From the Ashes by Daisy Harris

From the AshesFrom the Ashes by Daisy Harris
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Samhain Publishing
Novel:  64,822 Words
Purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Roses:  3

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.


Jesse has barely been out on his own finally able to live his life as gay man when his apartment burns down.  He is crushed and on top of that he can’t let his landlord’s dog go to the pound so he takes her even with nowhere to go.  Tomas is one of the responding firemen.  Though it is against policy he can’t stop from offering Jesse a place.  Tomas is not out and really struggles with his ideas of what his sexuality means.

I admit I’m a bit of a cover whore.  I mean come on!  Look at that cover!  This had a great set up.  Out and proud boy is left without a home, closeted fireman (hot fireman) offers one and mayhem ensues.  The plot is actually decent and likeable.  Two things turn this from a possible 5 or 4 rose review to a 3.  One is the way the sexual relationship develops.  There was little to no tension between the two.  I wasn’t even sure they should be involved.  There just wasn’t that spark between the two characters.  The other was the characters themselves.  I just didn’t connect with them.  Tomas was by turns overly emotional and total idiot.  Jesse…well, I just didn’t get a feel for him.  What I could get I didn’t understand.  You are a virgin but you happily have angry sex even though you think it’s the end of the relationship?  Um…okaaaay O_o

It was a decent enough read just really didn’t hit with me and the characters were just … flat.  I will say the author did a wonderful job on the setting.  I’ve never been to Seattle but I could picture it easily.



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I'm a plain Jane who longs to put her imagination to work. I'm not a writer but I like to read.

Posted on Monday, October 7th, 2013, in Book Review, Contemporary, M/M Romance, Novel: 150 pages and above, Three Roses, TJ and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.


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