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Sequel to Chaser 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 enSequel to Chaser 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....

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Raining Men Reviews

  • Cindi
    2019-03-12 20:06

    I am a big fan of Rick R. Reed. He knows it. My friends know it. I have a goal to read everything he has ever put out as soon as I can. But I have to say that I was not looking forward to this book. Don't get me wrong, I have loved everything I've read of his to this point. However, my opinion of the main character of this book, Bobby Nelson, was formed strongly in Chaser. He was only a secondary (who played a big part) in that book but I saw enough of him to end that book hating his character with every fiber of my being. So I admit to being hesitant about reading his story. If I hate a character in one book (where he is not even a main character) it's pretty much a given that I will continue to once he gets his own starring role, so to speak. I couldn't have been more wrong in this case.I was at 5% on my Kindle and already feeling sympathy for Bobby. Farther along I was rooting for him. By the end I totally loved him. Bobby embarks on a journey of self-awareness. He has a long road to travel before he finally gets where he needs to go but he does get there and he does it in a big way.Another outstanding book by Rick R. Reed. Anyone who can turn my opinion of a character around like he did Bobby is one hell of a talented author. The cover is gorgeous. Both cover and title are very fitting for the story.Full review can be found at On Top Down Under Book Reviews. This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for a fair and honest review.My Favorite Books of 2013.

  • Sandra
    2019-02-27 19:56

    HOLY SHIT. I have no words. Me, who reads words all day long, who revels in them, loves and hates them, wraps them around like a warm blanket on a winter's night - I have none of them after this book.Whereas I absolutely hated Bobby in Chaser, in this book I only felt sorry for him. Once I got a real glimpse into his mind, into the dirty, disgusting things he does to numb the pain in his own head, I couldn't help but feel for him. Damn you, Mr. Reed, for doing that to me. Okay, just kidding. Sort of.Early on in this book, we learn that the self-proclaimed gorgeous guy who only has sex with other gorgeous men (or so he told his ex-friend Caden before attempting to steal Caden's boyfriend for himself) will actually have sex with almost any men. The author does a fantastic and unapologetic job of accurately and in depth describing the seedy situations that Bobby seeks out, all the while giving us insights into Bobby's mind as to the deep-seated issues that propel him to seek pleasure in all sexual forms relentlessly. What Bobby doesn't seem to see, or suppresses as soon as even the tiniest thought about it crops up, is the reason he seeks out these seedy places.By this point in the novel, I was both disgusted by his behavior and oddly compelled to take him home with me to hug him and love him and tell him that it would all be okay. He misses Caden. He knows he's guilty, and he knows that losing the friendship is his fault and his fault alone. Then Bobby's father dies, and with his death, Bobby is confronted again with his demons and no matter how much he seeks oblivion, he cannot find it. From there, the story unfolds as Bobby begins to understand how his past is influencing his present. A note from Caden with a business card leads him to a therapist and then to a support group. Slowly but surely, and with occasional steps back, Bobby embraces the long road to recovery. And finds love in the process.This book is an in-depth character study of a broken, lonely man and the hurt little boy inside him, as well as the journey he undertakes to make himself a better man. Rick R. Reed delivers a novel of redemption that rang true and realistic and completely changed my attitude towards the main character from the previous book. I highly recommend reading these two books in order. And actually reading both - so you get the full impact and the entire picture of all of them. It is a credit to the author that he was able to take me from hate to disgust to empathy for Bobby by creating such a complex character.I received a free copy of Raining Men directly from Dreamspinner Press. A positive review was not promised in return. A combined review of Chaser and Raining Men is available on www.myfictionnook.com.

