Waiting for Rain is an amazing story that takes you on a journey through the meeting of Toby and Rain. It continues with the trials and tribulations of their falling in love with each other. Susan Mac Nicol’s writing takes you through all of the emotions. You laugh, you cry, you feel sad and get angry at what happens to them. You hope and pray for the guys to get their happy ever after. It was not a smooth and easy ride for them. Things from their pasts keep interfering. Things like an old boyfriend of Rain’s and life in foster care for Toby.
When you first meet Toby, on the surface he seems just like any normal guy. It’s when you get further into the story that you see how his past has affected him. Rain on the other hand had to grow on me. He’s not as lovable at first, I came to love him the further I read and understood how badly his heart was broken by his ex-boyfriend.
I loved the running sheep jokes that Toby keeps throwing at Rain due to Rain’s fear of sheep. The humor in this story keeps it from ever getting too heavy emotionally unlike the first two books by Susan Mac Nicol, which wring every drop of emotions from you. Then there is the description of the pole dancing and the truly erotic sex scene. So, so hot. Susan knows how to write a great sex scene.
As always, this is a so well written, you are pulled into the little world of Stamford. You know the village and the people that work with both Toby and Rain. The cast of secondary characters, from the co-workers at the hotel to the guests, they all have depth and feel like friends. They add so much to the story. I loved this book and recommend it as an all-around great m/m contemporary read.
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.