainbow Reads** ~Sarah
In the ever-changing world of contemporary literature, with authors finding it increasing easy to self-publish, and free or bargain ebooks available daily, it is normal for a reader's TBR pile to be made up from a variety of authors, rather than just one or two. My Kindle is a little like this, however the one constant is that you can be assured of is that every one of Susan Mac Nicol's books will be there. Her stories are a little like magic, whisking me away from my own reality, and it is because of her I have now found other amazing M/M authors. Waiting For Rain is different from Saving Alexander and Worth Keeping in that it doesn't have the heart-wrenching, sob-inducing storyline. Despite that Toby and Rain have humanity in bucketloads! This book is also Susan Mac Nicol's most humorous and there are honestly laugh out loud moments; the sheep, the taxi driver and the farmer to name three! Waiting For Rain is special because, not only has Susan Mac Nicol written another beautiful and timeless love story, but she manages to give it an edge by adding Rain's spectacular talent (and at the time as a drought!) Yes, I am happy to hold my hands up and admit I was left panting by Rain's pole dancing routine :-) ! I would recommend this book for its romance; the often flawed main characters who are absolutely perfect for each other; the smiles it will bring to your face and the gorgeous English countryside it is set in. Awesome Susan Mac Nicol!
I first read Saving Alexander and was hooked on this author, immediately getting her other books. Her characters are real and human with all their baggage, faults and flaws. There are also extremely touching moments and humor, like Rain's phobia and how he has to face it. I look forward to the next Susan Mac Nicol offering.
It seems that I waited a long time for this book, since I absolutely love Susan Mac Nicol's books. I am glad that I patiently waited, as it was worth every second of the wait. From the first scene where Toby and Rain meet, and "get to know each other" in a storage closet until the last scene, where the last two paragraphs literally made me cry as I read them, this book was engaging and such a fantastic read. There were many laugh out loud moments in the book. Rain's fear of sheep was so funny, it had me laughing to the point where I couldn't continue reading. He describes them as "fluffy po-faced sheep with goeey eyes. They give me the willies." My favorite line is still "Is that a sheep in your sidecar or are you just happy to see me?". And later he says "What are you going to do-have sheep throwing contests?". It was a great source of amusement throughout a good portion of the book. There was also many times that I was gripped with sadness, crying at the pain from Toby and Rain's pasts. They had worked hard to get where they were, but were beaten down in many ways. And even when they hurt each other, they found their way back, through the help of their friends. They finally found their HEA, and of course, saved the town. :) But they really touched hearts along the way; each others, the townspeople's, even Mr Miyamoto who spoke very little English, and this reader. I absolutely loved this book. There was humor, fun, lots of sexy scenes, and happiness. And the villians (of which there are several) get their comeuppance, like any good HEA. :) If I could have given it more stars, I most definitely would have. I know, I am gushing, but having just finished this book, I would not be opposed to re-reading it right away.