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Clouds and Rain (Clouds and Rain #1)

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Flynn Tomlinson has drifted for several years, working odd jobs when he needs the money and moving on when he doesn’t. He’s content with his freestyle life, not tied down, not responsible for anyone but himself. Then he comes across a Help Wanted ad in a post office in Idaho and meets Gable Sutton. Gable can’t pay Flynn until he sells his horses, but a serious accident has ...more
ebook, 250 pages
Published February 7th 2011 by Dreamspinner Press (first published 2011)
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Trisha Harrington
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Yvonne
Jan 01, 2012 Yvonne rated it it was ok
The book was going along swimmingly and then we had to have another horrible female character, the so called best friend. I felt very, very sorry for Gabe if that's what he had for a friend. (view spoiler) ...more
Cindi
Jan 01, 2012 Cindi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hated, m-m, series, 2012, free
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Karen
Jun 15, 2011 Karen rated it it was ok
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MLE
Jun 24, 2012 MLE rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm
It wasn't terrible, but some of the emmotions rang a little hollow to me. I also couldn't get passed the fact that Hunter was building a realtionship with Grant after he was so miserable to Gable. Hunter and Gable were friends; what kind of friend would hire, let alone sleep with, someone who treated their friend so poorly? Not cool. Not cool at all. My impression of the book was not helped by Gable's name which is part of a roof, and was all I could think of while reading this.
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
FYI - Spoilers. I'm just too lazy to bracket them :-/

I was liking this story very much. I enjoyed the way Flynn and Gable met, how they worked together and the sexual tension between the two. I even liked the fact Flynn and Gable started singing 'I love you's' way too soon. I liked Flynn and his need to have a permanent home and how he just wanted to take care of Gable. I liked Gable because he was so confused on why Flynn was staying with him and even how self-conscious and how low his self-wor
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Ami
Feb 09, 2011 Ami rated it liked it
Flynn Tomlinson is a young drifter, who comes across a Help Wanted ad to work at a ranch, owned by an older cowboy with a limp. Gable Sutton, the cowboy, can no longer work his ranch alone, he needs all the help he can get eventhough he doesn't have enough money to pay Flynn first before selling his horses. Flynn does not mind -- he used to grow up in a ranch and he misses working with horses. Besides he is attracted to the grumpy man and is willing to see where it will go. Gable has been hurt i ...more
DaisyGirl
Jun 15, 2013 DaisyGirl rated it did not like it
1.5 stars rounded down to 1.0

Flynn Tomlinson is a drifter who works odd jobs when he needs the money. It’s easy-come-easy-go and Flynn is happy with his transient life until he meets Gable Sutton. Gable owns a ranch that is falling into disrepair. His ex-BF left him after Gable suffered a serious riding accident and he is unable to handle the ranch alone. Flynn is captivated by the sad and lonely man and decides to set down roots if he can convince Gable they’re worth the risk of opening his hea
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Deeze
Jun 23, 2011 Deeze rated it liked it
I liked this one. It was well told and the characters very likable. The story line kept a good pace and had enough intrigue to keep me wanting to read. The first Kiss scene for me was totally swoon worthy. Plus the sex scenes were a part of the story and well written, not over the top just added for the writers pleasure kinda thing.Would of been 4 stars if not for the female storyline. (view spoiler) ...more
SusieQ
Feb 17, 2011 SusieQ rated it liked it
This book kind of surprised me...I liked it, but I didn't. All the right stuff is here: likeable lead characters, a gradual progression of the main relationship, a bit of trial & tribulation, an interesting cast of characters, even a cute lil dog. But somehow, it often felt disjointed. Like an idea popped into the writer's head and got added to the mix. It surprises me because I usually enjoy this author's books. Maybe it was just me, like when you really want an apple but all you've got is ...more
clear skies
Jan 25, 2012 clear skies rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
The best friend was such an awful character. Gable and Flynn were awful people for letting her get away with what she did. I cannot believe how angry this book made me feel. No words can describe how horrible this book was. I was astounded. I honestly don't get what the author was thinking. I am so appalled. Scarred. I even went far as complementing whether there was any hope left in the world.

--shakes head--

I couldn't even finish it. I deleted it. Awful.
Ariel
Mar 07, 2011 Ariel rated it it was amazing
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Arthur
When reading this, I had a feeling that at one point the author felt bored writing about the main couple in this book, Gable and Flynn, and was more excited writing about the secondary couple, Grant and Hunter. When I saw that both sequels are about the second couple or happening in their ranch, I think I might have been correct.
Heather C
Mar 08, 2012 Heather C marked it as i-dont-think-so
Bc N said so
Natalie
Jan 25, 2017 Natalie rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
Read a few years ago. I think I remember liking it. I'll have to reread sometime.
Candice
Apr 19, 2014 Candice rated it liked it
I am torn. I really liked the story between Flynn and Gable, but there were things I could NOT get on board with.