  • Letti
    2019-02-22 17:47

    4.50 StarsWhen I first read about Bobby in Chaser I must admit I was not a fan, his character seemed to be a shallow, narcissistic, evil. treacherous, deceitful SOB, I found myself loathing his character, my persona of him may be harsh but I’m not the sugar coating type of person, I was still holding a grudge against him going into this read, ( I cussed his character from here unto the heavens)and I was afraid that because of my biased opinion of him it would deflect from the book, to my utter surprise it didn't. Rick Reed did a fantastic job helping us understand Bobby he gave us insight on all of Bobby’s trail and tribulation, and to finally see the beauty and heart that was hidden within himself, I was astonished at how fast my hatred for Bobby became a feeling of sympathy I cannot say that I emphasized with his plight, but I did find myself standing in his cheering section.(view spoiler)[Bobby seemed to be a man that had everything, money, good looks, and men but it is not all what it appears to be, The book starts off months after Chaser and we find Bobby sitting in a therapist office discussing the reason his friendship with Caden ended a swift and untimely death. His first response to that was typical Bobby, But something happened that seemed so out of character for him, he put himself out there with a few simple words. “I just wanted someone to love me” That is when I knew that this tale was about a journey of self-discovery and truth. We got to see Bobby in a new light, we saw glimpses of a little boy so desperate for his father’s affection and praise, who wanted nothing more than to hear “I love you, son” spoken from his father’s mouth, and a man who yearns for what was and what could have been a connection and bond with his father. Not only does he mourn the loss of his dad but of a future that he wanted with him.Bobby went back home to Seattle for his father’s funeral and he had some major anxiety going on, I enjoyed seeing him showing his mother pure unselfish and unconditional love, you could see how much he adored that little slip of a woman, and to get glimpses of their family dynamics. I must admit the Stallion scene make me cringe a few times, I was shouting. What is wrong with you? Why are you so destructive? Don’t you have any scruples? You’re here to bury your father for heaven’s sake. Have some shame. After that whole debacle he meets Wade at his father funeral reception and that is when a friendship of sorts was born. “and maybe that’s why you act out. Maybe that’s why you let yourself be used so indiscriminately”We then get into the crux of the story when Camille D’Amico Bobby’s therapist hands him a pamphlet for SAA (Sexual Addicts Anonymous) we see Bobby embrace new friends and the journey of self-discovery and healing begins. As he follows his twelve steps and embraces his spirituality a new and better Bobby is born, Oh, he has his slips along the way, but Rome wasn't built in a day it’s a process. We see him struggling with the loss of his friendship with Caden, and see him striving to make amends. We see him begin to love himself and value his self-worth, and most importantly we learn he was loved by his father, maybe not the way Bobby portrayed how love should be but by his father’s tokens.“You could only love someone for who they were and not who you hoped they were” I enjoyed this read immensely, and I would recommend it to anyone who has read chasers, Because Bobby’s journey is raw we get to see the good, bad, and the ugly, and get a sneak peek into the life Bobby has always dreamed of. (hide spoiler)]

  • Yvonne
    2019-02-27 18:43

    Reviewed on Hearts on FireIf you’ve read Chaser you know that was about a man Caden who was a secret chubby chaser who finally met the man of his dreams, a man round in all the right places. But things go awry when his guy decides to diet & exercise his way into becoming a conventional hot guy and turning off Caden in the process. While that’s going on, Caden’s best friend Bobby decides to take advantage of the situation rushing in to cause a whole lot of trouble. This is the story of that guy, that troublemaker, Bobby.I read Chaser and this one back to back so I had a clear memory of Bobby being a real stinker. After all the villainous things he did to ruin Caden’s love life I wasn’t sure he was even redeemable even though there were hints dropped that Bobby was harboring some deep insecurities. But holy hell what an excellent job on a turn around for a character.What I liked was how Bobby was still Bobby in this book. He didn’t undergo a personality transplant. Instead we get the other side of the story that was missing and how Bobby’s presentation masked the fact that underneath it all is a fear that he’s really not deserving of love & happiness. And I was so drawn in that by the end, darn it, I was actually rooting for the bastard.Just consider that you have a character who’s porn star handsome, able to attract any man he wants and one who’s never heard of a sexual dry spell and somehow we end up feeling sorry for him. That’s some skillful writing.I’m not sure how people will respond to this book because this is not your typical romance story. It’s more of an exploration of Bobby’s life as he struggles to find out why he feels compelled to repeat self-destructive patterns and why he seems to have no limits on self-degradation .Bobby’s descent into the hell of sexual addiction was both repellant and fascinating. Some of it was somewhat comical. I mean the amount of 10 inch dicks and gay tops that he runs into is to say the least, way outside the norm and I began to wonder if there was a gay man in Chicago left that hadn’t touched Bobby, literally, in some way. But a lot of it made you anxious on his behalf as there were numerous times I wanted to admonish Bobby , “don’t do it” and ‘You don’t want to go there.” But he did, he went there. Reading this though was like rubbernecking at a car crash. I could not look away.But after numerous set backs, and some heartwarming revisiting of his past in Seattle, there’s light at the end for Bobby. He finally gets that confrontation with Caden that he needs to set things right. In addition, he also finds himself ready to both give and receive love. And in typical Rick Reed style, there’s a little suspense, in this case in Bobby’s love life as there are at least two possibilities presented before the final unveiling.It was a tough journey to read at times but I was quite sucked into this story. We didn’t get a lot of Caden & Kevin in here so this is not really a sequel for them. But I did feel a sense of satisfaction & closure on the Bobby portion of the story. I’d recommend this story even as a standalone but for the best experience read Chaser first.

