☂☂ Raining Men by Rick R. Reed ☂☂

Both the Chaser books, Chaser and Raining Men, were books that I was not sure I was going to like but for every different reasons: Chaser because of it’s interesting ‘chubby chaser’ theme and Raining Men because of my feelings towards the main character based on the experience of the first book. Luckily I enjoyed both immensely!

The Chaser series:

  • Chaser (Book #1) Click to check out my review of Chaser
  • Raining Men (Book #2) – in this review

Raining Men (Chaser, #2)Raining Men by Rick R. Reed

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Stars

The 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

So what did I think?

Bobby did some pretty terrible things in Chaser, treating his best friend really poorly. So poorly that I thought he would really struggle to redeem himself in my eyes. However, Raining Men provides insight that really allows us to see deep inside Bobby to better understand why he did the things he did.

We get quite a different perspective of Bobby in this book. Originally he is portrayed as a really good looking guy who can get anyone he wants and he only settles for the best and most gorgeous guys. But in reality he has deep issues manifesting in a destructive sex addiction which results in him taking on nearly anyone and anything.

The first half of the story really focuses on Bobby and his behaviour, the men he hooks up with and his first attempts at getting help. A family tragedy also gets him thinking about his upbringing and his father. Plus he continues to dwell on how he betrayed Caden, wanting to make amends. It isn’t exactly an enjoyable read, more an emotional journey where I really started to feel Bobby’s pain.

There are two key men who come into Bobby’s life, both of whom understand his issues, have been there themselves and can offer support and empathy. During the second half of the book, Bobby starts to explore a new relationship but continues to face heart-break and rejection.

What made this story great for me were the changes in Bobby, the idea that you can change the way you live your life, that there are such things as forgiveness and second chances and ultimately that everyone deserves love.

The book starts with Bobby dreaming to the song “It’s Raining Men” by Martha Wash and the Weather Girls so I thought I would end with the song!

For more information about Rick R. Reed and his books visit his website.

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★★★★★ To Catch A Fox by Geoffrey Knight & Ethan Day ★★★★★

I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that this book is fantastic! The bad news is that it makes you desperately want to read the second book which isn’t available yet!

The Knight and Day Fox Mystery series

  • To Catch A Fox (book #1) – in this review
  • A Fox In the Hole (book #2)

To Catch A Fox (Fox Mysteries, #1)To Catch A Fox by Geoffrey Knight & Ethan Day

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Sex. Murder. Blackmail. Revenge. Life in the Big Easy can be a real bitch.

Meet Jon Fox, a sexy New Orleans private detective with more family secrets than even he knows about. But his latest case is about to bring more to the swampy surface than Fox himself could ever have guessed—

A polite old lady with a plot to murder a stranger;
A mother whose secret sent her insane;
An uncle with complete control over the family empire;
A father whose suicide might once again tear his family apart;
And a hot, handsome, clueless blond with a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Yes, meet Jon Fox.  A New Orleans private detective whose complicated life…just got a little more complex.

So what did I think?

This book opens like a blockbuster action movie as our hero, Jon Fox, has to outsmart a crazy women with a gun, avoid alligators and survive explosions. It sets the pace for the rest of book which is filled with mystery and murder.

Fox was the heir to his family fortune but the loss of everyone close to him had driven him to despair. His life had spiraled out of control into one of parties, drink and trouble with only his Uncle Mason to rule over the family empire and clean up the messes left by Fox. That is, until Fox resorts to doing something that even he can’t live with and changes his ways. He is now working as a Private Investigator and basically up to his eyeballs in a different kind of trouble.

I liked Jon. On the exterior he is not very friendly and he is definitely tough and rough.  He trades sexual favours with a wide network of contacts who provide him with information (it sure is handy being friends with a cop who like taking it over his desk while in handcuffs!) . He is about the quick and the dirty. But underneath there is something quite appealing about him.

Fox is working on a case which leads to him meeting Tucker. There is an immediate physical attraction which neither man deny however they are kept pretty busy avoiding the bad guys, whether it is dodging bullets, escaping handcuffs, fist fights, the list goes on….There is a huge amount of action and an equal amount of humour. The banter between Fox and Tucker is what really makes the book.

Shortly following an explosion..
“Are you okay?”
“What?” Tucker shouted back, trying to wring out his ear with one finger.
“I said, are you okay? Fox shouted back.
“Of course I’m gay!” Tucker yelled. “For a detective you pick the strangest times to ask the most idiotic questions.”

Along with action and some very sizzling sex, there is mystery. The case involves a mysterious old lady, a unknown man and links to both Tucker’s and Fox’s families. There are twists and turns and surprises which keep you guessing right to the end.

The ending…arghh! So frustrating but in a good way I think. Maybe, maybe not? The ending would be easier to deal with if the second book was available now! It is not a HEA and not really even a HFN, at least in the romance stakes. The mystery is largely solved and everyone is alive and safe, at least for now. What we really get at the end is the perfect set up for the next book. We know evil and trouble is on it’s way and neither Jon Fox or Tucker Wilder are safe for much longer!

I contacted one of  the authors to find out when A Fox In The Hole will be released. They had hoped for later this year but it will most likely be early 2014.

Finally thanks to Wilde City Press for providing a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

5 Stars

To find out more about Geoffrey Knight and his books visit his Goodreads profile.

To find out more about Ethan Day and his books visit his website.

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