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Waiting for Rain by [Nicol, Susan Mac]
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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1254 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (23 February 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IM4RLQC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #195,392 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming story with lots of romance & humor 2 March 2014
By maria recchia - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a beautifully written story about Toby, a hotel manager in a small English village & Rain, a master carpenter who along with his business partner, is building a bar in the hotel that Toby runs. From the minute they meet each other, the sexual sparks start to fly, but not before they insult each other first! Pretty soon, they are meeting on a daily basis for quickie sex in the garden shed in back of the hotel. Then they go on a date to a gay club, where Toby is turned on when Rain shows off his pole dancing skills. Toby also discovers that Rain has a fear of sheep when they have sex out in a field on top of a bale of hay. He teases him mercilessly about it & that's where some of the humor comes in!

This book doesn't have a lot of angst like Susan Mac Nicol's previous 2 books, but both Toby & Rain have secrets & issues from their pasts. Toby grew up in the foster care system from the time he was 10 years old & he was bullied by the kids in the last home he was in, causing him to act out & end up in the juvenile delinquency system. He has a lot of anger issues & manages to control it unless provoked, like when a homophobe bully attacks him because he blames Toby for his girlfriend breaking up with him. Rain also has issues because of something that happened to him at a party months before & an ex-boyfriend that wants to get back together with him after leaving him to go live in Monte Carlo.

Susan Mac Nicol did an awesome job by writing this story from the POV of both Toby & Rain, alternating each chapter between the two. It was very well written & also had a lot of hot sex! Highly recommend it!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for Rain 27 February 2014
By cathy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I think this is an amazing title and cover.
I loved that this story is in first person and both men’s views. I like being able to get into both men’s heads and feelings. I found the switchover very easy to follow. I found this story hilarious and loved how the humor breaks up and makes the angst easier. There is a lot going on in the story but I never got overwhelmed. I also loved both Rain and toby a lot though I think I liked Toby even more since I felt I knew him more than Rain. I would have liked to have had a bit better feel of Rain and had more of his past like we did with Toby. I thought this was an all-over good story with a touch of intrigue and super sexy. I loved the pole-dancing bits and could just see Rain on the pole. I had to go google the song Smoke and Mirrors.
I recommend this if you love a good romance, broken men finding love, good friends ,hot mansex and Pole-Dancing.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lost Me Eventually 7 March 2014
By Xanlthorpe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The story starts out well, but what starts wasn't enough, apparently so first one odd factoid appears, then another, and then, at about 55% it gets real weird when several oddities occur all at once. Too much of a soap opera at that point. The two MCs have morphed from two independent men, and become two men-who-act-like-women-want-men-to-act. Not my style at that point. The story goes off the skids and drags all b
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for Rain has romance, humor and charm 2 March 2014
By Beach Bum Books - Published on Amazon.com
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Susan Mac Nicol hits one out of the park with a heartwarming, sometimes suspenseful, often laugh-out-loud funny tale of two men falling headfirst into lust, then taking those small, tentative steps toward friendship and finally love.

Toby Prentiss has a tortured history that leaves him with a record of poor choices and problems with anger management. Yet, with the help of a man who becomes his mentor, he rises above situations that would have crushed other men.

Rain Engel had his heart torn in two. It makes him wary of relationships but not taking those first steps to satisfy his attraction to Toby Prentiss, the general manager of the hotel where he is employed as a contractor. Rain is no shrinking violet. He knows what he wants and he doesn’t mind expressing himself in rather unique ways.

Their small village is bucolic, quirky and—on the surface—lacking in choices when it comes to potential gay partners. It also has a bounty of vociferous homophobes, some downright nasty and dangerous.

The large cast of supporting characters provides a wonderful backdrop to Toby and Rain’s tentative steps on that path of discovery. From the farmer who solicits help thwarting a sheep rustler to the BFFs of Toby and Rain, and the sometimes bittersweet attraction between Toby and Simon, his boss and mentor … each one adds breadth and depth to the story, along with many humorous moments.

And call them what you will—the setting, props, even the weather—all contribute in delightful ways to bring this story to life. There’s a phobia, a shed, a pole, a sauna, a haystack, leather products, a drought, a festival … each and every one an integral part of Toby and Rain’s journey. They provide the kind of feel-good moments that make a story sigh-worthy and memorable.

The author made some interesting choices in telling Toby and Rain’s story: using first POV, she alternates chapters with each man given a unique voice. With their radically different upbringing and personalities, that is a difficult task to pull off successfully, particularly since “lust” with a capital “L” drives the bulk of their relationship from the get-go. What we learn about each man is cleverly related via their interactions with minor characters: best friends, working relationships, acquaintances, even their encounters with antagonists … all bring to light the best and the worst that comprise the complex personalities of Toby and Rain.
Make no mistake, this is homoerotic romance. The sex is plentiful, it is hot and it works to drive each man’s emotional growth. It is the glue that keeps them together when outside circumstances and their own frailties work to tear them apart.

Waiting for Rain is a satisfying story on many levels. Rife with romance, humor, and charm, this is a book you can read and enjoy many times over. The men are real, their inner turmoil believable, the resolution to problems they encounter are often creative and surprising, and the supporting characters will grab your hearts and minds.

I give Waiting for Rain an unconditional FIVE STARS.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching, fun, and very real love story 26 February 2014
By Alina Popescu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Sometimes you get exactly what you need in a book! I’ve been looking forward to this new release by Susan Mac Nicol, you all know I love her writing, but this new novel was just spot on. I needed something real, loving, fun, sexy, and completely captivating. That’s exactly what Waiting for Rain has been for me. It’s my new favorite book by this amazing author. Then again, each of her new releases becomes my new favorite…

When we first meet Toby, he seems a very put together, posh, cultured, maybe a bit stuck up young man. A promising career awaits him and he’s surrounded by friends and colleagues who love and appreciate him. The more one gets to know him, the more they realize he’s a survivor, a foster kid who’s been to hell and back, a professional who’s been forged to the ugliest fires of the hotel industry, a loving, kind, beautiful soul that no one can help falling in love with.

Enters Rain, who falls into the same trap, despite his attempts to keep everything casual and not get involved. In what family and background are concerned, South Africa born Rain is Toby’s opposite. He has a loving family, friends he’s known a long time, but he’s been hurt deeply by the man he once loved.

These two seem exactly what the other need, although their relationship is not an easy one. Real danger, ghosts from the past, personal fears, they will have to face it all. While definitely not as dark as some of Susan’s other books, Waiting for Rain is very real! There are serious issues being debated, from foster care life for orphans, to discrimination, and hate crimes against the LGBT community and the twisted individuals who try to defend them.

Rain’s unique phobia was a work of art, I couldn’t stop laughing and it was the middle of the night! Also, the pole dancing angle was extremely close to my heart, you all know that! Just watch the trailer that’s a bit lower down the page and tell me you don’t like it, I dare you. Rain’s exhibitionist side was brilliantly worked into the novel, and put to good use, as his dancing ends up raising money for a good cause.

All in all, a beautiful, inspiring, heart warming read that I recommend to anyone who enjoys a great love story. This might be a novel about a gay couple, but first and foremost it’s a story of love.