  • Monika
    2019-03-09 20:02

    Review posted on World of Diversity FictionsDear Rick,I loved this story! I think I was one of the very few that liked Bobby from Chaser. I don’t know why, he did a despicable thing to Caden, but there was just something about him that tugged at my heart. I knew there would be more to him and couldn’t wait to see what you had in store. In my opinion, you couldn’t have done a more perfect job with him and his story he is exactly how I hoped he would be, plus more. You had me bawling like a baby through a lot of Bobby’s story not all of it was from sadness, I loved every minute of it.~~~~~~This isn’t your typical M/M Romance novel and by that I mean there isn’t a romance per say but there is an HEA and a whole lot more than I was expecting. I got to see what made Bobby the way he is. His endless stream of men and his indulging in what could be risky play becomes a sexual addiction stemming from a feeling of never being able to live up to what he thought his father expected of him or wanted from him. Bobby uses sex and men, lots of sex and men, to mask the pain he feels and every time he does he’s thinking and hoping it will somehow fill a void but all it does is make matters worse and has him spiraling even further down a very dangerous path.Bobby does hit rock bottom, eventually. Therapy and new friends help him to climb out of that hole he’s buried himself in but not with out a lot of rocky times and some very large setbacks. He has one very funny and very sweet champion, a Chihuahua he finds one night in an alley. Bobby takes him home and names him Johnny Wadd. Johnny becomes influential in Bobby’s recovery, he is someone Bobby can love and be loved by unconditionally, something Bobby desperately needed. Johnny had me laughing out loud, what a little sweetheart. One of the funniest moments was when he runs into Lily a Boston Terrier at the park. If you know anything about Rick you’ll know that he has a very sweet Boston Terrier named Lily living with him. Lily wasn’t the onlything Rick included in Bobby’s story that comes from real life and I thought that was brilliant, somehow that made me feel closer to the story, if that’s possible and it brought a certain realism to the story. It was nice to see Caden and Kevin again and really nice that Caden and Bobby don’t just fall into each other’s arms and all is forgiven. Wade and Aaron are new to the story and play an important role in Bobby’s life but this story is all Bobby.Raining Men had me crying a lot and laughing, it’s a great story and one that will be going on my favorite’s shelf ! It bears repeating I loved Raining Men!Thank you so much Rick, now do you think I could have more? ;-)

  • Nico Jaye
    2019-03-20 17:46

    I just finished Chaser, so of course I'm curious about this book. >__> But angst and drama and tears and ANGST? *quivers* I dunno if I have it in me...

  • Fernanda Parente
    2019-03-18 19:49

    God I had a tissue with me almost all the book. I hated Bobby on Chase, but with this book I fell in love with all his insecurities. Amazing book, even better than Chase

  • Ije the Devourer of Books
    2019-02-25 17:43

    Realistic, rich, fabulous, emotional and beautiful. The stories in the gay romance genre just get better and better!!This sequel to Chaser is brilliant. It really pulled at my heart without being angsty. My emotions rose and fell with the rhythm of the story and I could feel the struggles, hopes, joys and pains as Bobby journeyed towards himself. It is a deeply satisfying read and a brilliant sequel.This isn't your traditional 'boy meets boy' romance story. The boy in the story is Bobby and he has met many boys, hundreds of men have floated in and out of his life, a river of casual sexual encounters. This is a story of Bobby meeting a special boy and that boy is himself.'Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all' ........Having betrayed his closest friend and losing his father Bobby realises that all is not well with his life. He yearns for love and companionship, something he hasn't really bothered with in the past. These tragic events lead him to encounter himself as he really is and he realises that this is not who he wants to be and so he embarks on a journey to get to an inner place of reality, to be fully who he is.The story pulls us in as we get to experience the way sexual addiction has a grip on Bobby's life. His private and social life is very much about the next sexual fix and we see him coming to this realisation recognising how this has led to him to become quite shallow and not who he really is. He journeys towards his true self in the company of others: his mother, his therapist, new friends and pets and as he journeys he discovers himself and realises things about his life that had become buried along the way.I really enjoyed the scenery and sense of place with the story taking place in Chicago and Seattle, two cities that the author is very familiar with. I was so intrigued that I used Google Earth so that I could see Lake Michigan for myself and also see Seattle. I loved the way that the author drops his own dog into the story as well as droping a couple of other authors into it as well. These are like secret messages for those of us in the know, little amusing signs for the 'inner circle' which are funny and enjoyable. It is a really great story showing romance, love, pain, passion and hope. The story really held my interest because the characters are real and have depth, Bobby could be a friend. I could feel him grappling with his former behaviour desperately wanting intimacy but realising that he needed something deeper than passing sexual encounters. The spectre of sexually transmitted infections and risk taking are also there providing a moment of fear for the characters as well as repulsion. The grimy and seedy aspects of casual sex are made quite clear as is the hopelessness of this when a person really desires so much more.I read this at a time of personal loss and I found it deeply comforting. We all have to find our way through life and we all have to make journeys towards our true selves. I have journeyed with Bobby and feel better for it because it reminds me that there is hope. I enjoyed the story and I learnt from it too, and I hope there is more to come.

