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
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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!
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- Chaser by Rick R. Reed (someonehastosetabadexample.wordpress.com)