Author: Carter Quinn
Publisher: Self Published
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
The long-awaited sequel to The Way Back
Eric Walker has learned hard lessons from his past. He’s no longer the alcoholic husband hiding in the closet. He’s no longer the guy who tried to steal his brother’s boyfriend. He has two items on his agenda: fix his relationship with his brother, Jason, and find his own soul mate. But when it comes to relationships, Eric’s track record looks more like a train wreck. He craves intimacy almost as much as he fears reverting to his old ways.
Johnny Osborne has watched Eric mature over the last year and a half and has fallen in love with him in the process. He’s tried being patient, but it’s gotten him nowhere. No matter how many disastrous blind dates Johnny sets Eric up on, Eric seems determined to consider everyone but the man who’s been right in front of him all along.
Eric and Johnny aren’t the only ones struggling with their emotions. After his apartment burns down, their coworker, Travis, can’t choose between the guy he’s been crushing on for months and the guy he’s afraid to love. He seems determined to re-enact every blunder of Eric’s past. Will Travis learn from Eric’s mistakes before the man who loves him walks away for good? Will Eric ever see that best friends make the best lovers?
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While I didn’t love Fire and Rain (Kansas #2) by Carter Quinn quite as much as I loved The Way Back, it is certainly a worthy sequel to one of my favorite M/M stories.
Warning: This review will contain a few spoilers for The Way Back… you should really go read that one first. Right now.. Go… I’ll wait. Okay, we good?
Fire and Rain is Eric’s story. You know Eric as Jason’s brother and Riley’s former best friend/love interest from The Way Back. He is in a bad spot. Well, actually, he is in a better spot than he has been in quite some time… but his love life is completely stalled. His last attempt at something ended when Mitch moved home following an injury. We had a glimpse of that in The Way Back.
We pick up Fire and Rain about 18 months after the events of The Way Back. The first part of the book parallels the bonus short included with Book 1, The Way Back Together. Of course, this time it is from Eric’s first person perspective (as the entire story is).
In F&R, Eric is a clueless as ever. He isn’t a ditz; he just doesn’t want to look very hard at himself. He wants to world to fix his problems for him. As such, he lets friends fix him up on (admittedly bad) blind date after blind date. He is afraid to see what is in front of him. Fire and Rain is about Eric’s journey to overcome that fear. The fear that his past will repeat and the fear that he is not supposed to find happiness.
Running parallel to Eric’s journey is the story of Jeremiah and Travis. This story parallel’s Riley and Jason’s story to a point, and as such I am glad it wasn’t the focus of this book… however, I would love to know more about HOW that relationship evolved… from Jeremiah’s perspective (no, that isn’t a subtle hint, Mr. Quinn… I don’t believe in subtle).
I was skeptical, when reading the blurb, about how Quinn was going to work the two different love stories into one book. What it boils down to is that Eric needs Miah and Travis’ story so he can see where he has gone wrong in the past. Since the idiot (I say affectionately) refuses to look at himself, he has to see himself in others. In this case, I think Trey hits a little too close to home for his liking.
No, the story isn’t simple. It isn’t all rainbows, roses, and butterflies. However, as with the other Carter Quinn stories I have read, there is an element of truth. An element that will resonate with any reader.
If you enjoyed The Way Back, don’t forget to see how Eric finally finds his Happily Ever After. At least you don’t have to wait over two years as I did.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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