  • Nic
    2019-03-07 17:46

    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.Click to check out my review of ChaserBobby 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.I now publish all my m/m reviews on my blog so if you want to see all my m/m reviews in one place come visit at Because Two Men Are Better Than One!

  • Jewel
    2019-03-16 16:43

    Raining Men is the follow up to Chaser and it takes the ever hated character from that book, Bobby, and takes him on a journey of self discovery. It's not a romance at all. I've been struggling with how to rate it, because even though it is a journey of self discovery and growth, and it was well written, I didn't actually enjoy reading it.Bobby is 40 years old and still living like he's 25 and just found the buffet after being starved forever. He lost the one meaningful relationship he ever had when he betrayed his best friend Caden, and he's doing his level best to act like nothing bothers him. Bobby has impulse control issues and he uses sex as a means to not face his problems. He never felt like fit in growing up (who did, really), and he never felt like he had the love and support of his father, so he compensates, poorly, by substituting sex for intimacy and he wonders why that isn't really working for him. You're not going to find Tru Wuv in a bathhouse, Bobby.Bobby starts seeing a therapist, which he should have done years ago, in order to explore the root cause for his issues and she gets him to concider Sexual Addicts Annonomous. It's a 12 step program like AA. I'm not a fan of 12 step programs, for a lot of reasons I won't go into here, but between his therapy and the program, Bobby does find his way. Eventually.It really didn't take long into this book before I didn't actually hate Bobby anymore. In fact, I pretty much felt pity for him for the vast majority of the book. He's a pretty screwed up guy who has been using sex as a method to not face his own emotions for so long that I honestly wondered if he would recognise a real emotion if it slapped him on the ass. The story was well written, but it was such a downer, and the happy ending didn't really make up for it. For me, anyway.

  • JR
    2019-03-06 17:06

    Okay, this is my first book by Mr. Reed, and guess what it's the second in a series. Guess what, you can read it without having read the other. Thank the gods, because the title made me chose it. Oh and guess what, it won't be the last one I read by him.This is about Bobby Nelson and it is all about Bobby. It's all about his addiction to sex. Why he is addicted. What it destroys, maims in his life. What it does to him,and those in his life. Perhaps the best part of this story, is how addiction impacts others, not just oneself. It shows that we are not born and live in a vacuum. Everything a person does has a ripple effect. In Bobby's case the affects are all bad. But if anyone has been in 12 steps or in a help group knows, you got to hit bottom to start climbing out of the hole. Bobby's moment comes when he attends his Dad's funeral. A Dad he believes never loved him. The reader gets to wallow in all the bad that Bobby heaps upon himself. Then is rewarded with Bobby getting in touch with his inner child, bringing that child out to the sunlight. For those who have never suffered from addiction, or had loved ones that have, this is very insightful as to what a person goes through. It's doesn't start as a feel good book, but trust me you will by the end. It show there is always a ray of sunlight. We just have to wait and grab it when it is offered to us. I give it a bright sunny day full of stars. If you are up to the challenge of this book, you will be handsomely rewarded.

  • Sid
    2019-03-14 17:53

    4.5 stars!Read a detailed review on The Blog of Sid LoveI would recommend it to anyone who wants to look beyond the aspect of M/M Romance in a book. This is a real deal, with a believable storyline and some great writing by a very talented author.

  • Rick
    2019-03-11 13:40

    This was an incredible book. Bobby - the person I really hated in Chaser turns out to "find" himself AND what true love really is. This is by far the BEST book Rick R. Reed has written - this story is incredibly written

