The fourth in Daisy Harris’ wonderful Fire and Rain series …
Author: Daisy Harris
Cover Artist: Kanaxa
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
A single bullet could take them both down.
Fire and Rain, Book 4
Detective Joe Klamath is used to guys falling on their backs at the arch of his commanding eyebrow. Yet he can’t seem to get a read on a cute, department-store sales guy. The vagrant who just walked in, though? He’s easy to read. He’s dangerous.
Joe’s training kicks in, but as he wrestles the gun-wielding man, he gets shot.
Raised in a conservative Ethiopian community, Elias Abraham keeps his natural attraction to men under wraps. But Joe’s heroism moves him to care for the man who saved his life. After all, Joe is hurt. Chances are slim he’ll demand the types of things boys in college always wanted. Sex acts Elias wasn’t—and possibly never will be—ready for.
Gradually, Joe’s easy confidence softens Elias’s resistance. But as Joe’s healing progresses too slowly for a man of action, and trouble brews in Elias’s family, Elias begins to wonder if he can handle the pressure. Because though he hasn’t given all of his body, he’s already given all of his heart.
I love the three previous books in Daisy Harris’ Fire and Rain books, and November Rain is a great addition to this series that never grows redundant. Harris has the unique ability to craft stories involving vibrant characters, the perfect amount of intriguing angst, and delicious sexual chemistry. She once again brings together two quite different characters: manly police officer Joe, and innocent and physically slight Ethiopian born Elias, who form an unlikely loving couple.
Joe and Elias are opposites in many ways – Joe can be a brash and impatient “man’s man”, while Elias is unfailingly polite, unassuming, and sexually inexperienced. Joe is immediately attracted to beautiful Elias, and Elias is drawn by Joe’s physical strength, courage, and general hunkiness. The progression of Joe and Elias’ relationship is nothing short of sweet, perfectly pitched sexual tension mixed with genuine affection. I am also impressed with how Harris presents Elias relationship with his brother and sister-in-law. The importance of Elias’ familial relationships is addressed in a manner that is respectful to the cultural differences, while also exploring how Elias’ sincere fears of rejection by his family if the discover Elias is gay, affects his both his actions, as well as affects his new relationship with Joe.
Further, Joe is a character who could easily be a one dimensional tough guy. Instead, he is a sometimes gruff man who chafes under the physical restrictions brought by an injury, but is also decent and patiently loving with incredibly innocent and virginal Elias. Joe’s ultimate acceptance of the cultural differences and expectations of “family” as viewed by Elias is perhaps the greatest testament to his innate strength of character.
This character driven story is one that should not be missed – especially if you have enjoyed the previous stories in this series. You will find that Joe and Elias are not only opposites who attract, but who find love and the promise of happy future together.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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