Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Rain Shadow
Author: L.A. Witt
Series: Bluewater Bay #10
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 192 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: October 19, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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.
Review: This was my first Bluewater Bay story, and it can definitely be read as a stand alone. The other stories take place in the same area and revolve around a popular television show. While the show is mentioned and plays a part, you don’t need the other information to know what’s going on here.
Jeremy is the bodyguard who protects Anna, one of the producers or directors of the show. He has some major issues with his family after he finally came to the understanding that he was gay. After trying to stay together for the kids didn’t work, he and his wife divorced. Unfortunately, the kids didn’t take any of the news very well and still don’t speak to him much even some 2-3 years later. Much of the story is about Jeremy trying to mend those relationships. Because of what’s going on with his family, he has chosen to never actually consider being in a relationship with a guy. That works out well when he meets Scott, another therapist where Anna and her girlfriend have their therapy appointments.
Scott is in his 40s as well. He isn’t looking for a relationship either, especially as he does not date cops after his boyfriend was killed in the line of duty many years prior. So, just sex, no attachments seems like the perfect situation for these two, even more so when they discover how good it is. These guys are extremely sexually compatible and really steam up the pages. Eventually, their attachment to each other grows. It was great watching their feelings just naturally grow into so much more.
Poor Jeremy goes through so much trying to fix things with his kids. He knows being gay feels right and nothing has ever felt like it does with Scott. I felt so badly for him that everything he did never seemed to work. I loved his relationship with Scott, even though through most of the story, they were intent on it being nothing more than sex. They both just had a very easy going way with each other. Things all seem to be going in the right direction in the end, but I would have loved an epilogue showing more results down the road.
This was a good solid story that had a bit of everything – lots of hot smexy times, periods of emotional goodness, and a bit of angst. I definitely recommend it and look forward to going back and checking out more from this series.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*