It’s Raining Men is a book that really took me by surprise. I’ll admit when I first saw the advance reader copy on Netgalley, the famous hit by The Weather Girls immediately started playing in my head. You know: “it’s raining men! halleluiah! it’s raining men!” which I’m pretty sure was author Julie Hammerle’s plan all along. And if it was then I was her perfect audience!
It’s Raining Men follows forty year old Annie who is a doctor and has always put her career first. Being a concierge doctor forces her to be on call 24/7 in order to maintain her professional relationship with several high end patients. The 24/7 on call business impacts her ability to have a life outside of it. Suddenly, she realizes that while she has been working everyone else around her has started to settle down. Drunk and upset with herself, she accidently sends a text message to a bunch of her male friends and colleagues propositioning them with an offer for a marriage of convenience.
To Annie’s surprise two very different men answer her text and want to try this relationship of convenience idea. The first is her childhood friend Rob, whose mother is her mother’s best friend. The second is local new anchor Darius, the man of the town so to speak. One can offer her stability in her life while the other can offer her new opportunities and ways to expand her business. Yet neither of them strike a real chord with her of love, romance, or passion.
Enter Dax. Dax is a twenty-seven year old musician who is working at the bar that Annie gets drunk at the night she sends the infamous text message. Dax is the opposite of what Annie is looking for – and she isn’t too fond of the way that he challenges her. He also happens to be a random trivia buff just like her. Suddenly Annie’s life goes from no men to there being three men who want a chance with her. It’s Raining Men!
I feel stormy weather moving in
About to begin
Hear the thun-der
Don’t you lose your head!
Rip off the roof and stay in bed
I loved Annie and Dax. On the surface they are polar opposites but they have this connection which refuses to be left alone. Finding this connection also forces Annie to deal with other issues in life. I found this to be a very honest look at a woman who is so career focused that other things in her life have fallen to the way side. I could relate to this and I think there are other women who will be able to relate to it as well. It broke my heart watching her close friendships fall apart at the seams but, it all felt so authentic. Growing older is not easy. There are varying challenges that everyone must go through in order to figure out their next step in life.
It’s Raining Men is such an adorable rom-com but, it also has plenty of heartfelt moments. It brings forth questions of what a good friendship is; what the foundation of a good relationship is; and how dedicated you must be to your career. It challenges the reader to remember that it is never too late to live the life that you want. If you’re looking for a well balanced story filled with humor and love, this may be the perfect fit for you.
Rating: 4 Stars
**I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**