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.
So listening to this on audio, I have to say it was probably a mistake. I can’t remember if I’ve ever heard this narrator before, and in the beginning he did an okay job, with Toby, Toby’s boss and the female best friend. But once Rain came into the picture, not only did I feel the story went down hill but the over compensation in the narration went up. At times I wasn’t sure which country Rain was from. Wales, Eastern Europe? and by turn the other voices seem to change. Over aggressive at times, missing tenderness when needed etc.
I enjoyed the start of the story, the friendship and teasing between Toby and crew. And must say would have liked to have seen a deeper friendship, courtship between Toby and the boss more so then Rain and Toby. Once again, not sure if that had more to do with someone else reading this to me and not enjoying it. Or simply I liked those to together better than Rain and Toby.
Rain and Toby seemed fine for a quick shag or hand job, but I never got the home and hearth feel from them.
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