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A Hard Winter Rain

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  193 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Sean Andros is tired-tired of hustling, tired of trying to make the rent, tired of running from his past. But the past can chase you down in a heartbeat. Suddenly Sean's living a nightmare again and casualties are stacking up around him. The only person he can trust is Harry, a man twice his age and the closest thing to a friend Sean has ever known. Harry Connors has loved ...more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 300 pages
Published March 5th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press (first published March 4th 2012)
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Nick Pageant
This review is intended for a mature audience that does not include Mishy.

This book has multiple MCs and multiple POVs. I like this very much.

First up is Sean, a sweet gay rent boy:


Sean, like all literary hookers, has a heart of gold and a generous soul:


Then we have Harry, one of Sean's regular customers, who is a former military man turned hairdresser. If you can find a gif for Harry, consider my hat tipped.

We also have two police detectives who are made of awesome:


Lastly and bestly (yes, I jus
Trisha Harrington
I read A Hard Winter Rain expecting a romance with mystery/thriller elements to it. Boy was I wrong. Actually, this book is a mystery/thriller with a small romance side. It's that small some probably wouldn't describe it as a romance.

John Inman is a very talented writer. I've read many of this books but this one has been on my list the longest. I can't even tell you why I didn't read it, probably the same reason as most overlook books. Timing. Big lists can get in the way of people reading every
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Riina Y.T.
WOW. This shit is bloody insane! Good insane, very good insane :) Creepy as hell with sweet romance on the side. While it's incredibly John-Inman-humor-like funny it's even more so ohmigodohmigod just disgustingly bloody. I L-O-V-E-D it. Besides many innocent deaths and a lunatic on the loose, I think the story shows no matter the loss, love can be found in places you least expect and there might just be your second chance around the corner.

"Amazing what a little perspective could do. A lit
Ulysses Dietz
This is a very different book for John Inman - it is intense, uncomfortable, compelling. While there is a romance (and a bromance) that frame the plot - the book is really about the increasingly desperate efforts of two smart, funny cops (Smith and McCray) to stop a serial killer. It offers a horrifying glimpse into the darkest of hearts in America's heartland.

The opening prologue is one of the most chilling things I've read in years, worthy of a Patricia Cornwell murder mystery. There is a lit
F.E.  Feeley Jr.
John Inman does it again. I started this book earlier in the evening and now it is 12:45 a.m. That's how good this book was.
Inman is a master story teller. His ability to craft worlds and characters so likeable and so monstrous is clearly displayed throughout this entire novel. What seems like effortlessness on his part, Inman grabs you right away with the opening scene and pile drives you headlong into a complicated murderer's mind and the mind of his would be victim. You'll grip the pages wit
I absolutely love it when I find new authors that really does it for me. I was drawn into this story right away, and even though I came to realize who the perpetrator was pretty early in the book, I just had to keep on reading. I laughed my silly head off at the banter between the two detectives leading the investigation. I bit my nails every time the perpetrator appeared, slaughtering another innocent victim. I huddled under my blanket with a cup of hot tea as the storms raged across Southern C ...more
3.75 stars

I was forced to stay up all night reading this book (thanks, Nick!). The cops and their jokes and interactions + the serial killer and his actions were, for me, the most interesting parts, while the romance came in a distant second. The cops had me cracking up, which is always fun, especially when I got side eyed on the train. Good story.
John Inman's book A Hard Winter Rain has been sitting on my bookshelf for a few weeks sort of taunting me to read it. My pile of TO READ books is always huge. I finally gave in and pulled his book out of the pile and read it, and I am so glad I did.

A Hard Winter Rain is a fantastic book. I don't give praise easily or freely (just ask my employees!), but I did not have that problem with this book. Many books in this genre (yes, including my own) are light, fluffy stories of no real substance. Som
I never know what to expect when I read something by an author I've never read before. The blurb is actually a little misleading. It implies that it is more of a romance than it actually is. Don't get me wrong, it's THERE, it's just not center to the story. This is more of a mystery/suspense type book. There are quite a few things that happen that are pretty graphic. It is told from different points of view though I never got confused even when it went back and forth rather quickly. I, along wit ...more
Christy Loves 2 Read
"A cleansing was about to take place in this city. He wondered just how many souls would be swept away in the rain of God's wrath.
And his own."

Having begun reading Stephen King in junior high school, not much scares me. The beginning of 'A Hard Winter Rain' by John Inman with his beautifully descriptive writing about the man with the cold, hard, blue eyes, sent shivers up my spine. I could see the man he described in my mind's eye and even worse, I could feel his malevolence like a presence in t
Sunne Manello
Wow - a book, I mean, a book that actually is well written with a thrilling plot! And humor! An evil madman...okay..maybe I shouldn't be so happy about that ;) A cute couple - not 100% stereotype! Funny and intelligent cops!

You get it - I liiiiiked it a lot.

First things first: This is not a m/m romance. This is a thriller first. You get a lot of insight in the mad guys head, actually the book starts with him and - expecting a m/m love story - at first I had a bit problems because I felt detached
4.5 stars rounded up to 5

This is the first book I’ve read by John Inman and it definitely won’t be my last! Whew! As soon as I started A Hard Winter Rain I was immediately gripped by its suspenseful storyline and the deeply emotional connection between the two main heroes. I loved every minute of this book and truly hated for it to see it come to an end.

I’ve decided to tread carefully with this review because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. Sean is a prostitute with a heart of gold. He has
I started this book, expecting a "typical" John Inman novel, amazing sweet and hilarious.
That was not what I got here.. But no less an amazing story.
This is a crime story if I have ever read one.

