FROM THE ASHES
Now is the time to check the batteries in all of the smoke alarms, because Harris' M/M erotica is so hot, it is bound to spark a fiery inferno! Jesse and Tomas' emotions run wild in the pages of this steamy read. The sexual tension and major flirting between our heroes is thick, but luckily we don't have to wait long for the sex. The romance is so tender, and although their lovemaking seems hurried, it is thankfully frequent. The only disappointing factor here is that the idea of taking in a stranger and falling in love is a little far-fetched, but this love story is told so gently it can easily be overlooked.
Jesse Smith moved to Seattle after being shunned by his family for being gay. Looking to start anew in a studio apartment, he's devastated to discover his building ablaze from a meth lab explosion in the basement. Luckily, firefighter Tomas Perez comes to his rescue, consoling him and providing shelter until he can find a new place. Tomas, who lives in the cottage next to his strict Latino family, finds it increasingly difficult to hide his sexual orientation from his parents, especially after a kiss from Jesse. Jesse is contemplating dropping out of school to earn enough money for a new apartment, but Tomas puts his foot down and tries to find a way to change his mind. One sure way is to show Jesse he's serious about a future together. (Samhain, Aug., 216 pp., $5.50)
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