Amazon • Narrator: Matthew Lloyd Davies
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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 facade 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.
Toby is a hotel manager who worked his way up from being a bell man. He meets Rain, who has commitment issues, after his last boyfriend dumped him unceremoniously. They are clearly attracted to each other but Rain is unable to commit long term.
Honestly, this audiobook wasn’t very angsty nor was it as engaging as Worth Keeping. There was a lot going on. I would have enjoyed this book more without some of the added distraction, like Toby’s boss, the lost sheep, Toby’s friend who was out to get him etc. I think between Rain’s ex and Rain’s traumatic past, and the father issues, there was plenty to add drama here.
The audiobook had alternating POV so you got equal opportunity in Toby and Rain’s heads. I really liked both characters and I was happy that they got their issues together at the end. But this book wasn’t my favorite Susan Mac Nicol’s book. I do enjoy her writing and will definitely pick up Saving Alexander next.
*Special thanks to Dreamspinner Publishing for the audiobook, which was given in exchange for an honest review