Tuesday, July 30, 2013

From the Ashes

Author: Daisy Harris
Publisher: Samhain Publishing  
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61921-798-0
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary, Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

When Jesse’s family found out he was gay, they threw him away.   Struggling on his own, he’s trying to work and go to school at the same time.  Money is tight and he’s barely getting by but when his home burns down, Jesse’s left homeless.   Just when things look bleak, in walks Tomas.

From the Ashes is the first book by author Daisy Harris I have read and, after reading this one, I can’t wait to see what she has planned for her new series, Fire and Rain.  The characters and story are well written and the author pulled me into the story from the first page.  Jesse is a strong kid struggling to make a life for himself after his family kicks him out.  Even as strong as Jesse is, he is also fragile, especially after his home burns down.  I wanted to wrap him up in bubble wrap to keep him from getting hurt worse than he already has.  When Tomas walks into the scene you can feel the chemistry between them, even with all the excitement going on around them.  Tomas is a fireman whose Latin heritage has him so far in the closet that he can’t seem to find the door.  Although I can understand Tomas’ confusion, there are times I wanted to smack him for the way he treated Jesse in front of others. 

The men have more than enough issues of their own to overcome, yet the author brings in secondary characters to toss things up even more.  Between one of Jesse’s co-workers and Tomas’ older brother, sometimes it seems as if Tomas and Jesse don’t stand a chance.  There is a lot going on in From the Ashes and the reader is sure to get hooked on the story.  The author does wrap the story up very well and I am sure this story will earn the author many more fans.

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