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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
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #275,003 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!!
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Sexy 8 March 2014
By Judy Z (Bookaholic Confessions) - Published on Amazon.com
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Loved it!!!

As with all Susan Mac Nicol books I have read, Waiting For Rain is laugh out loud funny, witty, and sexy as hell! And although not a sad story, there was a moment of sadness that had me almost in tears!

Toby and Rain have an instant and electrifying chemistry. They also both harbor sordid pasts and secrets that if kept hidden could possibly ruin their future together.
Love how Susan always writes about strong men having overcome adversity. This story is no different.

Toby and Rain are yummy! Did I mention Rain is a sexy carpenter that likes to pole dance? If only novels came with streaming video, I'd be golden!
"You are so bloody sexy. I want to wear you."

There's also a supporting cast of friends that brought lots of humor and tenderness to the mix.
"What is it with you straight women and your fascination with gay-man sex?"

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, especially all the British lingo I as an American don't hear everyday! Words like bloody, git, and bollocks!

Thank you Susan Mac Nicol for another great read!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful story from Susan Mac Nicol 5 March 2014
By J Sargent - Published on Amazon.com
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After only reading 3 books from Ms. Mac Nicol she has jumped to my must buy list. So glad I found her books. Toby is a man who has found his calling & loves his work as the GM of a hotel in Stamford. When he meets Rain, a Master Carpenter who's been hired to build a bar in the hotel sparks instantly fly. There is a wonderful chemistry between the leading men that just draws you in, I found myself instantly falling in love and cheering for them to make their relationship work. I don't want to give any details away form this great story because I want you to watch it unfold for yourself. While there is drama there is not the angst that is in 'Saving Alexander' or 'Worth Keeping' (both also excellent stories) there is plenty of humor with an unlikely phobia and an unexpected talent for pole dancing. This is a book I will be rereading again & again. I can't wait for Ms. Mac Nicol's next book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from Susan Mac Nichol 19 April 2014
By Lauri James - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow another great book from one of my favorite M/M authors. We meet Toby managing a sweet hotel in charming Stamford. The hotel has plans for a new bar the designer and contractor is Rain, hot and multi talented. Toby is a foster child who has issues that stem from his time in care that he tries to forget. Rain and Toby are soul mates that belong and fit together perfectly. We discover Toby has a violent temper that he has difficulty controlling and Rain is terrified of sheep. Toby helps organize a festival as a fund raiser and he enlists Rain's talent as a sexy pole dancer. It's very sweet and cute most of the town comes out to watch I wish I was there too. The end was wonderful.I shed a few tears Thank you Susan thank you.

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