Author: Debbie McGowan
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
For many years, Ade Simmons has been an outsider, trapped in an abusive relationship, seeking sanctuary in his job as a radio producer, and in the checklists he makes in an attempt to regain control of his sorry excuse of a life.
Actor Kris Johansson is patient, gentle and passionate—everything that Ade’s ex-boyfriend is not. When Kris takes a role in one of Ade’s plays, the attraction is mutual and instant. It is the turning point for Ade. He can either stay on the same path, with Fergus—the bully who has repressed, used and isolated him from his friends and family—or he can look in the other direction, towards Kris—the handsome actor with family and friends who readily accept him.
But Fergus will not give up his punchbag so easily—can Ade finally find the strength to fight back?
Different. That is the word that comes to mind after reading Crying in the Rain by Debbie McGowan. Granted, this is my first Debbie McGowan title, so I can not speak to how it relates to her other works. I know Crying in the Rain is part of a larger series centered around a group of college friends, but I have not read any other titles in the series. Crying in the Rain is fine as a standalone, though I am intrigued about a few of the other couples we met toward the end of the story.
Ade has been in a ten-year on and off abusive relationship. As he finally plucks up the courage to end it, he falls into a relationship with Kris. While they take things slowly, I often questioned with wisdom of said relationship. Kris is a little (okay a lot) too codependent on his ex-wife. Honestly, the entire relationship had me wrong-footed. Since it was central to the book, the book had me wavering between respect for the author not following the formula to a “T” and disgust at the unhealthy relationship developing before our eyes.
I appreciated that Ade did what he needed to do with his ex on his own. I appreciated that he didn’t fall on Kris’ mercy and instead took time for himself. I appreciated the Kris was there if Ade needed him, but did not pressure him. I appreciated that they didn’t just hop into bed together.
What I didn’t like was the ease with which Ade took the relationship with the ex and his past cheating. I didn’t like the points of view that did not belong to either of the main characters or the speed with which POVs shifted. I didn’t like that in the end it wasn’t Ade’s strength and resolve that finally freed him.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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