I loved how stand-offish Gable was in the beginning and how persistent Flynn was. I also liked how observant Flynn was. He saw things people probably didn't notice. For some reason, I love the whole "ranch life", but there's no way I could do it. I am a lazy bitch and I am not afraid to admit it. So I liked the mundane things they did, like feed/groom/train the horses, check the fence
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~ Lei ~ Reading Is An Adventure ~
★★★★☆
New-to-me author and I'll be reading more. Thanks Dreamspinner for turning me on to this author and for my friends make sure I knew about this freebie.

Flynn's been drifting for a few years and comes across a post in the local post office for six weeks of work. Gable's a grumpy guy who's eking out a living on his ranch especially since he seems to have an injured foot. There's an instant attraction that neither act on although Flynn wants more especially after he sees Gabe masturbating in t
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Mandi
Feb 21, 2011 Mandi rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-mm
I'd give this 3 1/2 stars. Enjoyable read, but the secondary pairing near the end of the book threw me off. (view spoiler) ...more
Lily
This was a nice story about an older rancher falling for the young ranch-hand he hires. I found both protags likable and their slowly developing May/December romance worked well for me. What I didn't like was the addition of the supposed best friend and the cheating ex-lover. I know I would have enjoyed Gable and Flynn's story much more without those two in it. I also really like this Anne Cain cover.
Elspeth
Jun 10, 2012 Elspeth rated it liked it
Shelves: mmr, kindle
This was a very good story and I didn't even mind that it was mostly yaoi style.
The romance was slow and sweet and the drama was necessary for the relationship to grow and not a plot device to finish the story. This book is more of a romance novel than an erotica that a lot of mm novels are...don't get me wrong I like pwp as much as the next fan girl but this story was very refreshing for not following the template; meet, fuck, fight then fall in love.
I really liked that.
Lauren
Mar 13, 2012 Lauren rated it liked it
2.5 stars - Overall, this story wasn't bad. It just wasn't really my cup of tea. It was rather slowly paced, and a little too sweet in places even for my tastes. The writing was good, I don't have any issues with that, it was just that I felt like it dragged a little and, in places, I found myself skimming through several pages at a time.
Simon
Jan 26, 2013 Simon rated it it was amazing
Cowboys, country and western singing stars? Doesn't really sound like my sort of thing....glad that I decided to give it a go. Loved this book. Its a real tear-jerker, a great romance, sad, happy, very emotional. I love a happy ending.
Vishous
Mar 17, 2013 Vishous marked it as hahaha-no-no-no
TRISHA'S REVIEW

thank you for saving my nerves :)
Jane Wheeler
Feb 13, 2013 Jane Wheeler rated it it was amazing
After reading a TON of crappy ebooks, it was really nice to find a sweet and caring story with a LOT of intimacy between the MCs... especially when one is a stubborn, silent cowboy and the other is a guy who actually gives him space! Remarkable! (And it still has a lot of hot stuff, tee hee.)

There are a lot of things about this story that follow familiar formulas, but they're dealt with in quietly unexpected ways. This was a real pleasure to read.

Gable Sutton is an older (not really specified, b
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Eva
Mar 25, 2011 Eva rated it liked it
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Enid
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Nerine Petros
Feb 07, 2011 Nerine Petros rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I really enjoyed reading Clouds and Rain. Flynn and Gable manage to have such a connection right from the beginning, moving from antagonism through to love as the dialogue develops and Flynn learns more about the man he has come to care for, despite the odds. Both the lead characters have so many layers and are so complex and involved, I envy Zahra for her ability to create, connect with and write them with such accuracy.

Flynn is the younger of these two men, with an understanding of life that h
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Calila
I was really enjoying this. Until the last 50 pages or so. Loved the realistic take on injury/illness i.e. Gable not being able to perform. You never see that. Ever. I also really liked that Flynn stuck it out with him, and understood where Gable's angry outburst were coming from and didn't let him push him away. Now what ruined the end for me. I can't stand Calley. I think she's a horrible selfish woman who cares for no one but herself. I honestly do not understand why Gable has anything to do ...more
Chappy
Nov 05, 2015 Chappy rated it really liked it
I quite enjoyed this new to me author and plan to read more of this series. There's just something about cowboy/rancher style M/M books that really turns me on (*fans myself*)!!!

I loved it at first...it reminded me of Chase the Storm with Gable being so standoffish all the time. I liked Flynn and the way he was determined to stick by Gable no matter how much he tried to push him away. The whole foot injury situation just made me so angsty. I kept wanted to yell at Gable to go to the damn doctor.
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blub
May 03, 2014 blub rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audio book version. I really liked the narrator's voice it was soothing clear and well ...kind of sexy (towards the end). The accents to differentiate between characters were nice. I did think that there was a moment or two of weirdness when Flynn sounded a bit British once or twice. I don't know if it really like that or if it was just me. I mean it was about 8hrs of listening. This was the first audio book that hasn't made me feel awkward listening to it. I'll probably buy more audiobooks from ...more
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