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.
It’s always a lovely day when I get to spend time in Bluewater Bay. Okay, seriously, I did not mean to make rhyme, but it’s no less true. Bluewater Bay is one of my favorite fictional towns to visit and Rain Shadow was no exception. Witt re-immerses readers into what brought us to Bluewater Bay to begin with – Wolf’s Landing – and does so as we follow Jeremy as he guards Anna, one of the show’s more well-known producers – hence the need for a body guard. While a return to the set means series fans get to catch up with characters from previous books (Levi & Carter), it also means a front-row seat to Anna and Leigh’s relationship (which has been rocky from the beginning of the series) as they go through couples counseling and related activities in an effort to save their relationship.
Lots going on in the installment because Jeremy’s job is also an excuse to avoid his ex-wife and disgruntled kids, especially his daughter, who is beyond pissed off at him for “deciding to be gay” and abandoning them. And while I’m getting a little ahead of myself here, Jeremy’s family issues dictate how he approaches relationship. Or I should say, avoids relationships, because he still feels guilty for not being able to make it work. But when he learns that the first man who really flips his switch since his divorce avoids relationships even more than he does, well let’s just say it made for one heck of a hot scene when they have their one nighter. So when Scott phones for a repeat performance, Jeremy is surprised and goes straight into avoidance mode. Yet fate has a better idea and when their paths cross again, Scott makes it clear that he’s not looking for a relationship, but would be very amenable to a friends with benefits arrangement. Because of their arrangement, there is quite a bit of sex in Rain Shadow and yet it didn’t feel overdone or gratuitous because each time the men scratched their itch, they spent more time together, getting to know one another, moving from being just friends to a bit more. And when the proverbial excrement hit the fan, Jeremy realizes who and what is important in his life and has to put his pride and prejudices aside if he has any hope of keeping them in his life.
I really liked how Witt moved Jeremy and Scott’s relationship forward so subtly that I too had a hard time pinpointing when friends with benefits became more. While the implosions in Jeremy’s life made it obvious that things had changed, the transitions were not at obvious. As for the implosions, Jeremy excelled at making a mess of his personal life, but he was honest enough with himself to realize it and was willing to put in the effort to right what he had wronged. I actually found that to be quite refreshing and it made me like Jeremy that much more. I loved the ending and that Scott was willing to help Jeremy out with repairing his relationship with his children. A lot going on in the book means a lot for me to love and I enjoyed it all. Rain Shadow was a great addition to the Bluewater Bay series and I’m hoping to get my hands on the next book in the series soon because although I’m not a big fan of F/F reads, I am a fan of Anna’s.