Monday, December 30, 2013

After the Rain

Author: Daisy Harris
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN/BIN: 9781619219793
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

ARC – not due to be published until Feb. 2014

Logan thought that once he came out to his girlfriend, everything else would flow smoothly.  Only meeting someone isn’t as easy as he thought and the one guy he is interested in already has a boyfriend.  When he gets invited to go on a campout with a group of possible hook ups, he goes.  Unfortunately, that’s when he meets Henri and Logan can’t decide whether he wants to strangle the guy, or get him into the sack.

After the Rain is the second book in the Fire and Rain series by author Daisy Harris.  The characters are interesting and readers will find it easy to like Logan from the beginning.  A young firefighter, Logan is not even 21 and has already had to make one life-changing decision.  Unable to deny the fact that he is gay, he comes clean to his girlfriend.  As the reader would expect, that does not go over very well and results in some unforeseen issues for Logan.  I liked that little twist the author threw in as most would have glossed over the problems Logan had regarding sex with his ex and how that would, or could, relate to having sex with a man.  Then there is Henri.

Henri is only a year or two older than Logan, yet surpasses the firefighter when it comes to gay sex and relationships.  However, Henri’s relationship choices have not exactly been the best, so he is a little jaded.  This makes him the perfect foil for Logan’s innocence.   It was interesting seeing these two come together, especially given the circumstances Henri is currently living under.  The chemistry between them is strong, though neither is sure what to do about it.  Once they come together physically, however, they really heat up the pages. I liked the way Logan persisted with Henri, going out of his way to let the other man know that Henri’s possible health issues would not be chasing him off.   While their growing relationship causes Logan to grow more confident, it also causes Henri to grow up a little, as well. 

After the Rain is a fast-paced read with a majority of the story taking place over a weekend.  The characters are engaging and I loved the way Henri handled his final meeting with Preston.  While this story is part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.

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