|Chance of Rain by Amber Lin|
November 4, 2013
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
(contains steamy sexual situations)
Source: eARC from publisher for Honest review
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.
This is a quick read, falling somewhere between a novella and a full-length novel. It's a sweet but steamy story of second chance love. But don't let the shorter length fool you. What this story lacks in length, it makes up for in content.
The two main characters, Natalie and Sawyer, are portrayed and developed really well. They have a history together, but more than that, they have many years apart. We don't just get to see them as misplaced high school sweethearts, we get to see them as the individuals that they are and what makes up the breadth and depth of who they are. This understanding of who they are individually, and what they lack or feel is missing, is also the crux of what makes them work so well together, once given that second chance.
I think the author did a great job examining both Natalie and Sawyer, and allowing them to examine themselves, with honest perspective and expectations. I enjoyed watching their relationship develop, and even beyond that enjoyed watching their personal growth. Not only did their personalities work beautifully together, but of course their physical attraction and sexual prowess were also quite compatible. There are many an intense and heated moment along the way, so don't let the cover fool you into thinking this is just a sweet read. There's a whole lot of sexy, too.
I really enjoyed this read, this small town, these characters, and the ending. I don't know if other characters in this story will get their own books, but I see some potential for future stories, and would love to read them.