  • Sammy Goode
    2019-02-23 18:56

    "Forgiveness can be one of the most powerful and freeing gifts we can bestow on ourselves."Bobby Nelson is a manwhore. Sexually addicted, borderline pathetic, Bobby is driven from one sexual encounter to another, each tipping dangerously toward a lack of care for his body and, most certainly, his soul. He is, essentially, alone, having betrayed his one and only friend by trying to steal his boyfriend from him. Now, desperate, and reeling from a tragedy that leaves him in a self-destructive downward spiral, Bobby realizes he must face the demons inside himself or spend his life lost. While most would look at this successful, attractive man and see only his alluring exterior, it will take someone special to love the hurting man within. But before Bobby can expect someone else to love him, he must, in fact, learn to not only love but forgive himself--a daunting task for a con artist who excels at staying hidden.First let me clarify that Raining Men by Rick. R. Reed is indeed a sequel to his first novel, Chasers. If you are like me, you simply adored the main characters in Chasers, Caden and Kevin and most likely absolutely despised the smarmy, unethical Bobby Nelson. Hence when this novel came out, I was thrilled, hoping I would see more of the two lovers and was almost put off by the fact that this book would be about the "bad guy" from the first novel. Well, all I can say is READ THIS BOOK! I do believe that is could be read as a standalone if needed--but I would recommend reading Chasers first simply because like Raining Men it is an excellent novel. Did you catch that--"like Raining Men--excellent"? For all my reluctance over who this story centered around, I am so glad I dropped my preconceived notions at the door and traveled further into the amazing imagination of Rick R. Reed and his compelling characters.Bobby is perhaps one of the most rich and in depth written portrayals of a man on the edge of an abyss. Literally, running from himself and the guilt he carries over so many things in his past, he flings himself pellmell into mindless sexual encounters that leave him with everything from STD's to self-loathing. My heart just broke for this man and, in my opinion, this type of character is exactly why Mr. Reed is an author of excellence. To take someone whom we found truly despicable in the first novel and reveal his brokenness and tortured soul in the second installment--well, it completely transformed my thoughts about Bobby--turned them on end! That is just really fine writing!Along the way, we meet new characters and, yes, visit with some familiar faces, but really this story is all about Bobby and his journey. As I wrote this review, I wanted to quote so many passages from this book, each more lovely, and at times, more heartbreaking than the one before. I believe this one below sums up just what has been the impetus behind our hero's self destructive behavior."He looked up at the therapist with eyes that pled for understanding. "I just wanted someone to love me." There it was. The raw truth."The beauty of this novel, Raining Men by Rick R. Reed is that he created in Bobby and "everyman". Each of us can see just a piece of ourselves in this character--our failures, desires, and, yes, our addictions. But most importantly, we can relate to Bobby's cry for love. I highly recommend Raining Men to you.

  • Sara
    2019-03-09 12:52

    4.5So this is the companion/sequel piece to Chaser, a story I read quite a while back, but still remember pretty well.Of the two stories, Raining Men is the better one, simply because Bobby is a much more interesting character than Caden, who is a way too good person to be really intriguing. (But it may also be because I'm still a little disappointed Kevin had to transform from chubby to hunky before the story ended.)Bobby had a POV scene in Chaser, a casual sex scene /hook up scene, and I remember him as a very unreliable narrator; so it was more than interesting to meet him as the single third person POV in Raining Men. It's not a traditional romance,rather a coming to terms with who you are kind of story. If Bobby had been younger I'd call it a coming-of-age story, but since he's middle aged (40) I don't think that's a fitting enough term. Bobby has come looking for help after having lost his only friend. During his conversations with Camille he realizes he is a sex addict. I liked the way the author handled this bit; the descriptions of Bobby's sexual encounters and the behavior that comes with them is ... disgusting. It could have been alcohol or drugs just as well as sex, it's an addiction just the same. I also liked how the author was open about the health hazard Bobby's addiction put him through and how the STI:s affected Bobby - daily medicines for herpes, and the cases of syphilis ... Bobby should call himself lucky (and to be honest,he does, but for not contracting HIV) that he didn't end up with one of the almost antibiotic resistant strains of gonorrhea.In his search for help Bobby finds new friends, at ASS and in Seattle, when he goes back for his father's funeral. In the midst of all there are relapses (thank you! I would have hated a straight way to recovery, in fact I think there could have been more relapses, but then the story might have gone on for ever, which I might have liked.) The characters surrounding Bobby are nice acquaintances. I particularly liked Aaron, from the moment in the men's room, and Bobby's mother: bobby's surprise at her proclaimed love for his father was nice, and at the time a surprise I shared with him, it shows how two persons can witness the same thing and still walk away with two different views as to what really happened, and of course as a child Bobby wouldn't know exactly what was going on between his parents. I could have lived without the cute little epilogue. Sure I'm am happy things worked out for the best for everybody, but it's still so much more fun reading about the not quite so perfect characters, than it is the others.

