Waiting for the Flood by Alexis Hall
Published by: Riptide Publishing on February 23, 2015
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)
Edwin Tully is still getting over his breakup with Marius. Still living in the house they chose together, he hasn’t been able to move on in the past two years. But the annual flooding of his neighborhood might just be enough to make him reexamine his life this time around. As he bands together with his neighbor to make it through, for now all he can hope for is limited water damage.
Adam Dacre is a civil engineer dispatched to help minimize damage from the flooding. He expects it to be a challenge, but he never expected to run into Edwin. And the moment he does, Adam feels drawn to the man, though he’s not aware of the pain that Edwin still carries with him.
Edwin has to admit to himself that he likes Adam. But it can be hard to open yourself up to someone when you’ve been so closed off for so long. Can Edwin reach a place where he’s ready for something new before Adam leaves his life forever? And does Adam possess the patience that Edwin needs from him?
I really liked the way that each chapter started with a description of one of the rooms of the house. Since part of the story is watching Edwin work through some of the grief for his last relationship that he’s still carrying with him, I feel it helps readers get into the moment right there with him.
Part of me wonders about the way things play out in the end. If Edwin has been brooding for two years, I’d be skeptical about it all turning around in a single night. But it may just be that we as readers don’t see everything he’s been working through before the book begins.