Review: Nothing But Smoke (Fire and Rain #3) by Daisy Harris

October 28, 2014 Review 0

Review: Nothing But Smoke (Fire and Rain #3) by Daisy Harris

Sometimes good boys do bad things.

Michael Larson considers himself one of the good guys. He recycles, eats mostly vegan, and volunteers. But one night, while on a jog through a Seattle park, he encounters a sexy man on a motorcycle he wants to be bad with.

Firefighter Nicky O’Brian barely has time to even think about a sex life. Between his job and caring for his critically ill mother, his only pleasures involve a few racy videos and occasional nighttime forays to find men willing to help him forget his troubles.

It was supposed to be a one-time, anonymous hookup—until fate intervenes and their mutual attraction blossoms into a furtive affair. Michael doesn’t date closeted guys, but for the haunted, lonely Nicky he makes an exception.

When Nicky’s mother takes a turn for the worse, Michael is forced to make a choice between idealism and compassion. And as Nicky’s needs spiral out of control, Michael realizes that a new set of ideals could be exactly what he needs to keep love in his life—for good.

Warning: Contains sex in the trees, sex in parked cars, and sex in other uncomfortable places. Tissues are required, because the ending will make you cry—and maybe make you want to call your Mom.

Title: Nothing But Smoke
Author: Daisy Harris
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Built 4 It, From the Ashes, After the Rain, Freshman: Uncut
Series: Fire and Rain
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: From the Ashes, After the Rain
Published by Samhain Publishing
Source: Purchased for Self
Published: June 10, 2014
Genres: Male Male Romance
Pages: 214
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Stars: four-half-stars
Flames: three-flames

So I’m cruising around amazon the other day and guess what… Daisy Harris has snuck a book out into the wilds and I didn’t know it. I love her books! I couldn’t get this one on my eReader and read quickly enough. She creates real characters dealing with what I can only assume are real life situations. I’m not a man in love with a man, but her guys always seem so real to me.

In Nothing But Smoke she takes her readers back to the world of her Seattle firefighters. We’ve met Michael in the previous two books in her Fire and Rain series. Please note that you can read this one without having read the others. They each work as stand-alones. The commonality in the series are the firefighters living in Seattle. Nicky is the firefighter is this installment. He’s in the closet, but not due to the reasons many would think. He’s just been dealing with other stuff in his life and never found that right moment to come out. What should have been a one time hook up has Nicky thinking it might be time to get out of that closet.

Michael gave up on closeted men. He knows the heartache that they bring into the relationship. He’s experienced it first hand and has vowed never to go down that road again. He soon realizes that Nicky is not the one time hook up that he initially thought. Michael also sees something in him that allows him to make an exception when it comes to Nicky and his not out status. The more time he spends with the sex firefighter the sooner he realizes that it is a chance worth taking.

The real life that Nicky is going through is caring for his terminally ill mother. Just go ahead and grab the box of tissues now. Daisy is going to make you cry. Nicky and his feelings about his mother is going to make you cry. Michael and his trying to be the best partner possible for Nicky and this difficult time is going to make you cry. As much as Nicky and Michael care for each other Michael realizes very quickly that being with Nicky means more than being a lover and a boyfriend. There are many times that Nicky needs a friend. Nicky needs something good and happy in his life. Nicky needs a man like Michael. Michael turned out to be such an amazing man. In the past books I often saw him as whiny and annoyed by those around him. Here he just worked for both the book and for Nicky.

Favorite quote, Michael to Nicky: “You think I go to this kind of trouble with every guy I blow in a park?”

Daisy Harris

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