A Bluewater Bay Novel
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.
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4.5 Stars ~ I can't believe I'm already at book ten in the 'Bluewater Bay' series. Each of these authors has brought something unique and different to the stories told. I've loved that not every story was about people within the Wolf's Landing TV series, but that some of them just focused on the people who live and work in the area. It's given me a wonderful picture of the town, as a whole. “I usually take my time once I get someone home. But there’s two problems with that tonight.” “Oh really?” “Mm-hmm.” He swept his tongue across his lips. “One, I’ve been in a very, very long dry spell that I think I’m looking forward to ending tonight.” I gulped. Oh God. “And the… second problem?” “The second problem is you.” He dragged a fingertip alongside my wrist. “You’ve been distracting me like you wouldn’t believe since the eagle trip.” Honestly, I was fanning myself after that conversation and needing a cold shower not too many more pages along. Jeremy is in a definite "no relationship" frame of mind. His daughter has never gotten over her parents’ divorce and finding out her dad is gay. His son is a little better, but not much. Scott is a therapist, a total silver fox, and he's made it plain he doesn't date cops or anyone in a dangerous job. But when the sex is this good, how do you stay away? For two very bright men, I was shocked at how long it took them to figure out there were real feelings involved. Nobody has a f*** buddy that they see practically every night, they cuddle and talk, Jeremy often spends the night, they go out to eat, take day trips when they both have a day off. I mean, really? While all of this between Jeremy and Scott is happening, Jeremy's relationship with his children isn't getting any better, in fact it's probably getting worse. He refuses to think about seeing a counselor with the children, mainly because he's still angry at the one he and his ex-wife saw before they divorced. It's sad to watch, to be honest, and it ultimately leaves Scott no other option but to end what they're doing. "Sitting there alone in a rain-starved desert full of millions of people, with nothing but my own heartbeat and the crash of the ocean for company, I finally gave up and cried." A very emotional addition to the series that was at times, both easier and harder to read. The love story was easy, the pain Jeremy suffered in regards to his family was very hard. Thank you, Lori, this ranks as one of my favorites of the series. NOTE: This book was provided by Riptide Publishing for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews
It’s always a lovely day when I get to spend time in Bluewater Bay. Okay, seriously, I did not mean to make that rhyme, but it’s no less true. Bluewater Bay is one of my favorite fictional towns to visit and Rain Shadow was no exception. Witt re-immerses readers into what brought us to Bluewater Bay to begin with – Wolf’s Landing – and does so as we follow Jeremy as he guards Anna, one of the show’s more well-known producers – hence the need for a body guard. While a return to the set means series fans get to catch up with characters from previous books (Levi & Carter), it also means a front-row seat to Anna and Leigh’s relationship (which has been rocky from the beginning of the series) as they go through couples counseling and related activities in an effort to save their relationship. Lots going on in this installment because Jeremy’s job is also an excuse to avoid his ex-wife and disgruntled kids, especially his daughter, who is beyond pissed off at him for “deciding to be gay” and abandoning them. And while I’m getting a little ahead of myself here, Jeremy’s family issues dictate how he approaches relationships. Or I should say, avoids relationships, because he still feels guilty for not being able to make it work. But when he learns that the first man who really flips his switch since his divorce avoids relationships even more than he does, well let’s just say it made for one heck of a hot scene when they have their one nighter. So when Scott phones for a repeat performance, Jeremy is surprised and goes straight into avoidance mode. Yet fate has a better idea and when their paths cross again, Scott makes it clear that he’s not looking for a relationship, but would be very amenable to a friends with benefits arrangement. Because of their arrangement, there is quite a bit of sex in Rain Shadow and yet it didn’t feel overdone or gratuitous because each time the men scratched their itch, they spent more time together, getting to know one another, moving from being just friends to a bit more. And when the proverbial excrement hit the fan, Jeremy realizes who and what is important in his life and has to put his pride and prejudices aside if he has any hope of keeping them in his life. I really liked how Witt moved Jeremy and Scott’s relationship forward so subtly that I too had a hard time pinpointing when friends with benefits became more. While the implosions in Jeremy’s life made it obvious that things had changed, the transitions were not at obvious. As for the implosions, Jeremy excelled at making a mess of his personal life, but he was honest enough with himself to realize it and was willing to put in the effort to right what he had wronged. I actually found that to be quite refreshing and it made me like Jeremy that much more. I loved the ending and that Scott was willing to help Jeremy out with repairing his relationship with his children. A lot going on in the book meant a lot for me to love and I enjoyed it all. Rain Shadow was a great addition to the Bluewater Bay series and I’m hoping to get my hands on the next book in the series soon because although I’m not a big fan of F/F reads, I am a fan of Anna’s. I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!
Rain Shadow, A Bluewater Bay Novel, LA Witt Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Romance, LGBTQIA I love the Bluewater series, love LA Witt’s writing and yet with this book I never really connected. It was a good story, very real characters with problems any one of us could have regardless of sexuality – and I love that feeling of realism so I really don’t know why I didn’t feel more for this story? Its a puzzle, its got all the elements I love but I felt a bit detached somehow. I did like seeing other characters from the series and earlier books, even if it was only a reference to them – it reminded me of them and their stories. I did feel for Jeremy over his kids reactions, and yet knowing teens ( been one, had them!) its hard not to feel for them too. They’re all about themselves, how everything affects them, its a sort of Rite of teen years. Of course whatever Jeremy and his wife tried to do would have been wrong. They tried their best and that’s all you can do. Sometimes there are no right answers, Life if messy like that. I felt for Scott too with his past, and his inability to let go of it...I could see why Jeremy presented a problem for him. I laughed at the time they got caught making out in the car ( To my kids: Look away from the page now!) Been there, done that... It rounds off neatly and I enjoyed the way it finished but somehow I just felt that though it was a good read, it wasn’t one I’d reread and that’s unusual in an L.A.Witt story for me. Stars: Three, a good read, enjoyed the Bluewater connection but lacked something to make it a great read for me. ... ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers If you enjoyed my review I'd love it if you would please click “Like” and if you didn't I'd love to know why, so I can make future reviews more helpful.