From the Ashes (Fire and Rain #1)
by Daisy Harris
Published August 13th 2013 by Samhain Publishing
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My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
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.
Warning: Contains an angry older brother, judgmental best friends, a slobbering bull mastiff, and enough red-hot gay loving to make a porn star blush.
Don't let the blurb fool you. It may read like a simple and uncomplicated love story or romance between two men, it even sounded a bit like an older man/younger man relationship - at least that's what I thought. Instead we get one real story between two men in their twenties who, despite the accepting state they are in, still find it hard to deal with their relationship because of some family pressures. Not to mention religion.
Tomas is a typical hispanic man, from his looks, to the way he talks and thinks. He is such a familiar man for me coming from the same stock so to speak. Then there is Jesse, a typical American boy who is as independent yet as dependent as could be. His independence is lost when his house is razed by crazy landlords and ends up with nothing but two bags of groceries, a humongous dog illogically named Chardonnay and Tomas. Tomas, that oh so sexy hispanic firefighter who takes one look at Jesse and forgets his hispanic background and expectations and just bites the bullet by offering Jesse a temporary home with every intention of making it permanent.
This romance should not have been complicated, but thanks to familial expectations from an older brother whose typical expectations of the definition of a man is pounded (literally) into Tomas' psyche. Diego is an older brother who could ruin everything, yet he is mostly bark and yipping. His character and expectations of what defines a gay man is so typical of men I know that it was quite a shock to read them rather than just grow up with it. It is quite different to know something as the usual but never having to read it so I was a bit surprised that author Daisy Harris actually put them down on paper - er, e-ink.
As for the story? It is quite one of the more simple, complicated and romantic romances I have read. The love scenes were VERY DIFFERENT! and yet again, typical!!!!! in the ever best way possible.
Forget formulaic dear readers. There is nothing formulaic about this story. Yes, it is about really sexy firemen and college guys, but the resemblance stops there. Their story is different as different gets from an MM novel point of view and I am definitely, DEFINITELY going to place this on my list of series I have to follow.
Great read, funny and irritating as heck, but lovely and romantic all over.
Note: There is a book #2, but it is not due till February of 2014. Why so long, I have no idea.