Suncoast Society – 46
Sometimes the oldest of friends and worst of circumstances can bring about the best and sweetest of second chances.
(Contemporary BDSM romance, MM, high-school friends reunited, second-chance love, wounded hero, HEA)
Writing As: Tymber Dalton
Release Date: 03/06/2017
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First a gruesome, traumatic injury that ends Lee’s NFL kicking career. On the heels of that, his cheating wife files for divorce. He’s officially hit rock-bottom. Stuck in a hotel room and barely able to care for himself, he reconnects on Facebook with his best friend from high school…and the guy he secretly crushed on.
Arlin has been out of the closet for years, but only a few people know about his kinky side. When Lee contacts him, he rushes in to help his old friend. What Arlin thinks he can’t reveal to Lee is that he’s held a torch for him for years.
Getting out of their own way is the first step. Once the men confess their feelings to each other, the best second chance of their lives is now within their grasp. But as Lee’s recovery progresses and a lucrative network TV career presents itself, will their happiness endure, or slip through their fingers like rain?
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I seem to have a love hate relationship with this series. I either love a book or it just doesn't do it for me. This book moved to fast for me and felt a little cheesy. I'm a sucker for a happy ending and look forward to maybe seeing this couple more in future books.
Similar to Rain is the story of Lee and Arlin. Lee Evans has a fabulous career as a kicker in the NFL. Fabulous, that is, until a traumatic, multiple bone-breaking injury to his kicking leg, as well as a shoulder injury, forces him into retirement. Adding insult to literal injury, his wife of only two years, Tila, announces she's filing for divorce and leaving him for one of his former teammates. At least he had the sense to make her sign a prenuptial agreement before the marriage! He's 39-years-old, out-of-work, soon-to-be-divorced, and alone. Oh yeah, one more little thing...he's gay. Life pretty much sucks! Arlin Odom grew up and attended school with Lee. They were the stereotypical geek/jock pair in high school, with Arlin tutoring Lee so that Lee could keep his grades up. But as close as they once were, they drifted apart after high school, particularly when Lee's football career took off. Arlin, now a financial planner/adviser, has been openly gay since his divorce nearly 10 years ago, and has had a huge crush on Lee since his high school days. But he downplays the kinky side of his life. He hasn't even attended Venture, the local BDSM club, even though he's had plenty of invitations to go from his admin, Leanna. Following his injury, Lee moves to Tampa, staying in an extended-stay complex alone while he recovers. Depressed, in major pain, and feeling sorry for himself, he opens his private Facebook profile. While browsing his contacts, he notices a high school alumni group and, on a whim, joins it. Reviewing the member list, Lee startles as he sees Arlin's name. Even though he's never come out to anyone, Lee's had a crush on Arlin since high school. Hoping against hope, Lee sends Arlin a friend request and sits back, waiting for a response. Meanwhile, Arlin's tired of being alone and hiding his true nature. He finally decides to take a chance and go to Venture. He contacts Leanna and they agree to meet there. The people at Venture are nice but there's no attraction, not even a little bit, from anyone there. After getting a dinner invitation from Tilly, a well-known matchmaker and switch at the club, for later in the week, Arlin decides to call it a night. Sunday morning, while waiting for his breakfast order at a local restaurant, Arlin checks his Facebook app on his phone and is surprised to see a friend request...from Lee! Was it really his Lee, the Lee he knew in high school? After all, Lee Evans wasn't exactly an uncommon name. Taking a deep breath, Arlin accepts the friend request. Within minutes, Lee and Arlin have exchanged messages and phone calls, and their friendship resumes. Ms. Dalton takes the reader on journey of discovery as Lee and Arlin reconnect. Regaining their friendship, the joy of reunion, the sometimes thrilling, sometimes painful, often emotionally-draining process of each man finding his own identity and place, is never dull. The ups and downs are constant. Is it possible for either man to trust again after all they've been through? Can the two find ultimate happiness or will outside forces, family, friends, work, and any number of other obstacles, make their efforts to find happiness fall like rain through their fingertips?
I loved Similar to Rain—the story of Lee and Arlin. This is the story of two grown men, Lee a former NFL’er dealing with the aftermath of a gruesome injury and Arlin a successful businessman who is out of the closet but just never finding the right man to fill his life; likely adding to his search is the fact that he is a Dom yes cue the heat factor!
Having said that… this book is a beautifully crafted slow burn.
The reader bears witness to Lee and Arlin re-connecting as they were friends in high school, they get to experience these men opening up to each other about their attraction and readers will be engaged as their bind deepens—all this adds to the heat when it comes.
The dynamic that develops between Lee and Arlin, the friendship that morphs into so much more captivated my heart and soul. I was instantly rooting for Lee and Arlin but this is a book about adults so there is adulting to do.. and careers that need to be considered.
The mutual respect Lee and Arlin have for each spoke to the depth of their love, love that in the end does shine through.
And yes I should add the Dom / sub relationship here in typical Tymber fashion is well crafted, layering sex with trust and emotions. Arlin and Lee each serve a need the other has and you the reader understand what each gets from this aspect of their relationship.
I wholeheartedly recommend this story to everyone that enjoys this genre. The author ALWAYS comes through with a heart warming tale and a different slant on life. Very well written and very satisfying. Thank you for another excellent story.
I love this author so this is hard for me to write. This book felt like it was rushed. It was missing the character development I have come to expect from this author.
Another great read for the Suncoast Society Series - can you get the love of your life back in your life even after your both have been married and now divorced - he's my best friend from school, I've been hurt in a career ending accident on the field, he invites me to move in with him and help take care if me while I heal. An exciting outcome.
This was book 46 in the "Suncoast Society" series. Lee Evans has just suffered a traumatic injury that has forced him to retire from his kicking career in the NFL and to top it all off his wife of 2 years just filed for divorce because she is having an affair with his teammate. Lee has a secret he is gay and had a crush on his high school friend. Arlin Odom's life is at a stand still he is a gay Dom who has never got over the crush he had on Lee, but after high school they lost touch. When Lee contacts Arlin on facebook he goes to get him to help take care of him. I really felt bad for Arlin and his wife Tila was a real B*tch who leaves their injured husband he was so grateful for Arlin's help. This book introduces the first F/F couple Arlin's assistant Leanna and her wife Sharon with Leanna being a Domme they are member of Venture and know Tilly Leanna also asked her to play matchmaker and fix Arlin up. This book also took place at the same time as book 45 "Splendid Isolation" as both Arlin and Everett attended an orientation at Venture. When Arlin helps him take a shower Lee confuses his secret that he's gay and so does Arlin only he tells him that he is also kinky. This was a really good short quick read and because of Lee's injuries they have to take it slow. When Lee is injury free he gets a job with ESPN but it's not in Florida and although Arlin wants to tell him to stay he knows that Lee has to be willing to come to that decision on his own and he did. This book was well written with no errors in grammar or spelling like the rest of the books in this series. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. I hope Tymber will write about Leanna and Sharon.
I have just fallen in love with this series. All the characters are believable because they aren't rich billionaires or something along those lines. They are just ordinary people who have the same troubles and face the same challenges that everyone does! Best friends from high school who had no clue how each felt about each other. Now years later, after a career ending injury Lee tries to reconnect with Arlin, who he crushed on in High School. He has no clue that Arlin had a crush on him. When they get back together and found out the secrets, there is no stopping them. I loved how the reader is just caught up in the story of these guys and how their love progresses. Tymber writes stories from her heart and that is why she is an auto buy for me every single time!