Waiting for Rain Book Cover Waiting for Rain
Susan Mac Nicol
M/M Romance
Dreamspinner Press
February 23, 2014

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.

Reviewed by: Linda Tonis

Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

Toby Prentiss once a foster child and living on the street is now the general manager for the Duck and Drake Hotel in the Town of Stamford in Lincolnshire. He came a long way from his troubled childhood thanks to his boss and mentor Simon Winslake. He also has his best friend Tammy to keep him in line.

Rain Engel and his partner and friend Lucas have been hired to construct the new Canterbury Bar at the hotel. This job will change both Toby and Rain’s life. Rain was with his former boyfriend and lover Tommy for two years and just before he was going to propose Tommy decided he needed a change of scenery and took off for Monte Carlo leaving Rain a total mess until Lucas convinced him to start over in Lincolnshire. When Rain and Toby first laid eyes on each other it was lust at first sight and although Rain was not ready for a relationship he was more than ready for hot sex with Toby who seemed to push all his buttons

Both Rain and Toby have secrets from the pasts but the only thing they think about or do is have sex. We do find out about Toby’s childhood and what haunts Rain but unfortunately there was little story other than sex. I have read many books by Ms. Mac Nicol and loved them and I have read other M/M books by other authors as well but this book focused on sex and anything else was touched on very quickly.

I felt the book was slow moving and after a while the sex was just something I passed over. There ceases to be any interest in the sex when it is constant. The reason I gave this book 3 stars in spite of what I said about it not being my favorite was because of the characters not just the main ones but the secondary ones as well. I especially loved Tammy, Lucas and Simon who all had a story of their own.

As with all reviews they are only one persons opinion and although I found the sex to be overdone it might just be something you would love.