Title: Rain Shadow
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.
Author: L.A. Witt
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Finding Master Right, Capture and Surrender, After the Fall, Static
Series: Bluewater Bay #10
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Starstruck, Hell On Wheels, Lone Wolf, The Burnt Toast B&B
Published by Riptide Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: 19 October, 2015
Genres: Male Male Romance
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Told from Jeremy’s point of view, the story brings us two broken people, working to find their own new normal. Jeremy has just moved on after a divorce, now free to think of more, he’s too emotionally worn down to think of a relationship, and his kids are angry at his coming out.. And, fortunately for him, the breakdown of his client’s relationship with her girlfriend reinforces his ‘no relationship’ clause when he starts to soften.
Jeremy’s client Anna wants her relationship with Leigh to work, and they have made an appointment for counseling. Imagine Jeremy’s surprise when he meets Scott, the counselor, and the chemistry is electric. With his own set of tragedies behind him, Scott isn’t looking for Mr. Right, but isn’t averse to Mr. Right Now, and Jeremy just may be wearing that t-shirt.
Witt builds these two characters with solid stories, and gives life to Jeremy’s voice as it illustrates the emotional moments in the story. While Scott and Jeremy have a connection that will shatter their ‘no relationship’ resolve, there are secondary plots that play on reader’s emotions and help to fill out the world. With Anna and Leigh at a tipping point as their relationship crumbles, Jeremy and Scott tentatively walking toward their own solidly defined relationship and the overtures that Jeremy makes toward his children, looking to repair that rift, the story is full of relationships in every stage of the process. With an ending that felt slightly abrupt, I’m curious about everyone in this story, and where they’ll be next.