Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Spotlight & Review: Chance of Rain by Amber Lin

Title: Chance of Rain
Author: Amber Lin
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Category Length/48,500-words
Themes: Small town, military, reunion story, cabin romance
Heat Level: High!
ISBN: 9781426897320
Publisher: Carina Press (http://carinapress.com/)
The only things Natalie Bouchard wants to change are the weekly specials in her Gram’s diner. So when her high school sweetheart strolls back into Dearling, Texas, she allows herself to indulge in a little flirtation, but that’s as far as it goes.
Navy SEAL Sawyer Nolan has returned to sell his father’s land and get the hell out, no matter how enticing he still finds Natalie. Until a storm rolls over the Texas hills, stranding them together at the farm…and the memories of their steamy past  lead to a reunion filled with hot days and long nights.  
Soon Natalie’s so far under Sawyer’s skin he can’t imagine being without her. But he has a lot of history in Dearling he’d like to leave behind, and Natalie is practically married to this town.  If Sawyer wants to be more than just another person who leaves Natalie, he’ll have to give his hometown—and himself—one more chance.

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Rain was common this time of year, which helped keep the temperature down and was vital to the newly planted crops. Unfortunately, it occasionally escalated into tropical storms and hurricanes. As a result of all the moisture and activity in the skies, storms were always brewing somewhere off the coast.
Even when they did culminate in a land-based storm, battering poor Galveston for the umpteenth time, they were little more than a thunderstorm by the time they reached central Texas. Despite this, the exact coordinates of the current storm system in the Gulf, its windspeeds, its trajectory, were an endless source of conversation.
“When do you think it’ll touch down?” Joe mused.
“Can’t say.” Mr. Winterman shook his head. “Any day, though. Could happen.”
“Yeah, but it probably won’t reach us,” Joe said, being a fairly reasonable and levelheaded individual despite his youthful antics and current sheriff’s uniform. Or maybe because of them.
Mr. Winterman grunted. “Right when you least expect it, that’s when it’ll happen.”
Just then, the cowbell over the door clanged. Natalie looked up, dragging her gaze over well-hung jeans, a faded T-shirt…and a face that damn near stopped her heart. Scruffy and solemn and—damn, damn, damn—familiar.
“Sawyer,” she breathed.
There was too much noise in the diner for him to have heard her, too much distance between her behind the counter and him just inside the door, but his gaze honed in on her. Recognition flared in his eyes. And something else. Something dark and hot and clenching tight in her belly.
Lucy turned too. “He’s the guy who got me all wet. That’s Sawyer Nolan? He looks so different.”
“Mmm-hmm,” Natalie murmured, although he didn’t really. Taller, bigger, thicker in all the right places, but the same clear brown eyes that lit from within when they met hers.

It had been five years since he’d made an afternoon appearance in a black suit for his father’s funeral. Another six since he’d graduated high school and left town as quickly as the Greyhound could carry him. Even after all these years and all this distance, she remembered the feel of his arms around her waist. He had been a lanky teenager, but even then he’d been taller than her, bigger than her. Now he was massive. He would engulf her. His hands on her hips and his mouth over hers. He would swallow her whole, and please, yes, where could she sign up?

I enjoyed this book and it was a relatively quick read. The interactions between Natalie and Sawyer were intense definitely made me want more.  I would have liked a little more depth in a couple of places but it didn't make the story any less enjoyable. There are definitely some sexy moments with a  good splattering of angst.

Overall I give this 3.75 out of 5 

Amber Lin writes edgy romance with damaged hearts, redemptive love, and a steamy ever after. RT Book Reviews called her debut novel, Giving It Up, “truly extraordinary.” Amber married her high school sweetheart, gave birth to a kid who’s smarter than she is, and spends her nights writing down her dirty thoughts. In other words, life is good.

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  1. I love that Sawyer is forced to give up something important for Natalie. Too often in real life, we find that the other person is unwilling to compromise or give anything valuable up.

  2. Look forward to reading. Thank you for the giveaway.

  3. This sounds like a great romance book :)

  4. Love second chance stories and those with military heroes so this book sounds really good to me. Congrats on the new release!

  5. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Sounds like a great read!!

  6. The excerpts I'm finding are each better than the last one. I think this has been my favorite so far because of the description of Sawyer. yummmm

  7. Enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Reading through the themes I'm nodding & going yes, yes, yes!!