Book Reviews

From the Ashes (Fire and Rain 1) by Daisy Harris

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Firefighters / Interracial / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 10-November-2017

Book Blurb

He wanted a boyfriend. What he got was a hero.

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.

First Edition published by Samhain Publishing, 2013.

Book Review

This is a story about an unlikely couple; two men who start out as friends (or at least they tell themselves that’s what’s going on) and gradually discover they mean so much more to each other. Jesse is aware he is gay and is out and proud, but this newfound freedom has cost him a lot. Tomas, on the other hand, is not only deep in denial, he has some real issues around what he thinks it means to be gay. Watching his struggle was as fascinating as it was heartbreaking, and there are several points in the book where I didn’t think he’d be able to free himself form the prejudice and preconceptions he had been taught all his life. The one factor in his favor is his honesty about how attracted he is to Jesse.

Jesse is a real fighter. He has just managed to begin building a new life for himself after his father kicked him out for being gay. The tuition at university may be expensive, but he works hard to maintain his grades and save up enough money for next semester’s tuition. Then disaster strikes and his apartment burns to a crisp, taking away everything he owns in the world. Homeless, having adopted his landlords’ neglected dog and refusing to let the animal go to increase his chances of finding a new place to stay, he sees no choice but to accept Tomas’s offer to share the firefighter’s home. Jesse has no idea what he is in for, but his irrepressible spirit keeps him going.

Tomas is a great guy with his heart in the right place. He knows he is more attracted to men than to women, but his Latino background and very vocally anti-gay older brother are not factors in favor of him finding happiness with Jesse. Tomas knows he wants him, but there are certain things he will not do. Gradually, as Jesse takes up a bigger and bigger place in his heart and life, Tomas has to work through all the emotional barriers between him and coming out so he can live the life he wants – with Jesse at his side.

With a great cast of secondary characters, from Jesse’s quirky friends to the various members of Tomas’s emotional and loud family, this story is an emotional roller coaster that had me enthralled from the very beginning. If you like stories about men who battle their inner naysayer, if you enjoy reading about men who have to fight themselves as well as the people around them if they want to become and remain a couple, and if you’re looking for a hot read that will likely make you laugh as well as cry, then you will probably like this novel.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 250 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 28-August-2017
Price $3.99 ebook
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