From the Ashes

From the Ashes

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by Daisy Harris
     
 

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619217980
Publisher:
Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date:
08/13/2013
Series:
Fire and Rain , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
259
Sales rank:
43,132
File size:
1 MB

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From the Ashes 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
TheMorningAfterRomance More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Christina Marie at The Morning After Romance: Didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either! I didn't dislike From the Ashes, but I didn't have overwhelming feelings of love for it either. I don't have strong feelings about the book in either direction, and the characters didn't leave much of a lasting impression on me. I did find reading it enjoyable, but I promptly forgot most of what I read a day later. Just some thoughts: 1. Closeted characters are kind of like Daisy's theme. It's her thing. But it's never the same experience, and I think she does it well. 2. So, as expected, themes of denial and general closetedness run rampant. 3. Jesse and Thomas fall in lust, and then love, rather speedily. Ok, really speedily. This usually has the unfortunate result of demolishing any chance of me becoming invested in the relationship. 4. Hotness abounds. It's not filled with smexin. BUT when it happens you'll know, because it's SO spicy. 3 Stars
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
Daisy Harris has once again put readers through the emotional wringer with her latest release, From the Ashes, that brings together two completely opposite men struggling to deal with who they are amongst familial and societal pressure. Surrounding this intriguing main couple comes a colorful cast of secondary characters with baggage of their own whose stories I look forward to being told. Take all these facets and you end up with a super steamy story that moves at a sensual pace and resolves in an immensely satisfying way while leaving the door open to return to these appealing yet flawed characters in the future. Jesse is a young man forced to make it on his own after his father throws him out after discovering him with his boyfriend. He's new to living the gay lifestyle and longs to experience everything it offers but still maintains a sense of naïveté and lots of blushing. He's barely making ends meet when a fire destroys his newfound freedom and he's left with only the clothes on his back and an unwanted dog who's as lost as he is. Luckily the protective instincts of firefighter Tomas kick in and what starts out as a short-term fix ends up becoming something longer-lasting and more profound. Jesse is immediately drawn to the strong, caring, and sexy Tomas and can't believe he wants to help him for nothing in return. He enjoys being taken care of and looks forward to the day he can call Tomas his boyfriend and do all the naughty things he's always dreamed about. I enjoyed Jesse's exuberance and agree with the description of him being puppy-like in being desperate to please others. He's comfortable in his own skin but respects the boundaries Tomas needs at first in order to accept his own sexuality. Coming from the stoic family that he does leads to his being hesitant in public displays of affection. He's also cautious in giving his heart to Tomas as he feels like he owes him for so much and doesn't want to confuse affection for appreciation. There are times though that his youthfulness becomes grating as he tends to pout and run when the going gets tough. He expects Tomas to always change to fit his needs but doesn't reciprocate as he handles their relationship as a child does early on as opposed to an adult. It's not until late in the story that I finally feel that they're on an even level which results in an immensely satisfying HEA. Tomas has long known that he was gay though that part of his life is hidden as his family is very old-fashioned and couldn't cope with it, which has led to shame and guilt of himself and his partners. This has led to numerous alleyway encounters that have deepened the guilt and shame and almost destroys the relationship he and Jesse have just started. He's immediately drawn to Jesse's kind heart and desperately wants to protect him from hurt. He enjoys being his hero and taking the lead in their sexual encounters. Away from the prying eyes of family and coworkers he freely shows affection towards Jesse, particularly jealousy. It's not until he's threatened with the loss of Jesse's love that he stands up and admits wholeheartedly who he is and who he wants. From start to finish these characters and those of the supporting cast kept me enthralled with the intense emotions and I look forward to what Ms. Harris has planned next as she's an author who I can count on for richly rewarding m/m stories.
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I'm back.))
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Foxstar lugged himself onto the high-log, and started, "All cats old enough to catch their own prey gath--" he stopped and just said, "Everyone come here.." He looked at his clan mournfully, tears now drying on his ginger fur and muzzle. "We have lost one of our warriors today... she ate prey that had been poisoned. Fawnstep was the daughter of Cloudbeauty, my own sister, and the mother of Stormflower and Flameclaw. wShe was Coalpaw's mentor as well." He hiccuped in mid-sob, "And she will be greatly missed. We will hold a vigil for her tonight." He lookd out at the clan and mewed, "anyone who hunts must first show the prey to either Cloudbeauty, Stormflowrer, or me for poison inspection. That is all" with that he leapt off, and retreated to his den
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tasim More than 1 year ago
I'm going with 4 stars I think. There were several things I adored about this book. I really LOVED Tomas and Jesse. Michael, even though he was a douchebag, and Maria-though we didn't get too much of her.  Tomas was great because he was sweet and genuinely cared about what happened to Jesse and of course, he's a hot firefighter. Jesse was super adorable. Basically discarded by his parents, working, going to school, trying to make it on his own. Sweetness. I loved that there was family drama because, let's face it, that's life. I love that Michael was a douchebag for a reason and I sincerely hope we get to see his story at some point. I felt for him at the mall, it was such a small moment, but I was there with him, eyes locked...it was painful. Tomas and the firefighters...well, honestly, we only get to see him interact with Rick after the big reveal, but that was something. I was surprised that things happened so quickly between the two, especially considering Tomas's denial of who he was and what he wanted. As far as what I would have liked to see more of: side characters, life outside of the Tomas-Jesse thing, how they individually handle things. The story is so much just them together and in the house.  I wanted to kill Diego. I mean, like empty a clip in him. Again...more of Tomas with his firefighter buddies or more personal and individual interaction with the fam would have been nice. The steamy scenes were...well steamy. I enjoyed them. there was a high level of emotion attached to them, especially the first time...Gah...love that...it was sad and sweet... Overall, really enjoyed the story, looking forward to more from this author and I would recommend to my friends!
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Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog I was really excited to read FROM THE ASHES. I’ve liked Daisy Harris work before and then mix that in with firefighters, yeah I couldn’t wait. But the story actually wasn’t as strong for me as I was expecting. First there’s Jesse. He’s down on his luck, his apartment burned down. He’s a bit too much of a sad case for me. He was a bit too much like a victim and couldn’t really take hold of the situation and be better from it. He was lacking strength. Then there’s Tomas. Sexy Tomas. He’s the firefighter that comes to the rescue. When Jesse has no place to go, he lets him stay with him. But it was just so awkward that he lives right behind his family (big Latino household) and they obviously don’t approve of him being gay. I guess this was just a case of personal taste and different expectations. I like my characters with a bit more backbone and less weak. I do still like Daisy Harris’ writing, but I think from now I may stick to the awkward college kids of Holsom College. *ARC provided by author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She dipped her head, drowsiness in her eyes
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Leopardheart also returned lol
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She happily touched noses with her mentor
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(Been active at night, btw. Just waiting for Sedge to post back in the first res. Think the same for Wolfy too.) Tinywolf cheers, thought his tiny body was nothing compared to most of the warriors, so he couldn't see, being behind cats. But he still cheers happily, regardless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ik you know
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would recommend. Sweet and sexy m/m romance.