Summary ~ Two Years, No Rain by Shawn Klomparens
In San Diego County, it hasn’t rained in 580 days. But for weatherman Andy Dunne, everything else is changing fast…Only a few weeks ago, he was a newly divorced, slightly overweight meteorologist for an obscure satellite radio station, hiding his secret love for a colleague, the beautiful—and very much married—Hillary Hsing. But nearly overnight, Andy has landed a new gig, flying a magic carpet in a bizarre live-action children’s TV show. So what is affable, basically decent Andy Dunne going to do now that he can do practically anything he wants? With a parade of hot moms begging for his autograph and a family that needs his help more than ever, Andy has a lot of choices. First, though, there’s this thing with Hillary, their heated text messages, a long-awaited forecast for rain – and a few other surprises he never saw coming…
I really looked forward to reading Two Years, No Rain when Lisa at TLC Book Tours invited me to read/review it. I loved the idea of a story written by a man about a man with real issues that if it were written by a woman about a woman would be considered chick lit. I was not disappointed at all with Shawn Klomparens novel. His protagonist is Andy Dunne and we meet him when he is newly divorced and working as a forecaster for a satellite radio station. He likes his job fine but finds his love life is what keeps him up at night. Actually it’s a secret, fantasy ridden love life with a pretty and witty Chinese-American woman named Hillary Hsingwho works for another company on the property. She is in a suffering and failing marriage and, in my opinion, really teases the hell out of dear Andy. Grrrrr.
After fullfilling Hillary’s request/suggestion to audition for a childrens T.V. show and actually getting the job and much much more, things start to really take off for Andy and his story. Things with Hillary get a bit heated and more public and we learn more about Andy and his family. He really is a lovely, charming and likable character and one of my favorite’s in a long time. I didn’t care for Hillary and her yo-yo actions towards Andy but things did get interesting from the reader’s point of view for them.
The last part of the book was cool to read because Andy and Hillary go to Hong Kong on a business trip for Andy’s show and with two company paid plane tickets, really how could they not go together. Having visited Hong Kong twice now and experiencing category 3 and 5 typhoons while living in Okinawa, I thought the descriptions of both the storm and Hong Kong and it’s surrounding territories was great. I’m curious if the author, Shawn Klomparens, has ever been to Hong Kong himself. I could easily envision the landscape and buildings in my minds eye while reading about Andy and Hillary’s crazy trip.
All in all, I enjoyed Two Years, No Rain and highly recommend putting it at the top of your TBR (to be read) stack. You can check out Shawn Klomparens’ web site and learn more about him and Two Years, No Rain HERE. You can also check out the rest of the TLC Book Tour for Two Years, No Rain HERE and see what they have lined up for the rest of this month.