  • leigh
    2019-03-19 19:49

    The dark and difficult journey of a superficially charming but deeply unlikeable character, who is finally motivated to seek professional and other help for the pathological failures of personality that have plagued him.Bobby was the “best friend” in the previous book, Chaser, in which we met him as a casual attachment of the main character, Caden. Bobby would accompany Caden to the bars, and then ditch him as soon Bobby had found a hookup. Caden put up with this for years, until Bobby went beyond shallow and into toxic, by not only making a play for Caden’s lover but actively trying to break them up.As Raining Men opens, Bobby is genuinely and bitterly remorseful of the actions that cost him his only real friend. As he will learn, being sorry is not enough. I would classify this as fitting the M/M romance genre (it is also gay lit) but of the type that is focused on a single character and not a couple. (Bobby does find his romantic HEA, in a way that will please and satisfy the reader.)Bobby is in therapy when the book begins, and the plot consists of his journey of self-awareness. He attends sessions and group meetings, wrestles with denial and several realistic setbacks, and struggles to repair old relationships and form healthy new ones. Challenges are thrown at him. The death of his all but estranged father forces him to return to the home and family he has not visited in years and deal with decades old emotional aftermath. He meets new men and must try to relate to them under his “new” rules. And through it all, agonizingly, he tries to recover his lost friendship with Caden.Much of Bobby’s journey is disturbing to read. The narrative, however, has a pull that keeps the reader hooked, anxious but hopeful that Bobby will find his peace. There is exposition of the Sex Addicts Anonymous system and therapeutic steps, which is informative without feeling preachy. There are gritty glimpses into the underworld of low-rent sex clubs and anonymous hookup and drug abuse culture. And there is a thoughtful distinction drawn between promiscuity and pathology. Sex, even anonymous and frequent sex, is not the issue Bobby must overcome, but its masking symptom.This one is not light and fluffy, but Bobby’s perseverance will eventually win over most readers. Well-written, engaging, and ruminatively thought-provoking. 4.5 stars.

  • LiveYourLife BuyTheBook
    2019-02-18 15:49

    4.5 StarsBobby Nelson is that character you love to hate. And, trust me, anyone who has read “Chaser” knows what I’m talking about.I wanted to read the sequel because I could not image how this dastardly character could be redeemed. Look, he had no redeeming characteristics — not one. And, after what he pulled in “Chaser,” I wasn’t sure I wished him to get a second chance. Well, Rick R. Reed convinced me that Bobby is not only redeemable, but deserves a second chance. Go figure because I honestly didn’t believe it was possible.When “Raining Men” begins we find still self-involved Bobby missing his friend, Caden DeSarro. Once the two men were inseparable and Caden stood by Bobby in his worst moments, his most sordid moments. Of course that was before Bobby betrayed Caden who no longer allows Bobby in his life. Period. (Understandable, but you should read “Chaser” to get that story.)Pretty much friendless and miserable, Bobby spends time cruising Internet pickup sites and fielding any signal thrown his way by any man wanting to hook up. This connection frenzy and the fact that he has no standards about sex with strangers leaves Bobby wondering why he gives his body to any man — good, bad and ugly — who asks with no concern for his own personal safety.Bobby begins to see a therapist who challenges him to step back, look at his actions and to evaluate his behavior. As is often the case in life, things become complicated....Read Carli's full review at Live Your Life, Buy The Book

  • Heather C
    2019-03-15 14:44

    First of all, I would like to go on record and state that this is NOT a book that I would usually choose to read on a normal day. But I recently read and enjoyed Chaser, so I just had to know what happens to Bobby!! Second, this is not a romance...well, not the typical romance we are all used to reading. No, this Bobby's journey to loving himself. I think those who are willing to give Bobby a chance should definitely give him the opportunity to let you love him.Please read my full review at The Blog of Sid Love

  • Kevin Orth
    2019-02-19 16:51

    I have to admit, when I saw this second book in the series has Bobby as the central character I almost did not pick it up. I'm glad I took the plunge anyway.It is really interesting getting into the mind of a sexual compulsive. Just because a person is highly sexually active does not inherently mean they are fulfilled, happy, or content with their life. Sex for Bobby isn't about connection, intimacy, love, affection, or even getting off - it's about oblivion. He doesn't need recreational drugs - sex fills that interest.I totally loved this book. Although my path does not resemble Bobby's, the story is written in such a way that someone with a very different experience can totally empathize and feel for the character. It is fascinating delving so deeply and profoundly into the mind of a person with this condition - definitely provides a deeper appreciation for and empathy for people with addiction/compulsive issues.

  • Ryan Loveless
    2019-03-15 17:42

    Read this on a flight and it totally made me forget my nerves. First time in a while I've finished a book in 2 days. There's so much relatable here as the root cause of Bobby's situation can be adapted to probably anyone. It definitely hit home for me in more than one way. This is something I'll reread, both for Bobby's story and for the journey toward love and recovery.

