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.
- Rain Shadow by L.A. Witt
Rain Shadow by L.A. Witt
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JB Janice Birnie
Bluewater Bay #10
About the Author
L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn't lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don't tell Lauren. And definitely don't tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut...
October 19, 2015
Rain Shadow reviewed by Janice Birnie
Rain Shadow by L.A. WITT is part of the Blue Water Bay series, each connected by the show Wolf's Landing and the small town the series is named after. It is a stand alone novel and although some of the characters from the other books make an appearance it is definitely not necessary to have read them.
A rain shadow is an area beneath a mountain range which storms tend to pass over. In Rain Shadow, body guard Jeremy has escaped to Blue Water Bay, a town in the shadow, in order to avoid the storm that his separation and divorce has bought to him, his wife Jackie and children Zach and Haley. Zach is barely speaking to him and Haley has cut him off completely.
Jeremy finally understood and accepted he was gay, well into his marriage and after the birth of his two children. After a long period of counselling, which he thought hurt more than helped in the dissolution of their marriage, Jeremy moved far away from his Los Angeles based family in order to give them all space to gain some perspective. Or so he told himself.
In the course of his work Jeremy comes across family counsellor Scott, a man still struggling from the tragic loss of this cop partner twenty years earlier. Jeremy has never had a relationship and Scott hasn't for twenty years. Friends with benefits seems the perfect fit for two emotionally damaged guys who are determined to remain single.
It is almost inevitable that these two men, who are so alike in failing to properly deal with their issues from there past, will clash over how they should move forward with their lives. When Scott points out that Jeremy is hiding from his problems rather than trying to fix them he doesn't take it well and throws Scott's emotional problems resulting from the loss of his partner back in Scott's face. With both of them terrified of their growing attachment the easy solution for both of them seems to be to run.
Finding his way back to a healthy family dynamic will mean Jeremy must get over his aversion to therapy in order to have a chance at a proper relationship with Zach and Haley and Scott. Scott must learn to let go of the past and trust in a future with a man whose career is all too similar to that of his lost love.
Rain Shadow is an enjoyable, though at times slow in progressing, read. For me there was a little too much time spent on the lives of secondary characters that didn't significantly progress the story of the MC's. In the end, however, it was a solid 4 star read
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