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Nothing But Smoke by Daisy Harris

Nothing But Smoke

Nothing But Smoke by Daisy Harris

Series: Fire and Rain, Book 3
Published by: Samhain Publishing on June 10, 2014
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)

Michael Larson has decided to steer clear of closeted men. He spent enough time in a relationship with one, and he’s not doing that again. When he spots a hot guy in a leather jacket while he’s on a run in Volunteer Park, Michael cruises him and gets him to follow. Michael senses the man’s unease–a clue that maybe he’s not out–but it’s just a random hookup, so what does it matter?

Nicky O’Brian isn’t gay. Right? He can’t be. He’s a firefighter from an Irish Catholic family who is focused on taking care of his terminally ill mother. But the videos he watches at night and his occasional forays into the park to cruise for guys say otherwise. And when he hooks up with an incredibly hot strawberry-blond guy who keeps showing up again and again, he can’t help wondering if maybe he wants more than just the occasional romp in the woods.

As Michael and Nicky spend more time together, both will need to confront their issues. Can Michael be with a guy who isn’t open about who he is? And can Nicky get past his hangups and accept himself?

I find myself continuing to enjoy this firefighter series set in Seattle by Daisy Harris. And one of the things I always love about her novels set in the city is that it almost becomes a character in the story itself. The descriptions of the places, the people, the streets–they’re all very real and authentic. And it helps the story come to life so much more easily in my head.

The story of these two is a bit different than the previous two books. While the dynamic puts them at odds, it didn’t have quite the same intensity that I was used to seeing. Part of this may because there are a few skips in time where we miss some of the relationship development that struck me as an odd choice. That said, it’s still fun and interesting to watch their journey from where they start to where they finish.

After the Rain by Daisy Harris

18277992Title: After the Rain (Fire and Rain, Book 2)
Author: Daisy Harris
Published: February 11, 2014
Pages: 161
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Henri’s latest boyfriend proved to be another asshole. He cheated on him and had the nerve to make Henri feel like the guilty one. Logan, on the other hand, hasn’t a previous boyfriend to speak of. He broke up with his girlfriend after moving to Seattle because he admitted to himself he was gay. But it’s one thing to say it and another thing to actually do something with another guy. When mutual friends invite the two of them on a camping trip and the campsite runs out of tents, forcing them to share, it provides an interesting opportunity for them both to explore something new.

These two guys…I just wanted to reach into the pages and shake them both on more than one occasion. Logan is so sweet and seemingly naive, but also incredibly forthright and strong-willed. Henri, on the other hand, is understandably defensive but has an incredible heart once he lets someone in. I thoroughly enjoyed this installment–this book is part of a series, but can certainly be read as a stand-alone as well–and look forward to the next one.

From the Ashes by Daisy Harris

17560419Title: From the Ashes (Fire and Rain, Book 1)
Author: Daisy Harris
Published: August 13, 2013
Pages: 259
Publisher: Daisy Harris
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

When Jesse’s apartment burns down, he’s at a loss.  As a busy college student working his way through school and a dog to care for, he has nowhere to turn.  But Tomas, one of the firemen who responded to the scene, offers him a place to stay.  Tomas is definitely one of those sexy firemen you might see in a calendar, but Jesse figures that doesn’t matter much since Tomas is clearly straight and only making the offer because he’s a decent guy.  But once Jesse moves in,with Tomas’s family literally in their backyard, he finds there might be more to Tomas than he saw at first–and he just might learn some things about himself, too.

This was such a ridiculously cute story, I don’t even know where to begin.  I know on its face the concept could come across a bit cliche, but it didn’t read that way at all to me as I was turning the pages (and honestly I did have a hard time putting this one down).  As a Seattle-ite, it was great to see the way Daisy Harris was able to capture the spirit of the city as the backdrop to this story which drew me even further into the world of Tomas and Jesse.

I can’t wait to pick up the next installment in this series!