  • Ilhem
    2019-03-12 16:05

    2,5 stars

  • Salsera1974
    2019-02-22 13:52

    Raining Men is the sequel to Chaser, and it explores exactly why our MC, Bobby, was such a miserable little sh*t in that novel. We learn fairly quickly that the lothario who pretends that he only has sex with the best looking guys will actually have sex with anyone who wants to have sex with him. And he will have it any time, any place. To the author's credit, these scenes are as gross and seedy as they ought to be, and as you read them, you go down into the muck of Bobby's putrid self-esteem right along with him (it is especially important that the author is pretty honest about the way in which Bobby has incorporated an STD treatment regime into his life, though I had my doubts about the fact that (view spoiler)[a person as active as Bobby, and who was willing to perform oral sex on strangers without a condom, did not acquire HIV. I know it's not the highest-risk form of transmission, but given how much sex Bobby was having, it's pretty amazing that he escaped (hide spoiler)]). That is crucial because Bobby's perception of his own self-worth is key: as the novel progresses, we learn that he is a sex addict who (characteristically) almost never enjoys the act; rather, sex (in particular, anonymous sex or simple hook-up sex) functions as both a never-ending attempt to forge an intimate connection with another human being, as well as a self-flagellating form of punishment when he is rejected by a person he knows and actually, genuinely loves (we see there the degree to which he views himself as unworthy of love). Bobby knows that there is a link between sex and love, but he misses the point entirely: he is either trying to use sex to manufacture intimacy, or he is using it to drown the pain that comes from rejection. Sex will either magically produce love, or suffocate the pain that is generated by its absence. He does not understand how (ideally) sex can enhance an emotional attachment.Ultimately, though, he does figure this out by learning how to love himself and others around him in a generous, unselfish way, and his growth in this direction allows him to conquer his addiction by putting sex in its proper place and by becoming the best version of himself. I do not know whether or not this is a facile take on sex addiction, but regardless, the book is an enjoyable read, and it does a nice job of redeeming an awful character from Chaser (to be fair, he had hints of complexity in that book; Raining Men explores them to the fullest). N.B.: This book does not follow the structure of a traditional romance novel -- it is primarily a book about self-discovery. Nonetheless, the MC does find a HEA.

  • GayListBookReviews
    2019-02-22 14:48

    There are books out there that break the mold. They shatter your beliefs in what a genre looks like, feels like, should be. They show you that it’s bigger, more complex, out of the box. Raining Men is one of those books. This book pushes the boundaries of romance.Mr. Reed answered a question that quite a few standard romances leave neglected. What does it look like to love the unlovely? I don’t mean exterior, because Bobby time and again was shown as an incredibly beautiful man on the outside. His looks had become his identity. The emphasis on them were part a of the slippery slope into desperation, depression, and addiction.Can someone be truly unlovable? Someone not worthy of the happily ever after, romance addicts crave? This story says no. Not because mean attracts mean, but because to find love, real love, you must learn to love yourself, first.I wept for most of this book. Cried myself sick. Bobby broke my heart. His pain was incredibly real. The author shows a brokenness so complete you see Bobby’s life self-destruct.But then something amazing happens.You are given the opportunity to see healing.It’s a rare gift to look inside someone and see despair, pain, life-destroying addiction, and then see the wounds heal, scars form, lessons learned, joy found, life renewed. The author did an amazing job. And although this was an extremely difficult book to read, because of the level of pain, it was also brilliant.This book, this amazing story, will change your view on romance. You will stop thinking of the HEA and look at the people behind the romance. What makes them know how to love? Who loved them well? Or didn’t. You will ask yourself, like Bobby had to ask of himself. Is this addiction, that is tearing him apart, all there is to him? Or is there more? Is he more? And is that more worthy of love?Yes, my friends, do not fear, Bobby gets his HEA. I won’t tell you who. I didn’t know until the end and you will have to read the book and journey with Bobby through all the ups and downs. You will cry. You will sob. You will grieve with him, be angry for him, and at him. You will fall so desperately in love with this man and his story.I have a hard time finding the right words for books that change a genre. All I can say is amazing. Marvelous. Enduring. Gut wrenching. Unforgettable. Thank you. Thank you, Mr. Reed, for writing this. For taking us on this journey and giving us time with Bobby. And for teaching us to love the unlovely. To look behind the actions and into the heart.Reviewed by Beans

