This was a book I won in a contest, and frankly, hadn't heard of it before. So, I'm pretty durn happy I won this particular contest. It was a randomly selected title, no less, so I had no idea what I was going to get.
Ever since I started writing Drew in Blue, I've been on a mission to find books with romantic elements that featured a male lead character. Two Years, No Rain had just that. Better still? A believable male lead.
Here's the basic premise, as spoiler-free as possible. Andy Dunne is a weatherman in San Diego dealing with a two year drought. That's right, a weatherman without weather. Naturally, this meteorological glut leaves Andy feeling rather irrelevant. His marriage has crumbled, he's still dealing with the death of his twin brother, his career is going nowhere, his gut is expanding, and he's quietly lusting after his co-worker Hillary Hsing.
Hill is Andy's weak spot, so when she suggests he try out for a voice role on a new television show, he reluctantly agrees and manages to snag the job. Things start looking up for Andy, and things begin to heat up with Hill.
And I'll leave it at that. You don't want me to tell you the whole story, right?
Here's why I enjoyed this story: It's real. It's mellow. It's a simple story about a boy and a girl trying to figure out how to make it work. I wouldn't consider this a romance fraught with drama and angst, by any means. Yes, that tension makes for a good read, but sometimes, a good read is just a good read.
The characters are likable. These are people you can relate to. It's a refreshing change from plots that feel like the drama is manipulated just to see how the characters handle it. The emotional obstacles are real. No matter how well Andy's life is going, it can only go so well until he deals with the ghosts of his past.
This is a story about a guy just trying to figure out what he really wants in life after he realizes that everything he ever wanted isn't actually everything he ever wanted. The subtle way Klomparens handles this is stellar. This book goes on my shelf, and will be re-read again. Love it!