Watching the Sunrise (Voice Out #2) by Stella Rainbow


Helping someone experience their identity to the fullest is Brady's passion. Growing to love that person and finding that they love you just as strongly is a true romance. Sometimes love can be found simply by Watching the Sunrise.

From the Blurb:

61338295. sy475

From strangers to friends who discover the joys of life with each other, Brady and Charlie are set to watch the sun rise together.


For years, building my cafĂ© and working at the Voice Out charity had been the focus my life. But when a maybe-stalker seeked me out with his puppy eyes and dire need of fashion advice, I found something—someone—new to focus on.

Charlie needed me in ways no one had ever needed me before, and helping them soon became the best part of my day.


After hiding a part of me my whole life, my father's sudden death reminded me just how short life could be. So what did I do? I moved to a new city where I knew no one, intent on finding my true self, even though I had no idea how to do that after hiding myself for so long.

Then, I saw Brady. Beautiful, vibrant Brady, who struck a chord in me the moment my eyes fell on him. One conversation with him, and he promised to help me discover myself. I never expected that one promise to lead me to find everything I'd ever wanted in life.

SNik's Review:

Watching the Sunrise is the second in series (Voice Out), best if read in order due to a continuing cast of secondary characters but can be read as a standalone. Reissue of book with minor story changes and a new cover. Hurt/comfort. Found family. Slow burn. Dual POV. 

Cafe owner Brady loves his business and the people he meets, and his volunteer work and advocacy for LGBTQ+ people is his passion. Charlie befriends Brady and asks for his support while Charlie navigates their gender fluid identity, and the relationship blossoms from friends to lovers. 

Stella Rainbow always manages to write sweet characters, usually finding a supportive family of friends, and the slow build of romance that makes the story really lovely. Both Brady and Charlie are wonderful characters, both incredibly strong and caring. Every interaction between Brady and Charlie is affectionate and fun, with some scenes with serious steam.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Heather's Review:

I read Watching the Sunrise a few years ago and enjoyed it then... and re-reading it was just as good this time around!  The Voices Out series are some of my favourite Stella Rainbow books because of the diversity of characters and the found family aspect of the books and that's what I loved about this book in particular, because of Charlie's journey from Charles to finding comfort in their genderfluid body and because of the way that Brady and Charlie connect...

I will add that there are triggers for off page violence and homophobia, but otherwise this is a seriously sweet, quick read and a really fun pick-me-up re-read.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Angel's Review:

Watching the Sunrise by Stella Rainbow was a heart wrenching read... In the best way possible. You know you've found a really good book when it can make you laugh, cry, be happy and angry all throughout the span of the book. I love, love, loved the characters.

Brady was awesome, he's quirky and supportive and understanding. He has his insecurities, yes, but he's also comfortable being himself.

I also loved Charlie. I haven't read too many books that has a gender fluid character, I really enjoyed reading about something I knew nothing about before this. Charlie is just trying to figure out who they are now that they finally have the opportunity and support to do so. They are so sweet and adorable, I wish I could reach into the book and hug them.

The detail and time Stella put into this book is outstanding. I learned something knew reading about Charlie and Brady. All of the characters added so much love and humor to this story. It was well thought out and really well written.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn something and who wants to see love conquer all.

There are some scenes where there is assault due to homophobia, so if that is something that triggers you proceed with caution.

Rating: 5 Stars

Watching the Sunrise is currently available in e-book and paperback and can be read as part of your Kindle Unlimited Subscription