Title: Waiting for Rain
Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
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.
Waiting for Rain is a delight – at times it’s laugh out loud funny, it’s touching, and it has some of the best written and uniquely erotic scenes I’ve read in quite a while. My screen is still steaming from the description of Rain’s pole dance for Toby!
Toby was orphaned as a child and is a product of the foster care system. He has worked hard to achieve his success as the manager of a hotel in Britain, and he doesn’t let men get close to him emotionally. However, he is drawn to gorgeous Rain, a carpenter working at the hotel who speaks with a luscious South African accent, and oozes sex appeal. As Toby puts is, “If sex were a liquid, then its name would be Rain Engel.” Rain also has trust issues since he’s still nursing a broken heart from his last relationship.
Mac Nicol includes a number of plot twists in this story that, while certainly interesting and entertaining, are perhaps just a bit over the top. Toby and Rain’s story is fraught with with a multitude of issues including the appearance of a former boyfriend and estranged parents, tons of sexual tension and action, colorful hotel guests and members of the community, a secondary story of the romance between two of Toby and Rain’s friends, fighting bullying and bigotry, lots of sheep, and genuinely funny action. They also get involved in solving a mystery surrounding missing sheep from area farms. (This is apparently the price one must pay when a farmer observes your nocturnal “fun” taking place on his hay bales …). Toby and Rain’s investigation is at times hilarious, and the resolution of their case of the missing sheep is simultaneously sad and reaffirming of the powerful goodness of a supportive community.
Susan Mac Nicol delivers a fast paced and delightful book in Waiting for Rain! But be warned, you may never think of cute, fluffy sheep quite the same way again …
I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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