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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. He’s done with love, especially now that three years after his long overdue divorce, he’s got a front-row seat to the rapid deterioration between Anna and her girlfriend. Cynical doesn’t even begin to describe him.
Then Anna and Leigh’s attempts to reconcile put him in the crosshairs of marriage counselor Scott Fletcher. Scott’s exactly what Jeremy needs right now: gorgeous, hot, horny, single, and 100% uninterested in a relationship. The problem is, too much no-strings-attached sex—and too much time in each other’s company—inevitably builds emotional connection.
Except Jeremy refuses to seek counseling for his broken family, and Scott refuses to get seriously involved with men who work dangerous jobs. They both need to realize they can only hide for so long from the pain they came here to escape. They must face their pasts before they lose their shot at a happy future.
The newest installment in the Bluewater Bay series goes back in and focuses on characters that are more closely aligned with Wolf’s Landing. Rain Shadow takes us down the path of Jeremy Rose, bodyguard to Anna Maxwell, director/producer of the show. Jeremy’s only got a couple of goals at this point in his life, work, try and figure out how to get through to his kids, and not fall into another relationship, not to mention no falling in love. Ha! Good luck with that, Jeremy.
The story starts out really sweet when Jeremy meets Scott Fletcher on a trip Anna is taking with her girlfriend to see some Eagles. It quickly turns scorching hot when Jeremy and Scott see each other again and decide on fuck buddy status with each other. Clearly, both Jeremy and Scott did not think anything could go wrong with this arrangement. Quickly, things do.
The friendship Jeremy and Scott form is really fantastic. Despite both of them having major issues with relationships, they form a great bond both in and out of the bedroom. Both men are completely blind to the fact (read stubborn) that they have an attraction that won’t go away and one of these days, things are going to come to a head.
The main focus is Jeremy and his issues surrounding his children. Trying to rebuild trust between himself and the kids is a long and very hard road. Issues with family counseling in the past create a rift between Jeremy and Scott. All of these things combined with the attraction they both feel, Scott’s problems with Jeremy’s job, and the fact that the kids are two states away, blow up in their faces. Feelings are exposed, things are said, and things begin to shatter.
The shatter point is where I had the most trouble with the story. I became really aggravated with these men, who should be old enough to realize the situation they’re in, go from acting like teenagers in
lust love, to grown men who have no idea how to communicate. I wanted to smack them both for being so stupid. Jeremy coming to terms with the problems he has, finally realizing that yeah, he needs help, and Scott becoming willing to take a chance was hard fought. The thing about it is this… there’s no happy ending. This isn’t a perfect story with a perfect ending where the perfect couple figures out their shit and moves in together, the kids are happy and all is well in the world. This is real life stuff here. They get their HFN and it leaves the story open for more. It felt authentic in that regard. This book also set us up for the next story in the series, Anna’s.
These guys are great together when they communicate and lean on each other. It’s not perfect and my frustrations kind of won out in the end, but I hope we see more of them later finding their happy ending.