From The Ashes
Title : From The Ashes
Series : Fire and Rain, Book #1
Author : Daisy Harris
Publisher : Samhain (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 216 pages (e-book)
Published : August 13, 2013
Rating : ★★★★
He wanted a boyfriend. What he got was a hero.
Fire and Rain, Book 1
When an accident burns down Jesse’s apartment, he’s left broke and homeless, with a giant dog and a college schedule he can’t afford to maintain. And no family who’s willing to take him in.
Lucky for him, a sexy fireman offers him a place to stay. The drawback? The fireman’s big Latino family lives next door, and they don’t know their son is gay.
Tomas’s parents made their way in America with hard work and by accepting help when it was offered, so he won’t let Jesse drop out of school just so he can afford a place to live. Besides, Jesse’s the perfect roommate—funny, sweet and breathtakingly cute. He climbs into Tomas’s bed and tugs at his heart. Until Jesse starts pushing for more.
Their passion enflames their bodies but threatens to crush Tomas’s family. Tomas is willing to fight for Jesse, but after losing everything, Jesse isn’t sure he can bear to risk his one remaining possession—his heart.
Product Warnings : Contains an angry older brother, judgmental best friends, a slobbering bull mastiff, and enough red-hot gay loving to make a porn star blush.
Let’s just start with how awesome that cover! It’s gorgeous and me being the cover whore that I am, was drawn to this book instantly. The blurb made me mark it to read and I’m very glad I did. This was my first Daisy Harris book and won’t be my last.
Jesse has barely made it out of his parent’s homophobic house when everything he has worked so hard to get is consumed in a fire in his apartment building. It’s not just his stuff. Jesse finally has his own place to be who he is. He’s too shocked and numb to feel the loss completely at first. Jesse is new in town and doesn’t have any close enough friends to call for a place to crash for longer than a night or two. Definitely not after he claims the dog the owners abandoned so she won’t be taken to the pound. One of the firefighters offers him a ride. Having little choice he agrees to a ride not knowing where he’s going but it should buy him time to decide. The firefighter, Tomas, soon learns Jesse has nobody to help him and offers his home for the night until Jesse gets over the daze he’s in and figures out a plan. Sure Tomas is attracted to Jesse but he doesn’t act on those impulses outside of the clubs. A quick blow job from a willing guy every now and then is as close as he is to accepting his homosexuality. Until he meets Jesse.
Jesse is fragile and alone. Tomas doesn’t want to take advantage of the situation but the attraction is too strong and Jesse seems to need the comfort and relief. What started off as one night turns into a few. All with them fighting and then giving in to the attraction. Neither man knowing what’s happening between them. Is it just a convenient fling? Tomas has some obvious hang ups about sex with a man but he knows he wants Jesse with him. But is Jesse with him because he has nowhere else to go? Can he give Jesse what he deserves?
Jesse didn’t expect to find something like he’s found with Tomas at this point in his life. He wanted it but he’s barely tasted freedom and Tomas is so closeted how can they make it?
This was surprisingly light on the angst. There were quite of a few struggles Tomas had to get over but he knew right away he wanted Jesse. It was being honest with himself, his family and his friends that was the problem. With some conditioning courtesy of his asshole brother, he thought gay sex was demeaning. Quick BJs where he could separate his feelings and think less of the person giving it would keep in all compartmentalized. As long as he didn’t do any of the sexual acts himself, he wasn’t actually gay. It was really upsetting because he was such a nice guy that was pretty screwed up in that regard.
Jesse was kind of a mess, too. His dad disowned him and by not speaking up on his behalf, his mother did, too. All alone and scared but freer than he’d ever been. At times his thought process seemed very young but he was a young guy so it was pretty effective for putting me in his mind set. I hated the way the some of the people in this book made him feel. He was very accepting of everyone and for him not to get that in return just seemed cruel and unfair. I wanted to hug him.
This is obviously going to be a series. We meet two of Jesse’s friends that I hope we get books about and one of Tomas’ friends I’m questionable about. When you read it you’ll see. Both have stories to tell and I’m for sure going to read them. Good read!
Rated 4 stars by Whit