Chance of Rain
by Amber Lin
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.
She flipped the switch, and lights blinked off unsteadily down the long tiled ceiling. Only at the end of each day did it dawn on her how large the place was. Large in both its physical size and the space it took up in her life. Though unassuming and maybe unconventional, it was a legacy. Hers to keep. Hers to maintain.
She headed into the back office and gathered the papers. She returned through the swinging doors leading to the dining area with a stuffed manila folder. And ran smack into the broad chest of Sawyer Nolan with an oof.
“What are you doing here?”
He raised his eyebrows. “Having dinner.”
“Door was unlocked.”
He wore the shadows well. The darkness seemed to enhance his handsomeness, lengthening his planes and sharpening his angles. He seemed more at ease here in the quiet dark than the bustling brightness of morning.
“I hadn’t gotten to that yet. No one usually comes around this late.”
“Guess that means no dinner.”
His voice was neutral, but it had to be a disappointment. He was hungry, and everywhere else would be closed. Unless he wanted a cold sandwich from the gas station on the outskirts of town. She wasn’t heartless enough to send him there, not when carefully packaged leftovers sat in her fridge.
Anyone else she would have invited back to the kitchen table, but not him. Oh, no. He could eat in the dim, impersonal void and count himself lucky if she even chatted with him.
She gestured to the bar stools. “Have a seat. I’ll heat you up something.”
His face cracked into a smile. “Thanks, Natalie.”
Man, he looked so genuinely happy just for that. Just for her to feed him. Her heart squeezed. Maybe she’d give him double helpings. He was broad and tall enough to need them anyway.
This is my first time reading a book from this author and I enjoyed it. It was a short and fast pace read and involved a military man. I am a stickler for anything military so it was full speed ahead for me. As I mentioned this was a short read, I hope to see a little more of Sawyer and Natalie in the future.
Sawyer is a tortured Navy SEAL who has returned back home after his father’s death to sell the farm he grew up on. He is coming home to a place that has held a lot of memories for him, one of them being Natalie. Natalie is the woman he walked away from right after graduating high school. Sawyer left Dearling, Texas to join the military. He knew Natalie’s life was in Dearling with her family and small group of friends.
Natalie and Sawyer had only 3 weeks together, 12 years ago but within that short amount of time, they had a deep connection, or so she thought. After Sawyer left Natalie, without even a goodbye, she was heartbroken and left with unanswered questions.
Natalie is running her grandmother’s diner and still feels that emptiness that Sawyer left behind all those years ago. (DON’T GET ME WRONG, she has been out with other guys, but they could never be Sawyer). Natalie sill wants Sawyer and all the unsettled feelings come back when Sawyer walks through the doors of the diner. Sawyer sees Natalie and he has a hard time ignoring the fact that after 12 years there is still something there. Too bad he is not sticking around. Sawyer decides to stay away from Natalie, because it will only make the inevitable harder for the both of them.
Guess what? Natalie is not going to let him get away that easy. Natalie decides to bring him a piece of cherry pie (Sawyer loves cherry pie). In that visit a storm hits and the pair are stuck together for 3 days. A lot can happen in that time. Natalie is ok with the now part but starts to see more of life with Sawyer on that farm, but Sawyer cannot commit to anything permanent in Dearling. He knows he hurt Natalie, but once he finally realizes he wants Natalie forever, he is going to prove to her he wants her.
“We can’t do this, if we had sex, you would want…you’d expect.”
“I’d expect an orgasm, mister. But that’s it. Yeah, I’d like more than that, but I’m a big girl. If this is all we have together, I can be okay with that.”
This was a really steamy story. The sex is amazing and it was not crude but romantic. These two knew what they wanted and they expressed themselves freely. This was an enjoyable, sensual read and the individuals felt like every day people that a reader could connect too. This was a touching, loving, exciting story about moving on and finding joy with love a second time around.
“Yeah I want to se you.”
“You sure? I thihk I could come like that this, and we’d be done.”
“Ah, sh*t. I want to see those pretty t*ts before I come. Let me see you, baby.”
I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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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