Book Reviews

Rain Shadow (A Bluewater Bay Story) by L.A. Witt

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Bodyguards / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 15-January-2021

Book 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.

 

 

First edition published by Riptide Publishing, October 2015.

 

Book Review

I can't believe how exciting this series continues to be. Each of these authors has brought something unique and different to the stories told. I've loved that not every story was about people within the Wolf's Landing TV series, but that some of them just focused on the people who live and work in the area. It's given me a wonderful picture of the town, as a whole.

“I usually take my time once I get someone home. But there’s two problems with that tonight.”
“Oh really?”
“Mm-hmm.” He swept his tongue across his lips. “One, I’ve been in a very, very long dry spell that I think I’m looking forward to ending tonight.”
I gulped. Oh God. “And the… second problem?”
“The second problem is you.” He dragged a fingertip alongside my wrist. “You’ve been distracting me like you wouldn’t believe since the eagle trip.”

Honestly, I was fanning myself after that conversation and needing a cold shower not too many more pages along. Jeremy is in a definite "no relationship" frame of mind. His daughter has never gotten over her parents’ divorce and finding out her dad is gay. His son is a little better, but not much. Scott is a therapist, a total silver fox, and he's made it plain he doesn't date cops or anyone in a dangerous job. But when the sex is this good, how do you stay away?

For two very bright men, I was shocked at how long it took them to figure out there were real feelings involved. Nobody has a f*** buddy that they see practically every night, they cuddle and talk, Jeremy often spends the night, they go out to eat, take day trips when they both have a day off. I mean, really? While all of this between Jeremy and Scott is happening, Jeremy's relationship with his children isn't getting any better, in fact it's probably getting worse. He refuses to think about seeing a counselor with the children, mainly because he's still angry at the one he and his ex-wife saw before they divorced. It's sad to watch, to be honest, and it ultimately leaves Scott no other option but to end what they're doing.

"Sitting there alone in a rain-starved desert full of millions of people, with nothing but my own heartbeat and the crash of the ocean for company, I finally gave up and cried."

A very emotional addition to the series that was at times, both easier and harder to read. The love story was easy, the pain Jeremy suffered in regards to his family was very hard. Thank you, Lori, this ranks as one of my favorites of the series.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 216 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 13-January-2021
Price $3.99 ebook, $12.99 paperback
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Rain-Shadow-Bluewater-Bay-Story-ebook/dp/B08RWGDD18