  • Mel
    2019-03-14 14:00

    This book actually challenged my thinking on the subject of sexual addiction… made me revise my previously conceived notions. Unlike a lot of folks, I was not a Bobby-hater at the end of “Chaser”. I felt badly for him. The way he hopped from man to man without ever feeling anything or maybe feeling too much, as we find out in “Raining Men”, his endless sexual conquests were just a mechanism to quell his feelings of self-loathing. And then the way he clung to Kevin, even when faced with the prospect of losing his best friend (the one human connection he had come to rely upon), told me he was looking for something more in his life. Told me he wasn’t as shallow as he seemed at first blush. His shallowness belied something deeper; his outward physical perfection at odds with the emotional mess he was on the inside. (As he said so succinctly in Chapter 1, “I just wanted someone to love me.”) Sexual addiction is not something I’ve ever given much thought to. Sure you hear about in the media today, usually in connection with some celebrity’s infidelity. I imagine a lot of people react the same way I do (did)…”yeah, sure, got caught, let the excuses begin.” But Bobbie’s story shines a light on a much darker side of this condition. So yeah, “Raining Men” made me take a step back and take a more compassionate look at this subject. Not only was it a damn good story, it was also eye-opening. I loved the ending and felt Bobby ended up right where he needed to be... safe and loved. Great story. Thanks for sharing it, Rick.

  • Chris Beatty
    2019-02-17 12:59

    The character I loved to hate is correct! This was an interesting mental exercise and a healthy reminder that I should not judge someone as I do not know the details of their journey. Technically, this is one of the better structured books I have read in a long while. It has been almost a year since I read Chaser, the prequel. Whilst the character development is substantiated in Chaser I do think one could read Raining Men as a stand-alone just fine. Sometimes, when I read a book, I can tell when an author has taken a break from working on it. This does not happen here! This is what I mean by technically structured,... it flows quite well. I was driven to read it in a week. Late nights, early mornings, treadmill, every chance I got I devoured this book. Topic and interest, Raining Mean was also win! This was not a mind-candy book. Much like Orientation, I found it challenging my own relations with friends. Driving me to examine my own internal struggles and mores. It was enjoyable to read, as I saw myself, my friends, my family, and many previous relationships portrayed in this novel. It is an excellent read that leaves one thinking.

  • blub
    2019-02-25 21:01

    I received this book through Goodreads First Reads. I have to admit I really didn't expect to like this book as much as I did. From Chaser, Bobby really came off as an awful man who had no respect for his friend and treated everything as a game. (view spoiler)[ He really showed some personal growth in this book even if he only started out getting help because he hoped to regain his friendship with Caden. Somewhere a long the line he starts just getting help for himself and not just because he hoped to fix his relationship with Caden. It was a fun journey seeing the changes in Bobby and also seeing why he was the way he was. I loved Johnny and Bobby's interpretation of his looks. Wade, I knew there wasn't exactly something right with him and I was hoping he would be kicked to the curb. Aaron was a sweetheart and loved learning about him and seeing his interaction with Bobby. I wasn't completely satisfied with the ending but I was still happy about how everything turned out. (hide spoiler)]

  • Blackkeys77
    2019-03-06 14:02

    This was a very hard book to read and I've got to be honest I wasn't prepared for it, but I am so glad I stuck through with it. I'm not sure I could read all of it again because of the subject matter and some of his actions but I'm glad I finished it. It made me cry, it made me smile and it made me laugh, but above all it left me with a very warm feeling inside. The bit about his dad broke me and will stay with me for a very long time, it was a very sweet but sad thing to read.Another reviewer made a very good point about this book, it's not a romance book, not really, its a book about self discovery and loving your self and letting others love you and I'm glad I stuck with it till the end.

  • Mtsnow13
    2019-02-25 17:43

    As bad as I really didn't like this MC in the previous book, I didn't expect to be drawn in to his journey of growth and learning to love himself in this story. I admit I did submit to quite a few tears during the reading of this story, but I will remember Bobby for a long time as I move on to read other stories in this genre. Thank you, dear author, for making me think, and find it in myself to learn forgiveness and realize that we are all only here for a short time, and hopefully all have a chance to find love, even if it is to only learn to love ourselves.

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    2019-03-03 12:54

    **For those of you who don't have this yet, FYI if you buy Raining Men you get Chaser free for a limited time! See this link for more details :) http://dreamspinnerpress.com/blog/201...**

  • Alexandra
    2019-02-19 17:09

    This is Bobby's story, a spin-off from Chaser. If you will recall, I vehemently rejected the idea of ever coming to like Bobby. He seemed like such an irredeemable douche, but I have to eat my words-- this book is pretty damn good! Lots of character development and tackles subjects such as death of parent, daddy issues, sex addiction...