Review: Waiting for the Flood by Alexis Hall

Waiting for the FloodWaiting for the Flood by Alexis Hall
From the Spires Universe
Genre: LGBTQIA, Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: February 23rd, 2015
ARC provided by Netgalley and Riptide Publishing

Synopsis from Goodreads: People come as well as go.

Twelve years ago, Edwin Tully came to Oxford and fell in love with a boy named Marius. He was brilliant. An artist. It was going to be forever.

Two years ago, it ended.

Now Edwin lives alone in the house they used to share. He tends to damaged books and faded memories, trying to a build a future from the fragments of the past.

Then the weather turns, and the river spills into Edwin’s quiet world, bringing with it Adam Dacre from the Environment Agency. An unlikely knight, this stranger with roughened hands and worn wellingtons, but he offers Edwin the hope of something he thought he would never have again.

As the two men grow closer in their struggle against the rising waters, Edwin learns he can’t protect himself from everything—and sometimes he doesn’t need to try.

Angie’s Review – 3.5 Stars – B

This book took me a long time to review, because quite frankly, it took me three tries before I was able to get into it. But I was determined to read it, because there was something special about the first book I read by this author, For Real. Waiting for the Flood started out slow. It was full of information that I just wasn’t interested in, and it wasn’t written in a way where it did make me interested. Once I was able to push through that, though, the story picked up.

Though it’s been a few years since his breakup, Edwin’s pain is still very raw when this story starts. The home Edwin lives in was purchased with his ex and their future in mind, so he sees Marius everywhere he looks – from the room where most of their lovemaking took place to the flooding on the first floor that they knew was always a possibility. Was Maruis’s not wanting to prepare for the flooding an indicator that he didn’t want to stick around? These are the kinds of memories that taunt Edwin. I have to say, when Edwin meets Adam, things are awkward. And they don’t get much better as the story goes on. There are a lot of awkward moments between them, and sometimes I cringed reading them. But they felt real and fit Edwin’s character, and besides, when is love ever perfectly orchestrated? It’s not long before Edwin moves from thinking about his break up to how he’s spent the last two years of his life in a state of limbo, and decides it’s time to make some changes. Adam’s character was genuine from the moment he hit the page; he was passionate about the job he was doing and the members of the flooded community, and he was a great choice for Edwin to put himself back into the game again. That’s not to make light of their connection; while quick, it was clear they had feelings for each other.

Waiting for the Flood was a story about Edwin’s journey to find himself and the will to move on, and in the end, it was an enjoyable read. If you’re a fan of the author, I think you’ll like this one.

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Thank you to RIPTIDE PUBLISHING and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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