It starts with a Religious maniac guy on a quest..killing That special sinner, that he knows all about, and not caring whom he kills on his way.

As we read we find;

A 45 year old hairdresser named Harry, that obsesses about his last BDay- present, a sweet rent boy.

The sweet rent boy, Sean, that finds hims
I hope that Inman has additional stories ready to be published. I'm ready to read another one.

I loved having Jackson's POV. It was really creepy to be in his mind. People who hear god speak scare me... is it truly the word of god or a mental illness. I guess we know which one it was for Jackson. Harry & Sean were cute together & I liked that the hairdresser was not a nelly queen.

The weather was used as a prefect mood device. Both in San Diego & Nine Mile

But, to be honest, I think th
3.5 Stars

Be warned: Gruesome murders, rape, religious fanatic claiming God's work, hilarious Detectives, 1 young hustler, 1 middle aged hairdresser, and 1 chain smoking 70+ year old hilarious woman named Judy.

I got this because the blurb made me think "Ooo...Suspense/Romance"! What I got was Mystery/Thriller. Holy hell. To me, this was NOT a romance at all. Blurb was misleading (at least to me).

With that said, I liked it. I read it quickly and it held my interest, but I felt detached. I was b
Read the blurb I have waited to read this book for fear , for the drammatic story ,because I have read by Mr Inman only books by light tones , but now, to end of book I'm not disappointed , I have found what that more I love in the his writing, in fact this was a fantastic book, tightened rhythms, amazing characters and well portrait , original and creepy story. It's true that I have felt damp and soaked to the bones for all that hard winter rain but the characters of Sean and Herry, as Jimmy an ...more
This book was so intense, so captivating, so damn good! I just couldn't put it down until I got to the end. It's a must-read for suspense/thriller/mystery/romantic horror book lovers. Purchase and read it right away. You won't be disappointed.
P.S. I really like this author. He is brilliant.
why the hell the library had this as romance i do not know. romance is rather a minor subplot up against the rest.
this author puts more into minor supporting characters than some put in their leads. the plot itself didn't give me many surprises, but execution was impeccable. recommend.
Vince Burr
This is definitely not your typical John Inman book. It is a thriller right up there with Stephen King's "Mr. Mercedes". I loved it!
Lynn S.
Suspense, horror, love, humor – all in one incredible story!
Sean Andros is a 21-year old gay man who sells his body for money but is starting to rethink his lifestyle choice. Harry is a 45-year old ex-marine and hairdresser who thinks he may be falling in love again at last. When Sean witnesses the murder of his client, he escapes to a nearby gay bar where he finds Harry. Harry helps him escape from the killer and offers him refuge. What Sean doesn’t realize is that he was the intended victim an
Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews
4 1/2 Hearts

First published at MM Good Book Reviews

Sean is in serious trouble. His past has come back for him, but he really doesn’t have a clue who from his past it could be. When Sean flees the scene of a murder, he runs right into Harry’s arms. Harry convinces Sean to let him help and it is the beginning of a game of cat and mouse with an insane killer who will stop at nothing to make Sean pay. As the two men try to think of a way to end the game, they
wow. It hooked me from the first page.
Sean is a male prostitute. Upon returning to a client's from the liquor store, he walks in on his client being murdered. He doesn't see the murderer, so why would he be after him?
Harry is an aging hairdresser who thinks he has nothing to offer the young prostitute he fell for when his friends sent him over as a birthday present. He sees him a few more times, but doesn't fool himself into thinking Sean would be interested in anything more. Until Sean sits ne
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Aug 30, 2014 LynW rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 5-star, guy
To me, this was a mystery with many characters, two of which fell in love and happened to be gay. It was fairly easy to determine who the "bad guy" was early on but that didn't detract at all from the edge-of-my-seat feeling I had all day. Highly recommended!
3.75* Interesting book--descriptions of the killers actions and thoughts pushed my buttons so much I almost started skimming those sections but managed to tough it out. This was definately more of a thriller/murder mystery than a romance, even though there was a HEA between two of the MC's. I say two because two of the detectives were such large parts of the story I almost felt like I knew them as well as Sean and Harry. I would have appreciated more romance development - I believed in Harry's f ...more
I really liked this. Among the best suspense/murder mysteries I've read in a while. A couple of things stood out for me: The characters are very deftly drawn. Mr Inman conveys what's essential to each character subtly, with nothing superfluous to trip over. Even minor characters have real presence. Second was the way everything in the story (setting, atmospherics, etc.) was used to move the suspense forward. It feels very carefully crafted without being overwrought. There is, to be sure, brutali ...more
Stephen Osborne
I had promised myself not to review m/m books, since I write them, but others do, so screw it! Anyway, A Hard Winter's Rain is very well written. Inman has honed each sentence, and there's plenty of action and suspense to be found here. It's not a m/m romance, so if you're looking for that you might be disappointed. What you'll find instead is a tale of a serial killer who's after a young hustler. It's not a mystery because you know fairly soon who the killer is, more a thriller. There is a love ...more
Barb Gilmour
Loved the intensity, and the mystery was great. I really love stories with multiple POV's and the chopping from scene to scene gives such an overall feel to the story. So many well rounded characters - not just the main protags. BUT one thing truly bugs me -- the use of the term "kid" or in this case, the way Harry always thought of Sean as "boy". A minor point on a brilliant book, but still.
This is a MYSTERY, SUSPENSE. DSP actually has it labelled as that, it has a slight romance between Harry and Sean and is from several characters POV which adds depth to the Mystery and Suspense.

A brilliant story that draws you in and keeps you reading till the end.

Just because it is M/M doesn't make it a romance, this is a mystery,suspense with romance thrown in.
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