Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Nothing but Smoke

Author: Daisy Harris
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN/BIN: 9781619221727
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary, Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph
Publication Date:  June 11, 2014

Michael has watched as each of his friends found someone special to settle down with.  While Michael usually has no problem finding someone to get off with, he is beginning to wonder if there isn’t more out there for him, as well.  He doesn’t expect a park hookup, especially one deep in the closet, to be the one to snag him though. 

Nothing but Smoke is the third story in the Fire and Rain series.  Like the other stories, this book also has a firefighter for a main character, in this case Nicky.  Nicky has a lot on his plate and the last thing he can handle is being gay.  With a macho job and a sick, religious mother, Nicky hides who he is from others.  This lends an air of innocence to the brawny firefighter, which is different from what we have come to expect.  It was really easy to be drawn to Nicky.  I wondered how things would play out for him and hoped that things with his mother would end peacefully. 

Michael was the character that took a little getting used to.  He comes across as very brash, yet it is easy to see he uses that as a cover.  I was surprised to see the author throw two characters like this together yet, at the same time, realized it made sense as Nicky would need someone like Michael to help him face the changes coming into his life.  

The author brings the previous characters in to help Michael and Nicky, which gives the readers a chance to catch up with them.  While at times the book can be a little heavy, there are some lighter moments.  Readers will find that Nothing but Smoke is another well done story by this author, and a perfect addition to the series.

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