Book Reviews

Raining Men (Sequel to Chaser) by Rick R. Reed at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 31-May-2013

Book Blurb

The character you loved to hate in Chaser becomes the character you will simply love in Raining Men.

It’s been raining men for most of Bobby Nelson’s adult life. Normally, he wouldn’t have it any other way, but lately something’s missing. Now, he wants the deluge to slow to a single special drop. But is it even possible for Bobby to find “the one” after endless years of hooking up?

When Bobby’s father passes away, Bobby finally examines his rocky relationship with the man and how it might have contributed to his inability to find the love he yearns for. Guided by a sexy therapist, a Sex Addicts Anonymous group, a well-endowed Chihuahua named Johnny Wadd, and Bobby’s own cache of memories, Bobby takes a spiritual, sexual, and emotional journey to discover that life’s most satisfactory love connections lie in quality, not quantity. And when he’s ready to love not only himself but someone else, sex and love fit, at last, into one perfect package.

 

Book Review

True friendship is the greatest gift anyone can bestow upon another person and the loss of such a friendship is devastating, especially Bobby Nelson's, of 'It's Raining Men' by Rick R. Reid. Bobby lost his best friend, Caden, when his addiction to sex overtook his better judgment and he tried to steal Caden's lover Kevin, using deceit to drive a wedge between them. Bobby wants a man like Kevin. He's tired of living alone, but doesn't have a clue how to find someone for himself. Bobby knows something is very wrong with his life, but he doesn't know what it is, much less, how to fix it.

It's easy to hate someone judging by what they do, but once you understand the mitigating circumstances, the mistakes, you may not entirely forgive, yet can't help but see things in a different light. After Bobby's behavior in 'Chaser', the first book in this series, I never would have thought that I would cry for him, but cry I did. More than once, my heart ached for him and tears rolled down my cheeks. For as angry as I was at him in the first book, I felt just as sorry for him in this one. When I saw what a mixed up mess his head and heart were, it didn't excuse his behavior, but it certainly explained a lot. It takes him a long time to get beyond the denial phase and admit he has a problem. He's had his feelings buried for a long time, so long that they are hidden deep in his heart. He's so convinced that he's unworthy of love and uses sex to deaden the pain of rejection he feels. By trying to deaden his pain, he's made his problem even worse. Because he'd burned a lot of bridges in the past, he's got some construction to do in the future, but he's earned it.

Therapy is like un-peeling an onion; it's an uncomfortable, painful process. For each level that's revealed, there's another one under it and so on. Bobby has a lot of layers and, although it takes him a long time, he faces each of them as best he can, backsliding at times, but always getting up, dusting himself off, and starting again. On one particularly slippery slope, Bobby finds a dog who looks exactly like Bobby feels. There's nothing like an animal to open someone's soul. Animals are loving and trusting and much more forgiving than people. Bobby needed the comfort the little dog, he named Johnny, could offer. He needed someone to love unconditionally.  In many ways, Johnny was the bridge between the old Bobby and the new, improved version.

There were times that I couldn't understand why things were happening the way they did. They do say that karma is a bitch and Bobby learns this first hand. As rotten as he was, I wondered if he hadn't suffered enough. It's as if the universe was making it even harder for Bobby to atone for his sins when he was pulling as hard as he could to get away from his old self; but this also shook up the storyline, making it delightfully unpredictable and kept me guessing. The twists had me either crying or cheering or both, depending upon the situation. I'd never have believed it, but in the end, I not only admired Bobby, I'd also forgiven him. He had earned his happiness. I'd recommend this book to anyone who appreciates a character driven story in which there is a great deal of growth and redemption. Thank you, Rick, for the heartrending, but extremely fulfilling tale.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 314 pages/97170 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 31-May-2013
Price $6.99 ebook, $17.99 paperback, $17.99 bundle, $24.95 audiobook
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/raining-men-by-rick-r-reed-4482-b