After the Rain
Title : After the Rain
Series : Fire and Rain, Book #2
Author : Daisy Harris
Publisher : Samhain (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 161 pages (e-book)
Published : February 11, 2014
Rating : ★★★★
They’re going to need a bigger tent…
Fire and Rain, Book 2
Henri’s list of bad exes is as long as his arm, but nothing prepared him for his latest, heart-stomping breakup. He thought he couldn’t feel more abandoned, until his ride for a group camping trip bails, leaving him stuck driving for hours with a guy who is absolutely not his type.
After breaking up with his girlfriend of five years, firefighter Logan is working up the nerve to explore his interest in men. He knows he’s gay. He just hasn’t had the guts to do anything about it…until now.
Henri’s big-city attitude and tight jeans push every last one of Logan’s buttons, and when he and Henri have to share a tent, Logan is thrilled. He should have realized Pacific Northwest weather would get wet—forcing them to strip naked.
Though the steam between them is thicker than coastal fog, Henri’s not sure he can let himself fall for another man. Not even the guy who finally treats him right.
Warning: Contains bad ex-boyfriends, even worse weather, and more than your average amount of sex in a tent. May not be suitable for those with germ phobias, outdoor aversions or fear of damp shoes.
I really liked this book. It’s the second in the series but follows a different couple, so could be read as a stand alone without missing out on too much. I loved both MCs in this one. Henri was superficially heartbroken and in a scary situation that causes conflict and sexual tension in the story. Logan is finally admitting to himself he’s gay and looking forward to exploring that for the first time in his life. Both men seem to be at an transitional point in their lives but neither looking for a relationship.
They’re invited on a long weekend camping trip by the couple from the first book. Henri’s friends only know he’s freshly out of a bad relationship since Henri hasn’t shared the STD scare with them. They assume a weekend in a tent with a hot guy is just what he needs to get over his bastard ex. For Logan they just think he needs to get his feet wet in the “gay experience” pool. Neither expect Ryan and Logan to get on each others nerves right from the start. Logan tries to be nice but Henri sees him as a hick who doesn’t know anything about his lifestyle. Logan is immediately attracted to Henri but the guy has a mouth on him and not in the way he was hoping for. Eventually Logan wears down the hard facade Henri puts up and they start to enjoy each others company. However, Henri is refraining from sex until he is for sure clean and that sends mixed messages to Logan who wants Henri in the worst way. Henri is also wary of jumping into another relationship and Logan seems like the type to want that. Can they get past all that and just enjoy each other and the possibility of being together after the weekend is over?
I enjoyed this one quite a bit more than the first book. It’s strange to say that the STD scare created some delicious sexual tension in this book but it really did. It basically kept Ryan from giving into the chemistry that built between the characters. Logan had no idea for most of the book that that’s the reason Ryan was resisting his advances. He just thought Ryan didn’t want him. I enjoyed how sweet Logan was and how that warmed Ryan’s heart. I love a big strong man who is also a sweetie. Gets me every time! Ryan was the more interesting and complex character of the two. He’d basically fallen into a routine of picking the wrong guys for the wrong reasons and taking whatever it was they would give him. Losing himself along the way. Logan helps him find himself by accepting the real him as he is. Which was another layer to Ryan because he comes across as so confident and strong on the outside but things aren’t always as they seem. Really good book.
Rated 4 stars by Whit